Breadline Africa Trustees

International Board

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Henk Kleizen, Chairman

Henk is the Chairman of Breadline Africa and took over from Louise Seligman in August 2016. He is an Executive Mentor Coach and runs a leadership development business based in Cape Town. Henk is an affiliate of the Edgecumbe Consulting Group, works on business coaching assignments and advises, guides and supports CEOs in the challenges of company performance, change management initiatives and ways to build great companies. He helps forward thinking organisations improve their competitiveness and profitability.

An expert in the leadership field, Henk’s passion is augmented with hands on competencies in strategy development and implementation as well as team and customer engagement, to produce enhanced business results. Henk qualified from the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours Degree in Microbiology and Genetics and used his MBA degree (University of Witwatersrand) to bridge into the commercial world. For over 30 years Henk has built solid all round business experience, culminating in holding CEO positions for 10 years at Colman Foods and Pillsbury South Africa.

Louise Seligman

Louise is a founding trustee of Breadline Africa and was the Chairman of the international board for 17 years until July 2016. Her connection with South Africa is through family members who have worked to help relieve poverty in Africa over many years. Louise has worked in the voluntary sector for the past 20 years and has been involved with a number of fundraising campaigns at various UK charities including Notting Hill Housing Trust, the Cardinal Hume Centre for Homeless Young People and the South West London Community Foundation.

Louise is also a trustee of the SA/UK Trust, which promotes collaboration between UK-based charities operating in South Africa. Before moving into the voluntary sector, Louise worked as a Financial Services head hunter with Korn Ferry and the Barnes Partnership, where she was a founding partner. Prior to this, she spent several years working in the research and marketing side of the Financial Times conferences division. Louise has an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University. She is married, lives in London and has three children.

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Professor Eric Atmore

Eric is a master’s graduate in social planning and administration. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Development at the University of Cape Town and also founder and director of the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD).

Eric has worked in the non-profit sector in leadership positions for 36 years. He has lectured at various universities on NPO (non-profit organisational) functioning and consulted to a range of non-profit organisations around South Africa. His interests are the non-profit world, education policy, funding and advocacy.

He has published extensively including refereed and peer-reviewed articles, chapters in books and conference proceedings and numerous articles in the media. He has been appointed to the National Education Collaboration Trust Dialogue Team.

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Peter Attard Montalto

Peter became a Trustee of Breadline Africa in 2014, bringing a wealth of experience of South Africa from his day job as Senior Emerging Markets Economist and Strategist at the Japanese investment bank Nomura. There Peter has a focus on emerging markets across Europe and Africa but a particularly in-depth and long standing concentration on South Africa – researching the country’s economy, markets and politics. He advises a wide range of investors, from pension funds to hedge funds and companies currently active or considering gaining a presence in South Africa, about risks and opportunities within the country.

Peter is a regular visitor to South Africa, interacting with senior politicians, policy makers, business leaders and civil society – he also has an extensive profile as a commentator in the local South African and international media on economic and political issues. Peter has a particular interest in the drivers of long term development of South Africa with a focus on education and township economies. He studied Mathematics and Economics at Cambridge University and was previously in a similar role at Lehman Brothers. Peter lives in London and enjoys collecting South African wine and South African art amongst his hobbies.

 Alex Chisholm

Alex is the Joint Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (July 2016). He was previously the Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority.

Alex spent 9 years heading up high performance public agencies responsible for economic regulation and market development: the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority, and Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation. Previously he worked for 12 years in business, beginning in the strategy team at Pearson plc and then running a series of international businesses in the media, technology, eCommerce and retail sectors. His early career was spent in the Civil Service which he joined as a fast-streamer and then worked in a number of economic policy roles in the Department of Trade & Industry and the Office of Fair Trading.

Alex read History at Merton College, Oxford and obtained an MBA at INSEAD. He is married to Eliza, daughter of the historian, Thomas Pakenham. The couple have three sons and live in London.

