work experience


Having spent 10 years in the UK, working within Investment Banking, for corporates such as Lloyds of London, Enron, Nomura Bank, Schroders Investment Management and finally Goldman Sachs, I returned to SA and spent 4 years working for Sanlam as a project manager during which time I set up Celestial Gift Experiences (2005).

Investment Banking is an extremely demanding high stress industry, aligned with growing up in a family business, both have molded me into the solo-preneur that I am today.  Having worked for and alongside the-best-of-the-best, I was able to develop strong organisational, communication, system and project management skills.  Investment Banks are competitive and command service excellence with the expectation to consistently deliver high quality deliverables and manage multiple projects simultaneously.  Having gained excellent interpersonal skills, combined with an attention to detail, allows me to produce a solutions-based productive work environment.

Celestial Gift Experiences is essentially my personal bucket list sold via an online catalogue in the form of activity gift vouchers (a.k.a. experience gifts).  The new flagship store sports cutting edge USA based shopping cart software to include powerful functionality & sophisticated design.  My vision will always be to have a platform that generates cash without consuming time. With this ideology as my focus I continue to automate the operational and fulfillment process as far as possible.  The business is completely self-funded and remains debt free with an increase in annual turnover of 500% since 2010.

Celestial Gifts is exclusively partnered to all of SA’s major loyalty programs, including eBucks, UCount, Nedbank Greenbacks, Momentum, The Achievement Awards Group, Virgin Money, Discovery Mall & ABSA Rewards etc.

Due to our reliance on tourism & hospitality in order to operate, during lock-down 2020, Celestial Gifts ground to a complete halt.  As a result of lock down, I’ve launched the eCommerce Agency I’ve always wanted where I’m able to share my 15+ years of eCommerce experience along with my 25+ years of business IP with other aspiring entrepreneurs & solo-preneurs.

Areas of Expertise

Odette ButchereCommerce | Digital Transformation | Digital Marketing | Digital Media | Social Media Management | Search Engine Marketing | Video Marketing | Google Advertising | Search Engine Optimisation | Bot Development | Customer Relationship Management | DropShipping | Email Marketing | Blogging | Product Development | Business Development | Operations & Fulfillment Management | System & Dbase Design | Financial Management | Facilities Management | Business Continuity Procedures | Cost Containment | Streamlining & Automation of Business Processes | Identifying & Implementing Business Procedures | Business Communication | Project Management | Corporate Incentives/ Gifts | Team Building | Loyalty Programs


Ambassador, Trainer & Coach, Ready Made Stores (UK) |

November 2020 – To Date

  • Social Media Management
  • Content & Digital Creation (Social Media Platforms & YouTube Channel)
  • Script, Create & Produce Weekly Explainer Videos for YouTube Channel
  • Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Digital Marketing, eCommerce & Online Advertising Course Creator & Weekly Webinar Presenter

Ready Made Mentor ~ Prepare & Broadcast Daily to Participants Regarding Ecommerce, Digital Marketing & Online Advertising Tasks, Tips, Strategies & Lessons Of The Day.

March ’20 – Present | eCommerce Agency | 

Initiation, implementation & execution of an eCommerce Agency as a result of lock-down 2020. 

eCommerce Consultant, Coach & Trainer

  • Digital Transformation, Future Proof & eCommerce Consultant
  • eCommerce Virtual Services
  • eCommerce Remote Management
  • Ready Made Dropping Shipping Shops
  • eCommerce Property Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Media
  • Social Media Management
  • Online Advertising
  • Content Creation & Copy Writing 

May ’05 – Present | Celestial Gift Experiences |

Founder & Solopreneur  

  • Odette Butcher

    Business Planning & eCommerce Strategy
  • Sales & Business Development
  • Product Development
  • Digital Marketing & Online Advertising
  • Content & Digital Creator
  • Customer Support & Complaint Handling
  • Compliance & Legal
  • Financial & Expense Management
  • Copywriting & Blogging
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Management of Operator & Reseller Partnerships
  • eCommerce Operations & Fulfilment

Education & Academic Achievements

Google Certified | Renewed Annually

Shopping, Search, Display, Discovery, Smart & Measurement

South Peninsula Technical College | 1994

National Senior Certificate | Business Studies | Graduated with Distinctions