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Foundation Leadership Changes

Foundation Leadership Changes

There have been a number of exciting developments within the Foundation’s senior leadership team in recent months. These changes are the result of the investment in Talent Development by the Foundation and Talent themselves.


Managing Director

Graeme de Bruyn joined the Foundation in January 2012 as the Organisational Development Manager. His positive contribution at senior management level was self-evident and warranted his promotion in July 2013 to the second-most senior position: Head of Programmes. Throughout his tenure, Graeme handled a number of senior roles simultaneously – a clear indication of his readiness for increased responsibility. We were pleased when Graeme accepted the role of Managing Director of our Foundations in three other SADC countries at the end of 2014. However, it created a critical vacancy.


While we were planning the appointment process for Head of Programmes, Jonathan Marks indicated that he would step down as the Head of Impact Assurance at the end of April 2015. He felt that his optimal contribution to the Foundation would be made in the areas of research and programmatic curriculum development. Jonathan has therefore been appointed as an independent contractor in the role of Academic-at-Large.

Head of Programmes and Head of Impact Assurance

It made strategic sense for the Foundation to undertake both recruitment processes (Head of Programmes and Head of Impact Assurance) simultaneously in the interests of operational efficacy. Consideration was given to suitably qualified Talent at the next tier of management.

Zimkhitha Peter, who used to be the Association Director, and Immanuel Commarmond, former Fellowship Director, each have an impressive seven years at the Foundation. It was thus with great pleasure that we appointed Zimkhitha as the new Head of Programmes and Immanuel as our new Head of Impact Assurance in April 2015. Once again, however, the promotions created senior vacancies.

Fellowship Director

We are also delighted that Nontobeko Mabizela agreed to serve as our new Fellowship Director with effect from 1 June. She has been with the Foundation for eight years with extensive experience in various roles.

Recruitment for the Association Director role is still underway. Once the process has been concluded and a successful appointment has been made, we will communicate the relevant details.

We thank Graeme, Jonathan, Zimkhitha, Immanuel and Nontobeko for their years of service, congratulate them on their promotions and wish them the very best in this next phase of their careers at the Foundation!

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