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HR in Schools Conference

Building a strong, future-fit HR function to support your school


Two-day conference: 23-24 July 2019 
The Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton | Johannesburg

Human Resource Management should be at the heart of every organisation, including schools. We know that people are an organisations most valuable asset and it is vital that schools have talented, dedicated, competent, motivated and effective staff to ensure the highest quality education can delivered to students.

It is therefore essential to have a well-defined HRM strategy and HR processes to ensure that success and growth of your school. Schools with good HR practices are able to increase employee commitment, attract and retain talent and build good working relations with employees.

Join KR for the 3rd annual HR in Schools Conference, 23-24 July 2019 in Johannesburg make sure you are keeping up with the latest HR practices. It’s also a great way to network, engage and share experiences with the broader HR community in schools. Learn, share and grow!

Who should attend?

  • Heads of HR
  • Senior HR managers
  • Principals
  • Any school administrator involved in human resource management/people development

Why attend?

  • A focus on HR challenges and trends locally and globally but tailored to schools
  • Understand how important human capital is to the school’s bottom line and performance
  • Discover what strategies school leaders can implement to protect staff from burning out under an increasing workload
  • Gain effective strategies to manage staff performance
  • Feel empowered to make the right decisions and take your HR
  • function to the next level
  • Attract, keep and develop the right talent through good HR practice
  • Connect with other school leaders facing similar issues and challenges – network and build relationships. Learn from each other, exchange ideas and jointly address the challenges you face

Feedback from the past two conferences (2017 and 2018):

  • Very varied so appealed to all types of schools
  • Speakers were great and gave us some nice ideas to take back
  • A great opportunity to network
  • I found the programme very interesting and useful. I learnt a lot and am willing to pass the knowledge I gained to the school. The speakers were also on point and learned a lot from them
  • Well planned, high calibre speakers, informational, really worthwhile
  • All presentations were relevant and informative

Contact Debbie Atwell +27 83 651 1664 or

Conference Programme

DAY ONE • 23 JULY 2019

07:30–08:30 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


The critical role of purpose and meaning at work: building a great place to work for all

Mark Holtshousen, Head of Global Talent Solutions, MTN Group


Continuous professional development of staff and school leaders on a limited budget

Phiona Martin, Organisational Psychologist and Senior Manager: Career Development, Multichoice

10:15–10:45 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


Supporting mental health and wellbeing at work: how to develop resilience, and grit to deal with stress and burnout

Dr Karin de Bruin,
Managing Director, JvR Academy


How will the POPI Act and change in legislation affect independent schools

Ivan Israelstam,
CEO, Labour Law Advice (Author of Labour Landmines: 99 Ways to Win at the CCMA)

12:15–13:15 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Upskilling and reskilling the teaching community  for a predominantly digital learning ecosystem

Professor Herman van der Merwe, Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning, North West University

14:00–14:30 Afternoon Tea | Quick Leg Stretch and grab a coffee


Developing agile schools: applying agile principles and methods to schools

Biase De Gregorio, Partner, IQ Business and Brand Zietsman, Agile Consultant and Coach, IQ Business


HR trends impacting South Africa and the educational sector

Tumelo Seaketso, Director, Deloitte

16:00 Close and wrap up day 1


DAY TWO • 24 JULY 2019

07:30–08:30 Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

Welcome & introduction by chairperson


Building engaged and thriving schools: ways to engage with employees to help retain top talent and reduce turnover

Olivia Hosie, Engagement Director, Beyond Engagement


Reward trends in the private school environment

Dr Mark Bussin, Chairperson, 21st Century

10:00–10:30 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry


The complexities of diversity and inclusion in recruitment and promotion: developing your EE talent pipeline

Roy Gluckman, CEO, Cohesion Collective


Change management: how to prepare your workforce for transition

Barbara Walsh, Managing Director, Metaco


Ensuring future sustainability and success: best practice succession planning and developing the talent pipeline.  -

Ashnie Muthusamy, Group Talent Manager, Sun International (Author of Succession Management: Definite do’s and detrimental don’ts)

12:45–13:30 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal


Extrinsic rewards and intrusive motivation: recognising and rewarding staff that are already intrinsically motivated. 

Kim Urquhart, HR Director, St Stithians

14:15–14:30 Afternoon Tea | Quick Leg Stretch and grab a coffee


Partnering for success - building strategic partnerships with academic and support staff

