Dr Pat. Smythe

Executive Chairman

Dr Patrick Smythe is the Executive Chairman of Emergence Growth. He has consulted to over 1100 organisations both nationally and internationally. He has published numerous articles for journals, newspapers & HR magazines. Pat has over 30 years of HR experience, having held board positions for over 25 years. He has presented at over 100 conferences and specialises in all aspects of HR and Remuneration.


Achiever | Maximizer | Ideation | Strategic | Relator


Areas of specialisation: HR and Remuneration Strategy, Short and Long term incentive schemes, Performance management systems, Career paths / talent management, Pay structures, Job evaluation, Expatriate Pay, Employee Engagement, Training and Development & HR Standards.

Pat is a registered HR Auditor with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) and a certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He received Africa’s HR Leader of the Year in 2011, was inducted into Africa’s HR Hall of Fame in 2012 and in 2015 received the Africa Lifetime Achievement Award. He has served as an advisor to numerous Remuneration Committees and Boards of both Private Sector and Public Sector organisations. Pat has been instrumental in the roll-out of HR Standards in Southern Africa.