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HR in Schools Conference


10 – 11 May 2017
The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

Without a doubt there is no profession more important to the success of our country than teaching!

The HR in Schools Conference 2017 was designed and developed to assist HR professionals in schools to stay up-to-date, develop their skills, knowledge and competencies in order to help make their school more efficient and effective. This event will deal with critical challenges facing HR professionals in schools today, for example how to find and retain top talent, how to help teachers who are very stretched, overwhelmed and burnt-out, how to help schools grow effective leaders and managers, latest legislation changes implications, what the future school will look like and MORE!


  • A focus on HR challenges and trends locally and globally but tailored to schools
  • Remain relevant and up-to-date in what’s happening in HR
  • Feel empowered to make the right decisions and take your HR function to the next level
  • Gain tools and strategies to organise your HR department
  • Leveraging HR technology in schools how do we make HR more relevant
  • Connect with other school leaders facing similar issues and challenges – network and build relationships. Learn from each other, exchange ideas and jointly address the challenges you face


  • Heads of HR
  • Senior HR managers
  • Principals
  • Any school administrator involved in human capital management


Contact Debbie Atwell +27 83 651 1664 or


DAY ONE • 10 MAY 2017
07:30–08:30 Registration and arrival refreshments and snacks


Welcome by the Chairperson


The Role of HR in partnering with heads of school in the changing educational landscape

Dr Tim Nuttall Rector,
St Stithians


Developing leadership capabilities: equipping the pilot while flying the plane

Professor Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist and Visiting Professor in Work Psychology, UJ

10:14–10:45 Morning break


The recognition and development of hope for South African school leaders and teachers: the effects of positive practices and positive leadership on school performance

An Bakkes, Life, Business, Agile Coach, Trainer & Facilitator (Author of Embracing Anxiety)


Remuneration and reward in a changing world

Dr Mark Bussin, Chairperson, 21St Century Pay Solutions


TRACK 1: Setting HR standards: The role of SABPP
Marius Meyer, CEO, SABPP (SA Board of People Practices)

Track 2: Implicit bias and developing cultural intelligence skills
Nene Molefi, Owner and Managing Director, Mandate Molefi

13:00–14:00 Networking lunch


TRACK 1: Before the Interview
Amit Ramdath, Founder and CEO, Impress Me

TRACK 2: How do the amendments to the Labour Relations Act impact schools?
Lovanya Moodley, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

14:45–15:15 Afternoon Break


TRACK 1: Leveraging HR technology in schools how do we make HR more relevant

TRACK 2: Are you embracing transformation or stuck in the “dark ages”?

15:15–15:30 Break


Neuroscience – tools for creating a better workplace for teachers (including interactive exercises and techniques to use back at work)

Ingra du Buisson Narsai, Director, NeuroCapital

16:45 Wrap up day one


DAY TWO • 11 MAY 2017

08:30–08:40  Recap day one

Heads need shoulders: looking at middle management development and developing critical skills to help
them flourish

Greg Royce, Rector, St Peters Boys’ Preparatory

Building engagement and a culture of recognition

Marilize Erasmus, Senior Consultant, Free to Grow

10:30–11:00 Morning break


Multiple generations in the workplace - understanding , managing and engaging generations in the workplace in order to keep them engaged

Preesha Persad, Senior Manager: Talent Development, EY


Education in challenging times – HR’s role and approach (case study)

Dr Theo Nell, Senior Manager: OD and Rentia Landman, Recruitment and Assessment Advisor, University of Cape Town (UCT)

12:30–13:30 Lunch


The power of HR metrics and analytics for managing schools

Martin Sutherland, Global Director, PeopleTree Group


Building the talent pipeline: a case study on identifying and developing high potential leaders to drive
Education in SA for the 21st Century”

Anneke Croucamp, Director: Operations and Ryan Davis, Senior Consultant, JvR Consulting


Afternoon break


Living and leading in uncertainty

Kathy Bennett, Leadership Coach, OD Consultant and Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Stellenbosch Business School.  (Author of Living and Leading in Uncertainty)

