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Meet The Board


  • Peter Wharton-Hood

    B Com (Hons) (Wits), CA (SA), AMP (Harvard)

    ■ Presently serving as Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank AG (SA)
    ■ Previously Group Chief Operating Officer, Standard Bank Group Ltd
    ■ Previously Group Deputy Chief Executive, Standard Bank Group Ltd
    ■ Roedean School (SA) Board Member

    “It is an honour to have been appointed to the Roedean School Board. Using my past work experience in Retail and Financial Services, locally and abroad, I hope to be able to support the strategy, governance and execution of a world class educational institution.”

  • Graham Everett

    CA (SA)

    ■ Deputy Chairman of the Board
    ■ Chairman of the Finance Committee and Finance Subcommittee

    "We look forward to building on the foundation created by our predecessors and ensuring that all those in the Roedean community have a unique experience in their interaction with the school."

  • Mary Williams

    BA (UPE) TC (ZIM)

    ■ Executive Head Mistress
    ■ Board Member

    "It is a great privilege to serve in a teaching and learning environment as dynamic and effective as Roedean School (SA). In 2008, the school committed to a number of strategic initiatives which would continue to build Roedean's considerable reputation as a centre of academic excellence and, at the same time, enable us as a community to develop key partnerships with other communities to help build the skills of the future generations of our young leaders. Our areas of focus will be Mathematics and the Sciences, and teaching the skills of both critical and creative thinking from Grades 0 to 12. We are determined to create new horizons and exciting challenges for both girls and staff members which will equip them in the future to lead lives of significance."

  • Samantha Louis

    ■ 2001 - Gordon Institute of Business Science ( GIBS) (University of Pretoria) MBA (with distinctions)
    ■ 1988 - University of Witwatersrand BA Dramatic Art

    ■ Accredited in Public Relations (APR)
    ■ Member of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa
    ■ Member of the Institute of Director (South Africa)
    ■ PRINCE 2 Project Management Certification

    I have over 20 years of experience as an integrated communication practitioner and have been involved in brand and profile building, stakeholder relations and lobbying for the last five years in terms of a number of legislative issues in the financial and educational sector.

  • Gerhard Rudolph

    BA LLB (UP)

    ■ Practising Attorney and Director of Rudolph, Bernstein & Associates
    ■ Board Member and Chairman of the Building Sub-committee

    "In an ever increasingly sophisticated and competitive world, in terms of education, Roedean offers the best possible future outcome for the students of today."

  • Peter Jordi

    BCom, BAcc (Wits)

    ■ CA (SA)
    ■ Board Member (IT)

    "South Africa continues to require centres of excellence in education particularly. Roedean offers a beacon of light and hope. I am confident with the vision and foresight of its leaders and the incredible commitment of all its stakeholders it will continue to live a life of significance."

  • Dr Sibusiso Sibisi

    BSc Physics

    ■ Imperial College of Science and Technology London
    ■ PhD (University of Cambridge)
    ■ CEO of CSIR
    ■ SA Board Member

    "I firmly believe that knowledge – Mathematics and Science in particular – will increasingly define the successful individual and nation of the future. Roedean provides the key to that future – yours, mine, our collective success."

  • Monica Katrakilis

    BCom LLB (Wits)

    ■ Director – Stupel & Berman Attorneys (Vaal)
    ■ Board Member (PTA Representative)
    ■ Member of the Fundraising Sub-committee

    "As the PTA representative on the Board, I am pleased to be able to assist in the Roedean community with fund raising matters and also to interface with the Board. The PTA is an integral part of life at Roedean, being involved in fundraising, as well as providing a link between the school and the parents. It is a privilege to be involved with such a dynamic and committed Board."

  • Roger Jardine

    BSc Physics MSc Radiological Physics

    ■ CEO – Aveng Group
    ■ Board Member
    ■ Group CEO Primedia

    "Roedean School is renowned for producing young women who go on to take up leadership roles in key sectors of society. It is important that this institution is strengthened to ensure that we continue to produce the global leaders of tomorrow."

