Board of Trustees
Founder and Chairperson of the Board
Christine is the founding donor and brings considerable skills and experience in academia, central banking, asset management and philanthropy, in an international career over 40 years. Christine has also served on many public and private boards including the Board of Governors of the London School of Economics, The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Drug Policy Alliance and various financial service company and regulatory Boards.
Senior Adviser and Trustee
Allan is an education and organisational specialist in South Africa and provides continuous guidance and advice on each stage of The Learning Trust’s development. He has over 20 years’ experience advising senior South African government education officials, and leading Foundations, Trusts and NGOs on education issues. He previously served as CEO to the DG Murray Trust, a leading large education donor.
Nasima is recently retired CEO of the Cape Higher Education Consortium and works part-time with the Institutional Planning Office at the University of the Western Cape. With a career in higher education spanning over 40 years, she has held many leadership positions in the Department of Education and at Universities. Nasima serves on the board of the Human Sciences Research Council and is a council member at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Siphelele is an Executive Leader at EduCo Africa, a youth development organisation that supports young people to live their full potential, with a specific focus on social and environmental wellbeing. An inspired community activist, Siphelele has a deep belief in and love for people. She is a graduate of the Activate! leadership programme and now sits on their board.
Rethabile is the Founder and Director of Thope Foundation, a non-profit providing primary school support to girls in Khayelitsha. A trained social worker, she holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University with a focus on governance in non-profit organisations. Her skills include monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, grants management, philanthropy and education support.
Zola spend over 14 years with The Atlantic Philanthropies, heading the Population Health Programme. He serves on a number of committees and boards, including the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Primary Health Care Revitalisation, the Ministerial Steering Committee on Executive Leadership Training in Health, and the board of Mpilonhle Trust. He holds a Master of Science in Population Studies.
Siboniso is the Manufacturing Projects Manager at Bevcan, a division of Nampak. As an Electrical Engineering graduate, he brings with him strong analytical abilities and a great understanding of business principles. He is also pursuing further studies towards a B.Com in Corporate Finance.
Dylan is responsible for delivering the strategic and operational development of the Trust. A former History teacher and UCT lecturer, Dylan has written a number of school text books and educational resources for teachers to help young people grapple with ethical and moral decision-making.
Chief Communications Officer
Sibongile holds a Master of Science degree and has over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including managing After School programmes, leading organisational operations and heading a youth development organisation. Her responsibilities at The Learning Trust span communications, advocacy and fundraising.
Nonceba has a BA in Communications and over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. Her extensive experience in project management supports her work at TLT. In her role as Programme Manager, Nonceba handles grantee portfolios nationally and leads our capacity support work.
Gabeba is responsible for our Western Cape portfolio. She has been active in the non-profit education sector for the past ten years, occupying senior positions at the ELMA Philanthropies, DG Murray Trust and the Isandla Institute. Gabeba holds a Masters degree in Development Finance.
Kylie has worked in education development for eight years and has a postgraduate degree in Development Studies. She supports the grantees and the growth strategy of The Learning Trust in Gauteng, of strengthening clusters of grantees for sustainable impact in the communities they serve.
Somila has a Masters Degree in Media and Cultural Studies. She has a passion for literacy and education development, and volunteers with an NGO that runs learner development programmes. In her role at The Learning Trust, Somila provides on-the-ground support for our grantees and partners in the Eastern Cape.
Tebogo joined The Learning Trust after working as an intern and Maths tutor at the Dream Factory Foundation. Her work at TLT is focused on Western Cape grantee support and managing our personal development course. She is currently reading towards an LLB Law Degree through UNISA.
Gabriel has worked in the public sector as an accountant and auditor for over 15 years. He has a Business Administration degree, a Diploma in Accounting and a Diploma in Credit Management. Gabriel works for The Learning Trust and is involved in financial accounting and management for other non-profits.