Owen, founding trustee, businessman, lodge owner.
Part owner of the Shaw group of companies in the 1980/1990’s and member of St James church.Retired in 1999 and invested in the tourism industry.Moved to Plettenberg Bay 2008.Started the trust in 1999 with Bishop Frank Retief, as their belief and passion was that education is the basis of improving one’s life and breaking the cycle of poverty in SA.
Rt. Rev Frank Retief, Bishop Emeritus of the Church of England in South Africa, now known as the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa, trained at the Bible Institute of South Africa. He completed his curacy at Christ Church Pinetown, KZN and then returned to Cape Town where he started the St James Church in Kenilworth. He served there as rector for 31 years. He retired to become the Presiding Bishop of the denomination and retired from that position in 2010. In 2011 the North West University conferred an honorary doctorate in theology on Bishop Retief. He has authored several books and remains active in ministry teaching, preaching, doing voluntary pastoral work and writing. Bishop Retief has been a trustee since inception of the Trust.
Otto Stehlik, businessman and philanthropist, is the Founder and Chairman (retired) of Protea Hotels.
An Austrian national, resident in South Africa is also the Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Austria.
Mr Stehlik is now assisting his son at BON Hotels.
A trustee since 1999, his contribution to economic and social development in South Africa has been recognised by the presidency.
Rev Dr Mervyn Eloff (BSc, MTh, DTh) is the Rector of St James Church Kenilworth. Prior to joining the staff at St James in 2007, Dr Eloff served as a lecturer at and vice-Principal of George Whitefield College in Cape Town, the theological training college of the Church of England in South Africa. As someone who has been involved in the training of leaders for the South African context, Dr Eloff is passionate about all round education, especially for those from a disadvantaged background. He is married to Alison and they have two adult daughters.
Glynda, a retired bank manager, worked at a major national bank for a total of 36 years until retrenchment in 2011. She completed a Management Development Program at University of Stellenbosch Business School as well as the bank’s Senior Management Program which was conducted in partnership with Gordon Institute of Business Science. Since joining the Trust in 2013, she has brought with her a wealth of management experience having served as both support manager and branch manager in several branches of the bank across the Cape Peninsula. Her desire to use her gifts in serving others became a reality the day she joined the Trust. When not at school, she assists her husband, a pastor at St James Church Kenilworth, with Bible studies and family life ministry. Her interests include music, food, travel and armchair sport.
Andy joined the Trust in 2012 as our driver. Prior to that, he served as an inspector at the Animal Welfare Society before taking up the position of security officer at the University of Western Cape. Andy is a jack-of-all-trades and when not collecting the daily food provisions from the hotels or transporting volunteers to school, he uses his skills to assist the schools with maintenance. His enthusiasm and dedication is a delight and nothing is too much for him. He is driven by his desire to see the children well fed and receiving the assistance that they require both in the classroom and out.
Gwen, mother of two boys, is a parent at the school for the past 10 years. She is actively involved in the life of the school, was Grade R and Grade 3 classroom assistant for 3 years and is in her 4th year as member of the School Governing Body. She has also worked at Little Lilies ECD and has completed various courses with The Leadership College and CASE. She joined the Trust in 2012 and has been serving as the library assistant ever since. Gwen is passionate about reading and convenes spelling competitions and special events at the school. Her interests also include several handcrafts.
Leon, also a parent at the school, has been dancing since the age of 14 years. He runs ballroom classes in the community and his pupils compete regularly across the peninsula over weekends. Leon has recently been voted onto the School Governing Body. He has been conducting ballroom lessons at the schools on 4 days per week since 2012.