Shervarni Govender
, Executive Officer: Human Capital, LegalWise


New approaches and technologies in recruitment

Elmen Lampbrecht, Founder and Managing Partner, Cogo People Analytics

16:00 End of Conference | refreshments and networking


Mark Holtshousen, Executive Coach and Head of Global Talent Solutions, MTN Group
Mark joined the MTN Group to head up its Global Career Management portfolio, which incorporates Executive Development, Executive Coaching, Mentoring and the Global Graduate Development Programme across MTN’s 22 operations in Africa and the Middle-East. Mark still services a select group of private clients. With well over a decade of experience as an executive coach, Mark is currently regarded as one of the leading executive coaches in South Africa, and has an impressive international track record as a speaker and author. Mark has a Master’s degree in Management Coaching from the University of Stellenbosch. He also holds an ACMC certification from the International Meta-Coach Foundation and is a PNI Accredited Advanced Trainer, as well as an accredited I-WAM practitioner. He is considered a thought leader in the personal lives and behaviours of leaders, as well as in the practical implementation of neuroscience in business. His clients have included individuals such as Olympic Gold Medallist swimmer Ryk Neethling, and senior executive leadership in leading global companies
Ivan Israelstam, CEO, Labour Law Advice
Ivan is the Chief Executive Officer of Labour Law Management Consulting. He is known as a leading practitioner in labour law and pragmatic labour relations management with many years’ experience in corporate industrial relations management. He writes a weekly labour law column for The Star newspaper’s Workplace, has been a CCMA Commissioner and is the Chairperson of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Labour Affairs Committee. With over 25 years’ experience, he brings competitiveness and unique approach to addressing Labour laws. He is the author of “Labour Landmines: 99 Ways to Win at the CCMA”, recently released published and released by KR. He also authored “Walking the New Labour Law Tightrope”, “Labour Law for Managers Practical Handbook”, “Making Workplace Forums Work” and “The Gold Future or the Cold Future.” Ivan speaks on television and radio and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. In recognition of his contribution in this field Ivan has been featured in “Who’s Who in Southern Africa”. He has an honours degree from The University of the Witwatersrand and an IPM diploma in Personnel Management and in Training.
Biase De Gregorio, Partner, IQ Business
Biase is a Managing Partner at IQ Business, and has taken over the Human Performance practice lead role from August 2018; he was previously running the Agile practice. He began his career at the company as a developer in 2000, but quickly became involved in project and programme management, as well as software and technology enablement. Together with his team, Biase has now trained close to 5 000 people on Agile, and has been involved in some large transformations in various industries, with a core focus on banking and finance. Biase’s professional expertise and interests include project management (PMP and Prince2), Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Agile approaches – including Scrum, Kanban Software Development, DevOps, Scaling Agile – Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), business analysis, quality assurance, project governance, and process improvement. With a Postgraduate and Advanced Diploma in Project Management and an Honours Degree in Informatics under his belt, Biase’s primary area of focus is project and programme management in IT. His love for delivery has driven him to uncover new and better ways to deliver products and services.
Brand Zietsman, Agile Consultant and Coach, IQ Business
Brand started his career as a Mechanical Engineer in the mining industry. His love of technology led him to a career in software development. More than a decade later he still loves great products but has a passion for teams and what makes them great. He has moved from process and technology to a focus on people. Over the years Brand has worked for companies like MiWay, 3Fifteen, Paracon and others.
Phiona Martin, Organisational Psychologist and Senior Manager: Career Development, Multichoice
Phiona is a registered Industrial Psychologist with a special interest in Career, Talent and Leadership Development. Her key work experience has been within the consulting and education environment. As a consultant, Phiona applied psychological principles and tools to design and execute Leadership Development programs for mid to senior managers within the corporate sector. In the education space, she was key in developing a suite of career development services aimed at empowering university students from across 42 African countries, to transition into the world of work. Phiona is a Thought Leadership enthusiast and provides regular expert opinions on Career Development through various platforms. She is a frequent contributor to several publications within the career development space and occasionally speaks at conference events and other media platforms. She is employed at Multichoice where she is a Senior Career Development Specialist. In this role Phiona develops solutions and provides advice to business on enhancing their Career development offerings and capabilities.
Olivia Hosie, Engagement Director, Beyond Engagement
Olivia grew up in Australia and came to travel in Africa after school, and never left. Having fallen in love with the continent and the people, Olivia settled in the city of gold – Johannesburg in 2000 and embarked on a career within Talent Acquisition and Management. She then held two career defining roles as Head of Talent for AVI Limited, before business process re-engineering Talent within Nestle for the ZAR Region. In 2015, Olivia joined Nando’s Southern Africa as the Head of Talent, OD and Change Management, during which time she built a business case for the impact of employee engagement from analytics to remediation – with results that were impossible to ignore. Determined to take this to a broader audience where change impact could be realised throughout Africa, Olivia founded Beyond Engagement. Olivia is passionate about bridging the education deficit, reaching the unreachables and enabling companies to achieve business excellence through purpose-driven people.
Dr Mark Bussin, Chairperson, 21st Century
Dr Mark Bussin has a doctorate in commerce and is the Chairperson of 21st Century Pay Solutions Group. Mark has over 20 years of remuneration experience across all industry sectors. He has experience in running large projects for more than half the companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He serves on numerous boards and remuneration committees and has worked for clients in 22 countries over the last 5 years. He supervises Master’s and Doctoral theses, and is a guest lecturer at several academic institutions around the country. He is the author of numerous books with the latest being “The New World of Work: An SOS Call to Management”, published by Knowledge Resources.
