An internationally renowned educator and skilled manager with a vision for the future of education in South Africa, David Wylde has been Chairman of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Board since 2010 and retired at the end of 2016.
He is past President of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP) – the first South African to receive this honour. After coming down from Oxford he taught at a number of schools in England, including Manchester Grammar School, and made connections with schools on the East coast of America. As a founder of Penryn College he has spent 5 years as CEO of Penreach, the college’s non-profit outreach programme, which assists in excess of 350,000 students, 900 schools and 2,000 teachers annually, working in the community for educational excellence, from conception to career. This experience has given him detailed knowledge of the kinds of backgrounds and schools from which the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy draws its girls.
As a committed international educator, he was a founder host of the Global Connections organisation and a group called the G20. He also formed the African Confederation of Principals (ACP). David served on the Board of the International Round Square Organisation; is a past National Chairman of Headmasters’ Conference (HMC); and first Chairman of the South African Heads of Independent Schools (SAHISA).
He joined the staff of Pretoria Boys' High School as Head of the English Department, became senior Deputy Headmaster three years later; was the Headmaster of St Stithians College from January 1989, where he established a separate Girls College; and in 1998 was appointed as Rector of St Stithians College. In 2003 he returned to his alma mater, St Andrew’s College, as Headmaster.
He is presently responsible for establishing and running the Principal-to-Principal (PTP) initiative and is mentoring eleven principals in township schools in Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape for the Seed Trust.