IWF member profile

Dot Field

Dorothy (Dot) Field

Board member (Secretary)

Governance, ESG, Social & Ethics, Diplomacy, Political Awareness, Strategy Development, Corporate Social Investment, Shared Value and Responsible Business, Stakeholder Relations, Brand & Reputation Management and Communications.

Dot Field is a certified director and a fellow of the Institute of Directors. She serves as an independent trustee of the Old Mutual Foundation, acted as chairman in 2021, and serves on its investment committee. She serves on the board of CEBACWAS (Central Baptist Church Welfare Organisation) operator of two highly regarded retirement centers in the east of Pretoria and chairs the management council of one of these centers.

A past Secretary and Board member of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa (2019 – 2021). The advancement of women across all tiers of society is held close to her heart. The most significant milestone in service of IWFSA was the launch in February 2021, of a private sector-led response fund to combat Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), at the request of His Excellency President Ramaphosa. Effective September 2023, Dot serves on the board of the GBVF Response Fund.

Over the past decade, as sole proprietor of Dot Field Consulting, she provides strategic counsel to several leading organisations, helping them to craft their true purpose and efficiently manage their brands and reputations. Her governance, ESG, investor relations, media relations and corporate affairs expertise is highly sought after.  Present and past clients include companies in the following sectors: private equity, life insurance, mining, professional services, infrastructure, non-profit, retail, logistics, travel and high-profile individuals.

She served as the interim steer of the Corporate Affairs office for leading pan-African investment, savings, insurance, and banking group, Old Mutual Limited, and as caretaker of their corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship platforms whilst recruitment for a permanent Director was underway. In particular, Dot represented the executive on the social and ethics committee of the Group Board.

As a founding member of the Vodacom Group management team (1994 – 2009), with her journey culminating in an appointment as Chief Communications Officer, Dot  worked efficiently and meticulously over 15 years to build and protect the brand and reputation of the Vodacom Group. During her tenure, Vodacom’s reputation was ranked highest in the world in the Telecommunications sector and highest overall amongst all South African corporations, as measured by the Reputation Institute. 

Dot has controlled multi-million Rand budgets, has liaised closely with local and international shareholders, governments, business partners, sporting bodies, NGOs and media and has led large reporting teams of both internal staff and external suppliers. She has an intuitive understanding of the sensitivities and requirements of working in highly regulated environments and related compliance and governance imperatives. 

Boards and Memberships
Old Mutual Foundation
GBVF Response Fund1 Trustee (2019 – present),
Cebacwas (Central Baptist Church Welfare Association) Board Member
IWFSA (International Women’s Forum, SA)
IODSA (Institute of Directors, SA)
Investor Relations Society SA Fellow

Past Boards
International Women’s Forum of South Africa
GBVF Response Fund 1
Youth for African Wildlife
Waterberg Lodge