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Meet the Team

NewBridge College is the vision of education trail-blazers Craig Duff and Odette Francesconi. Collectively, the duo boasts many years of experience and expertise in education, training and development.

Together with Principal Roger Collins and Head of Academic Operations Cheryl Baxter, as well as expert industry consultants Dr Craig Blewett and Kevin Johnson, NewBridge College is the culmination of their passion and unparalleled commitment to delivering a relevant and independent learning platform.

Welcome to the future of education.

CRAIG DUFF
CRAIG DUFFCEO
Craig is the founder of Varsity College, which opened its doors in 1990 and has since grown from strength to strength. He was applauded for expanding Varsity College into a national private education business, opening eight campuses throughout South Africa. Craig has spearheaded a number of private higher education colleges in his 20+ years in the Higher Education Sector in South Africa.
ODETTE FRANCESCONI
ODETTE FRANCESCONIHead of Institute
Odette is passionate about innovation in education. She has a remarkable track record of executing fresh and creative approaches while efficiently driving strategic operational processes. With experience spanning 30 years, including 20 years of service as Managing Director of Varsity College, Odette has initiated an abundance of excellent campus projects, collaborations and business partnerships in the never-ending quest for maximum student development.
ROGER COLLINS
ROGER COLLINSPrincipal
Roger brings over 30 years of excellent teaching and management experience to the team. He has been devoted to both school and higher education campuses as a principal and as Head of The Institute of Marketing Management Graduate School in Durban. Roger’s passion lies in ensuring that students are thoroughly prepared for the world of work that awaits them after graduation and beyond.
CHERYL BAXTER
CHERYL BAXTERHead of Academic Operations
Cheryl is passionate about empowering others via mutually respectful relationships and excellent interpersonal skills. After graduating from UKZN, she worked at Queensburgh Girls’ High School for over a decade, thereafter moving into the private sector as Deputy Principal at Oakridge College. Cheryl served as Vice Principal of Academics at Varsity College before serving as Principal of Rosebank College. At NewBridge College, she is responsible for staff management, financial operations and student support.
DR. CRAIG BLEWETT
DR. CRAIG BLEWETTEducational Strategist
Craig has a PHD in Educational Technology and is the developer of the Activated Classroom Teaching (ACT) model, a ground-breaking approach to digital-age teaching and learning. He has authored multiple books and has over 25 years’ experience in educational technology. He is also an internationally-acclaimed speaker. His innovative approaches have impacted thousands of educators around the world and have been featured widely via international media.
KEVIN JOHNSON
KEVIN JOHNSONSales and Marketing
Kevin brings an incredible array of leadership and development expertise to our team as the founder and owner of Resolve Consulting, which facilitates a company’s Corporate Social Investment spend. He is also the founder and chairperson of the Ride4Education trust. While working at Varsity College, Kevin founded the School Leadership Programme and was the co-founder of the Counsellors Forum and ‘Project Life’; platforms created to develop counsellors and Life Orientation teachers in their professional capacity. Last but not least, Kevin served as Chairperson on the KZN board of MACE (Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education).
LENNARD KORSTEN
LENNARD KORSTENIT Manager and Network Engineering Lecturer
With 10 years of experience in the IT sector, including 7 years of student training and lecturing, Lennard is well-placed to bring a wealth of industry knowledge and insights to the IT Department. Throughout his career, he has embarked on consistent self-improvement through both certification and copious self-learning, and his passion for innovation and challenging projects sees Lennard constantly growing and developing.