Meet The Team


Our Management Committee

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.
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 African since 2012. She has taken voluntary leadership roles in the Norwegian Band Federation and has strong administrative skill as well.
Mervyn 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.
Jerrier 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.
Irene holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing Management (Management College of Southern Africa) and a National Diploma in Public Relations Management (University of Zululand). She has extensive experience in the NPO/NGO sector working with the Zululand Hospice as the Income Generation Co-ordinator, Operations Manager for the Crossroads Teen Centre and most recently worked with Child Welfare in Durban as the Income Development Manager. Appointed to the Head Office staff of the FBF in 2017, Irene brings a passion for development and skills of Stakeholder Engagement and Management.

Board Members

Brian’s relationship with the Field Band Foundation dates back prior to its inception in 1997 when he was asked by the founders to help conceptualise and launch the Foundation. Now semi-retired, he was for more than 30 years a specialist issues manager and corporate strategist after a long career in journalism, marketing and public relations. He is currently the Chairman of the Kgalagadi Relief Trust, which was established to help the victims of asbestos exposure in the Northern Cape, Chairman of the Bahia Village Body Corporate,
Secretary of the Umdloti Residents and Ratepayers Association and a public representative on the Adjudication Panel of the South African Press Council.
Currently positioned at the Bank of Athens as Company Secretary, Thando brings financial and governance prowess to her service on the Field Band Foundation Board. With over ten years of professional experience and a Chartered Company Secretary Degree, Thando has been Company Secretary at the Highway Corporate Services and as the Financial Administrative Assistant at the Field Band Foundation. Her journey as an active Band Member, Dance Tutor and Choreographer at the Field Band Foundation provides her direct insight and knowledge of the benefits of the organisation.
Neels has over 44 years of legal expertise with 24 years at the Bar and 20 years on the Bench. Neels was one of the first appointees to the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa under the new Democratic Interim Constitution Act of 1993. With an International Arbitration certificate from Queens College, Bachelor of Commerce at Pretoria University, an LLB at Pretoria University (Cum Laude) and an LLM at Rand Afrikaans University (Cum Laude), Neels served as a Senior Advocate, Judge to the High Court prior to retiring in 2014. Neels is also the Chairperson of the SA Medico Legal Society and has specialist knowledge and skills in arbitration and mediation is a qualified International Mediator.
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 worked at the Eskom Group for 23 years, six of which he served as the CEO. 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.
Appointed CEO of Field Band Foundation in May 2014, Nicky holds a Master’s Degree from Rhodes University and Post-Graduate Diploma from 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. Her client portfolio included the Nordic Council of Ministers, Sida, Norad, the Swiss Development agency, Africalia and Hivos, for whom she has worked throughout 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), 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.
Willie, a Chartered Accountant, holds a Business and Commerce (cum laude) and Business and Commerce Honour’s Degree from the University of Stellenbosch. In his 30 years of professional experience he practiced as an audit partner in Ernst & Young and served as Group Financial Director of the listed Stocks & Stocks Group. He played a significant role in the merger of Stefanutti and Stocks and served as a Financial Director of the Building and Middle East operations of the merged group. He also served on its Exco as the Group’s Risk Officer. He is now based in Hermanus from where he works predominantly in the non-profit company environment.  Willie has brought with him a wealth of Business and Finance expertise to the Board since 2006 and was appointed as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee in 2012.
Ismail studied at GIBS Business school where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  He is currently Financial Director (FD) at Compass Insurance Company Limited, where prior to his appointment as FD, he held positions as Head of Technical and Treaty Accounting and Financial Manager. Prior to this, his decade long career consists of positions at KPMG where he supervised clients such as Old Mutual Insure, Telesure Investments Holding Group and Export Credit Insurance. Ismail was appointed to the Field Band Foundation Board in 2019 and brings with him a wealth of Private sector Financial, Accounting and Auditing expertise.
Obakeng is a Chartered Accountant with an Honour’s Degree in Business and Finance and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town. She has a wealth of experience in development funding and finance and her passion for the education of the youth is ever present in her active participation in youth development outreach programmes. In addition to being a non-executive Director to the Field Band Foundation Board, Obakeng is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
With an educational background drawn from her accumulated experiences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Marist College and the School for International Training, Nonceba was the Head of Education at the Field Band Academy for three years and was pivotal in crafting the pedagogical ethos of the Foundation. In addition, she has worked extensively at various rights-based organisations including the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation and Phoenix Zululand, where she was involved with the rehabilitation of offenders in an innovative restorative justice programme. Nonceba joined the Field Band Foundation Board in 2017 and also serves on the boards of Phoenix Zululand, Epi-Use Africa and Vukani Museum Trust.
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.
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 and.
With a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Warwick, UK, and Associate Banking and Licentiate Banking Diplomas from the Institute of Bankers, Mpshe 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. Mpshe has served as a Council Member of Zululand for seven years and is Chairperson of the Board for Kids Haven, a home for homeless children in Benoni. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Reimagine South Africa (RISA).
McBride is currently the Head of Research and Development Division at the continental Secretariat at the APRM. He has an extensive background in governance, regional integration and political administrative dimensions of government, business and the global economy. He has a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and two Master’s Degrees in International Relations and Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. In McBride’s 20 years of professional experience, he has worked at the Southern Africa Trust, the Malawian Institute of Management, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, ActionAid International and Save the Children amongst others.
Brad is a qualified Chartered Accountant via BDO in 2007. He owns a group of companies, one of which is Burns Acutt, a professional auditing, accounts, tax and advisory firm. The other companies are in property, maintenance, printing, and financial transactions concerning shares and trading. Brad also serves his community as a member of Westville Methodist Church and he is the Chairman of College Rovers Rugby Club. His personal and professional emphasis is on finding the right way to do the right things with the right people and this pursuit is driven by his faith and family value systems.