Andre is an effective school leader, with experience in both the classroom and in managing the business side of a large independent school. He understands that quality is to do with results and ensuring young people have the range of skills necessary for their future. I know Andre works collaboratively with other staff in order to see through these ideas. I would recommend him for his unique mix of skills as well as his attention to detail and thoughtful manner.
Debbie Kemish (Hansen), Former Director: International School at St Paul's School, Brisbane Australia 02/06/2016
Andre is one of those quiet achievers in life. He brings substantial learned-from-experience to any challenging situation. He has high ethical values that are reflected in his daily behaviour. I hold Andre in high regard and trust him implicitly.
Ken Gilbert Independent and Confidential Leadership Development Consultant, Brisbane, Australia 06/06/2016
I first came across Andre through the CEO Institute where he presented to our group some of his outstanding work in the 'strategy innovation' and implementation space within the education sector. His presentation was inspirational and took us on an engaging tour of the pressures facing the education sector. More importantly, Andre worked through a real time scenario on how one school he worked with was utilising this innovative approach to strategic mapping to prepare the school; the teaching staff; and the student body for the future. It was an engaging presentation and Andre's passion for his work and the future of the sector was clearly evident. His evolutionary strategic thinking approach and the following stakeholder engagement process to implement the project was a real 'takeaway' for us all and something I will use in my own projects going forward.
Laura Bos Marketing, Business Development and Engagement Strategist 09/06/2016
I have known Andre Van Zyl for seventeen years in various capacities including in my role as a board member of St Paul’s School where Andre fulfilled various positions at different times including Deputy Headmaster, Acting Headmaster, Executive Director of Business. More recently I have worked with Andre on Somerset Education consulting activities. I also know Andre’s personally through church, music and associated activities. Andre is a very impressive person of high integrity with a uniquely broad set of leadership, educational and financial skills.
Andre is a true professional with a broad range of leadership skills acquired through his years spent in numerous leadership roles. In recent, Andre has provided me with priceless mentorship that has been guiding me through a difficult career transition. In addition, Andre has also been valuable in providing extensive business mentorship on side projects, stressing risks which in general are not easy to identify. He demonstrates high ethics and integrity with all tasks, big and small and is a true people's person.
Sunette Caroll Director of Sales - Adepto and part-time Entrepreneur 13/06/2016
In 2019, The River School engaged the services of Dr André van Zyl, Managing Director of Improving Schools Australia to guide us through the Non-State Schools Accreditation Review. He acted as the External Validator and provided us with a most professional and timely service throughout 2019. We are happy to report that The River School is now accredited for another 5 years owing to his involvement in this Review. I have no hesitation to recommend his services to other Schools who require this comprehensive, professional and well guided service.