Chairperson – Ms Sondra Bailey

Ms Bailey is a qualified and registered Social Worker currently working as the Acting Manager Social Work Services at Pollsmoor Management Area for the Department of Correctional Services. She has 27 years social work experience in preventative and statutory services to children, the physically disabled and adults as well as extensive experience in therapy / rehabilitation in the Correctional environment.

Treasurer – Bulelwa Ntshingwa

Mrs Ntshingwa holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Cape Town. She served as the principal for Renewable Energy projects in South Africa to lead the assessment, initiation and documentation of various project finance deals. She is the Managing Partner and Founder of Stem Investments which is an independent Advisory and Investment firm providing clients with sophisticated financial advisory services. Her leadership, accounting and finance experience were developed and strengthened through over than 10 years corporate work experience.

Secretary – Amelia Jones

Amelia Jones was appointed as the Community Investment Allocations Manager in 1993 at the Community Chest of the Western Cape (CCWC).  She was appointed Chief Executive Officer there in November 1996. She was the first black manager in the Community Chest Movement and is the first female Executive Director of the Community Chest of the Western Cape

The previous 25 years were all spent in social work practice, and encompassed various field and managerial positions including: Probation Officer in the State Welfare Department, the Child Welfare Society, the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO), and Epilepsy South Africa.

Ms Jones has played a Pioneering Leadership Role in various Professional Organisations and Development Initiatives locally, nationally and globally. She serves on various Civil Society, Corporate and Community Initiatives. She is a sought after speaker and participant in both National and Global development initiatives. She was a member of the United Way Worldwide executive Leadership Team, playing a key role its transformation and development processes over the past 20 years.

Throughout her career Ms Jones played a key role in Transformation and Pioneering new Community development initiatives most of which is still active and growing. In 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Western Cape.

Member – Gina Flash 

Gina Flash is the founder and executive director of Mensch, a Jewish South African social change organisation. Mensch is a community of people, motivated by Jewish values, aware of past injustices, and working to create a just, diverse and more equal future for all.

Mensch facilitates a vibrant network of Jewish social change-makers (the Mensch Network); and works with a community of Jewish and non-Jewish people alike to meet, engage, learn, share, activate, advocate and mobilise to create a better.

Gina was the Communications and Social Change Manager for the Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies, managing the organisation’s communications and social justice community development. Previously she worked in design and communications running her own graphic design business, and supporting NGO’s in Australia and northern Thailand. Gina holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication Design from Swinburne University, Australia and now lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Member – Batool Haider

Ms Haider currently teaches at Madressatul Imam Husayn and is a member of the Ahlul Baiit Islamic Centre, she is actively involved with their fund-raising activities and is a member of the AL-Kauthar women’s group. Ms Haider has extensive experience in interfaith activities and is an active participant in the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative events. She has spoken at numerous events nationally as well as in the USA and Pakistan. She is fluent in Persian and Urdu and has taught these language privately. Ms Haider holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Karachi an was a student at the Jamiat Zahra seminary in Iran.

Member – Veliswa Baduza

Ms Baduza is a seasoned Corporate Governance Executive who acquired a wealth of business management and organisational leadership experience during her 19 years with various institutions. She is currently a Chief Executive Officer at the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), which is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and a national administrative body responsible for the protection of South Africa’s cultural heritage.

Before becoming SAHRA CEO, Ms. Baduza held a number of senior leadership positions with various institutions such as; statutory bodies, legislatures, as well as organisations in both private and public sectors. She was an Executive Director for Operations at Iziko Museums and later joined the DAC as the Chief Operating Officer. She also acted as the Director General (DG) at the DAC. Her leadership journey in the public sector culminated to her leading the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities which later become the Department of Women as the DG.

Member – Derick Maregele

Mr Maregele has been an ordained Methodist minister since 1995 and currently presides over Trinity Methodist Church in Cape Town. He has a passion to minister to those considered vulnerable in society. Mr Maregele has also served as District Mission Secretary, District Ecumenical Secretary and as an Old Testament and Church History Lecturer.

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