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, 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 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 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 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 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.
KRISTAL MOODLEYFinancial Manager
Kristal is approaching her 20 th year of experience in the financial sector, having worked for both private and corporate businesses. With Diplomas in Bookkeeping, Payroll and SARS, and Business Management from Varsity College to bolster her impressive track record, and a passion for working with the youth of SA, Kristal is excited to bring her expertise to the tertiary education sector.
FREEDOM NYAWOStudent Advisor
Freedom is an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who invests a lot of personal energy into helping students plan their future and make smart career and life choices. He is well-qualified, having achieved him Bachelor of Business Administration and a Higher Certificate, both specialising in Supply Chain and Logistics Management. Having worked as a Marketing Assistant before spending 4 years at Rosebank College as a Student Advisor, Freedom’s experience as both student and advisor in the education field will be valuable for students looking to kickstart their lives in the working world.
SCOTT EDWARDSMarketing Manager
Scott is a motivated and ambitious individual with a passion for sales and marketing in education. This skillset has been fostered during 8 years at Varsity College, which saw him rising through the ranks to Vice Principal of Marketing. Scott has worked in various environments, bringing his extensive knowledge and experience to a wide range of industries. With his return to the education sector, he is excited to apply his expertise in new and innovative ways.
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.
SIMANGA NGCONGOProfessional Development Programme Manager
Simanga is a dedicated and motivated individual with an extensive career path spanning many areas in the education sector. With a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Training and Development and a Postgraduate Diploma in HR
Management, he is currently working towards his Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies. Having served as Head of Department and Programme Manager at Rosebank College, before being promoted to the Vice Principal of
Academics and over 10 years lecturing experience in Business Management and Human Resources Managementmodules, Simanga brings his management and educational expertise to effectively managing the NewBridge College Professional Development Programme.
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.
With a passion for encouraging young people to learn and prepare for life, Herziel is a devoted and enthusiastic administrator. She has a wealth of experience as an Events Coordinator, creating and managing both local and international events. Dedicated to constantly developing and expanding her skillsets, Herziel is currently working towards her Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and looks forward to helping students to dream big and work hard to make those dreams a reality.