The Team

South Africa

Tim Smith

Tim joined Breadline Africa as Director in 2009 and retired in August 2016. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, and together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, initiated the Mandela Day libraries project in 2011. Tim grew up in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), studied in the UK and in Italy, and then worked for some years as a priest in KZN, Johannesburg and Soweto.

Tim worked in health care throughout SA from 2002 to 2008 as the Director of the Catholic Health Care Association. Tim was also the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service and taught Voter Education for SA’s first democratic elections in 1994. Tim has a M.A. in Refugee Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand and a B.A., Social Science from the University of South Africa. He speaks five languages, one being Zulu, which he speaks fluently. Tim is also an active member of the SA Institute of Fundraising, the Rotary Club of Hout Bay and the Cubs and Scouts Association. His hobbies include hiking, squash, cycling and running and has completed some of South Africa’s ultra- distance events.

Marion Wagner

Marion is the Interim Director and Group Marketing Executive and joined Breadline Africa in August 2014. She returned to South Africa in 2011, having worked in London for 10 years as part of her 20-year career with Shell. In March 2011, she left Shell to change direction and to “give something back” and has since been actively involved in the non-profit world.

Marion is also the chairman of the Muizenberg Improvement District, a volunteer with the Homestead Street Children’s Project, Neighbourhood Watch committee member and an active volunteer wildfire fighter with the Volunteer Wildfire Services.

Marion holds two European Business degrees (UK and Germany) and an M.B.A. from Heriot Watt University in Scotland. She has a passion for all outdoor activities and has completed more than 50 marathons including 11 at ultra-distance.

Roy Mayers

Roy has been the Financial Manager at Breadline since December 2014. Roy’s business experience includes more than 20 years as Accountant and Head of Administration at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town, a national facility funded by the Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation. He obtained a B. Com. degree from the University of South Africa through part-time study.

Roy has spent many years as a volunteer in community work and is treasurer for the Rotary Club of Cape Town’s Camps Programme for Disadvantaged Youth. He also serves as the Financial Trustee for IPACC (Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee), a South African public benefit organisation involved in human rights and climate change. Roy has also enthusiastically volunteered to assist Paradigm Shift with facilitating business skills training courses for entrepreneurs in Cape Town.

Puleng Phooko

Puleng has worked in the NGO development and non-profit sector for more than 15 years. She spent her formative years coordinating and managing HIV treatment literacy and HIV Policy development programmes in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana through USAID, EU, and DFiD bilateral funding. She worked at the University of Cape Town in HIV/AIDS prevention, education and management, while creating platforms for shared learning and opportunities for networking by coordinating the activities of various stakeholders and partners.

Puleng possesses a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2012, Puleng joined Breadline Africa to oversee the Library and Early Childhood Development container programmes.

Edna Titus

Edna is Breadline Africa’s Donor Liaison Officer in the Cape Town office and has been involved in the organisation since 1998. She has worked for various charitable organisations, including Community Chest and The Haven Night Shelter Organisation. She has obtained qualifications in marketing, fundraising, public relations and management.

She has been involved in the conversion of shipping containers for all kinds of projects, including early childhood development centres, classrooms, libraries, soup kitchens and ablution facilities. She organises the annual trip to the seaside for disadvantaged children, taking more than 14,000 children to the beach over the years! She is secretary of the SA Institute of Fundraising’s Western Cape Branch.

Debbie Beukman

Debbie works as financial administrator for Breadline Africa and her drive for meaningful work led her straight to the organisation in 2002. She has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit field and has worked in all departments of Breadline Africa in one form or another, gaining much experience along the way.

When she is not in front of a computer, working through Breadline’s finances, you will find her painting, or exercising her considerable creative ability in one way or another.

Diane Laugksch

Diane joined Breadline Africa in June 2015 and holds responsibility for reviewing and interpreting monitoring data on Breadline Africa’s Early Childhood Development and Library Projects.  A child of the Cape Flats, Diane has a huge passion for community development and in particular, for protecting the rights to education of children with disabilities.