16:00 Wrap up and closure


DR TIM NUTTALL, Rector, St Stithians
Dr Tim Nuttall is the Rector and Executive Head of St Stithians College and has been in this post since 2013. He is a passionate and committed South African educationalist, having worked in various roles since the late 1980s. Tim was educated at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown, and at the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal).A Rhodes scholarship e University of Oxford, where he was awarded a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and then a doctorate in History. His career as an educationalist has included the following roles: an Associate Professor of History at the University of Natal, a Senior Deputy Headmaster at St Andrew’s College, a consultant on an international school project in Kenya, a consultant to the Historic Schools Restoration Project in South Africa, and Head of the Senior School of Somerset College.
PROFESSOR THEO VELDSMAN, Psychologist and Visiting Professor in Work Psychology, UJ (Editor - Leadership: Perspectives from the Front Line)
Theo Veldsman is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with respect to people management and the psychology of work. Over many years he has demonstrated his on-going ability to pro-actively identify emerging people and leadership needs and arrive at fit, innovative solutions that are simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. Theo holds a PhD Industrial Psychology. He is a registered Industrial Psychologist and Research Psychologist and accredited HRM Practitioner. Theo has extensive research and development, as well as consulting experience over the past 35 years in the fields of strategy formulation and implementation; strategic organisational change; organisational (re)design; team building; leadership/management and strategic people/ talent management. He has consulted/ consults with many leading South African companies, and organisations overseas, in the above areas in the roles of Advisor, Expert, Coach/ Mentor. He is the author of two books, and has contributed nine book chapters. He has recently left UJ where he head of the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, Faculty of Management since 2008. He has led the profession of Psychology and Industrial Psychology nationally as President on several occasions. He has been awarded Fellowship status by the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of SA (SIOPSA). He also was given an Award for Life Long Achievement by the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) in 2012.
DR MARK BUSSIN, Chairperson, 21St Century Pay Solutions
Dr Mark Bussin is the Chairman of 21st Century Pay Solutions, Chair and Board member of many organisations, an Associate Professor at UJ, President of SARA, Commissioner in the Presidency and Author. He has held global reward positions in several multinational organisations. Mark holds a Doctorate of Commerce and supervises MBA, Masters and PhD students doing their research and theses. He is the author of four books and over 300 popular articles.
MARIUS MEYER, CEO, SABPP (SA Board of People Practices)
Marius Meyer is CEO of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), the professional body for HR practitioners and statutory Education and Training Quality Assurance Body for HR in South Africa. Marius facilitated training and consulting interventions for more than a 100 companies. Previously Marius lectured in HRD at the University of South Africa and University of Johannesburg and he is still involved in academic work for North-West University and Stellenbosch University. He has been an HRD practitioner, consultant, academic and manager for the last 20 years. Marius is registered as a Master HR Professional and Mentor with SABPP. He is an advisory board member of the African Society for Talent Development. Marius is a regular speaker at local and international conferences and author of 22 books and 150 articles. The latest output of his team is the National HR Competency Model, as well as a full set of national HR standards, the first set of national HR standards in the world. His latest books are on HR Standards, HR Competencies and HR Risk Management to be published in June 2015.
NENE MOLEFI, Owner and Managing Director, Mandate Molefi
Nene Molefi is the Owner and Managing Director of Mandate Molefi Human Resources Consultants, a wellestablished company with a track record that spans over 14 years in the field of Change and Transformation. Nene’s interest in the field of Change and Transformation began when she worked for Eskom for a period of 10 years. Eskom, being the trend setter in change processes provided Nene with an opportunity for great exposure both within SA and abroad. While at Eskom, her active involvement in the country debates on Change and Transformation led to her secondment to the Department of Labour to head the HR Directorate. This was during the time when South Africa was developing legislation aimed at transforming the labour market. Nene was involved in the department during the development of South Africa’s Employment Equity Act. She later took up the position of Executive Director: Transformation for the City of Cape Town where her role was to oversee the amalgamation and rationalisation of various municipalities into one and to ensure an inclusive culture for all. Some of the large projects she has led through her consulting company include the development of a Change Imperative with SA Judiciary conducting workshops with all the Judges of the 9 provincial High Courts. She was also part of a 42 member global panel of experts (co-ordinated from New York) which developed the Global Diversity Benchmarks – a practical and systemic tool for Diversity benchmarks in any organisations. Nene is also a trained Coach with the Coaches Training Institute and has also completed its Leadership Training in San Francisco, USA. She has acquired experience with many international initiatives e.g. being contracted by the then National Department of Foreign Affairs to work with South African Embassies across the world. Nene is also a guest speaker and associate lecturer for two of South Africa’s leading business schools and leadership institutions. Nene has also gained experience in corporate boards by being a non-executive director of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. She also sits on the advisory board of the Auditor General of South Africa.
