Meet the Team

  • Susina Jooste: Director - Academic Development Ms Susina Jooste: Director
    Susina Jooste, the director of The Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and her passion for the growth of the culinary and hospitality industries have led her to fully embrace the education and training side of this industry. Her Master’s degree echoed her determination to contribute to high levels of professionalism and proposed a curriculum framework for ongoing professional development in culinary and hospitality education...Learn More
  • Dr. Deborah J. Johnson: Vice Dean, Innovation and Strategic Planning Dr. Deborah J. Johnson: Vice Dean: Innovation
    Deborah Johnson has been actively involved in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 25 years. Deborah worked for South Africa Tourism (SATOUR) and was based in the Cape Town office (1988 -1996). She was the Head of Department for Tourism and Event Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT, 1996 – 2008)...Learn More
  • Ms Erika Theron: Academic Manager Ms Erika Theron: Vice Dean: Academics
    Erika Theron is the Vice Dean of Academics at The Private Hotel School (TPHS). Erika lecturers to first and third semester students and is responsible for the placement of students in the industry for their fourth semester internship...Learn More
  • Ms Susan Goosen: Senior Lecturer and Student Counselor Ms Susan Goosen: Senior Lecturer and Student Counselor
    Susan Goosen is a registered industrial psychologist and has extensive counseling experience. She is an experienced educationalist and has taught at institutions such as Stellenbosch University, Varsity College, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University, Stenden, Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand and Highveld Training College...Learn More
  • Mr Francois Kitching: Financial Manager Mr Francois Kitching: Financial Manager
    Francois Kitching is the Financial Manager of The Private Hotel School (TPHS). After completing his schooling career, Francois joined an audit firm in Bellville for nine years. Upon completion of his articles Francois was appointed as an audit manager. He joined TPHS in 2011 and holds a BCompt Degree – Bachelor of Accounting Science(University of South Africa). Learn More
  • Mr Marius Stols: Assistant Operations Manager and Lecturer Mr Marius Stols: Senior Lecturer
    Marius Stols is a Senior Lecturer at The Private Hotel School (TPHS). Marius joined the Private Hotel School in 2013 after a number of years working in the hospitality industry. His interest in the industry really took off while working in hotels in the UK ..Learn More
  • Ms Merwede Snyman: Administrative Coordinator Ms Merwede van Tonder: Administrative Coordinator
    Merwede worked as a Faculty Coordinator for The Private Hotel School (TPHS), 2006 – 2008. From 2008 to 2010 she worked as an Administrator for Crown Court, London (United Kingdom). Merwede also worked for Billabong International as an Account Manager and rejoined TPHS in 2011 as the Administrative Coordinator...Learn More
  • Miss Jolese Geldenhuys Ms Jolese Geldenhuys: Events Coordinator
    She is an Alumni student from The Private Hotel School where she completed the Advanced Certificate in Hospitality Management. After graduation she gained experience in America working at a luxury private resort....Learn More
  • Ms Esme Bornman Ms Esme Blignaut: Lecturer
    Esme has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. Esme has a wealth of experience ranging from managing her own business, lecturing, finance and managing projects for FEDICS. She has also been involved with managing purchasing control and logistics for famous Chef’s such as David Higgs. She holds...Learn More
  • Ms Jehaan Edwards Ms Jehaan Edwards: Administrative Assistant

    Jehaan was part of first group of students who enrolled at The Private Hotel School (TPHS).  She completed her in-service training at Lanzerac Hotel and Spa in Stellenbosch and was also appointed a Restaurant Supervisor at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar in November to December 2006....Learn More

  • Dr Annelie Gresse: Distant Learning Lecturer and External Moderator Dr Annelie Gresse: Distant Programme Lecturer and External Moderator
    Annelie Gresse was part of the pioneering team of The Private Hotel School (TPHS). Annelie has joined the Nelson Mandela Metropole University of Port Elizabeth as Head of Department, Dietetics. She will act as advisor to TPHS and be involved as lecturer for on-line research modules and external moderator...Learn More
  • Mr Aviv Liebenberg: Head Chef Mr Aviv Liebenberg: Head Chef
    Aviv did his training at Silwood School of Cookery in 2005. His first experience in a restaurant kitchen was at Reuben’s in Franschhoek working with Chef Reuben Riffel, this is where he fell in love with the speed and precision of a professional kitchen. He started working at Terrior full time in 2007 with Chefs Micheal Broughton and Nic van Wyk. He then moved to Bouillabaisse in Franschhoek where he worked as Head Chef...Learn More

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