Trustees with Her Excellency, Nomatemba Tambo, High Commissioner to United Kingdom and Ireland
Jill Ritchie – Chairman
Jill Ritchie assisted in the formation of the SA-UK Trust Network, which she chairs, and has dedicated many voluntary hours to its nurturing and growth. She has spent three decades raising money for and advising causes as diverse as anti-apartheid organisations, environmental projects and the performing arts. She has raised over R2 billion for southern and South African organisations. Combining a background in commerce and marketing as well as extensive experience as a writer, Jill consults on all aspects of fundraising, capital campaigns and resource mobilisation planning. She heads up her own consultancy, Papillon Press and Consulting, and spends her time between her Cape Town and London offices. Jill has written 27 books, mainly on fundraising.
She holds the London City & Guilds International Diploma in Teaching and Training and is qualified as a fundraising trainer. She lectures in Fundraising and Marketing at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Jill is a member of the Council of Tshwane University of Technology as well as the South African National Museum. She served as Chairperson of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and as Vice-President of the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF), of which she has been made a Fellow. Jill received the SA Chamber of Commerce, UK Giving Back Award, 2015. She has attained the level of Advanced Toastmaster (Gold). She also chairs the UK Fund for Charities www.ukfundforcharities.org
Global South African, Geoff Johnson, is Chairman of the annual Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day. A former Chairman of the Wits Business School Association, Geoff is a Senior Partner of St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group, where he provides financial solutions for foreign nationals working in the UK. He and a few enthusiasts organised the first South African Charity Golf Day in 1998. Thanks to Geoff’s passionate, entirely voluntary, hard work and commitment, the Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day has grown to become the largest golf event of its kind in Europe with the primary aim of raising funds for children in South Africa. The event has distributed over £1.5 million to organisations in South Africa supporting children through education, housing, sport, health and those providing care for children.
Geoff is a passionate South African and terms the South African diaspora ‘the tenth province’. He is a wealth management advisor to Saracens Rugby, and was a founding member of the South African Chamber of Commerce, UK (formerly South African Business Club).
American, Martha Ware has been resident in London for over 20 years. She made her career in educational publishing working in Southern Europe, Latin America and Asia and most recently as Marketing Director for Pearson Education. She was the General Manager of School Aid UK for six years which supports literacy development in schools South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi and Lesotho. Martha is passionate about the importance of literacy and reading, particularly to enable education. She has been a hardworking and supportive volunteer member of the SA-UK Trust Network since its inception.
Louise has been Chairwoman of Breadline Africa for the last 17 years and is a founding trustee of the charity. She has family connections in South Africa. She has previously been involved with a number of fundraising campaigns at various UK charities including Notting Hill Housing Trust, the Cardinal Hume Centre for Homeless Young People and the South West London Community Foundation.
Before moving into the voluntary sector, Louise worked as a Financial Services head hunter with Korn Ferry and the Barnes Partnership where she was a founding partner. Prior to this she spent several years working in the research and marketing side of the Financial Times conferences division.
Louise has an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University. http://breadlineafrica.org
Kathi Scott is the Executive Director of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund UK. She helped establish the UK office of NMCF UK in 1996 and has steered its extensive contribution to the work of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund since then. Born and educated in Northern Ireland, Kathi has a background in media, sports management and development. She is also a volunteer and mentor for a number of UK charitable organisations.
Along with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, she is a passionate supporter of the Integrated Education Fund in Northern Ireland and the Miss Dorothy.com Learning Programme. In 2007 Kathi was named as a Kids Taskforce Champion with an award presented at the House of Commons in recognition of her work with children and young people in the United Kingdom. Kathi is an accomplished speaker who is often called on to speak about a range of subjects to very varied audiences. She has contributed to a number of books, including “Reflections on Nelson Mandela Icon of Peace” and more recently “Purpose” by Jessica Huie MBE. Kathi has been a regular panellist and contributor on Television including Arise News TV channel.
Lisa Ashton, MBE is a former TV and radio programme maker at the BBC. She is the Founder and CEO of The Winnie Mabaso Foundation, a charity supporting vulnerable and orphaned children particularly those living with HIV in South Africa. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list in 2013 for her charity work. Lisa received the Chairman’s Award from the South Arican Chamber of Commerce in 2018. Lisa lives between Johannesburg and Derbyshire with her husband Steve.
Peter Burdin is the BBC’s former Africa Bureau Chief.
He has thirty-five years experience as a senior editorial leader in the BBC’s International News operation and has worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Indian sub-continent and Asia from where he has covered numerous major international news stories.
He has won several Sony Awards for his news and documentary programmes, including the war in Bosnia, South Africa’s first democratic elections and the funeral of President Nelson Mandela.
Peter lectures in International Journalism at universities in the UK and Africa. He has been a guest moderator at both Oxford and Cambridge University Africa Societies and is currently designing a post-graduate course in International Journalism with the African Leadership University.
In 2015 he wrote the chapter on the importance of young people in the McKinsey book “Re-imagining South Africa”. He is co-Founder and Senior Advisor to Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA) which is seeking to transform education access and outcomes across the continent.
In 2018 he hosted International Journalism Symposiums in Kenya and Ghana and designed and hosted a journalism training programme for more than two hundred journalists and government PR officials in Ethiopia.
Peter is the UK representative for Siyakha which supports a range of young entrepreneurs in South Africa. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Humanity & Inclusion (HI) UK.