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Margie van Zyl Chapman - Take the Lead

Margie van Zyl Chapman

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Margie van Zyl Chapman

Margie Chapman is a social worker by profession with a truly global vision.  She’s passionate about networking, building capacity in the care sector, sharing stories, discovering tried and tested solutions that can be applied locally, and developing intercontinental global partnerships for the greater good. Academic credentials were earned cum laudé and have led to an entire lifetime career’s experience in multi-cultural ageing in South Africa (both in the NGO and private sector), with specific emphasis on long-term care and capacity building, leadership development through mentoring and coaching, and partnership development.

A connector of note, Margie has over many years been involved in several national and international networks. She has been on the Board of CommonAge since its inception, currently developing an African Chapter. She was also a long-standing board member of GAN (the Global Ageing Network, previously IAHSA, the International Association of Homes & Services for Ageing), being their Global Chair for two years. She is the founding Chairperson of the South African Care Forum.

She is a member of the IFA (International Federation of Ageing). She is a faculty member of Age without Borders and the CommonAge Liaison for the Pass it on Network.

Margie has travelled extensively locally and internationally engaging stakeholders in the aged care sector and has been a speaker at many international conferences around the world.

She now runs her own consultancy Take the Lead – living well, ageing well, and is focusing on leadership development in the care sector. Growing leaders and supporting them in their leadership journey, is Margie’s passion.

She is “taking the lead” in healthy ageing in South Africa, training care staff in care homes and in the community in a programme to facilitate an exercise programme  with elders. She is encouraging care homes to install mobility stations to encourage residents to keep as active as possible to positively impact their total well-being and improve the quality of their lives. Her workshops are very practical, care staff actually experience the exercise programme and are then able to help and guide their residents, incorporating an action plan around physical activity into their care plans.


Having founded Take the Lead, a consultancy focused on Living well, Ageing well, she will continue to influence the care sector through leadership coaching and development alongside capacity building and continued collaboration and partnership development.

Margie’s passion as a connector is to inspire and engage with stakeholders across the sector.

Deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of older people by building capacity in the care sector, Margie’s motto is “Carpe Diem”.

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