MEET OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Adam Rogers, Executive Head

We, at Reddam House Umhlanga, understand the value of an independent, internationally competitive and child-centred education. In so doing we nurture individuality, talent and self-assurance through a broad curriculum, including a dynamic range of academic, cultural, community outreach and sporting activities. As a non-traditional school, we seek new ways to stay relevant and innovative in our approach to education without losing sight of the importance of the traditional values of respect, pride and self-discipline. Please accept this as an invitation to book a school tour or make an appointment with me to talk about how we can best equip your son or daughter with the knowledge, skills and values to face an increasingly challenging, global future with confidence.

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Chantelle Jonathan, Preparatory School Headmistress

Chantelle has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology at Unisa, a B Ed Honours from the University of Natal and a Masters in Psychology of Education from the University of KwaZulu Natal. She has had a rewarding and varied thirty-three-year career spanning the educational spectrum from teacher to school Head. Chantelle’s ability to support, inspire and lead teachers to achieve their greatest potential - and passionately promote excellence in teaching and learning - resulted in her appointment as acting Head of Gordon Road Girls’ School in 2016 and her official appointment as Head of School from January 2017.

Chantelle’s passion lies in serving and inspiring students and staff to be kind, imaginative and academically motivated to develop positive, productive relationships within the school community. Endorsing the philosophy that 21st century students constantly require new knowledge, skills, resilience and flexibility to succeed in an ever-changing world, her firm belief is that the 21st Century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence and resilience, support the process of achieving excellence in all three Reddam House Pillars of Academics, Sport and the Performing and Creative Arts.

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Paula Algar, Early Learning School Headmistress

Paula Algar has been at Reddam House Umhlanga for 18 years, since the first day it opened. She brought with her, international knowledge of Education and has helped to mould and create an environment that ensures each child feels loved and valued. Her goal has been to create a space that is rich in laughter and joy, with a curriculum that allows for children’s creativity, passion and strengths to shine through. She has a team of passionate and dedicated staff who believe in the same ethos and work hard to encourage children to become all that they can be! Paula’s belief is that in order to help every child shine, the relationship between family and school is a vital one.

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Sheena Crawford-Kempster, Managing Director -South Africa

Sheena Crawford-Kempster embarked on a successful educational career in 1981. She joined Graeme Crawford at Crawford Schools in 1995. Within 4 years, the group was educating over 6000 students. In January 2000, Sheena, George Balios and an excellent management team started Reddam House Constantia and, in 2003, Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard. Working alongside Graeme Crawford in the wake of the success of the Reddam House brand, they opened Reddam House Waterfall Estate in January 2012 - with a capacity of over 2000 students. Committed to the success of the next generation, Sheena believes true excellence in education is only achieved by a powerful, passionate team of exceptional educators preparing young people academically and ethically to maximise their innate potential and make their mark anywhere in the world.

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Ravi Nadasen, Chief Executive Officer, South Africa

Before joining Inspired, Ravi worked as Chief Operating Officer at Tsogo Sun Hotels, Africa’s leading hotel group. His tertiary education started at the Durban University of Technology (then ML Sultan Technikon) where he obtained a National Diploma in Hotel Management. Some years later he obtained his BTech Management at the University and concurrently completed the Advanced Business Programme. More recently in 2018, he obtained his MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. He was also fortunate to attend IMD (Institute for Management Development) in Switzerland for two eight-week blocks, where he did a leadership programme.

He has been and is very active in tourism bodies, having been on the board of Cape Town Tourism and a board member of the CT Chamber of Commerce while in Cape Town. He is currently the interim Chairperson of South African Tourism, the Deputy Chairperson and board member of the Tourism Business Council of SA. He was reappointed by the Minister of Tourism for a second term as a member of the B-BBEE Charter Council to advise on the state of transformation in the industry.

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Nadim M Nsouli, Founder & CEO, Inspired Education Group

Nadim M Nsouli founded Inspired in 2013 with the goal of creating a leading global group of premium schools. Starting with Inspired’s first acquisition of Reddam House, a leading group of schools in South Africa, Nadim rapidly expanded the group globally via a series of acquisitions and building greenfield schools while maintaining the focus on only having the best schools around the world as part of the group.

Prior to founding Inspired, Nadim was a partner at Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm with $40 billion under management. Nadim was also a member of Providence's Global Investment Committee and led Providence's Education investment efforts in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Providence in 2006, Nadim was the European head of The Gores Group, a special situations private equity fund based in Los Angeles. Previously, Nadim was a member of the media and telecommunications investment banking teams of Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan in London. Nadim started his career in New York as a corporate lawyer at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.

Nadim received a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD with distinction, a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University.

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Graeme Crawford, Reddam House Founder & Inspired Group President

Graeme Crawford is a renowned educator who began his career as a science teacher and believed that much more could be done to improve educational standards.
Driven by his own negative schooling experiences, he began conceiving a school that could provide a rounded education through a dynamic new approach. This was aimed at maximising not just the academic standard, but also the confidence, potential and individuality of each child. Graeme opened his first school in 1993. In the following five years the Crawford Schools grew to 6 in total. In 2000, he founded Reddam House. His impressive track record spans more than two decades and since 1993 Graeme Crawford’s schools have educated more than 32,000 students.

A HAND PICKED TEAM

Specialists in their fields  

We believe true excellence in education is only achieved by a powerful and passionate team of exceptional teachers and managers preparing young, happy and motivated students to stand tall and make their mark anywhere in the world, as the global citizens of tomorrow.

There is no better way, in our opinion, than to select the best teachers for every subject and to inspire and motivate our students academically, culturally and in the sporting arena. Teachers are hand-picked according to the following criteria:

  • Excellent academic qualifications;
  • Outstanding track records with reputations of having kept abreast of recent, relevant educational methodologies;
  • Dynamic personalities with a professional demeanour who create a nurturing educational environment;
  • An exceptional rapport and empathy with students by treating students with dignity and respect;
  • IEB and independent school experience.