Information about our various facilitators
Vanessa Botha is Training Manager at Conflict Dynamics, a specialist training and dispute resolution organisation offering training on conflict management skills, dispute resolution, negotiation skills, employment relations and labour law as well as process interventions such as mediation, facilitation and chairing of enquiries and investigations.
Vanessa has more than 20 years of experience in designing, developing and facilitating training on a variety of issues under the Labour Relations banner, including Conflict Management, Chairing Disciplinary Enquiries, Preparing for and Presenting Cases in Disciplinary Enquiries, Managing Performance and Workplace Discipline and the general application of South African Labour Legislation.
She is an experienced consultant in the areas of Labour Relations and Learning and Development, having consulted independently on these subject matters for 10 years prior to joining Conflict Dynamics. During this time she also practiced in the area of alternative dispute resolution as a Tokiso panellist.
Earlier in her career, Vanessa spent a number of years in the corporate sector, notably as Industrial Relations Specialist for Nestle South Africa. She also has extensive experience in academia having been a part-time lecturer in Labour Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Business School and Faculty of Commerce for 17 years.
Sandra Jayne (Sandy) Sagar grew up, and attended school, in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. She subsequently received her Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg while completing her articles. After passing her qualifying examinations she was admitted as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1985.
Sandy lectured at KZN University in the subjects of Accounting, Auditing and postgraduate Tax and Estate Planning. She also worked in commerce as a Financial Manager. In 2004 an opportunity arose to move into a school environment when Epworth School were looking for an accounting teacher. She rose through the ranks and was the Deputy Head of the High school for five years before being asked to step into the Bursar’s role. This position she held for two years before joining ISASA as Director: Membership and Operations.
Sandy is passionate about education. She has a particular interest in the development of teacher interns, staff development through training and assisting low-fee income schools in the independent sector.
Kirsten is an independent development consultant with 30 years’ experience in the social and economic development sector.
Having lived and worked among rural and township communities (pre and post-apartheid) in South and Sub Saharan Africa, and with experience in the non-government, philanthropic, public and private sectors, she has an appreciation for diversity and inclusion which is reflected in her values and focus on social justice. She is committed to a more just and equitable society and seeks to embody this in her relationships and her process-oriented approach to life and work.
In her capacity as an associate of the Wits University Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS), Kirsten has spent the past three and a half years facilitating workshops on transformation, transformational leadership, inclusion and diversity with clients such as the National Research Foundation (NRF), Universities of Johannesburg, Rhodes and Witwatersrand, Samancor, and several private and government schools.
Keryn House is a strategic marketer with her roots in the education sector. She holds a Higher Diploma in Education from UKZN and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wales.
Keryn has consulted to blue chip companies across South Africa in marketing strategy, sales strategy and business strategy. Her experience includes retail, financial services, media, IT, FMCG and capital equipment.
After holding executive roles in Johannesburg in government and business, she returned to her home province of KZN to be with her family and chose to move back into education. She took up part-time teaching and school marketing. In 2016, she wrote the ISASA publication: A Guide to Effective School Marketing.
Keryn’s strength is translating strategic marketing concepts and market research (such as segmentation, market positioning, target marketing) into practical tactics for implementation in a school setting and creating buy-in to the marketing effort. She works with heads of schools and their marketing teams to help them to enrol and retain more students through strategic marketing.
Judith Griessel is a legal professional and after admission as advocate to the High Court in 1988, started out her career as a prosecutor and magistrate, and then ventured into the corporate field specialising in labour relations management and employment law for 10 years. She started her own legal consultancy in 2005.
Judith has been involved in private education and as consultant to ISASA since 2007, and she has various member schools as clients. She has drafted an Employment Relations manual and a range of pro forma documents for independent schools, including employment contracts and policies.
Judith provides practical advice and assistance for dealing effectively with areas of conflict in the workplace. She is based in Johannesburg but provides services to clients nationally.
Gail Forsman has 30 years’ experience in the Organisational Development and Human Resources environment, five of these at a senior executive level, where she fulfilled the role of HR Director at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals South Africa.
She also has 20 years OD and HR consulting experience, having worked in the Government, Development and Private sectors. She has consulted on:
- HR management
- organisational development and design
- development of HR policies and procedures
- recruitment and selection
design and implementation of performance management systems
- skills development planning
- job grading and evaluation
- design and development of remuneration policies and systems.
Gail is a certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner.
Confidence Dikgole has a total of 30 years’ experience in the education sector. She taught for 10 years before taking up the position of Course Coordinator at Boston City Campus, Johannesburg in February 1999. In July 2000 she joined the South African Certification Council (SAFCERT), now known as Umalusi. This is where her passion for assessment and policy issues was ignited. She worked at Umalusi for 14 years until December 2014, during which period she was promoted to the position of Manager: Quality Assurance of Assessment (Schools).
Confidence joined ISASA in February 2015 and is currently the Director: Policy and Government Relations.
Confidence holds the following qualifications: Diploma in Education from the University of North West; Advanced Certificate in Education (Assessment and Quality Assurance and BEd (Hons) in Assessment and Quality Assurance, both from University of Pretoria; and an MEd: Curriculum and Instruction Leadership from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Confidence is a board member of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) and the Independent Quality Assurance Agency (IQAA). She also serves on various committees and task teams of the Department of Basic Education.
Busi is a multinational resident fellow at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio and independent consultant in facilitation and training. She has recently been appointed an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity (AFRE) in their 2019 programme.
Her work as a dialogue practitioner focuses on issues of race, social justice and transformation. She is part of an ongoing national rollout of a transformation process through the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS) and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
She is a co-founding member of Democracy Works, a South African organisation working on citizen participation in deepening democracy. Her area of focus is around sustainability models for social justice work and cross sector collaboration. She is the former director of Dignity International, a rights-based development organisation.
Alan Arguile is a former senior journalist, communications manager for BMW South Africa, and managing director at a New York-listed advisory firm. He has worked with half the JSE Top 40 companies, Fortune 500 multinationals, more than 20 government departments, universities and independent schools in South Africa.
Alan has personally presented more than 1,000 executive media training sessions, provided advisory and support services on more than 200 significant corporate and education-related crises, and authored dozens of policies and protocols in the areas of crisis management, media engagement and social media.
He is a regular speaker at universities and schools on issues related to reputation risk, and partners with the world’s largest professional services provider as a subject matter expert in the reputation risk and resilience space.