Members of the Board Of Governors
Mr Duncan Turner
Duncan is an advocate practicing at the Johannesburg Bar. He lives in Beaulieu and has children at Cedarwood and Beaulieu Prep. Duncan was co-opted onto the Board in 2012 and is now the acting Chair, while we find an independent chairperson for the Board. Given the important role that the Prep School has played in the lives of so many children and the benefit they have derived from the Cedarwood environment, the first priority in being part of the Board is retaining the core principles of Cedarwood despite the other challenges that present themselves. In developing and growing the College, we have a significant challenge in similarly maintaining our core values while educating a more diverse and independent group of learners. Duncan, with the rest of the Board, looks forward to a time when we have a College, full and thriving like the Prep.
Mrs Lara Weissenberger
Lara represents the Prep Parent Teacher’s Association on the Board. She joined the Board this year. Her son Karl (8) is at Cedarwood and her daughter Lily (4) is still at nursery school. She has her Honours in Computer Science and does IT consulting for a small organization in the mornings. She worked in Dallas, Texas for 3 years where she met her now-husband, Arne, and brought him back to Johannesburg. They have lived in Kyalami for 8 years.
Lara is honoured to be part of the Board that works so hard to make our school wonderful. She enjoys representing the parent body and believes that parents’ involvement and support in learning is critical to sustained educational quality.
Mrs Mutsa Mudavanhu
Mutsa Mudavanhu was officially appointed to the Cedarwood Board of Governors in May 2015. She is married with 3 children. Her son, Baraka, is in Grade 2 at Cedarwood and her daughters attend the American School. Mutsa has a Masters in Public Health and has worked in a variety of industries including management consulting, sales and marketing; as well as public health.
Mutsa is honoured to be part of the Cedarwood Board of Governors, and strongly believes in the importance of parental involvement and support.
Mrs Jacqueline Staniforth
Jackie Staniforth, (retired principal of Bellavista School 1994-2008) was appointed to Cedarwood Board of Governors in August 2015 in the role of educational specialist advisor.
She is married to Ian and has two married daughters and three energetic grandsons.
Jackie initially qualified as a Junior Primary teacher at Durham University, UK, then as a teacher of the deaf at Manchester University, UK, and finally as a remedial specialist teacher at University of Witwatersrand, SA.
She has worked as a teacher and in managerial positions in multi-cultural schools in UK, Kenya and SA, interacting with parents, pupils and staff and developing sound successful educational environments where all children can develop and gain self- confidence. Her experience has embraced pre-school, primary and High school, mainstream and special needs learners.
Jackie hopes her educational experience and her strong belief in all children becoming confident successful learners and contributing members of society, will add value to the good governance, growth and the success of the Cedarwood Schools.
Mrs Nerona Ramkissoon
Nerona Ramkissoon was appointed to Cedarwood Board of Governors in October 2015 as the financial advisor.
She is married to Sanvir and has 2 children. Aarav is in Grade 2 at Cedarwood and Arya is in Grade 4 at St Peters Girls Prep.
Nerona qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004. She completed her articles at PwC. She joined GlaxoSmithKline as a Senior Financial Analyst in 2005 and returned to PwC as an Audit Manager in 2006. She resigned from PwC as Senior Audit Manager in 2012.
Since then, Nerona has performed voluntary work ie teaching Grade 1 at Diepsloot Combined School and working as a bookkeeper for KidneyBeanz Trust (a Trust that raises money to assist children with life threatening kidney disease).
Nerona is honored to be on the Board of a school that is committed to enriching and empowering children. Nerona hopes that her financial background will provide a strong financial platform for the school.