3 August 2020

The Trustees

Vhembe District, Limpopo

Claire Brown
Claire Brown has spent more than 39 years in the educational world as a Teacher, Lecturer, Principal and Educational Consultant for companies such as Cisco, MWeb and MultiChoice and agencies such as The World Bank and DIFD. She worked as the educational advisor to the Cisco Nepad elearning demonstration project in Africa. In this capacity, she also advised Ministries of Education in Rwanda, Ghana, Senegal, Algeria, Mauritius and KwaZulu-Natal on issues around best practice in ICT, including teacher training and ICT content selection.

Claire currently consults to the Creating Schools Charitable Trust. This is a public private partnership between the CSCT and the Education Department. In this project, Claire is responsible for implementing and overseeing the Whole School Development Policies and Procedures and works with relevant government and private entities. She also directs and oversees the baseline tests, school evaluation processes and the teacher, management and governance development portfolios. She works closely with appropriate Directorates to ensure quality and sustainability.

Angela Buckland
Angela is a freelance photographer, artist and educator. Angela’s main client base is architectural and editorial work. Angela has documented a number of significant South African buildings articulating the building process together with the social landscape. Angela is the recipient of various awards: Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship where she completed a M.A. from Birmingham University; was a nominee for the Prix Pictet Award and the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Creative Photography. She taught for many years in the Fine Arts Department at Durban University of Technology, Vega Lab and currently runs her own private photography school, Photogarage. Angela has held a number of solo exhibitions nationally and group exhibitions internationally. She has published three books: Zip Zip My Brain Harts; Light on a Hill and Quiet Place.

View Angela’s websites: www.angelabucklandphotography.com and www.photogarage.co.za

Martin Kaplan
Martin Kaplan graduated as an Architect from the University of Cape Town in 1982. He has worked in public, private and non-government organisations on a diverse range of infrastructure projects including education, health, welfare, conservation and tourism, economic development and other sectors.

He played a key role in the re-development of Cato Manor, the largest urban renewal project in post-apartheid South Africa. It received wide acclaim for its approach to integrated urban development and Martin was invited to give a lecture on this topic to post-graduate students at the University of Rome in June 2007. He has periodically tutored at the School of Architecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Martin’s broad experience in infrastructure delivery in the urban and rural context and his understanding of development issues has led to his involvement in major projects in South Africa and his appointment as a technical advisor on infrastructure delivery at a national programme level.

Steve Kinsler
As a registered, professional architect, Steve’s work over the last two decades has primarily been with rural and peri-urban communities in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. With a first degree in agriculture, his interest in rural & community development has led to his involvement with projects throughout the southern African region and to environments as diverse as the Ovambo Plains of northern Namibia, the Hurungwe District of Zimbabwe, the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape and the Vhembe region of the Soutpansberg Mountains. Through these experiences in working with a wide range of cultures, materials, skills and climates in southern Africa, his recent works in the development of healthcare and educational facilities are anchored in the belief that sustainable buildings should embody sound social, economic and environmental principles. Recent work includes enquiry into a regionally expressive architecture that addresses the contradictions and disparities of the urban/rural – wealth/poverty divide that typifies contemporary South African society.

School children walking home

Gregg Sherkin
Gregg Sherkin is Manager, Strategic Philanthropy for The Walt Disney Company. He is responsible for developing and executing charitable giving strategies and helping to advance Disney’s positive impact on communities around the world. Prior to beginning his role with Disney, Gregg was a Program Officer for Oprah’s Angel Network, leading a variety of successful programs and interventions in South Africa including the provision of 20,000 school uniforms to children affected by HIV and AIDS, and supporting the creation of a mobile health unit program serving 3000 children annually in a rural and impoverished region. In addition to his work in South Africa, Gregg oversaw the development of five new residential communities along the American Gulf Coast for survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Prior to joining the Angel Network, Gregg was on the production staff of The Oprah Winfrey Show. He and his production team initiated and developed Oprah’s Book Club which went on to become a hallmark of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Gregg has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Political Science.

Jill Tomlinson
Jill Tomlinson has worked since 1984 in management positions within NGOs, originally as Regional Manager for KwaZulu-Natal with the READ Educational Trust, a position she held for fifteen years. Since 1999 she has been contracted by various KZN-based NGOs and trusts to manage projects, fund-raise and act in administrative capacities.
She provides on-going support to the KwaZulu-Natal Education Development Trust as Trust Administrator, connecting funders, potential funders and KZN Education Department officials, writing reports and organising trust meetings. In addition she works with MIET Africa on the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) programme.

Her roles with the Creating Schools Charitable Trust involve trust administration, training and support for the libraries on the Vele Secondary School campus and general support to the school.