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Sir Robert Dunbar

Sir Robert has been a trustee of Breadline Africa and member of the UK Advisory Committee since 2007 and has been the chairman of Breadline’s International Finance Committee for the last 8 years. His initial connection with South Africa is through family, living mainly in Johannesburg, which prompted his first visit to the continent some 30 years ago.

Sir Robert has an MA in jurisprudence from Oxford University and, following Law School in Chester, qualified as a solicitor with Allen & Overy in 1982. After several years working in their private client department advising on trust and taxation matters he joined Mercury Warburg Investment Management to handle the investment affairs of private individuals and charities. He worked there for 17 years, latterly as a director of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (Private Investors).

He lives in London with his wife and 2 children.

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Stephen Lalor

Stephen has lived all his life in Ireland, except for shorts breaks in London and New York. He spent his career in the Irish civil service, joining the Irish Department of Defence in 1973 and working in various branches, including personnel, contracts and property management.  He spent ten years in the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) up to 2004 in roles supporting task forces deepening the public’s understanding of the work of the European Union, commemorating the Great Famine of the mid-Nineteenth Century, and marking the anniversary of the Rebellion of 1798.  From 2004 to his retirement in

2007 he worked as assistant secretary to the President of Ireland. He has a B.A.(Mod) and an M. Litt. In philosophy , and a Ph.D. in public administration, from Trinity College, Dublin. He joined the Irish Advisory Committee of Breadline Africa in 2015, and has been on the International Board since 2016.

Stephen had no connection to South Africa until he met his wife who is from there and his many visits to the country has given him an appreciation of the place and a deep affection and respect for its people.


Ben Elwes

Ben embarked on a career in fund management in early 1987 soon after graduating from Bristol University with an Honours degree in Economics and Politics. Since then he has been involved in several aspects of the financial world and is a qualified member of the Society of Investment Professionals and of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. For the last few years Ben has been managing investment portfolios for GIC Private Ltd as well as being a governor and Chair of the Finance Committee for Worth School. In the recent past Ben has also been a trustee of the Order of Malta Volunteers charity and became a trustee of Breadline Africa in 2010.

Ben has no specific connection with South Africa but since being involved with BLA and the extent of the projects they are involved in he has gained a great interest, insight and commitment to the both the country and the work of the charity. Ben lives in Sussex with his wife and three children.

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Mariella Norman

Mariella was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, finished her schooling in the UK but returned to South Africa to complete a B. Com (Economics) degree at the University of Natal in 1980. She married in 1981 and chose to be a full time homemaker and mother during her children’s formative and student years. During this time she enjoyed working part time and volunteering for many organizations and institutions that contributed to the community and society in which she lived –including Head of Fundraising on the PTA of her daughters’ school, PA to a leading member of Parliament, project work for Catholic Welfare and Development, and Member of the Justice and Peace Commission for the Archdiocese of Cape Town.

Having always been interested in Psychology, she completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Coaching at the South African College of Applied Psychology and worked with managers and team leaders in the NGO sector in Cape Town. In 2012, her husband’s career required a move to the Netherlands, where she has been appointed an International Trustee for Breadline Africa, Nederland. Mariella is also the daughter of the Patron and one of the founding members of Breadline Africa, Frances Greathead.


Marijke Schep

Marijke grew up in Nigeria as part of a globe-trotting family that has always been involved in philanthropic work.  While living in Nigeria, Marijke was closely involved with a group of ex-pat women who set up “The Motherless Home” – a place where babies could be taken when found on the street.

When presented with the opportunity to become involved with Breadline Africa, Marijke jumped into the role. The charity’s focus on improving the lives of children appealed to Marijke as she had developed an interest in working with young people to achieve their goals while studying Child Psychology during her University Graduate Studies.

Pippa Smyth

Pippa Smyth

Pippa was born and brought up in Zimbabwe.  She qualified as a psychiatric social worker at the University of Cape Town in 1972 and worked in East London and Cape Town for the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders.  Following her emigration to the United Kingdom and marriage to Tony Smyth she was employed by the Social Services Department and then the Panel of Guardians ad Litem in Suffolk.  Aged 40 years she went back to university to study law and was called to the Bar at Lincolns Inn in 1994.  She worked until her retirement as an advocate in the Family Courts in East Anglia.

