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Board of Directors


Non-Executive Directors


Dr Richard Lewis

Dr Richard Lewis

(BA, LLB, MBA, D Juris)

Chairman of the Board
Portfolio: Corporate Governance and HR

Richard is primarily a strategist, but also specialises in leadership development and social and environmental entrepreneurship. He is a non-executive Director on the main Board of JSE AltX-listed BSI Steel where he chairs their Remuneration, and Social and Ethics committees; and is also a member of their Audit Committee. He is retained as Head: Corporate Strategy by ATI (Artisan Training Institute) where he also chairs their Remuneration and Strategic Review committees. He is a non-executive director of a further three companies as well a specialist consultant to the Black Khaki Group. Richard consults under Richard Lewis Strategic Services to numerous companies within several sectors. He is also a Patron of NACSSA (National Association of Conservancies and Stewardships of SA). ×

Dr Howard Hendricks

Dr Howard Hendricks

(Bsc (Hons), PhD (Conservation Biology))

Vice Chairman of the Board
Portfolio: Conservation

Howard has 20 years' experience in community-based natural resource facilitation and management. Besides involvement in international and national environmental legislative governance, he currently focuses on Policy Development and Corporate Governance Frameworks for Protected Areas Management. He has a keen interest in the multi-facet of biodiversity conservation in protected areas, social change and conservation biology, environmental politics and political science, and environmental legislation. The subject of his PhD was socio-economic and ecological research across the major biomes of South Africa. Within his current role as Senior General Manager for Conservation in South African National Parks he holds extensive experience at senior management level towards the implementation of government strategies.×

Prof Michael Kidd

Prof Michael Kidd

(BCom, LLB, LLM (Environmental Law), PhD)

Portfolio: Environmental Law

Michael is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at UKZN. He has a strong interest in environmental law and sustainable development. Michael has published five books and numerous academic articles in addition to being the editor of the South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Michael has been the Chair of the Environmental Law association and is a member of the Governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.×

Mr Andre Steyn

Mr Andre Steyn

(CA (SA))

Portfolio: Finance

Andre is the Financial Director at the Artisan Training Institute (Pty) Ltd (ATI) where he is part of a dedicated team impacting the lives of young learners as they progress through their studies to develop into qualified artisans. He is a Durbanite, studied at UPE, completed his articles as audit manager at PKF Chartered Accountants; worked his way through the steel and pharmaceutical industries, as well as the dairy industry with DeLaval (Pty)Ltd of the TetraLaval Group. Andre commutes weekly to Johannesburg. Apart from finance, he also maintains a keen interest in IT and social media systems. ×

 


Dr Jenny Gon

Dr Jenny Gon

(MSc (Geology), PhD)

Portfolio: Region/Member Liaison

Jenny is chair person of the WESSA Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth) Regional Committee, and has been a member of the WESSA's Grahamstown Branch committee for the past 14 years (which included 5 years as secretary and 4 years as chair). Her post-graduate studies focused on the dynamics of coastal sand dunes, she has done an ACE course in Environmental Education and she currently works as a publishing editor for a company based in Grahamstown that publishes African academic journals and information databases.×

Dr Paul Bartels

Dr Paul Bartels

(MSc (Zoology))

Portfolio: Region/Member Liaison

Paul is a board member of ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories) and is a member of its Scientific Programme and the Strategic Planning standing committees. He is also a member of the international Global Genome Initiative. Paul has received a Mazda Wildlife Top Ten Conservationist of the Decade Award as well as a National Science Award for his contribution to Science and Technology in South Africa, and has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-review research publications. Paul initiated a wildlife research and biomaterials banking project for biodiversity conservation and biotechnology development with EWT - a project recognised and taken over by the Department of Science and Technology.×

Mr Jacques de Bie

Mr Jacques de Bie

(BA, MBA)

