Board Members


Thokozani Nokuthula Radebe

Thokozani Nokuthula Radebe has been serving on the Board for over 6 years and is currently the Chairperson. Thokozani has a Bachelors degree in Social Science and Law, she also has a Diploma in Financial Planning and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. Thokozani is currently a legal advisor at Nedbank and her motivation for joining the Board was her love for children and the ability to give back to the community. For her, this was an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what it takes to run a successful organization and an opportunity to utilise her skills for the benefit of an organization that is doing so much for the community.    


Sithembiso Cele
Deputy Chairperson/ Children’s Forum

Sithembiso Cele holds the portfolio of Vice Chairperson and the Children's Forum, Sithembiso has been serving on the Board since 2009. He has a Bachelor of Laws Degree and hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Child Protection Law. he is currently serving as the Administrator at Durban Child and Youth Care Centre. His motivation for his involvement on the board stems from his desire to give back to the organisation and its current and future residents, as a past resident of the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre


Chris Yuill
Finance Portfolio

Chris Yuill is currently the head of finance and has been serving on the Board for the past 23 years. Chris is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Masters in Business Administration. Chris retired in 2012 from the Mr Price Group but still serves as an alternate trustee of the Mr Price Group retirement funds and also serves on the Durban African Art Centre Association Board.


Grace Downham

Grace Downham currently holds the portfolio of Secretary and has been on the Board since 2009. In addition to being a wife and mother to two children, Grace spent 20 years with the Girl Guides Organisation, holding the position of Divisional Commissioner for many years. She has also been an active member of the Woman Aglow for 35 years and holding the position of President for over 20 years. 


Paul Canter
Fundraising Portfolio

Paul Canter has been serving on the Board for the past 26 years and currently holds the Fundraising portfolio. He Has a qualification in B A B IURIS and is the Director of Maitland Trust. As a Catholic christian Paul felt that it is his duty and responsibility to serve and help his community.


Ansuya Ram
Treatment Advisory Panel

Ansuya Ram holds the portfolio of Child Care programs and is employed by the KZN Department of Education as Deputy Principal at VN Naik School for the Deaf. All work experience relates to serving learners who have special educational needs and who experience general barriers to accessing learning. presently, Ansuya is working with the National Department of Basic Education (Pretoria) and serving on the South African Sign Language (SASL) Curriculum Writers' Committee appointed by the Ministerial Committee to write up a curriculum for SASL which is due for official implementation in 2015.


Sithabile Ntombela
Treatment Advisory Panel

Sithabile Ntombela is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She works within the Educational Psychology discipline where her research interests are mainly around sites of inclusion and exclusion, particularly disability, gender, language and poverty in education and how these affect educational outcomes both at school and tertiary levels. She has extensive work experience in education gained in high school, special school and university teaching and learning contexts.

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Mark Rich
Treatment Advisory Panel

Mark Rich has been serving on the Board for over 25 years and recently stepped down as Chairperson. He has a Bachelor of Social Science, HDE and a FDE in Management. Mark is currently the Deputy Principal at Northwood School and on the executive team of the Kwa Zulu-Natal High School Cricket Union. Having studied Social Work at University, Mark spent time at St Martins and the Salvation Army Boy’s home,as well as at Excelsior Place of Safety doing practical work as well as volunteering. This stimulated his interest in Children’s Homes, hence he joined the Board of Management in the 1990’s.

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Grant Fincham