Recently Northlink College welcomed Alana James, the new College Council Chairperson for 2016. Her appointment followed the conclusion of the term of the previous chairperson, Guy Harris, in 2015. Alana accepted the appointment and will head up all decisions relating to College matters. The council, management and staff believe that she is the best person for the position and have expressed their satisfaction with the process. She has significant knowledge and experience, garnered by working or participating at board level at a range of top companies and institutions, such as the Sunflower Fund, where she is currently CEO, as well as the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
She explains: “In order to succeed as chairperson, having a sound knowledge of the following is important: knowledge of the TVET sector, the role of the colleges that fall under the jurisdiction of the TVET Sector; the overall post-school sector, as envisaged by the Green Paper on Post School Education in South Africa; experience in strategic planning and decision-making, and understanding the programme qualification mix (PQM) and how the right PQM can support employability, to name but a few. I also think you need a positive attitude, the ability to think holistically, to work in a team and to support conflict resolution.”
Alana is passionate about people, and a creative thinker who has developed a strong network in her career. She has worked on both sides of the spectrum and is also familiar with the NPO sector, resulting in an adaptable and sustainable management style. She has a keen eye for detail and is a solution-driven leader, who is always ready to accept a challenge.
Her experience has allowed her to focus on exceptionally high standards in terms of service delivery and a key aspect of her experience is to grow relationships, brand awareness, and loyalty with staff and external stakeholders and partners in various local and national forums, ánd in the international arena.
Northlink College is delighted that she has come on board, thus bringing new fresh and relevant insights from the private sector that will add immense value to the current state of the college and TVET sector as a whole.
“We wish Alana much success in her great task, and envisage that she takes the college to greater heights during her term as the official chairperson of Northlink College.” – Northlink College Principal, Mr Leon Beech
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