  • Angel Gomes

    BA Economics and English

    ■ Founder & CEO Homecoming Revolution
    ■ Co-Founder & Executive Creative Director of Morrisjones Advertising
    ■ Founding board member of Entrepreneur's Organisation
    ■ Mentioned by President Thabo Mbeki in State of the Nation address 2004
    ■ Winner of SABC/Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year Award in Media in 2004
    ■ Finalist and was a 2007 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards in 2007
    ■ Board Member (Marketing)

    "I joined the Roedean Board because I believe that if I hang out in the company of great excellence, a lot more of it will rub off on me! I love the fact that Roedean is unashamedly academic; that Roedean is truly inspiring and that Roedean believes that anything is possible. I love the vision of the Headmistresses, and the contemporary way that they are giving the reigns to the woman of the future so that they can ride into a new dawn of success and significance."

  • Kirstin Otten

    BSc Hons

    ■ Director Mills & Otten Environmental Consultants
    ■ SAORA Representative

    "The hallmarks that distinguish Roedean are part of the tradition that I wish to see continuing. Throughout the school's history, remarkable women spent their formative years here. Within an ethos of academic excellence, each girl is recognised for her own abilities and encouraged to give of her best, within a nurturing environment. These are the characteristics that must be perpetuated."

  • Emmie Kruger

    B. Bus Science (Honours), CA (SA)

    ■ Board Member PTA Representative
    ■ SA Institute of Chartered Accountants, Chartered Accountants SA
    ■ Chairman of the Roedean School Board

    "It is an honour to have been elected as the Chairman of the Roedean School Board. The school is steeped in wonderful traditions and framed by sound values that have governed the behaviour of teachers and students over many years. It offers a top class education to young ladies in a fast evolving and ever demanding world. I agree with the sentiment expressed by B.F Skinner who said, " Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten" Given my experience in the financial sector and prior involvement at both St Katherine's and The Ridge School I look forward to my term on the Board. May Roedean School continue to deliver a first class education to the future leaders of our country. "

  • Haroon Loonat

    ■ CA (SA)
    ■ Partner - Deloitte
    ■ Board Member and Chairman of the Finance Sub-committee

    Roedean is able to balance its incredible academic strength with both sport and cultural excellence. Nurturing and grooming young girls for a “life of significance” is an obligation that the School treasures and takes great care. The Finance sub-committee is well placed to provide oversight over the Schools finance function. The committee recognizes its obligations to its various stakeholders and aims to maintain the sound financial position of the School.

  • Leon Vermaak

    B. Comm and MBA , Pretoria University; PhD City University of London

    ■ Chief Executive Officer of Telesur Investment Holdings

  • Mervyn Goliath

    B.Com (Hons) (Information Systems), National Technical Diploma (Telecoms), Diploma in Datametrics (UNISA), Executive Technology Management Program (Republic of Germany)

    ■ Presently serving as the Executive Vice President - Clickatell
    ■ Previously the Chief Technology Officer of MWEB
    ■ Previously the Chief Operations Officer of Absa Digital Banking
    ■ Roedean School (SA) Board Member (Technology)

    "It is a well-established fact that technology is changing the way we live, work, play and learn - and that it is evolving at a rapid pace. I have been extremely privileged to participate in leading edge technology innovation and digital enablement in an exciting industry where I have had first-hand experience in the dramatically positive impact of technology and "digitization" in consumer and business spheres. Similarly, the appropriate and innovative application of technology has the power to revolutionize learning and teaching methods at Roedean, enabling higher and better levels of creativity, self-discovery, problem solving and access to information. The invitation to join the Roedean board presents me with an opportunity to play a part in "inspiring a life of significance" for the Roedean community, girls and teachers alike, as we work together to complement and further enhance a “relevant and evolving teaching and learning curriculum” where technology will act as a key enabler."

  • Reinher Behrens

    BComm - Wits University

    It’s an honour to have been elected to the Board of the Roedean School. “ Inspiring a Life of Significance “ . I look forward to my term on the Board, to play a part to ensure that this message is key to what Roedean offers.