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Meet the team

Meet the team

MARION WAGNER

Marion is the Director, having previously worked as Breadline Africa’s Group Marketing Executive in 2014. She has specialist skills in marketing, eCommerce and large scale programme management as well as extensive experience in the corporate world where she headed major global projects in a 20-year career with Shell International.

Marion has a BA.Hons degree as well as a Diplom Betriebswirtschaft (Degree in Business Administration) and MBA from Heriot Watt University. Her compassion has led her to roles in the NGO sector including Chief Operating Officer at Umthombo Wesizwe, followed by a Deputy Director position at African Solutions to African Problems in Cape Town. She is passionate about her civic responsibility and is a previous chairman of the Muizenberg Improvement District; volunteered with the Homestead Street Children’s Project; a former Neighbourhood Watch committee member and volunteered for five years as wildfire fighter with the Volunteer Wildfire Services. She is also an outdoor junkie and has run more than 50 marathons including 11 at ultra-distance and completed the Enduroman team challenge which included relay swimming the Channel.

MARION WAGNER

DIRECTOR

JACO DE KOCK 

Jaco joined Breadline Africa in 2018 as head of Finance. He has 8 years of corporate experience and expertise in corporate finance, governance, empowerment, business development and management. Jaco has a BAcc degree from Stellenbosch University and a BComp (Hons) from UNISA. He successfully completed his auditing articles at Baker Tilly Greenwoods, Cape Town.

Jaco is passionate about his civil society roles: he is the current vice chairman of Hope Street (a Cape Town-based NGO that works within the homeless community to build bonds with the community and to assist in connecting with viable employment opportunities). He is also an avid volunteer at numerous animal welfare charities. A keen sportsman, Jaco has completed more than 5 warriors OCR races and has participated in multiple trail running races. In 2016, he even participated in a charity boxing fight (which he won) to raise funds for the Peninsula School Feeding Association.

JACO DE KOCK 

FINANCE MANAGER

CAROLINE TINSLEY

Caroline joined Breadline Africa in June 2021 as the International Business Development manager and is now taking on the role of partnerships manager after 13 years of working in business development and partnership relations in the travel industry. Caroline got her undergrad degree in philosophy and law and then a postgraduate diploma in marketing management and digital marketing from Red and Yellow.

Caroline is an avid traveller and has been to over 40 countries. She also loves hiking and spends most weekends on Table Mountain or on the beach with her two young children and husband.

CAROLINE TINSLEY

Partnerships Manager

THANDISWA ADIN

Thandiswa started working at Breadline Africa in November 2005. She currently works as Receptionist, a role for which she is very well suited, and also assists our finance department with bookkeeping. Thandiswa was born in Eastern Cape. In 1998, after completing her schooling, she moved to Cape Town. She is happily married and takes pride in being a part of community development through Breadline Africa.

THANDISWA ADIN

ADMIN SUPPORT & FIELD WORKER

JOHAN NEL

Johan joined Breadline Africa in May 2020 as the Marketing Manager following nearly ten years at Media24 where he gained valuable experience in digital and print subscription marketing and business development. Johan studied advertising at AAA School of Advertising, a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management at UCT and he earned an MBA degree from UCT’s Graduate School of Business.

Johan is an avid woodworker and loves nothing more than hiking in the great outdoors and discovering wide open spaces. Johan is married and has a young daughter that keeps him exceptionally busy building treehouses and doll furniture.

JOHAN NEL

MARKETING MANAGER

SELINA KLEINSMITH

Selina moved to Breadline Africa in 2004 from Isonka Trust, the administrative arm of Breadline Africa. Selina refers to the NGO sector as “the place where she truly belongs” and she is extremely passionate about the work that Breadline Africa does in under-resourced communities. She has extensive marketing experience and is determined to use her skills to contribute to the greater good.

Selina is very family orientated and spends her free time with her family, “doing things her children love”. She is committed to raising children who are committed to doing good things for others.

SELINA KLEINSMITH

FACE TO FACE MANAGER

ALI WAGGIE

Ali is Breadline Africa’s Programme Manager and joined the organisation in 2020. He gained great infrastructure development experience while working at Rabie Property as a Project Manager and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Ali has a history of volunteerism and organised several small-scale social food drives in the past and attended and later facilitated leadership camps (GOAL Foundation) to inspire youth. In his free time, Ali enjoys being outdoors with friends playing rugby or golf, cycling, running, or hiking.

