Management Team

Nicolette du Plessis

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.

Ushama Jerrier

Ushama Jerrier

National Operations Manager

Ushama holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Music (University of Cape Town) and completed her Master’s in Business Administration (Henley) in 2017. She has undertaken various leadership courses in Dubai and Australia as part of her career with MacDonalds – she was part of the mobilisation team that opened the first stores in South Africa in 1997. She 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 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.

Mervyn Gavin

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.

Board Members

  • Mathulwane Mpshe (Chairperson of the Board)

  • Bernard Peter Agulhas (Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee)
  • Thandokhule Buthelezi
  • Nicolette du Plessis (Chief Executive Officer)
  • Jerusha Govender
  • Pravashini Govender
  • Hemant Harrielall
  • Lulu Khumalo
  • Risuna Maluleke
  • Simon Mantell
  • Ernest Matlhaku
  • Duduzile Thabede
  • Jayde Troskie
Mathulwane Mpshe (Thuli)

Mathulwane Mpshe (Thuli)

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).

Jerusha Govender

Jerusha Govender

Jerusha is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Information Designer and Entrepreneur who brings with her a wealth of passion and experience in data innovation. Jerusha holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Cape Town as well as a Masters in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been working in the development sector for 15 years and founded her own company in 2015, Data Innovator, through which she has led projects across Africa, North America and Europe reaching more than 50 organisations. The company has grown with the introduction of new partners and re-established as Data Innovators Group. Jerusha has served on the South African M&E Association board, MERL Tech Jozi Steering Committee and Responsible Data in M&E in Africa Working group. She has conducted many evaluations on development initiatives and programmes at various organisational, national and regional levels.

Lulu Khumalo

Lulu Khumalo

Lulu comes from the arts sector originally and used her communication skills, relationship management abilities and creative understanding of people to create an award-winning corporate career in leading international companies, including BHP Billiton, Pioneer Foods Group Limited, Amazon Web Services and Sasol Limited. Currently heading Corporate Affairs for Woolworths, she brings invaluable experience in integrating environmental and social impact for growth and profitability, as well as leveraging brands, managing transformation and maintaining high standards in delivery of value-added services. She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge, Honours and Education degrees from Rhodes University.

Pravashini Govender

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.</br></br> 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.

Bernard Peter Agulhas

Bernard Peter Agulhas

Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee

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.

Nicolette du Plessis (Nicky)

Nicolette du Plessis (Nicky)

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Risuna Maluleke

Risuna Maluleke

Risuna is a youth development devotee with a specific focus in entrepreneurship and education. Currently, he is the Chief Entrepreneurship Officer of the Young African Entrepreneurs Institute and Managing Director of Youth Village Africa. Risuna also serves as an Executive Chairman of Edtek Solutions and has held positions in small businesses, student development, and served on boards. Risuna brings to the board academic and practical skills in entrepreneurship, business science, accounting, marketing, and enterprise development. He is currently pursuing a Master of Management in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation at Wits Business School.
Risuna has been involved in volunteer work in rural communities focusing on career development through Dyondzo Phambili Foundation and Thusanani Foundation. Additionally, he served in the Community of Practice for Student Entrepreneurship Task Team at the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education under Universities South Africa. Finally, Risuna has also served as an Advisory Task Team Member of the Wits Innovation Centre.

Duduzile Thabede

Duduzile Thabede

Dudu has an Honours Degrees in Social Work from University of Fort Hare and additional qualifications in Managerial Finance and Digital Marketing, which have supported a successful career in marketing, brand strategy and communications. She has successfully lead marketing teams in southern Africa and branding agencies in Nigeria and East Africa and specialises in driving new business development to deliver agreed return on investment. She has extensive experience in design and implementing research studies to determine the needs of clients in complex environments. Her intellectual rigor imbues technical discussions with compassion and emotional intelligence, which has enabled her to be an effective strategic advisor. She has a strong social conscience which informs her work, whether it is in the health sector, media or social enterprise development. She is passionate about youth development as well as women empowerment and is addressing the plight of fatherless boys and their mothers. She is an experienced non-executive Director with corporate governance knowledge and she believes, like Mahatma Gandhi, that “we have to be the change we want to see in our world”.

Hemant Harrielall

Hemant Harrielall

Currently a Senior Manager at ABSA, Hemant has over a decade of senior management and leadership experience for multi-national organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Southern Africa, Afrox and BHP Billiton. He specializes in navigating ambiguous business environments, reducing complexity and formulating strategy with effective alignment of resources and transversal functions. He is successful in driving growth and operational efficiencies, with a proven record of improving the bottom line. His BSC (Hons) in Chemical Engineering is supplemented with an MBA from University of Pretoria, and a professional Global Talent Circle Management Development course from Linde University, Munich, Germany. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IODSA) and has completed their Certified Director Assessment.

Simon Mantell

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.

Jayde Troskie

Jayde Troskie

Jayde is a marketing specialist with extensive experience in the Asia Pacific region as well as within South Africa. She has spearheaded digital customer relationship management campaigns for acquisition, growth and retention of customers in a variety of sectors. Her qualifications in Strategic Brand Management and Business Administration from Vega School of Brand Leadership lead her to successful experiences within the South African Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, including serving as Secretary of the Board, SYSPRO Software (APAC and South Africa), Roubler Software (Asia and Africa). She is known for her attention to detail, high quality workmanship and her ability to integrate digital marketing, marketing analytics, brand development and content generation to drive successful campaigns with outstanding results.