Vuyiswa Ncontsa is the Chief Executive Officer at BRIDGE. She is responsible for oversight and delivery of BRIDGE work, growth and strategic direction of BRIDGE, business development, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, communications and marketing. Vuyiswa has extensive education experience, gained from the private and NPO sectors, specifically in governance strengthening, grantmaking, project and programme management. She joined BRIDGE on 1 September 2016.


Melissa King is an education consultant who works with BRIDGE in the area of knowledge management, helping distil learnings from BRIDGE’s collaborative work. She has been a teacher, facilitator, writer and researcher across different sectors of education and training, including schooling, adult basic education, technical and vocational education and training and skills development for the workplace. Areas of expertise include curriculum, assessment and English language learning and teaching. She joined BRIDGE in August 2014.








Akani Mkansi is a Project Coordinator for School Leadership at BRIDGE. She is responsible for communicating, coordinating and liaising with stakeholders and partners. She has worked in several NGOs that empower young people, children and communities as a facilitator, researcher and project administrator. She is passionate about community development, enhancing individuals’ potential to thrive beyond their abilities as well as knowledge production. She joined BRIDGE in May 2021.

Benter Okelo is the Operations Manager for BRIDGE, and project manager for Learner Support: Maths and Science Community of Practice and the Teachers Upfront Seminars. She is responsible for coordination, administration as well as Knowledge Management of these projects. Benter has more than 12 years work experience within the public and development sector in Southern Africa, where her roles have cut across from programme implementation, project management and operations management. She joined BRIDGE in July 2015.

Virginia Mashiane is the Knowledge Management Officer at BRIDGE.  Her responsibilities include distilling learnings that emerge from BRIDGE’s collaborative work.  Virginia is a driven creative who is passionate about knowledge and information management, research and development. She has experience in youth development work and education research.  She joined BRIDGE in November 2020.





Patience Voller is the Senior Project Manager for BRIDGE’s School leadership programme, which includes managing the Principal’s Communities of Practice and the Principals Upfront Dialogue Series. She has worked as a project manager, project implementer, facilitator and mentor in Systemic School Improvement Projects in the NPO sector over the last 7 years. Prior to that Patience was a high school English teacher. She joined the BRIDGE team in October 2016.

Jade Pieterse is the Knowledge Management Coordinator at BRIDGE. She is responsible for helping to distill leanings by capturing, developing and sharing the knowledge that emerges from BRIDGE’s collaborative work.  Jade has an academic background in Community Development Studies and is interested in the empowering of individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change within their communities. She joined BRIDGE in October 2017.

Thandeka Rantsi is the ECD Project Manager and her role includes managing the ECD Community of Practice,  strategic stakeholder engagements and  overseeing ECD related products and projects. Thandeka worked very briefly as an academic and then went into corporate social investments managing ECD and Tertiary Education Programmes. Thandeka is passionate about the provision of education to vulnerable and financially disadvantaged people, particularly children and youth. She joined the BRIDGE team in August 2018.






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Margurite Callaway, Callaway Leadership Institute