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Brian Gibson

The Field Band Foundation NPC is pleased to announce the election by its Board of Directors of Brian Gibson as the Foundation’s new chairman. Gibson succeeds Herman Mashaba, who stood down from the Foundation’s Board this month (see

Gibson has been intimately involved with the Field Band Foundation from its very beginnings, being one of a team that conceptualised the organisation in 1996, and as an active member of its board in various leadership positions throughout the company’s 19-years of operation.

In this time, the Foundation has grown to encompass 48 performance Field Bands of an average 137 members each, operating in all provinces, and with an alumni of 40 000 members.

Says Gibson: “From small beginnings, the Field Band Foundation has grown into one of the South Africa’s highest impact, best-governed non-profit companies working with disadvantaged youngsters. It is a great honour to take the helm in service of our future leaders. In following Herman Mashaba good work as chairman, I am aware that I have very large shoes to fill”.

For all the positive results of this exemplary lifeskills-based youth programme, Gibson cautions that straightened economic times bring the need for the Foundation to add “resilience” to its taught values of honesty, integrity, respect, empathy, diversity, self-belief, equality, excellence and discipline.

“Operating a high-cost/high-benefit NPC like the Foundation is becoming increasingly difficult in a climate where the need for youth and community development grows in equal proportion to the economic challenges facing our donors and sponsors. We want our donors and sponsors to experience our reality – but we also need to acknowledge their realities”.

In these times, he says, “Fundraising, cost control and efficiency are beacons to our continued sustainability and success. We must get the combination right – we owe that to our beneficiaries, our supporters, and to our country”.

Gibson’s chairmanship of the Field Band Foundation follows a highly successful career of almost 40 years in corporate strategic issue management, following some years spent in journalism and marketing.

The Field Band Foundation has received 12 local and international awards for excellence in governance, and for outstanding returns on social investment.

For additional information on the Field Band Foundation, please visit

Issued by the Field Band Foundation NPC (FBF), 19 February 2016.

Media contact
Paul Pereira
FBF Public Affairs consultant
071 932 9216