Meet The Team

The Director

Jules Newton

After completing her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Juliet Newton spent four years as a teacher and three years in sales and training in the financial services industry.
Since 1996, Juliet has been operating as an independent consultant, and as managing director of Avocado Vision, she has become one of the most sought after training specialists in the field of interpersonal communication. Juliet speaks regularly at blue chip corporate conferences and functions, and lectures on the MBA programme at GIBS.
As CEO, she has grown Avocado Vision (one of Footprint’s major shareholders) into the business it is today. She is also co-founder and director of Ngikwazi Field Marketing (PTY) Ltd.: a company set up in November 2006 to launch and manage the retailer network of the National Lottery. She was named Emerging Leader of the Year 2006 by the Unisa School of Business Management. Jules is a member of the National Speakers Association of South Africa.

Training Manager

Susan Westcott

Susan Westcott is Footprint’s official Training Manager. It falls to her to recruit peer trainers from target communities. She puts them through their paces, teaching them how to train, and what to train, and then manages the team of mentors who support the peer trainers in the field. Susan has fifteen years of experience in adult education and training in community organisations and trade unions. With a formal qualification in education (B.Ed Hons) from Warwick University, she taught English, Drama and French in Swaziland before moving into the adult education field.
Having trained as a soldier and radio operator with uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC, she was arrested and imprisoned for being part of a military unit acting against the apartheid regime. After serving three years, she was released in 1991 as part of the negotiated settlement for a democratic South Africa.
She’s no stranger to basic adult education: She managed an ABET project in Cape Town that provided literacy and numeracy classes in communities in the Western Cape, and then worked as National Education Officer for COSATU. In this role, she developed programmes and materials, as well as conducted training for trade union officials across the country. After a stint in the UK working as a Quality Assurance Manager for a human resource development organisation, she returned to the labour movement to work for the largest public sector union in South Africa – Nehawu. In the last few years she has worked independently to produce material and train for a number of community and worker organisations, before joining Footprint as Training Manager in 2009.

Creative Designer

Clayton Botha

In 2008 Clayton graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Informatics. After graduation Clayton packed up his bags and backpacked his way around the Far East for two months.
When he came back home, he started his job-hunting and after 3 weeks he was hired at Avo Vision by Jules in June 2008. His passion has always been in the creative side of computing, and by combining his technical skills with his creativity, he has actively been sowed in the shared services sector between Footprint and Avo Vision.
He now manages the marketing division of both companies which includes branding, layouts, design, database management and website design. As well as taking on the technical aspects of IT support at the Avovision offices.