BRIDGE is pleased to announce that Vuyiswa Ncontsa has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer. She took up her post on 1 September 2016, succeeding Barbara Dale-Jones who recently left BRIDGE to tackle the corporate world.
Vuyiswa has been independently consulting to non-profit organisations and private philanthropy in the areas of improving governance structures, strengthening of systems, pre-service teacher education and organisational development. Before that, she held a number of prominent positions with ELMA Philanthropies, TEACH South Africa and the Centre for Education Policy Development. While at ELMA Philanthropies, Vuyiswa managed the School Capacity Innovation Programme (SCIP), a public private partnership between the Department of Basic Education, JP Morgan, USAID and ELMA Philanthropies, where she interacted with all partners in the delivery of school improvement.
BRIDGE stayed true to its belief in the importance of collaboration and transparency in the selection and appointment process by involving staff members as well as the Board. Throughout the process Vuyiswa shared her commitment to these BRIDGE principles. Vuyiswa brings with her a wide range of skills and expertise in programme strategy and delivery, grant mobilisation, as well as management techniques, financial analysis, and stakeholder relations.
With her track record of delivering on valuable and sustainable projects, Vuyiswa is well placed to take the reins at BRIDGE and continue to grow it into an effective organisation which contributes meaningfully to educational development.
We welcome Vuyiswa to BRIDGE and look forward to exciting times ahead.