Noel Daniels

Chief Executive Officer

Noel Daniels holds an M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an active life-long learner, an accredited Assessor, and has completed a coaching course with CRR Global. Currently he is conducting a longitudinal ethnographic study focused on Adult Learning and Poverty for his PhD thesis. He has worked in all levels of the education and training system and also in all sectors – business, NGO and government. For the past ten years Noel has been a co-owner and the Managing Director of The Fundamentals Training Centre which now is a social enterprise within Cornerstone Institute.

Noel is actively engaged in a number of leadership and management initiatives. His track record includes lecturing on the University of Cape Town’s Bachelor of Education (Honours) Educational Leadership and Management course and the Advance Certificate in Education: Education Management Leadership Development programme for which he has provided project management, planning, lecturing, coaching and mentoring, assessment and moderation services. He is passionate about community development and was fully engaged in FTC’s own Higher Education and Training Certificate (HETC) in Development Practice, aimed at community-based leaders, especially youth and women. He has developed a Youth Development Facilitators training programme for UNICEF, entitled Pathways to Possibilities, which is currently being implemented by the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW). Under his leadership, FTC was appointed as the South African representative of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) Passport to Success programme and he facilitated FTC’s partnership with the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.

Noel is the recipient of the United Nations sponsored Karmaveer Award for his contribution to leadership development which he collected in New Delhi, India in November, 2013. Noel contributed to the Indian best-seller, Karma Kurry by writing a chapter on Kumi Naidoo, the ex-Director of Greenpeace International.

Currently Noel serves on the boards of two non-profit organisations. He is a Trustee of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement who works to build a vibrant democracy in South Africa by strengthening civil society organisations and higher education institutions and developing a strong philanthropic movement. He is also Inyathelo’s treasurer, and serves as an adjudicator for South Africa’s premier philanthropic awards which are convened by Inyathelo.

He is also the Treasurer of Darkroom Contemporary, a physical dance theatre company which focuses on accessible physical theatre, dance film and community outreach. He actively supports this company in its quest to use arts and culture to address social challenges. Previously Noel served as Chairperson of African Development Options, an organisation which focused on poverty alleviation and employment creation. In this capacity and as the Training Director, he was instrumental in the creation of Duinepos Chalets – a flagship model for poverty alleviation in South Africa. For the period 2012-2014 Noel was the chairperson of the Cape Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resource Portfolio Committee. Previously he served as chairperson of the Chamber’s Athlone and Cape Flats Branch and he also served as an elected member of the Chamber’s Cape Town Chapter committee. He represented the  Chamber on the Premier’s Council of Skills.

Noel has served as Cornerstone’s CEO for the past 18 months and takes responsibility for driving Cornerstone’s vision, mission and 10–year Strategic Plan.

As the proud father of a teenager, Noel is particularly concerned about how we actively realise and build meaningful legacies today, to ensure a sustainable and brighter future for tomorrow’s generations.


Caroline De Wet (BTh Hons)


Caroline studied at Cornerstone (then known as the Cape Evangelical Bible Institute) in the late 1980s and became assistant to the Dean in 1992. She now oversees all statutory issues pertaining to a higher education institution, dealing with the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).



Geraldine Franciscus (M.Psych)

Acting Dean of Humanities and Head of Psychology Department

Geraldine joined Cornerstone in 2001 as a lecturer in the Psychology Department. She completed her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with a thesis in the area of Child Sexual Abuse disclosure, exploring teachers’ attitudes and responses to disclosure. Prior to teaching at Cornerstone, she worked at the Institute for Child and Family Development (UWC) as an Administrator and Trainer on the Child Protective Services programme, and completed an internship at the Institute for Counselling (UWC). Her training includes a Higher Diploma in Education, HR and Assessor training. Geraldine is currently involved in pursuing PhD studies in the area of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviour and Relationships.

