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Kristine Tudhope CA (SA)

CEO

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Kristine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2015. After spending some time in industry, gaining exposure to finance, reporting, operations, logistics, and other functions in the corporate world, she moved into entrepreneurship. She is uniquely positioned to bring her financial know-how, coupled with an understanding of operations and technology, to her clients.

With her passion for seeing people unlock their full potential, Kristine has taken on the privilege of serving other entrepreneurs and business owners with enthusiasm through her training and financial consulting services.

She believes we are responsible for raising the next generation of youth to be employable and enterprising, well-skilled and excellent at what they do, and feel like they have a meaning and purpose in life.

“The earlier in the life of a child we can tackle these issues, the better! Together we can change the lives of the next generation and positively contribute to our world at large.”

Dave Emslie

Business Manager

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Dave studied at Graaff Reinet Teachers’ College and Rhodes University and began his teaching career at Grey Junior School in 1981.

Upon leaving his teaching career in 1988, he spent five years working in Human Resources and Marketing at Delta Motor Corporation. In 1994 he was appointed as CEO of EP Cricket and later combined this role with the Warriors Professional Cricket Franchise CEO. During this time, he worked across a range of functions and gained valuable general management experience. In 2013 he left EP Cricket/Warriors and spent two years in Mauritius on a golf management assignment, Mont Choisy Le Golf. On his return, he was appointed CEO of MBAT, a training and development company subsidiary to a JSE listed holding company.

Although Dave moved away from education, it remained a very keen interest of his. He served on various school governing bodies, and through his cricket job responsibilities, he kept close to schools, how they operate and what they need to do to succeed.

In February 2020, Dave took up his current position as Business Manager at Woodridge College and Preparatory School. Since his appointment, he has continually looked for innovative ways of building the “business” of Woodridge; this resulted in the concept of Woodridge Connect. After over a year of preparation, Dave is pleased to be part of the team and plays an integral role across the varied aspects of Woodridge Connect.

Dr Catherine Logie

Academic Advisor

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Dr Logie completed a PhD in Chemistry at Rhodes University. Her post-university experience includes 14 years of teaching entry-level chemistry at various South African universities and two post-doctoral research fellowships, one at Oregon State University in the USA and the other at Port Elizabeth Technikon.

This has been followed by 14 years of teaching physical sciences at high schools, which led to her taking up a position as Director of Academics at Woodridge College, the school she matriculated from many moons ago. She has a passion for empowering teenagers to achieve to the best of their ability.

Sherona de Villiers

Admissions Custodian

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Sherona has more than 10 years’ working experience in Private IEB schools. Her sound understanding of the administrative support required “behind the scenes” of a school, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ensures the smooth day-to-day functioning of a school.

Her experience in liaising with external suppliers and education providers, notably, the Independent Examinations Board, along with her enthusiastic, quick responses, perfectly positions her to bring structure and peace of mind to our team and students.

She strongly believes that “limits exist in your own mind” and it is important that every child be given an opportunity to learn and a firm foundation on which to build their futures.

Ajit Gopalakrishnan

Technical Partner

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Ajit Gopalakrishnan is the head of Odin Education, a division of Jendamark Automation.

Ajit’s work experience spans several industries and functions, ranging from; education, engineering, marketing, factory and project management, including leading two significant factory transformation projects for a multinational FMCG organization. Ajit holds an engineering degree from UCT and a master’s degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt –

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