She is a Part-Time Senior Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). She is also a mediator and arbitrator on several private agency panels and private and public sector Bargaining Council panels. Vanessa has expertise and broad range of experience in developing capacity and building skills in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has worked extensively on developing and delivering training and development initiatives both nationally and internationally. Institutions and organizations that Vanessa has worked with include: The CCMA; Bargaining Councils; Trade Unions ; South African Universities; The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations (UN) in collaboration with the University of Cape Town and the CCMA.
She led an initiative on behalf of the Labour Relations Practice Industry which successfully developed and delivered a qualification in Labour Dispute Resolution Practice in partnership with six public universities.
Vanessa teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution at South African Universities and is based in Cape Town.