Barbara Walsh, Managing Director, Metaco
Barbara is a Master Executive and Systemic Leadership Team Coach with a background of over 30 years in initiating and managing change, innovation and business growth in organisations of all sizes. Barbara is the MD of Metaco which is a subsidiary of the Comair Group, part of its growth strategy to diversify its services beyond aviation into other key industries. My clients are predominantly Senior Leadership and Boards (teams and individuals), both in the private and public sectors. With a business background spanning 35 years, Barbara has a solid understanding of what it takes to succeed through the consistent rapid change, uncertainty and complexity that business and leaders face in these times. During her career she has worked throughout South Africa, across Sub-Saharan Africa and abroad and best describes her approach as Systemic Relational. Barbara brings the combination of over 8000 hours of recorded coaching experience, academic study and extensive practitioner training to her coaching, consulting and facilitation. She has a MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change through Henley Business School (University of Reading) in the United Kingdom, alongside several recognised practitioner coaching qualifications, including a Master Practitioner Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching. Additionally, she is registered with the SA Board for People Practices as a Master HR Practitioner: Learning and Development.
Ashnie Muthusamy, Group Talent Manager, Sun International (Author of Succession Management: Definite do’s and detrimental don’ts)
Ashnie Muthusamy is presently the Group Manager in Talent Management for Sun International. Ashnie has a Honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters Diploma in HR Management and, a Master’s Degree in Leadership. She is a master practitioner in Neurolinguistics programming (NLP). She is a registered counsellor in Psychometry with the HPCSA. For the last 20 years she has worked in many large organisations in various group HR roles working in the field of Talent Management. She is passionate about education and is proud to have been a Partner for Possibility. She is also the author of the book Succession Management Definite Do’s and detrimental Don’ts.
Kim Urquhart, HR Director, St Stithians
Kim is an experienced HR professional who is passionate about helping people grow and develop to their full potential. She has worked across a range of service related industries including education, retail, transport and logistics, and the performing arts which have all helped shape her into the HR leader she is today. Prior to joining St Stithians, Kim worked as a HRD Manager at Woolworths. As the HR Director for St Stithians College, she is ultimately responsibility for all people-based activities across the College from both an operational and strategic perspective. She has to plan, direct and co-ordinate the Human Resources function for close on 900 full time and contract staff in order to influence and contribute to the achievement of the College strategic objectives. Kim drive’s the full range of HR functions including recruitment, talent growth and development, performance management, staff wellness, remuneration and benefits, employee relations and legislative compliance. She partners directly with the Rector of the College to drive strategic HR project implementation across the College of 7 Schools.
Shervarni Govender, Executive Officer: Human Capital, LegalWise
Shervarni heads up the HR function (HR and L &D) at Legal Wise where she is accountable for the overall strategic decision making of the Human Capital function in the organisation . She is a dynamic and passionate human capital generalist, skilled in end-to-end human capital functions and practices including change management, industrial relations, talent management, organisational design, performance management and skills development. She is a Registered Psychometrist in Independent Practice with the HPCSA.
Roy Gluckman, CEO, Cohesion Collective
Roy Gluckman is a qualified attorney of the High Court of South Africa and the CEO of Cohesion Collective, an Equality, Diversity & Inclusions consulting and implementation firm. Roy has been speaking professionally on issues relating to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion since 2010 and has since developed into an exceptionally engaging, highly sophisticated and passionate speaker and facilitator. Roy believes in having tough conversations; approaching his material with an honesty, authenticity and simplicity. Roy has mastered the art of making the difficult subject matter of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion easily digestible for audiences of all types and all occasions. As a keynote speaker, panelist, programme director and facilitator Roy continues to captivate and challenge audiences to pause and introspect, something he believes we do not do enough of. Roy is committed to the creation of social cohesion (teams, organisations, communities, nations). He inspires others to better understand themselves and one another by engaging with their differences, as opposed to ignoring them, so that we they may actually come together and co-build a future for ALL of us.
Elmen Lampbrecht, Founder and Managing Partner, Cogo People Analytics
With over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources, Talent Attraction & Acquisition and Sales, Elmen consult’s with a number of clients on developing and executing their talent strategies with the aim to gain competitive advantage and reduce talent costs. He expertise is in Artificial Intelligence for the full Talent Life-Cycle, latest technology developments in the HR Sector, developing and executing employer branding strategies, improving efficiencies & reducing the costs associated with Talent Attraction and Acquisition, and supporting companies to confidently prepare for the Future of Work. Elmen has a honours degree in Psychology from UJ
Tumelo Seaketso, Director, Deloitte
Tumelo is the Talent Strategies leader for the Human Capital Southern Africa practice. She has expertise in driving talent and performance management, organisation design, remuneration and change management initiatives. Her core capabilities lie in advising and supporting clients to implement sustainable talent strategies with end-to-end solutions; enabling them to attract, develop and retain talent across their organisation. Tumelo has worked with both private and public sector clients to apply people and talent strategies into a total reward strategy philosophy inclusive of aligning performance measures to short and long term incentives. Tumelo has over 20 years’ experience having worked in both an internal human capital capacity and in client advisory roles. As a result of her extensive knowledge and expertise in this field she leads the new performance management solution for the South African market.

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Two-day conference 23-24 July 2019 
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Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.

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