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).
Damian joined Khulisa in February 2013. He first became involved in the work of the organisation when he made contact in early 2010 to enquire about volunteering opportunities. He was invited to attend the 5 day Silence The Violence Programme (STV) which he thoroughly enjoyed and expressed interest in becoming a facilitator of the programme. Following facilitator training, he began to co-facilitate STV and its version for the younger cohort Face IT in schools, PRU’s and YOT’s.
Prior to Khulisa, Damien worked in social housing as a Neighbourhood Manager for two of London’s oldest and largest registered social landlords. He is a qualified Counsellor/psychotherapist and qualified interpersonal mediator. His passion is working with people of all ages and he wants to make a positive difference in people’s lives, especially underprivileged and marginalised children. www.khulisa.co.uk
Background in Investment Banking with 17 year career at J.P. Morgan, Fixed Income Markets. Teresa founded clouddog in January 2006 and left J.P. Morgan to purse this third sector initiative on a full time basis at the end of 2008. clouddog exists to break cycles of deprivation so that a young person’s background does not dictate their future. We empower young people who are at risk of becoming NEETs. Over 75% of the young people we work with go onto University, into paid employment or onto a training course on leaving our programme. www.clouddog.org
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
The SA-UK Trust Network is delighted to have the volunteer services of Juliet Townsend as its Manager. Juliet handles all admin functions for the Network. She is well placed to do so as she is a founding member, fundraiser, donor and chair of the Ellen ‘Mai Guru’ Trust, supporting the work of Mother Mary’s Children’s Centres in Malawi for orphans/vulnerable children under five, who are affected by HIV. Juliet has a background in quality management system certification and international project management.