College Council

About: College Council

The council, prescribed by the CET Act (no 16 of 2006), is the highest
decision-making body of the college. The purpose of the council is threefold.
 To provide strategic direction to the college to enable the
institution to fulfil its mandate of providing education and
training to its students
1. To develop and adopt policies in a range of areas which will
assist college management which will assist college
management and staff to implement the strategic plan
2. To monitor and report on performance of the college, its
management and staff in fulfilling the institutional strategic
plan.

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Leon Beech
Principal

About: Leon Beech

Education and Training Activist for the past 35 years which commenced in 1981 at the then Athlone Technical College. Qualified as an artisan in the Building and Civil Industry and has a specific passion in woodworking. Very involved in youth development, specifically Career Guidance and Leadership Training. A sports administrator for many years and practices karate. He has a 6th Dan Black Belt in GojuRyu karate with the title of Renshi, ” teacher of teachers”. His passion in the TVET College sector is to ensure that as many as possible of our students succeed in their studies, are placed in suitable employment and remain a friend of Northlink College.

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Rulaine Cunningham
DP: Education and Training

About: Rulaine Cunningham

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Neil Maggott
DP: Corporate Services

About: Neil Maggott

He started his career in Technical College education 30 years ago as a Motor Mechanic lecturer. After completing his National Diploma – Mechanical Engineering and National Teachers Diploma – Technical, he was responsible for schools liaison and career guidance at the then Athlone Technical College.

In 1992, Neil lectured at Peninsula Technikon in the Faculty – Mechanical Engineering for one quarter and thereafter he was appointed by the Department of Education as an Education Inspector/Subject Advisor for Technical Education at school level.

In 1995, he was appointed to the post of Senior Planner for Technical College Education with the Western Cape Education Department. During this time, Neil facilitated a Public-Private Partnership in the Southern Cape to establish an Industry Accredited Skill Training Centre.

In February 2001 he was appointed to act as the Rector of the then Wingfield Technical College and in February 2004, with the merger of Tygerberg, Wingfield, Protea and Bellville Colleges, he was assigned the portfolio of Human Resources and Administration at Northlink College.

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Trish van der Merwe
DP: Innovation and Development

About: Trish van der Merwe

Theresia (Trish) has 30 years’ experience in Education & Training – half of these spent in executive management in the technical college and TVET sector. She holds several degrees and diplomas from various institutions, including a M. Ed. (Policy Studies) cum laude from Stellenbosch University. Apart from keeping our scorecard, ensuring strategic Marketing and Communication and driving all international partnerships, Trish also initiated and implemented MOT (Norwegian life skills programme) and developed a Total Quality Management System (TQMS). She has served on various college councils, academic boards and external forums in the business and social arena. Her wide-ranging knowledge, experience and visits to international institutions serve as a benchmark for positioning Northlink College globally.

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Deon van Rooyen
DP: Finance

About Deon van Rooyen

Qualified as Chartered Accountant at PWC, where he worked for more than 10 years. Joined the Rembrandt Group in 1994 as part of business reconstruction. In 1996 formed his own consulting practice and joined an audit practice as the training/consulting partner of the practice.

During employment at PWC as an auditor and as a consultant, he had to ensure that various mutual funds under administration had proper Audit & Risk Committees and adhered to the regulations applicable. Has also been part of the compliance teams regarding JSE Listings and the various dealings with the Registrar on behalf of large Medical Scheme and Insurance Administrators and corporates under Business Rescue. Involved as consultant in educational process development programs regarding finance as well as administration of businesses under business rescue.

Currently part of the TVET Financial Transformation Project as consultant for SAICA based at Northlink College as Deputy Principal: Finance.

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Deon van Rooyen
DP: Finance

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Yolandelene Potgieter
Manager: Finance

About: Yolandelene Potgieter

The Finance Division of Northlink College is situated at the Central Office where all financial operations of the College are being performed. The College has an annual turnover of R 150 million.

The key operations are Procurement, Payment of Creditors, Payroll, Debt Collections and Bursary administration. The division consists of 36 Staff Members.

