Our Team

Meet the team behind Women in Charge

LeAnnStanhope1Personal trainer, massage therapist, business owner, mother and wife LeAnn Stanhope has been a leading force in the fitness industry for over a decade. Her career journey began as a post University grad in Canada and then as an entry level personal trainer at a national Health club in Canada. LeAnn’s natural ability to educate, motivate and inspire others, paired with her desire to always grow and expand herself, quickly advanced her to club manager.  LeAnn created Balance Point Health and Fitness  in Auckland, New Zealand and now owns and operates Fusion Health & Fitness Ltd in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.

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Paula Barnes‘ passion is in helping others to succeed in their own pursuit. She brings to Women in Charge more than 15 years experience in several industries ranging from hospitality to government to education institutions and private consulting.

Paula has educated, coached and mentored more than 1000 individuals in Human Resources, Performance Management as well as business management formal training and workshops to current and future business leaders and international government agencies alike.

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BradErasmusIn 2002, after 10 years in Hong Kong, Brad Erasmus drew up an “8-year Roadmap” to be financially free by 15 August 2010. Six months later, in 2003, the SARS epidemic decimated Hong Kong property prices. Brad saw it as a great opportunity to start accumulating income-producing assets at far cheaper prices than ever before. By the start of 2004, he had purchased his first Hong Kong property with very little money down and started his own cash-generating business from scratch. Four years later, by 28 February 2008, he had accumulated US$4 million worth of assets! To date, he runs eight companies and owns five properties in Hong Kong, three in South Africa, two in America & one in Australia.

Brad joins Women in Charge as our Women’s Wealth Coach and holds our Investors in Training seminars teaching women investor newbies the ins and outs of the stock market.

gudrun3Originally from Germany Gudrun Kittel-Thong has lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years and is the Founder of the Institute of Psychotherapy & Counselling.  She applies her combined coaching and counselling skills to work with individuals, adolescents and families many of whom with a diverse cultural background.

In coaching Sessions Gudrun works with professional and private individuals who want to gain new and better perspectives in their lives. By supporting her clients to rely and build on their particular strengths they find new achievable goals or clarify their immediate and long-term plans. Gudrun brings to Women in Charge with her Third Culture Kids sessions, teaching expatriate children and families to cope with life abroad.

CecileProfilePicCecile Thomas worked as a travel agent in France and as a tour guide throughout Europe before moving to Hong Kong 11 years ago with her husband and their then six month old baby.  She jumped at the opportunity to discover Hong Kong’s dynamic culture and community and soon put her professional skills to work guiding new expats and arrivals through Hong Kong and now she brings the fun to Women In Charge with her lively orientation tours, hikes, shopping trips – the whole kit and kaboodle.

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