Carin joined The Da Vinci Institute, an accredited and registered private higher education institution, as the Client Engagement Manager from 7 July 2014. She has also taken over the role of Registrar with effect from 1 April 2015.
In her role as Registrar and Client Engagement Manager, she is responsible for the Registry function in its entirety, including accreditation and quality assurance, admission of students, student administration, reporting, etc. She also takes responsibility for the strategic direction and management of the client engagement portfolio at the Institute. This includes functions related to the Key Account Managers (KAMs), administrators of client engagements, learner support, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Information Commons (IC).
Prior to this, she was employed by CIPS Africa as the Head of Professional Development and Education from 1 June 2011 for a period of three years, where she managed all education- and professional development related matters, including registration and accreditation in all the countries under her remit (entire Sub-Saharan Africa). Her duties included advocacy, quality assurance, facilitating various workshops including train-the-trainer and building professional networks. She was also responsible for managing the membership and education teams.
Under Carin’s dynamic leadership, CIPS Africa has made great strides in the education and professional development field, including formal recognition as the Professional Body for procurement and supply from SAQA, cooperation with a number of universities and other providers of education and training, and the registration of learnerships (a first for Supply Chain Management in South Africa).
Before she joined CIPS, Carin held the position of Deputy Director in the Executive Office of SAQA for 7 years (from 2003 to 2010), where she reported directly to the Deputy CEO and the CEO. Her responsibilities included strategic planning, performance reporting, governance and managing a number of projects that cut across directorates, as well as an executive-level secretariat service to the SAQA Board and its Committees. In this role, Carin accumulated substantive knowledge of the South African education and training sector as well as an extensive network in the NQF fraternity, which still stands her in good stead.
Carin is the founder and former chairperson of the Independent Professional Body Forum of South Africa, a Forum made up of representatives of about 40 professional bodies. She also served on a number of academic fora including the Academic Advisory Committees of the Vaal University of Technology and the Tshwane University of Technology as well as the Academic Board of the Da Vinci Institute (prior to joining The Institute as an employee) and the Vega School of Brand Leadership. She currently represents private providers on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA) and she also currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Smart Procurement Review (journal).
Carin holds a Masters Degree in Public Management from the Regenesys School for Public Management. Her dissertation dealt with ‘The Role of Professional Bodies in the South African Education and Training System’. She is currently studying towards a PhD with the Da Vinci Institute. Her research addresses the support, retention and throughput of postgraduate students.
Her key strengths are in the fields of leadership and staff development, networking and building relationships, business writing, presentation and public speaking, facilitation of learning, quality assurance, client service and administration.