Zalda Hughes holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree specialising in Marketing Management. During her 17-year tenure at the National Oil Company of South Africa (PetroSA) she acquired extensive experience in the downstream and upstream oil and gas industry, thus gaining experience across a broad spectrum in the gas and oil value chain. Zalda’s interest in the Sciences began when she was employed at Anglo American Prospecting Services as a Data Analyst where she was invited on several occasions by very passionate Geologists to better understand the cylindrical drill core logging that is used to determine the lithology, minerology and potential geological history.
Since joining Umvoto, she is part of the team of Umvoto’s key projects where she is tasked to do project administration, contracts administration which includes sub-contractor (drilling operators) payment calculations and report writing.
She is involved with Umvoto’s ISO 9001:2015 certification, ensuring that Umvoto’s Quality Management System (QMS) is in alignment with the QMS standard. She is tasked with drafting and updating QMS procedures and policies as well as external SABS audit co-ordination. Zalda is also Umvoto South Africa’s QMS Manager as well as the Internal Auditor. She has gained experience in auditing and is responsible for authoring internal audit reporting and is co-author of reports prepared for the SABS Audit.
Zalda is the Employment Equity Manager under Human Resources (HR). Her HR duties include drafting and updating HR policies and onboarding of new staff placements.
In her spare time, Zalda loves to cook and is famous for her authentic Indian curries.