A UCT Sociology graduate, Diane also holds a MA Social Science Methods from Stellenbosch University.  She has worked in academic, non-profit and donor environments and until recently, was the Social Capital Development Manager at the DG Murray Trust.

Diane was born in District Six and now lives in Rondebosch with her husband, Rudi, their two teenage children and three-year old Ridgeback.

Cleon Lategan

Cleon is a fun, loving and vibrant young lady, who is a mother of one. She has a long history with Breadline Africa, for one so young, having joined the organisation in 2007 as a Junior Marketing Assistant and during her time here, has obtained a marketing diploma and is currently completing a marketing degree.

She is passionate about the organisation and believes in the difference that is being made. She is family oriented and takes every opportunity to enhance her skills professionally, and as a mother.

Selina Kleinsmith

My journey with Breadline Africa started in 2004 whilst working for Isonka Trust a marketing agency in Pinelands.  My passion for the work we do at Breadline Africa flourished with every community visit. Coming from the  corporate industry into the NGO sector humbled me.  I feel that the NGO sector is where I truly belong. With over 15 years of marketing experience I am able to use my skills to contribute to the greater good. I feel blessed for this opportunity.

If I’m not working then I’m spending time with my family usually doing things our kids love. As a mother I feel my children should not just be a member our our immediate family but see themselves as part of larger family that they should help and care for others. We all should play a part in uplifting each other and sometimes it means starting in our own home and in our family.

Gail Dreyer

Gail joined Breadline Africa in 2009 as Allocations Assistant and is now part of the dynamic Programmes Team. She previously worked at Grow Peace in Africa, a non-profit organisation, where she managed the office and administration. She now engages with various stakeholders and has a 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”.

Thandiswa Adin

Thandiswa started working at Breadline Africa in November 2005. She currently works as Receptionist and is well suited to her position as front of office. Thandi is a friendly and dedicated employee. She regular assists the finance department with administrative tasks, which helps her to expand her skills base. 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.

United Kingdom

Wendy Hill – UK Administrator

Wendy is Breadline Africa’s UK Administrator. She joined Breadline Africa at the very beginning in 1993 and has been delighted to have been part of helping the charity grow to the very proactive, vibrant charity it is today, providing help in some of the poorest communities in South Africa.

Wendy oversees the charity’s UK office, co-ordinating all enquiries from UK and Irish donors together with the donation response handling. Having visited South Africa and seen Breadline Africa projects first-hand, Wendy is very passionate about all that the charity believes in and strives for.

Tina Carpenter – Assistant Administrator

Tina joined the UK team in 2008 after working locally for another charity for some years. She has a good grasp of IT and is always the one called upon if there are any computer issues! As Assistant Administrator, she very efficiently deputises for Wendy.

She also co-administers all the charity’s Irish income with her colleague Karen. In her spare time, Tina likes spending time with her family and her two black Labradors.

Karen Chaplin – Clerical Assistant

Karen has worked in administration for many years and came to Breadline Africa in 2002 on a short contract to complete a set task and has never left!

She works primarily with UK donations, but co-administers the Irish income with Tina. Prior to 2002 Karen worked for some years at Lloyds Bank Plc.

Hayley French – Response Handling Assistant

During a re-structure of donation handling in 2011, Hayley was recruited as one of two Response Handling Assistants.

She previously worked for Lloyds Bank Plc for 17 years and consequently is very familiar with handling cheques. She is very chatty and has a lovely bubbly personality.


Annette Perry – Response Handling Assistant

Annette joined the charity along with Hayley in 2011 to fill the newly created roles in Ipswich for Response Handling Assistants. Annette has more than 30 years’ experience in data handling through her previous employment with Barclays Plc.

Annette is a dedicated and thorough worker who is always willing to assist others when needed. Annette’s love of anything Disney is well known in the Ipswich office.


Paul Munning – Bookkeeper

Paul is the sole gentleman on the UK team and is always thoroughly spoilt by the ladies! Having been a bookkeeper all his working life, he has now worked part-time for Breadline Africa for two days a week since 2006 and balancing the books is undertaken very efficiently and strictly by him.