Advisory Board

The Centre for Leadership and Coaching works closely with leaders from various sectors to provide knowledge, critical thinking and analysis in their respective sectors. 

Rear Admiral (JG) Petersen

Rear Admiral (JG) Petersen, Military Leadership

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RAdm (JG) Petersen retired, served as a career Officer in the South African Navy (SAN) for 39 years. His career started in Marine Branch of the SAN at the age 22. His first exposure to Command was four years later when he served as the Acting Officer Commanding 113 Harbour Protection Unit, a Marine unit based in Cape Town, responsible for counter insurgency operations both landward and seaward.

In the Marines he held appointments at all levels in operations and training and qualified to the level of Company Commander. By time the Marines were disbanded in 1990 he had, had the privilege of Commanding the first Marine Junior Leader Company and he ended his time in the Marines as Commander Eagle Company, a sub-unit specialising in training Marines in rural counter insurgency operations.

In the years that followed at sea, he has served on many classes of ships and held various appointments which included Operations Officer onboard SAS OUTENIQUA, a Combat Support Ship, before taking Command of the SAS UMZIMKULU, a Mine Countermeasures Vessel.

RAdm (JG) Petersen was the first member of ‘Coloured’ community to Command a Warship in the history of the South African Navy.

R Adm (JG) Petersen has held senior positions at

  • Fleet Command
  • Senior Officer Mine Warfare
  • Senior Officer Patrol Forces
  • Senior Officer Combat Support
  • Retired as the Director Fleet Force Preparation for the SAN.
Centre for Leadership - Keith Richardson

Keith Richardson, Leadership in Education

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After matriculating at Bishops and completing a BA and a Teaching Diploma at the University of Cape Town, and an MEd at the University of Exeter, Keith Richardson taught Latin, History and English for 25 years at Plumstead High School and Wynberg Boys’ High School.

In 1999 he became the 13th Headmaster of Wynberg Boys’ High School, one of the oldest schools in South Africa, founded in 1841, until his retirement at the end of 2015.

Keith firmly believes that education and learning must take place in and out of the classroom, and that the role of extramural activities – on the sports fields, in the music halls, and on camps and excursions – plays a definitive role in the raising of boys.

He is currently working for the Principals’ Academy mentoring and coaching Principals in Cape Town.

Centre for Leadership - Albert Wort

Dr Albert Wort, Academic Leadership

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Dr Wort is regarded as a thought leader in the field Personal Leadership and the application within the Professional context. His current knowledge of the brain and the functioning of the mind within the leadership context set him apart from others. His area of study pertains to Personal Professional Leadership with specific reference to spiritual leadership and the power of emotional leadership.

He carries the knowledge and intuitive ability to come forth with innovative solutions and the development of theory relevant to the challenge that is simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. He is part of the academic team at the University of Johannesburg in the department of Industrial Psychology and People Management. He is a business coach in the field of self-mastery, individual and organizational wellness, leadership with the brain in mind, spiritual leadership with the individual. He holds a doctorate in Leadership (Personal
Professional Leadership).

Centre for Leadership - Riyadh Najaar

Riyadh Najaar, Community & Education Leadership

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Mr R. Najaar has a reputation as being one of the most highly regarded school principals in the Western Cape. Well-known for having turned around the formerly gangster-ridden school, Spine Road High in Mitchells Plain, to one where the learners have the utmost pride in the uniform. In fact, under his leadership, it became the only “township” school in the Western Cape to have attained a 100% pass rate. 

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