Portfolio: Business Development

Jacques has worked in financial communications and Investor Relations since 1992. Currently, he’s a business leader at Magna Carta Reputation Management, responsible for a flagship account including sustainability elements. After returning from the UK in 2005, he was a partner at an IR firm and prior to that, Marketing Director for S&P’s structured finance credit ratings, and Chase Manhattan Bank in London’s corporate communications. Recently, he has been involved with initiatives around the protection of rhino in the Southern KNP and is also involved in school governing bodies and educational forums.×

Mr Leonard Eiser

Mr Leonard Eiser

(BCom, CFA)

Portfolio: Business Development

Leonard has gained extensive banking and corporate finance experience over the last 15 years in structuring, trading and corporate finance roles. He as primarily focused on advising JSE listed and unlisted companies on a range of corporate actions. He is currently working at PSG Capital based in Johannesburg. ×

Mr Kevin Duncan

Mr Kevin Duncan

(B Com (Econ), HND (Civil Eng), AEP, PGD)

Portfolio: Business Development

Kevin has spent the majority of his working career in the residential development industry, with particular focus on the affordable and government subsidised housing markets. He has been CEO of a state owned entity, MD of a business unit at one of the major banks, and divisional MD of a listed construction company. He has recently become a partner in a private consortium specialising in property investment and developments. Kevin is an avid outdoors and wildlife enthusiast and with his wife can often be found in their 4x4 travelling and camping in South Africa and neighbouring countries. ×

Ms Loshni Naidoo

Ms Loshni Naidoo

(MBA, BCom (INF), BSc (Eng))

Loshni graduated as a chemical engineer and worked for several years in the production and project environments, predominantly in the mining and chemicals sectors. Loshni later moved to the climate change and sustainability services division at Ernst & Young, where she initially provided and later managed the team delivering sustainability assurance and advisory solutions to clients in the mining, financial, manufacturing, telecommunications, construction, logistics, FMCG and retail sectors. During this period, she obtained her MBA from UCT. Loshni is currently heading up the Sustainability and Integrated Reporting division at Grant Thornton, which provides assurance and advisory services to clients across a wide range of sectors. ×

Ms Mandisa Nyathikazi

Ms Mandisa Nyathikazi

(BA)

Portfolio: Marketing

Mandisa Nyathikazi studied in the United States where she completed a Bachelors degree in Education in Milwaukee Wisconsin at Carthage College. She worked in education for a few years then went on to the corporate sector. She worked primarily in the healthcare sphere in marketing. In 2007, she went into partnership and bought ATI (Artisan Training Institute), formerly known as IFTA (Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy) and is currently the Executive Director. She has a deep dedication to developing young people. She enjoys cooking in her spare time.×

Mr Ossie Carstens

Mr Ossie Carstens

(MBA, GCC (Mech), NHD)

Ossie Carstens, born in Okiep in Namaqualand, is a mechanical engineer that has extensive experience in the mining sector, both in the extracting and service spheres. He is the divisional CEO of a group of companies within Hudaco Industries, a listed company on the JSE. This group of companies has its focus primarily on supplying products and related services to the renewable and replacement energy sectors. The businesses are utilising their bouquet of products to develop energy solutions for an array of different applications.×

 

Executive Director


Dr Thommie Burger

Dr Thommie Burger

(B (Hons), MSc, PhD (Org Behaviour))

Portfolio: Chief Executive Officer

Thommie has gained a wealth of executive, strategic and operational experience in a 30-year professional career spent as Group HR Director, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer in a variety of industries, including transport, logistics, commercial vehicle dealerships, strategic consulting, human resource management, electrical and mechanical engineering, construction and company mergers. He has a track record of successful conceptualisation and implementation of financial and cultural turnaround strategies, in leading transformation and coaching interventions, and in human resources development and management strategies. Thommie has published a number of articles on HR management and is a professional executive, leadership and business coach.×
 

Executive Management

Ms Sarah Alcock
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER
Ms Helena Atkinson
GENERAL MANAGER,
CONSERVATION UNIT

Mr Gary Clarke
GENERAL MANAGER,
EDUCATION & TRAINING
UNIT

Ms Shanitha Govender
SENIOR FINANCIAL MANAGER

Dr Jim Taylor
DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL
EDUCATION