Marella O’Reilly is the Registrar/CEO at the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP).
She has extensive experience in strategic leadership and management in the Healthcare sector and more recently in the Architectural sector, combined with comprehensive financial management skills. She has held a number of management positions and has an entrepreneurial background.
Marella believes that the architectural environment is a dynamic and ever changing one and it is at the inception point of all other activities in the Built Environment combined with new technological advancements, it makes regulation a vibrant career option along with people and facilities management.
Marella thrives on challenges and believes the wide variety of experience gained in various fields continues to lead her in her ongoing personal growth. She is also a firm believer in skills development. Her extensive travel experience has fostered a passion for people and she strives in embracing new cultures and methodologies, also making her customer focused. Whilst leading one of the world’s biggest healthcare regulators, she has played a pivotal role in broader transformation within the international healthcare industry by the sharing of best practices and has represented South Africa on various forums. She has recently embarked on a new journey of leadership and transforming the Architectural Profession together with a new 4th term Council whose ultimate aim is to place the Architectural Profession at the forefront of the Built Environment. She also a board member of the AAA School of Advertising.
Marella has earned a Master’s degree in Business Leadership and has successfully completed a Bachelor of Commerce. She is currently busy with her Doctorate on the ability to undertake strategy within regulatory constraints while achieving the strategic outcomes. She is a Fellow of the seventh class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.