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Trish van der Merwe
DP: Innovation and Development

About: Trish van der Merwe

Theresia (Trish) has 30 years’ experience in Education & Training – half of these spent in executive management in the technical college and TVET sector. She holds several degrees and diplomas from various institutions, including a M. Ed. (Policy Studies) cum laude from Stellenbosch University. Apart from keeping our scorecard, ensuring strategic Marketing and Communication and driving all international partnerships, Trish also initiated and implemented MOT (Norwegian life skills programme) and developed a Total Quality Management System (TQMS). She has served on various college councils, academic boards and external forums in the business and social arena. Her wide-ranging knowledge, experience and visits to international institutions serve as a benchmark for positioning Northlink College globally.

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Chantal Lincoln
 Manager (Acting) : Quality Assurance

About: Chantal Lincoln

The purpose of the Quality Assurance Department is to create a quality culture within the college. The objectives of the Quality Assurance Department are to identify and meet the needs and expectations of our customers and other interested parties in an effective and efficient manner. Secondly to achieve, maintain and improve the overall performance and capabilities of the college.

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Dion Miller
Senior Manager: Occupational Training

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Una Finnucane
Manager (Acting) – Marketing

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Neil Maggott
DP: Corporate Services

About: Neil Maggott

He started his career in Technical College education 30 years ago as a Motor Mechanic lecturer. After completing his National Diploma – Mechanical Engineering and National Teachers Diploma – Technical, he was responsible for schools liaison and career guidance at the then Athlone Technical College.

In 1992, Neil lectured at Peninsula Technikon in the Faculty – Mechanical Engineering for one quarter and thereafter he was appointed by the Department of Education as an Education Inspector/Subject Advisor for Technical Education at school level.

In 1995, he was appointed to the post of Senior Planner for Technical College Education with the Western Cape Education Department. During this time, Neil facilitated a Public-Private Partnership in the Southern Cape to establish an Industry Accredited Skill Training Centre.

In February 2001 he was appointed to act as the Rector of the then Wingfield Technical College and in February 2004, with the merger of Tygerberg, Wingfield, Protea and Bellville Colleges, he was assigned the portfolio of Human Resources and Administration at Northlink College.

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Terence Slade
Manager: Physical Resources

About: Terence Slade

The Physical resources Department is mandated to maintain all of the Northlink properties and assets at 9 sites as well as plan future development of these sites. We also manage the vehicle fleet, the gardening team, Health and Safety as well as the contractors employed to perform major building projects and emergencies. The staff consists of 14 gardeners, 4 drivers, 13 maintenance people and 5 office staff members.

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Grant van Staden
Manager (Acting): HR

About: Grant van Staden

The Human Resources Department is committed to identifying and responding to the College’s ever changing needs. Our objective is to facilitate greater productivity and effectiveness by promoting and recruiting the best qualified people. We aim to create an environment that values diversity, employee development and honest feedback.Through sound policies and practices, we strive to balance the needs of the employees, and the needs of the college while ensuring compliance with all legislative standards and requirements. By serving as knowledgeable resources and advisors to management and staff, we actively support the college’s mission of being the leading provider of education and training excellence.

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Anton Fourie
Manager: ITS & IT

About: Anton Fourie

The ICT and Administration Department consist of all ITC infrastructure and it entails the College’s Wide Area Network (WAN). This includes computers, printers, servers and communication equipment. ITS is the College Business Management System (BMS). It is predominantly used in Higher Educational Institutions on which all administration functions are performed.

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Rulaine Cunningham
DP: Education and Training

About: Rulaine Cunningham

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Jacob Kotsi
Campus Manager: Tygerberg

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Pat Lawrence
Campus Manager: Belhar

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Mark Corneilse
Campus Manager: Wingfield

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Kirk Randall
Campus Manager: Belville

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Pierre de Waal
Campus Manager: Parow

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Sandra Schmidt
Campus Manager: Goodwood

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Nolan Kearns
Campus Manager: Protea

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Senior Manager – Ministerial and Vocational Programmes

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Lamese Chetty
Manager (Acting): Student Support Services


Student Council (2017)
From Left: President: Siyabonga Sopayisa (Parow), Treasurer: Darren Mienies (Wingfield),  Secretary: Chantelle Oktober (Goodwood), Vice President: Phonlanyana Boycey ( Bellville)

About: Student Council

Each campus of the college has a Student Council to manage the Student Affairs on that Campus. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of each campus represent their campus on the Northlink College Executive Student Council