MANCO TEAM

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Nicolette du Plessis - CEO

Appointed CEO of Field Band Foundation in May 2014, Nicky holds a Master’s Degree (Rhodes) and Post-Graduate Diploma (Stellenbosch). Prior to this she was an independent arts consultant for 17 years, specializing in the design and management of cultural development projects, project evaluation and training. Clients included the Nordic Council of Ministers, Sida, Norad, the Swiss Development agency, Africalia and Hivos, for whom she has worked throughout Africa, and various tertiary education institutions in South Africa and Europe.

She co-edited The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture in 1998; was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the South African National Arts Council (2008 – 2010); and the Chair of Art Moves Africa, the only mobility fund for African artists travelling within Africa from 2007 – 2011. She won the Arts Administrator of the Year Award from the Arts and Culture Trust in 2005.

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Eva Bortne - Education Manager

Eva holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance (University of Stavanger). Her professional qualifications in music, and in particular music education, have provided her with extensive teaching experience in various schools and bands in Norway. She has worked as a professional freelance trumpeter and played in two of Norway and Europe’s leading brass bands as a solo and principal cornet player, and she is therefore very familiar with the education issues that brass bands face. She has specific skills in mentoring young musicians and has been working in developmental projects in South Africa since 2012. She has taken voluntary leadership roles in the Norwegian Band Federation and has strong administrative skill as well.

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Mervyn Gavin - Financial Manager

Merv has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (UNISA) and completed his auditing articles in 2005. He held the positions of Audit Manager and Financial Manager at MRM Financial and Property Services and Reebok (South Africa and Lesotho), respectively. He became Financial Manager of Regenerate Investments in 2015, a position he currently maintains. In addition to this, Mervyn joined Burns Acutt Financial Services Inc. in March 2016 as the Financial and Systems Manager where he currently services a wide portfolio of clients in various aspects of: Accounting, Financial Management, Financial Analysis, Taxes, System Implementation and Consulting. He also holds the position of Treasurer of the Mountain Club of South Africa – KZN Section.

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Ushama Jerrier - National Operations Manager

Ushama holds a BA Honours Degree in Music Education from the University of Cape Town and completed her Master’s in Business Administration at Henley Business School, University of Reading in the UK in 2018. She has undertaken various leadership courses in Dubai and Australia as part of her career with McDonald’s – she was part of the mobilisation team that opened the first stores in South Africa in 1997. Ushama has been employed in several sectors of business and occupied management roles in the Foschini Group, OR Tambo International Airport, the Kruger National Park and Johnson Controls. She has worked both locally and internationally in Operations and Hospitality, and brings a wealth of experience in Human Resources, Logistics, and Systems Management to the challenges of the development sector.


BOARD MEMBERS


  • Chairperson of the Board: Mathulwane (Thuli) Mpshe
  • Deputy Chairperson: Bradley Woolridge
  • Thandokhule Buthelezi
  • Johnny Amos Dladla
  • Pravashini Govender
  • Nicolette du Plessis (CEO)
  • Ernest Matlhaku
  • Simon Mantell
  • Milford Soko
  • Bernard Peter Agulhas
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Mathulwane (Thuli) Mpshe - Chairperson of the Board

With a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from University of Warwick in UK, BComm from University of South Africa (UNISA), Associate Banking and Licentiate Banking Diplomas from the Institute of Bankers South Africa and International Diploma in Professional Consciousness Coaching from Creative Consciousness Academy in Holland. Thuli brings with her a wealth of human capital transformation experience. Her two decades of professional endeavours in the fields of banking, retail and aviation experience have afforded strong relationships in the private sector. Thuli has served as a Council Member of University of Zululand for seven years and was Chairperson of the Board for Kids Haven, a home for homeless children in Benoni for seven years. She is also a non-executive director for Reimagine South Africa (RISA) and Knysna Institute of Learning and Training (KILT).

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Bradley Woolridge - Deputy Chairperson

Brad is a qualified Chartered Accountant and registered auditor, having completed his articles at BDO in 2007. He is married to Jenna and has two boys, Samuel (5) and Leo (2).

His philosophy, both personally and professionally is to find the right way to do things, with the right people and at the right time.
He is a sports fanatic, trying to find time to fit in running, cycling, golf and sometimes soccer and tennis whilst keeping a keen eye on the professionals and his favourite teams results.

Serving as vice chair to the Field Band he also tries to contribute to society and has held leadership roles in his church as well as his rugby club in recent years. Brad’s business interests include auditing, professional services, property, stock investments, printing and stationery. He joined The Entrepreneurs Organisation in 2019.

His dream is to see a humanity in which natural balance is restored, individual rights are celebrated, and global conflicts greatly reduced.