She has also been involved in training lay counsellors and running psycho-educational workshops in communities. She has a particular interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Object Relations Theory and the Solution-Focused Brief Counselling Approach. She has been involved in training Health Department mental healthcare workers, occupational therapists, psychiatric nurses and social workers in this approach.

Geraldine has been involved in developing student counselling services, providing counselling services, referrals and emotional support to students. She is passionate about community upliftment especially in the area of emotional well-being. Since joining Cornerstone, Geraldine has led several student teams on short-term mission weeks and community service initiatives in Thailand (OMF), Malawi (World Vision), Mozambique (Healing Wings Drug Rehab), and with local churches and NGOs.

Geraldine lectures in the areas of Psychopathology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Crisis Counselling and Counselling Skills. She supervises postgraduate students’ Independent Research Projects. She also supervises many of the final-year psychology students in senior project papers, as well as their counselling fieldwork in communities and schools, which forms such a key part of the programme in the Psychology Department.
Geraldine has also been involved in collaborative research and conference papers which have been presented at the South African Psychology Congress (PsySSA). Some of this research has resulted in an article being published in the International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy: “Assessing the Impact of Outcomes-Based Education, Family Dynamics, and Psychosocial Stressors on Student Academic Adjustment in South Africa”. Another area of interest is that of “Christians and Depression” and she has presented talks on radio on this topic.

Geraldine is married to Mervyn, and together they have been involved in the training of church leaders, youth and young adults in counselling and life skills related topics. They enjoy the outdoors and motor biking across the country.



Bridget Irene (PhD)

Dean of the Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Economic Transformation

Bridget’s main areas of interest are Gender and Innovative Entrepreneurship, impact of Culture on Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Economic Growth. Her PhD research contributes to an established discourse within the field of entrepreneurship regarding the identification and potential synthesis of personal capabilities, innate cognitive resources, emotional intelligence, and management competencies to produce distinctive formulae for business excellence.

Bridget’s teaching philosophy reflects her interests in identifying and nurturing entrepreneurial intentions among business students through structured composition and classes. Her future scholarly interest is a derivative of her PhD dissertation, which will aim to further explore and validate the findings of her dissertation. The latter will include, among others, the study of ‘action-based’ entrepreneurial education, and the inclusion of internal/endogenous factors (such as entrepreneurial competencies) in the understanding of success in the context of women-owned and managed businesses.

Bridget holds a Bachelors (Hons) degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, and a PhD in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies from Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute London (CMI), British Academy of Management (BAM) and World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR).

Bridget is married, has a son, is a devout Christian, and enjoys watching soccer with her family.



Beverley Dankers

Director of Student Services

Beverley has lived, worked and volunteered in the USA and Swaziland. She has been involved in tertiary institutions in various capacities for the past ten 10 years. Her own educational journey started with Cornerstone in 2009. She graduated with a BTh in Community Development and then completed a BSocSc Honours degree in Development Studies. Currently she is working on a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.

At the African Christian College (NPO) in Swaziland Beverley taught women, youth and children while managing the college cafeteria. She also worked as the administrator for The Luke Commission in Swaziland (NPO) where she served in the capacity as administrator managing the office and providing leadership to the staff. Prior to joining the Student Services Department at Cornerstone Institute she worked at UWC in the alumni relations office.

Beverley has a son who is a civil engineer residing in Secunda, and a daughter and son-in-law who are both graphic designers. Her granddaughter is her pride and joy.



Philip Donald

Operations Manager

Philip is a 2012 Cornerstone Graduate with a BTh in Community Leadership. He has worked extensively in operations management in a number of fields, including restaurant and retail management, and spent some time as a project manager in an engineering environment. His aim is to develop a career in the area of human resources, organisational structure and strategic development and is currently studying towards a BCom in Organisational Psychology. He is married to Marion, a paediatric surgeon at Tygerberg Hospital, and is an avid reader with a strong desire to help people find and constructively develop their vocation.