Name: Richard Kuppan
UJ Wholesale and Retail Seta Chair Gauteng Management Committee Staff Members
About Mr Richard Kuppan
Mr. Richard Kuppan
National Training Manager for Chipkins Puratos
External moderator for FoodBev SETA
Executive Director GD & RD Services & Procurements
BCom Honours Degree in Human Resources
Richard Kuppan is a well-seasoned human resource management practitioner, whose
expertise lies predominantly in the learning and development sphere.
He holds qualifications in areas of business management, bakery and confectionery,
facilitation, assessing and moderating, skills development facilitation, theology, and
retail operations consulting. He has amassed about 23 years of experience in training
and development, predominantly within the bakery and retail space. He has serves as
a member of the South African Chamber of Baking Training Committee for 3 years, to
date, and is currently active in the QCTO Committee’s realignment of the Bakery,
Confectionary and Fresh Meat Processing Qualifications.
He functions as the National Training Manager for Chipkins Puratos, since joining the
organisation in 2017. Through this role, Richard Kuppan maintains and extends
Chipkins Puratos’ SETA accreditation, manages internal and external training
projects, manages assessment and moderation processes, skills development, and
compliance; and oversees the training department’s quality management system. In
light of this, he is credited with Puratos’ 2021 Global Silver ‘Out the Box’ award for the
graduate placement programme he runs.
Richard Kuppan was instrumental in the establishment, launch and operation of the
Tembisa Bakery School- a first of its kind in South Africa. He has served as a board
member of Bakery School South Africa for 3 years to date and is credited with the
Puratos 2021 Global Gold award for Bakery School community involvement.
Moreover, Richard Kuppan has been an external moderator for FoodBev SETA for 3
years, to date. He has not only been functioning as an Executive Director GD & RD
Services & Procurements but is also currently pursuing his BCom Honours Degree in
Human Resources with MANCOSA.