Your one-stop Human Resource Partner
Solutions spanning the entire employment life cycle
Our Company

Human Alliance provides organizations that primarily operate in sub-Saharan Africa with unique, dynamic, customized and integrated people management services and solutions that span the full spectrum of the employment life cycle - a truly end-to-end people management solution.

Our Mission is to deliver Human Resource services, solutions and products of great value that enable our Clients to do better business.

Our Vision is to be recognized as the premier Human Resource services provider.
Our Core Offerings are:

Outsourced HR (partially or fully embedded)
HR Consulting
Executive Coaching
HR Technology

Our Market Focus is:

Financial Services
Engineering & Power
FMCG & Manufacturing

The problems we solve for our Clients

Human Resource Strategies
Labour relations disputes
Recruitment challenges
Employee productivity
Employee selection and development
Independent retirement fund governance
Suitable talent management technology

Our approach to clients:

Clients can be confident that Treating Clients Fairly (TCF) is central to Human Alliance’s culture
Our Services are designed to meet our Clients’ needs
Clients are provided with clear information and kept informed appropriately
Suitable advice is given, taking into account the circumstances of our Clients
Services are of an exceptional standard as our Clients have been led to expect
Clients experience no unreasonable barriers to change services or complain
Our History

Human Alliance was founded in 2001 in Cape Town as a professional Human Resources Consultancy. It is flexible and dynamic changing over the years to suit the growing needs of the South African workforce, both public and private sector. Human Alliance prides itself in being able to adapt to any environment and customise a service to suit any client in any industry.
Our Values
We stand for and live by:

Approach to Staff

Be humane and kind
Act with goodwill
Have a spirit of wanting to service


Focus on exceeding clients expectation
Be available
Reduce costs and eliminate waste


Respect others
Be a team player
Take personal responsibility


Seize new opportunities
Act swiftly to create winning results


Be knowledgeable
Craft smart solutions
Strive for self-improvement (CPD)

Our Team
Dave Lake
Managing Director
BA Cape Town, PG Dip Employment Law Cape Town, IRDP Stellenbosch
Dave began his human resource management career in training (Free Market Foundation) and later moved to the foundry industry (Murray & Roberts Engineering). After working in the electronics industry (Plessey), Dave co-founded Human Alliance in 2001. Dave oversees the Consulting Division of Human Alliance.

Since the formation of Human Alliance he has been exposed to and gained invaluable experience across a variety of industries such as Engineering, Food & Beverage, Services, Wholesale & Retail, Clothing, Manufacturing and Printing & Packaging. This experience has been gained in large, medium and small enterprises in these industries.

Dave’s excellent communication ability makes him equally comfortable in the board room of a corporate or in the office of the owner of a small business. He is a Solutions Seeker who has the ability to simplify issues and to provide realistic and workable solutions. Dave is a relationship builder who forges strong relationships between Human Alliance and its clients. Furthermore, his fluency in Xhosa enables him to cross communication barriers with ease.
Labour relations, employment law, arbitrations, employee engagement, consultation and negotiation, training and development, change management, company culture, conflict resolution, policy and procedures, leadership.
Hiking (trekking), mountain biking, travel and keeping abreast of current business trends.
Andrea Grant-Smith
Director and Senior HR Consultant
BSocSc Cape Town, BCom(Hons) Cape Town
Andrea has generalist and specialist expertise as an HR Consultant and for the past ten years has excelled in HR management positions within various small, medium and large size companies.

Some of Andrea’s specialist experience is in the fields of Training and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Change Management and Industrial Relations.

Andrea is logical, organized, has excellent communication skills and above average computer literacy skills. She has proven herself to be an asset to all her projects and invaluable to the company. Her drive, enthusiasm and excellent client relations are trademarks of her consulting successes.
Labour relations, Employment law, Negotiation, Conflict resolution, Training and Development, Monitoring and evaluation, Counselling, Performance Management, Coaching and Mentoring, Job evaluation, Talent management, Remuneration and reward, Change management, Leadership, HR policies and procedures
Socialising with family and friends, spending time outdoors, travel, business, law.
Jacky Alborough
Bookkeeper and Social Media Specialist
Tourism Management Diploma - CPUT, Certificate in Bookkeeping and Sage Pastel Accounting Software - Varsity College
I started in the Tourism Industry creating customized tour packages for international clients as well as managing the accommodation and travel itineraries for high profile delegates for an International Oil Conference held once a year in Cape Town.

I then changed career paths by becoming a PA/ Office Administrator in a respected Quantity Surveying company for a number of years until I started our family.

This was a turning point for me as I wanted the best of both worlds, to be a working mom but also to have quality time with my young family, so I completed a Bookkeeping and Pastel course at Varsity College and then started working half days as a bookkeeper - which has been the best decision I have made!
Daily use of the Pastel Accounting Software, Debtor & Creditor responsibilities, preparing Monthly Financials, prepare bi-monthly VAT Returns/Reports for submission, complete monthly bank reconciliations as well as filing.
Family, socializing with friends, reading, running.
Kevin Alborough
HR Alliance Partner
BSocSc Natal, PG Dip Employment Law Cape Town
Kevin is a seasoned Human Resources professional and Entrepreneur, having had extensive experience at Board level and company start-ups, and currently focused on assisting Organizations meeting their strategic talent management and retirement funding needs.

After a very successful Senior Executive level career in Human Resources in varied industries both nationally and globally and being a visionary, he co-founded Human Alliance in 2001, which is a broad based Human Resources consultancy offering people management solutions. As the business grew, he founded Human Alliance Talent in 2003 as a dedicated Recruitment Agency that is focused on sourcing exceptional talent and driving RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) in South Africa. In 2004 he co-founded BioCareers (, a niche job board in the biotechnology industry. In seeking the most advanced solutions for South African organizations, he secured a Resellers Agreement in 2006 to introduce HRsmart's software solutions into the sub-Saharan market. This led to him establishing HRsmart South Africa in 2006, which through acquisitions, has subsequently become part of Deltek Corporation. He also co-founded Alborough Labs with his two sons, Sean and Dean, which is a bespoke software development company that has created web-based stakeholder engagement products for the global market.

Kevin has extensive experience and expertise in retirement funding Trusteeship and is an Independent Professional Trustee on numerous employer's retirement funds and private trusts.
Labour relations, employment law, negotiation, conflict resolution, retirement fund trusteeship, job evaluation, talent management, remuneration and reward, behavioural profiling, employee benefits, international assignments, strategic HR models, balanced scorecards, change management, executive coaching, strategic and conceptual thinking, strategy development, leadership.
Christianity, wildlife, travel, rugby, business, labour law, computers, reading, investments, huskies.

Years in Existence
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