MARILIZE ERASMUS, Senior Consultant, Free to Grow
Marilize’s mission is to improve each individual she interacts with by bringing deeper insight into themselves, their roles and the purpose of their life. Over her 25 year career, Marilize’s previous roles include that of Joint Chief Operating Officer of AdvTech Resourcing and Managing Director of Network Recruitment. She holds a BA degree from the University of Stellenbosch, has completed a Leadership course through University of Pretoria (GIBS) and is in the process of getting certified as an Executive Coach. She is a representative of Free to Grow in Gauteng, a role she has fulfilled since 2014. She also has her own business called The Impact Group: Placement People.
INGRA DU BUISSON NARSAI, Director, NeuroCapital
Ingra is a registered Organisational Psychologist in private practice. She is the co-founder and Director of NeuroCapital Consulting. NeuroCapital consults to some of South Africa’s most admired companies. Ingra has more than 16 years of Executive level experience in corporate South Africa including Group HR Director for Famous Brands Limited, Human Resources Executive (Aegis Insurance/RMBH Group), HR Director (Usko/Bytes Technology). Academically, she holds: A MComm (Organisational Psychology), a BComm Hons (Strategic Management) and an MSc in Neuroleadership through Middlesex University. In 2016 she obtained a Masters in Neuroscience of Leadership.
AN BAKKES, Life, Business, Agile Coach, Trainer & Facilitator (Author of Embracing Anxiety)
An’s journey includes executive and senior management roles as well as managing mergers and acquisitions. An brings versatility and insight that stretches across disciplines, knowledge domains and different industries. She holds a number of portfolios in her professional career. One Portfolio is being an associate of Symphonia Leadership Development and within this An is an accredited Flawless Consulting Facilitator as well as the designer and facilitator of the Embracing Anxiety course which focuses on navigating uncertainty, complexity and building resilience in the workplace. Another portfolio is facilitating change enablement with the focus on IT Systems Implementation and the adoption of Agile into teams and organisations. An also is involved in coaching and organisations into the next stage of their company’s development and growth. Her last portfolio focuses on an approach that invites people to discover their courage in stressful and demanding situations through collaboration and co-creation and increased awareness. Being a two time cancer victor, An has intimate knowledge of anxiety within various levels of life and the workplace. She has designed a model that focuses on embracing our anxiety and turning it into success. Clients An has been associated with include Amazon, MTN banking, Old Mutual, Woolworth Financial Services, TFG and more.
GREG ROYCE, Rector, St Peters Boys’ Preparatory
Greg has taught at four different schools, both primary and high, and has been a Head for over 30 years. He has a particular interest in human talent development. A Leadership Development Programme which he co-developed for St Peter’s is now enjoying increasing popularity at other schools. He has been a speaker at the SAHISA National Conference, the conference of Heads of Private Schools in Botswana and the International Boys Schools Coalition. He is a member of the Board of St Peter’s College and the Eco Children Foundation in the Mpumalanga Lowveld and a former member of the Dainfern Board. Greg has a BA HED from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has spoken at conferences around the world including one which was hosted by the Prince of Bahrain. Greg shared a platform with the likes of Tony Wagner from Harvard University and the Minister of Education from Finland and many others.
DR THEO NELL, Senior Manager: OD, University of Cape Town
A registered industrial psychologist, with more than 20 years’ experience in the private, public and higher education sectors, Theo’s field of specialisation is organisational development, organisational dynamics, talent management and the role that leadership and management play in the effective design and translation of organisational strategy. In 2004 Theo obtained his DPhil in leadership, performance and change from the University of Johannesburg. Apart from heading up organisational development at the University of Cape Town, Theo consults to various companies on organisational development, strategy and profit Optimisation. He has also acted as supervisory psychologist for a number of intern industrial psychologists.
DR TIM NUTTALL, Rector, St Stithians
Dr Tim Nuttall is the Rector and Executive Head of St Stithians College and has been in this post since 2013. He is a passionate and committed South African educationalist, having worked in various roles since the late 1980s. Tim was educated at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown, and at the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal).A Rhodes scholarship e University of Oxford, where he was awarded a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and then a doctorate in History. His career as an educationalist has included the following roles: an Associate Professor of History at the University of Natal, a Senior Deputy Headmaster at St Andrew’s College, a consultant on an international school project in Kenya, a consultant to the Historic Schools Restoration Project in South Africa, and Head of the Senior School of Somerset College.