Pippa has been a Trustee on the boards of Breadline Africa and Grow Peace in Africa since their respective inceptions.  She visits South Africa for three to four months every year to work as a volunteer on a farm-based charitable trust in the Western Cape assisting rural children to combat poverty through education and social development.  She as three adult children of her own.


Tony Smyth

Tony is a lawyer and although retired from full time practice in 2008, remains an active consultant at Bates Wells Braithwaite. It was in these offices that Breadline Africa UK operations started in 1993 and continue to do so today.

Tony is a former President of the Ipswich Medico-Legal Society and was also a member of the Suffolk & North Essex Law Society Council. Tony has a strong links with South Africa and is Trustee of Grow Peace, a UK-registered charity that supports a child education programme in the rural area north of Cape Town.

He and his wife, Pippa, spend three months a year living and working on the farm where the project is based. They are also regular visitors to the BLA office in Cape Town, where their support and assistance is appreciated.


Hendrik Struik

Hendrik has been a trustee of Breadline Africa, The Netherlands since 2015 and was appointed to the role of chairman in 2017. As such, he is also a member of Breadline Africa’s International Board. Hendrik has held several positions on the boards of several charities prior to his appointment at Breadline Africa. He is inspired to contribute to the organisation because of its clear and coherent focus on very concrete projects benefitting the youngest generation in southern Africa.

Hendrik has a law degree from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and a post-graduate degree from the College of Europe in Bruges. He has been practicing law since 1984 and is a partner at CMS Netherlands in Amsterdam, dealing with intellectual property and information technology law.
He also holds the position of deputy judge in the Court of Appeals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Hendrik lives in Utrecht with his wife Lucie and three children.

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 Noo Wallis

Noo was born in South Africa and has lived in Ireland for over forty years. She has always kept in close contact with South Africa and is a frequent visitor. Noo has always had a great interest and involvement in the NGO sector and in 2003, she joined the Irish Advisory Committee and became Chairperson in 2008. Noo’s husband, Peter Wallis is also a member of the Irish Advisory Committee and together they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren

Advisory Committees

South Africa Advisory Committee

Henk Kleizen (Chairperson), Prof. Eric Atmore, Farzeen Bhana, Sally Burt, Chance Chagunda, Frances Greathead (Patron), Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Marion Wagner

United Kingdom Advisory Committee

Tony Smyth (Chairperson), Peter Attard Montalto, Alex Chisholm, Sir Robert Dunbar, Ben Elwes, Lord Clifford of Chudleigh (Patron), Louise Seligman, Pippa Smyth

Ireland Advisory Committee

Noo Wallis (Chairperson), Deirdre Behan, Louisa Edwards, Stephen Lalor, Charles Lysaght, Ingrid O`Brien, Peter Wallis

Bestuur Breadline Africa Nederland

Hendrik Struik (Voorzitter), Derick Allaway, Nancy van Bilsen, Mariella Norman, Stacey Peck, Marijke Schep

Patron, Frances Greathead

One of Breadline Africa's founder members, Frances GreatheadFrances was the first Chairman of Breadline Africa. It all started in August 1992 when Frances and a group of trustees met in the UK to review setting up a charity to fund raise in Europe to support local township projects to address poverty elimination. Several of the same trustees are still active in Breadline Africa today. At that meeting, Frances was elected chairman, and held this position until she turned 80.

Frances was born in June 1919, just after the First World War had ended. She was in her 20s when the Second World War started and joined the Red Cross and had the opportunity of entertaining the troops by going into the Entertainments National Service Association or ENSA. She first came to South Africa after the war to meet her cousins. When she turned 90 and celebrated in the UK, she raised £7,000 in lieu of presents, which was donated to a nun in Tanzania needing treadle sewing machines.

Frances keeps in touch with Breadline Africa on a regular basis and recently stated that her ongoing vision is for Breadline Africa is to continue helping local people who have started projects in the townships.