Aephoria Partners was founded by Simon Kettleborough and Julia Kukard, who are supported by a team of experts in the fields of psychology, leadership, coaching and organisational development. Our facilitators create a strong, safe and powerful learning container for people to heighten awareness of self and others, identify patterns within and between systems, and to develop their own solutions to organisational and personal challenges.


Simon Kettleborough
Julia Kukard
Lucille Greeff
Dr Makgati Mokwena
Cheron Koeries
James Eckley


Simon Kettleborough

Simon Kettleborough

Simon Kettleborough is a founding partner of Aephoria and a one-to-one and group facilitator.

His career spans 23 years in private, public and non-profit sector organisations engaged in Leadership Development, Strategy, Sustainable Development and Diversity & Inclusion.  His main work is designing and delivering long term leadership development interventions for middle, senior and executive leaders in organisations.  He develops deep relationships with clients, working with many individuals and teams over time.

Simon is currently completing his Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London in conjunction with Middlesex University.  He has a MSc. in Sustainable Development with Distinction from London University, a MBA with Distinction from Warwick University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Leicester University and a BA Honours degree in Modern Languages and Music from Durham University.  He is a member of UK Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and the UK Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and has lived and worked long-term in the UK, South Africa, France, Belgium and Brazil.

Simon speaks English as well as some French and Portuguese, and loves to ride his bicycle around the Western Cape and play keyboards in the 80s band Fifty Shades.




Julia Kukard

Julia Kukard

Julia Kukard is a founding partner of Aephoria and a leadership and inclusion professional.

With almost 30 years of experience in learning and development, she has worked globally including in South Africa, UK, Lesotho, Ghana, France, Uganda, Netherlands, Brazil, India, UAE and China with multinationals, nationals, governments and NGOs.  Julia’s experience includes working with individuals and groups as a coach, psycho-educator and more recently as a psychotherapist.

She graduated from University of Cape Town (UCT) with an Honours degree and MA in Art History, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and a BA in Psychology and Art History. Julia is currently engaged in a Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London in conjunction with Middlesex University.

During the past nine years, Julia has run the Advanced Leadership elective on the UCT GSB MBA.  Her research focus is on supporting the development of mature leaders and cultures that can enable human maturation.  Julia has co-written a book on this with Dean Kai Peters from Ashridge University and Professor Kurt April from the GSB.




Lucille Greeff

Lucille Greeff

Lucille Greeff is a director of Aephoria and a Chartered Organisation Development (OD) practitioner, facilitator, coach, team development specialist and psychometrist.

Her work focuses on personal, team and organisational change and transformation with an emphasis on balancing health and effectiveness, issue-centricity and deep transformation.  Her clients span across financial services, retail, resources, Information Technology, manufacturing, agricultural, government and non-governmental sectors.  Lucille has enjoyed partnering clients through long-standing strategic projects.  She has also developed numerous scalable and customized tools, processes and interventions, including co-developing the Aephoria Identity Map, an online Enneagram and maturity assessment tool.

Lucille has a degree in Political Science, a BA Honours in Psychology and a MA in Development Studies, all from the University of Johannesburg.  She practices as an International Enneagram Association (IEA) Accredited Teacher and Professional Member.

Lucille has written and published a number of organisational and poetic works.  She enjoys working with micro-narratives in organisations and the way these tell the story of the heart and soul of a business.  She is also a vision quest facilitator and makes use of wilderness-based leadership development and deep ecology work as part of her practice.




Makgathi Mokwena

Dr. Makgati Mokwena

Makgati Mokwena is a registered Art Therapist with the HPCSA and has taught psychology at two universities (Vista, now UP & RAU, now UJ).  She works as a facilitator, therapist and coach and has also performed professionally on stage.  Makgati holds Graduate Degrees in Psychology, Speech and Drama and Anthropology.  She received her Masters Degree in Dance Movement Therapy and her Doctoral Degree in Psychology.  She has also participated in a 200 hour internationally certified yoga teacher training programme in Rishikesh in India.

Makgati works across corporate and NGO sectors.  Her employment in the corporate sector extends to facilitation on programmes such as Executive Development Programmes, Emerging Leadership Development Programmes, Women in Leadership, Train the Trainer, Leadership Presence, Unconscious Bias, Race Dialogues, Self-Storying in Stillness Retreats, Mentorship Training Programmes, various Diversity Training Programmes, and Having Crucial Conversations.  Her work in the NGO sector focuses on personal and interpersonal leadership development, which is intended towards the improvement of self and society.

Makgati also holds ceremony and facilitate ritual to help individuals journey through various life passages such as marriage, the scattering of ashes, birthdays and other rites which mark important transitions in a person’s life.




James Eckley

James Eckley

James Eckley is the System Administrator for Aephoria Partners. He manages the AIM assessment system and supports the AIM practitioner community as their clients complete assessments. He offers our practitioners a safe and knowledgeable pair of hands, given his background as a Social Worker specialising in trauma and crisis intervention. In his spare time, James makes the most exquisite Chipotle sauce which is often enjoyed by the team when it is not being sold to restaurants and delis across Cape Town. Before joining Aephoria, James held various roles with organisations such as FAMSA, The Trauma Centre, SACAP, Symphonia for South Africa and the South African Organisation Development Network.




Cheron Koeries

Cheron Koeries

Cheron Koeries is the Office Manager for Aephoria Partners. She is the “go to” person for clients and the team. Cheron is a strong and independent-minded woman who works with dedication and a willingness to sort out challenges as they arise. She has developed and contributed in many roles in her career, having worked in front-line and support roles in organisations such as PWC before joining Aephoria in 2020. Cheron is a devoted mother to a toddler, which supports her development of her multitasking abilities and patience. One of her long-term goals is to mature and be a person who is wealthy in personal attributes and relationships


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