CHEC Secretariat

Martin Oosthuizen
Martin Oosthuizen

Chief Executive Officer
martin@chec.ac.za

As Chief Executive Officer, Martin provides strategic leadership to CHEC, including the identification and implementation of new projects consistent with CHEC’s vision, and the continuing development of regional partnerships with the public and private sectors, the regional office of the DHET, and the other components of the regional post- secondary system. Martin facilitates the work of the various committees that promote the partnership between CHEC, the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town, and oversees a range of projects between the member universities within CHEC’s strategic focus areas.

Prior to joining CHEC at the start of August 2017, Martin served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at North-West University from June 2011 to June 2017, and before that as Senior Director of the Centre for Planning and Institutional Development at the Nelson Mandela (Metropolitan) University in Port Elizabeth from 2005 to 2011.

Deborah Meyer
Deborah Meyer

CHEC Administrator
debbie@chec.ac.za

Debbie’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the overseeing of all office administrative functions. She handles enquiries and rerouting where necessary, as well as liaison between the CHEC Universities, partners and board.

Sharman Wickham
Sharman Wickham

Consultant: Regional Public Partnerships
sharman@chec.ac.za

Sharman’s main role at CHEC is in facilitating university / government partnerships with the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town. This includes drafting annual research calls for dissemination in the universities, overseeing the selection of proposals, monitoring the progress of the research projects, and supporting the researchers in completing these projects.

Sharman has also undertaken the research required in the first phase of CHEC’s Dual Higher Education Project and coordinates the work  of the institutional representatives on the Andrew W Mellon’s project on decolonialisation.

Corrie Postma
Corrie Postma

CHEC Financial Administrator
finance@chec.ac.za

Corrie handles the finances at CHEC.

Publishing Liaison Office (PLO)

Estian Behrens
Estian Behrens

Manager: Publishing Liaison Office (PLO)
Stakeholder Relations Coordinator: Dual Higher Education Project (DHEP)

estian@chec.ac.za

Estian currently dons two hats in his capacity at CHEC: first as Manager: Publishing Liaison Office (PLO) and second as Stakeholder Relations Officer on the Dual Higher Education Project (DHEP).

His duties as part of the PLO focus on the oversight of the copyright clearance process in deliberation with various institutional stakeholders, relevant copyright authorities as well as individual rights holders. This also includes negotiation around and consultation on copyright matters, developments and considerations on global scale, especially within higher education.

In his role as Stakeholder Relations Coordinator on the DHEP, Estian’s responsibilities centre around the enhancement of university–industry relations with the aim of establishing a customised dual higher education delivery model in the South African higher education system. This involves strategic partnership development

Lemeez Hendricks
Lemeez Hendricks

Project Coordinator
lemeez@chec.ac.za

As the Project Co-ordinator of the Publishing Liaison Office at CHEC, Lemeez facilitates the copyright clearance and adherence of the Copyright Law for all four universities in the Western Cape: University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of  Technology. This includes, amongst other things, liaising with academic staff as well as publishers.

Dual Higher Education Project (DHEP)

Dr Antoinette Smith-Tolken
Antoinette Smith-Tolken

Project Director
asmi@chec.ac.za

Dr Antoinette R. Smith-Tolken is the Project Director of the Cape Higher Education Consortium CHEC) Dual Higher Education Project (DHEP). This innovative project is a Collaborative University Capacity Building Programme, funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The purpose of the project is to enhance the employability of university graduates through Dual Higher Education. The main features of the project is to research the concept of dual higher education, develop a South African model, build the capacity of both employers and universities to collaborate in order to pilot examples of the model.

Agatha Africa
Agatha Africa

Title: Administrator Assistant / PA to DHEP Project Director
dhepadm@chec.ac.za

Agatha is the personal assistant to the Project Director and assists with the day-to-day administration of the project.

Regional Leadership and Management Development Programmes

Prof Rene Pellissier
René Pellissier

Consultant
rene.pellissier@chec.ac.za

René is professor of research and innovation and works as strategist, researcher and systems engineer in the international arena based on her extensive international experience across the globe at universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and across Africa.  Her expertise lies in the world of future work based on developments in AI, technology advances and the digital transformation. René holds an MSc in Mathematical Statistics, an MBA and a PhD in Systems Engineering.

René’s work at CHEC involves the development of relevant leadership and management capacity programmes for academic and admirative leaders in HE, a CHEC sponsored book on COVID-19 responses in HEIs and the CHEC monthly Critical Conversations focusing on emerging issues in HEIs.

Sisipho Zweni
Sisipho Zweni

CLE administrator
sisipho.zweni@chec.ac.za

Sisipho is the CLE administrator, dealing with queries, facilitating and monitoring CLE Zoom sessions, and managing and scheduling meetings. Sisipho also hosts the CHEC critical conversations and assists with the publication of the CHEC sponsored COVID responses book.

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