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Thandokuhle Buthelezi

Currently the Company Secretary of Grobank Limited, Thandokuhle brings financial,governance and artistic expertise to the Field Band Foundation Board. With over ten years of professional experience, An Affiliate member and as Chartered Company Secretary Professional qualification. Thandokuhle has been the Company Secretary at Grindrod Bank Limited and Highway Corporate Services and as the Financial Administrative Assistant at the Field Band Foundation. Her journey as an active Band Member, Dance and Pot percussion Tutor, a Choreographer and Band Coordinator at the Field Band Foundation provides her direct insight and knowledge of the benefits of the organisation.

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Johnny Amos Dladla

Johnny is a Chartered Marketer and participated in the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme. He was recently instated as CEO of Consolidated Power Projects Group SA (Pty) Ltd. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of Eskom Enterprises SOC and Eskom Rotek Industries for six years and acted as an Interim Group CEO for some time. His extensive professional background, directorships and committee memberships have provided strong private and public-sector relationships with both international and national institutions including various Government Ministries and Embassies in Southern Africa, Africa and Europe.

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Pravashini Govender

Pravashini brings to the Field Band Foundation, over 15 years of intersectoral experience. Her expertise lies in, strategic lobbying with a broad range of government stakeholders, enterprise stakeholder analysis and engagement, regulatory affairs, CSI, strategic analysis and planning, public policy, communications, customer relations, ICT strategy, performance measurement and program management.

She holds a BA degree in Law, an LLB and LLM in Constitutional and Human Rights Law and Advanced Labour Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution from the University of KZN. She is also an admitted advocate of the High Court of Johannesburg, and an Alumni of the Cambridge School of Sustainability Leadership.

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Nicolette du Plessis - CEO

Appointed CEO of Field Band Foundation in May 2014, Nicky holds a Master’s Degree (Rhodes) and Post-Graduate Diploma (Stellenbosch). Prior to this she was an independent arts consultant for 17 years, specializing in the design and management of cultural development projects, project evaluation and training. Clients included the Nordic Council of Ministers, Sida, Norad, the Swiss Development agency, Africalia and Hivos, for whom she has worked throughout Africa, and various tertiary education institutions in South Africa and Europe.

She co-edited The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture in 1998; was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the South African National Arts Council (2008 – 2010); and the Chair of Art Moves Africa, the only mobility fund for African artists travelling within Africa from 2007 – 2011. She won the Arts Administrator of the Year Award from the Arts and Culture Trust in 2005.

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Ernest (Rio) Matlhaku

Rio currently works at Aprio Communications Strategy in Financial Public Relations and brings almost three decades of inter-sectoral media, marketing and public relations experience to the Field Band Foundation Board. He has refined his extensive experience through his work at the internationally renowned Marketing Research Firm (A C Nielsen), Beachhead Media & Investor Relations and The Communications Firm where he managed influential clients such as Alexander Forbes, Discovery Group, Nedbank and Airports Company of South Africa. Additionally, Rio has been an integral part of a number of committees and working groups such as the Kliptown Youth Programme and the unit responsible for re-launching the South African Competition Commission.

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Simon Mantell

Simon studied at the University of Cape Town and originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has over thirty years of practical business experience which underpins a solid grasp of governance requirements. Simon served on the Appeals Panel of the Press Council of South Africa from 2007-2012. From time to time, he writes op-ed pieces for Business Day and Daily Maverick.

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Milford Soko

Mills is Professor International Business and Strategy at Wits Business School, and former Director of UCT Graduate School of Business. He holds a BSoc Sci degree from the University of Cape Town, a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a Master’s degree and Doctorate in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

In addition to his academic credentials, he brings with him extensive experience and expertise in public policy, research and legislation, acquired during previous career stints at, among others, the National Council of Provinces and Institute of Democracy in South Africa. Mills is also a member of the editorial boards of Global Governance, Journal of Common Market Studies, and AfricaGrowth Agenda. He sits on the boards of the Namibia Business School and TSIBA Business School, and chairs TSIBA’s Academic Advisory Council.

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Bernard Peter Agulhas

Bernard is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and Registered Public Sector Financial Officer with thirty years’ tenure in the auditing and accounting profession (private and public sectors) encompassing assurance, regulation, standard setting, and was formerly the CEO of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), the Audit Regulator in South Africa, for eleven years. He brings to the Board extensive experience in leadership, technical knowledge, regulation and oversight, stakeholder management, communications, and corporate governance. Bernard participated in several international structures involved in setting international audit, education and ethics standards and served on the board of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators which comprises over fifty jurisdictions globally, where he also chaired the Audit Committee. Current involvement in local structures include being a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance where he chaired the subcommittee on Climate Change and as chair of the Examination Board of the South African Institute of Government Auditors.