I have been a change agent throughout a career in the private, public and NGO sector, focused on education, sport and youth development locally and internationally at the highest level.
I have led inspirational projects throughout my career from organising and leading the South African Paralympic team to the 2004 Paralympics, to working closely with eight blue chip companies as sponsors, with (then) icons including Natalie du Toit and Oscar Pistorius, to managing the funding for training thousands of volunteers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to piloting a “science and engineering fair” to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics for primary secondary school students. International cooperation is key to success to maximise impact with constrained resources and with the UNDP, I implemented a “cash for work” programme for youth following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
My contributions have been recognised through appointments to the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport, working on integrity and human rights issues in sport, coordinating at the request of Ministers and peers the Pacific input into the UNESCO General Assembly and the UNESCO International Conference of Ministers responsible for physical education and sport. At a local level, I started my volunteer work in sport with the Cape Town 2004 Olympic Bid, chairing the community group, and was elected to the local and National Sports Council as an executive member. My other main sport is squash where I served as a Board member, having also served as President, of Squash South Africa and on the Ethics Commission of the World Squash Federation.
I have aimed to achieve the highest standards of governance and ethics through implementing good governance principles, creating transparent policies and improving procedures to support progress, positive outcomes and accountability. I took the opportunity to draft sections on sport and leisure of the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons which were largely accepted as drafted.
Having been involved in a number of Para sports, particularly organising events but mostly Para Table Tennis for 14 years, I have a sound understanding of both the complexities and joys of Para sport. Working with Goalball UK, I bring experience to bear in an organisation continuing to “Transform More Lives” as the sport continues to grow and have a positive impact on those living with a visual impairment and their immediate families and circle of friends.