ALI WAGGIE

PROGRAMME MANAGER

JANINE MCEVOY

Janine joined Breadline Africa as the National Business Development Manager in June 2021. With many years of experience managing high-profile exhibition stands and trade show infrastructure – a sector badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – Janine very quickly found herself shifting gears and instinctively changed direction by using her broad skill set and high energy to positively influence the lives of others in her local community and beyond.

As an effective relationship builder, Janine thrives on developing relationships that foster significant collaborations to support community development. In her free time, Janine loves to explore all that Cape Town has to offer with her family and friends!

JANINE MCEVOY

Business Development Manager

DEBBIE BEUKMAN 

Debbie works as Breadline Africa’s financial administrator. Her drive for meaningful work led her to the organisation in 2002. She has extensive experience of the non-profit sector and has worked in all departments at Breadline Africa in one form or another, gaining not only valuable insight into all aspects of the organisation but also building a reputation as Breadline Africa’s institutional memory centre.

When not in front of a computer, you will find Debbie painting or exercising her considerable creative talent in one way or another.

DEBBIE BEUKMAN 

FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR

CLEON MEYER

Cleon joined Breadline Africa in 2007 as a Junior Marketing Assistant. She has since obtained a Marketing degree and is currently a valuable member of our Marketing Team. Cleon is responsible for Breadline Africa’s extensive Direct Mail Programme which spans South Africa, Ireland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She is the proud mother of two young girls and is very enthusiastic about her contribution to community development.

CLEON MEYER

DIRECT MARKETING MANAGER

GAIL DREYER

Gail joined Breadline Africa in 2009 as Allocations Assistant and is now an important member of our Programmes Team. She previously worked at Grow Peace in Africa, a non-profit organisation, where she managed the office and administration. Currently, she engages on a daily basis with Breadline Africa’s beneficiary organisations. This feeds Gail’s passion for working with people at grass-roots level who run inspiring projects in their communities.

Gail believes that the community is her university. When she’s not in the office, she loves a good run, hates a messy room and can do a mean push-up. Working at Breadline Africa has taught her that “all of us can and should contribute to the humanitarian effort needed in our societies”.

GAIL DREYER

PROGRAMMES LIAISON

KIM VOLLER

Kim joined the Breadline Africa team as a digital marketing specialist in 2019. She thrives on developing and enhancing digital marketing campaigns and growing digital channels to drive and grow business. She enjoys the creative side of digital marketing adventures and has demonstrated successful results in planning and executing digital marketing campaigns in various business sectors. Kim takes an in-depth, hands-on approach to new social business technology and is invested in implementing new and creative digital marketing strategies at Breadline Africa.

An avid cyclist, she considers herself a slightly serious rider but is keen on most outdoor experiences. She spends most of her free time armed with a camera, capturing life through the lens while diving into new adventures.

KIM VOLLER

DIGITAL MARKETING

Breadline Africa UK office staff

Wendy Hill – Administrator  •   Tina Carpenter – Assistant Administrator  •   Karen Chaplin – Clerical Support  •  Annette Perry – Response Handling

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On behalf of the children, we thank you for your kindness and support.

MARION WAGNER

Marion is the Director, having previously worked as Breadline Africa’s Group Marketing Executive in 2014. She has specialist skills in marketing, eCommerce and large scale programme management as well as extensive experience in the corporate world where she headed major global projects in a 20-year career with Shell International.

Marion has a BA.Hons degree as well as a Diplom Betriebswirtschaft (Degree in Business Administration) and MBA from Heriot Watt University. Her compassion has led her to roles in the NGO sector including Chief Operating Officer at Umthombo Wesizwe, followed by a Deputy Director position at African Solutions to African Problems in Cape Town. She is passionate about her civic responsibility and is a previous chairman of the Muizenberg Improvement District; volunteered with the Homestead Street Children’s Project; a former Neighbourhood Watch committee member and volunteered for five years as wildfire fighter with the Volunteer Wildfire Services. She is also an outdoor junkie and has run more than 50 marathons including 11 at ultra-distance and completed the Enduroman team challenge which included relay swimming the Channel.