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Mervyn Gavin: Financial Manager

The Field Band Foundation NPC (FBF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mervyn Gavin (36) (BCompt and Auditing Articles) as Financial Manager. Mervyn has served in a number of senior financial management positions prior to joining the Foundation.
“Working in the non-profit sector will bring an extra dimension to my work and be very rewarding to me”, says Mervyn. “The Foundation is one of very few non-profit companies that consistently delivers an unqualified audit. This speaks to the integrity and discipline of its financial management. The board has asked me to now ensure that we extract maximum value from every rand that is donated and that our control and reporting systems are bullet proof. My first task is to conduct a ‘top-to-bottom’ operational review to ensure that every cent is tracked and accounted for.”
Nicky du Plessis, the Foundation’s CEO, also announced the appointment of Burns & Acutt Accounting as financial advisors to the company.
“Our board is already passionate about fiduciary responsibilities. Now I have daily access to the brightest financial minds in the sector. This combination will ensure that we deliver best value to our beneficiaries and set new standards of compliance and reporting for our donors and sponsors,” she said.

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David April: Strategic Education Advisor

David Thatanelo April joins the senior management level of the FBF as Strategic Education Advisor, providing guidance and leadership to the newly consolidated FBF education team. April’s work has been instrumental in spreading first-in-class arts & culture training in SA and internationally for more than 15 years; from his activation of school outreach programmes for Moving into Dance Mophatong through to conducting teacher development workshops for Arts & Culture teachers for the Gauteng Department of Education (see for more detail).
He will be working with the FBF’s education team to ensure implementation of the Foundation’s unique integrated arts and leadership curricula that have been developed over six years with the help of the Norwegian Band Federation.
The FBF is committed to providing continual skills transfer to all 24 Field Band leadership teams that are situated throughout the country. This education will include training tutors to become accountable as role models for their band members in music and dance, as well as in life-skills training.
April will be working with the ROOTS team of Odd-Erik Nordberg, Ragnhild Sandbakk and Tor Age Schunemann, along with FBF facilitator-in-training Nomkhosi Mnisi, based at the Foundation’s head office in Rivonia.

– Issued by Field Band Foundation public affairs, 7 March 2016.