RENTIA LANDMAN, Recruitment and Assessment Advisor, UCT
A registered industrial psychologist, with 16 years’ experience in mainly the Financial Services Industry and higher education sectors. Rentia’s fields of specialisation are Assessments, Industrial Relations, Talent Management and Organisational Development. Rentia is passionate about delivering strategic HR support and services as a key business partner and in developing HR practitioners in becoming transformational leaders. Apart from heading up the centre for professional and personal insight at the University of Cape Town, Rentia consults to various companies on Assessments, Performance Management and Organisational Development. She has also acted as supervisory psychologist for intern industrial psychologists.
MARTIN SUTHERLAND, Global Director, PeopleTree Group
Martin is the Global Director of PeopleTree Talent Analytics International, a software and consulting firm focused on talent analytics. He is a founder member of the company, launched in 1998, and has been responsible for its global expansion. Clients are spread across 47 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the US, Central and South America and recently India. Prior to the formation of PeopleTree, Martin was a director of the largest public relations and communications company in South Africa. He regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes articles on the topic of talent management. He has 23 years of professional consulting experience in the ICT, Energy and Power, Financial Services & Banking, Transport, Retail and Manufacturing sectors
LOVANYA MOODLEY, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Lovanya is an employment and labour lawyer based in Johannesburg. She specialises in employment litigation, specifically in individual employment law. She advises clients on all aspects of employment law, including handling collective and or derivative misconduct, retrenchments, the enforcement of restraints of trade, the interpretation and application of collective agreements, reviews of arbitration awards, condonation and rescission applications, and organisational rights disputes. Lovanya began her career at a boutique labour law firm in Durban, where she gained considerable experience in public sector employment litigation while acting for a large trade union since 2011. She then relocated to Gauteng in June 2016 and gained further exposure to employment disputes within highly unionised environments while employed at a legal services advisory firm as a Labour Law Consultant to mining houses, before joining the firm in February 2017. She also regularly trains clients on their employment law compliance obligations and is a qualified training facilitator. Lovanya holds an LLM Business Law, an LLM Labour Law and an LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a National Certificate in Banking and Risk Management from the University of South Africa. She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2011. She is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces, South Africa and also a member of the South African Society of Labour Law.
ANNEKE CROUCAMP, Director: Operations, JvR
Anneke Croucamp is the Director of Operations at JvR Consulting Psychologists. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology and is registered with the Health Professions Council of SA. She has 17 years of corporate experience. During this time she took up various leadership roles and extended her OD experience into Africa. Her passion lies in the field of organisational culture and transformation; change management; and leadership behaviour change at individual and team level. Anneke is a trained coach, NLP practitioner and Eduprofilogist. She works from a positive psychology stance and integrates systems thinking, group process consultation and person centered psychology in her consulting approach. She believes that her role is to help others find their “flow” through the stories they tell of their experiences. As such, she partners with clients to find practical solutions that fit their context. She is passionate about people and aims to ignite learning and growth for the leaders and teams she engages with DR KATHY BENNETT, Leadership Coach, Adjunct Faculty Member & OD Consultant (Author of Living and Leading Through Uncertainty)
Kathy has had twelve years of experience in all facets of Human Resource Management in the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries, culminating in an executive role for five years with Adcock Ingram. Since leaving the corporate world, Kathy fulfils 3 primary roles: leadership coach, part-time faculty member on the M Phil (Management Coaching) programme at USB and OD consultant (with emphasis on change leadership). Kathy has a PhD from the University of Johannesburg and a Master’s degree in professional coaching through Middlesex University in London. Her doctoral study explored executives’ lived experience of uncertainty and the construct of a capability for uncertainty. She is the co-author of A guide for Coachees: How to optimise your personal coaching journey, and Living and Leading through Uncertainty, both published by KR.
RYAN DAVIS, Senior Consultant, JvR
Ryan is a registered Industrial Psychologist and a senior consultant with JvR Consulting. He is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships, as well as advising on and implementing interventions which enhance the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. He is passionate about personal and leadership development, youth and communal development, coaching/mentoring, strategy, organisational development. He has held leadership positions in communal organisations and in youth movements, which he now advises and mentors. He has also worked as an educator in several South African schools. Ryan has a master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

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