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, moved to Namibia where both her children were born and returned to South Africa in 1985. After working part time for many years in various organisations and institutions, she attended the South African College of Applied Psychology and finished a post graduate diploma in Coaching in 2007. Thereafter she worked with managers and team leaders in the NGO sector until 2012, when her husband’s career required a move to the Netherlands which is where she became a member of the Dutch Board for Breadline Africa, Nederlands.

She and her husband returned to South Africa again in 2017. 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.

Internationale Verklaring van Ethische Principes
 Breadline Africa hanteert de internationale verklaring van ethische principes bij het werven van fondsen, handelt volgens de vijf onderstaande universele principes en voldoet aan de wetgeving van elk land waarin zij opereert:

Eerlijkheid: Fondsenwervers handelen te allen tijde eerlijk en waarheidsgetrouw, zodat het vertrouwen van het publiek is beschermd en donateurs en begunstigden niet worden misleid.

Respect: Fondsenwervers handelen te allen tijde met respect voor de waardigheid van hun vak en hun organisatie, en met respect voor de waardigheid van donoren en begunstigden.

Integriteit: Fondsenwervers zullen open optreden en vanuit hun verantwoordelijkheid voor het vertrouwen dat zij van de maatschappij genieten. Zij zullen melding maken van alle huidige of potentiële belangenconflicten en elke schijn van persoonlijk of professioneel wangedrag vermijden.

Empathie: Fundraisers zullen zodanig werken dat dit hun doel bevordert en zij zullen anderen aanmoedigen om dezelfde professionele standaard en betrokkenheid te gebruiken. Zij zullen waarde hechten aan de persoonlijke levenssfeer, de individuele keuzevrijheid en de verscheidenheid in al zijn vormen.

Transparantie: Fondsenwervers streven er naar om over het werk dat ze doen, over de manier waarop donaties worden beheerd en uitgekeerd en over de kosten en uitgaven, op een accurate en begrijpelijke wijze, heldere rapportages te leveren.

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Breadline Africa onderschrijft ook de in 1993 door de Vereniging van Fondsenwervende Professionals en andere aanverwante organisaties aangenomen ‘Donor Bill of Rights’.

De Donor Bill of Rights

Filantropie is gebaseerd op een vrijwillig handelen voor het algemeen belang. Het is een traditie van geven en delen die de grondslag is voor kwaliteit van leven. Om de waarden van filantropie en het vertrouwen van het publiek te waarborgen, en  ervoor te zorgen dat donateurs en toekomstige donateurs het volste vertrouwen hebben in non-profit organisaties, verklaren wij dat alle donateurs over de onderstaande rechten beschikken:

  1. Het recht op informatie over de missie van de organisatie, haar doelstellingen en over de manier waarop de organisatie verkregen gelden inzet en over haar mogelijkheden daartoe;
  2. Het recht op informatie over de leden van het bestuur van de organisatie en op een gerechtvaardigde verwachting zodat zij een verstandig oordeel vellen vanuit hun verantwoordelijkheid;
  3. Het recht op toegang tot de meest recente financiële jaarverslagen;
  4. De verzekering te hebben dat giften worden ingezet voor het doel waarvoor ze gegeven zijn;
  5. Het recht als donateur passende erkenning en waardering te krijgen;
  6. Het vertrouwen te hebben dat informatie over hun donatie met respect en vertrouwelijk wordt behandeld, zoals gesteld in de wet van het land van de donateur;
  7. Erop te kunnen vertrouwen dat alle relaties met personen die de organisatie vertegenwoordigen, van professionele aard zijn;
  8. Er via de website of anderszins gemakkelijk achter te kunnen komen dat degenen die namens de organisatie om donaties vragen, vrijwilligers, medewerkers of professioneel ingehuurde krachten van de organisatie zijn;
  9. Het recht en de mogelijkheid te hebben te worden verwijderd van verzendlijsten die de organisatie wil delen met andere fondsenwervende organisaties;
  10. Zich vrij en onbezwaard te voelen om vragen te stellen bij het doneren van geld en daarop prompt eerlijke en oprechte antwoorden te krijgen.

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Breadline Africa Nederland draagt zowel het ANBI als het Goede Doelen keurmerk.



Fundraising Principles


Breadline Africa aligns itself with the international statement of ethical principles in fundraising, in particular, the following five universal principles and complies with the fundraising laws in each country in which it operates:

Honesty: Fundraisers shall at all times act honestly and truthfully so that the public trust is protected and donors and beneficiaries are not misled.

Respect: Fundraisers shall at all times act with respect for the dignity of their profession and their organisation and with respect for the dignity of donors and beneficiaries.

Integrity: Fundraisers will act openly and with regard to their responsibility for public trust. They shall disclose all actual or potential conflicts of interest and avoid any appearance of personal or professional misconduct.

Empathy: Fundraisers will work in a way that promotes their purpose and encourage others to use the same professional standards and engagement. They shall value individual privacy, freedom of choice, and diversity in all forms.

Transparency: Fundraisers stimulate clear reports about the work they do, the way donations are managed and disbursed, and costs and expenses, in an accurate and comprehensible manner.

Breadline Africa also subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, adopted in 1993 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other associated organisations. 

Donor Bill of Rights


Breadline Africa also subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, adopted in 1993 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other associated organisations. 

The Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Breadline Africa continuously monitors its internal processes to ensure these standards are maintained. If at any time you feel that Breadline Africa is not meeting these standards, please contact us at