Three founding trustees: Jill Ritchie, Geoff Johnson and Louise Seligman


Jill Ritchie – Chairman

Jill Ritchie assisted in the formation of the SA-UK Trust Network, which she chairs, and has dedicated many voluntary hours to its nurturing and growth.  She has spent over three decades raising money for and advising causes as diverse as anti-apartheid organisations, environmental projects and the performing arts. She has raised over R2 billion for non-profits. Combining a background in commerce and marketing as well as extensive experience as a writer, Jill consults on all aspects of fundraising, capital campaigns and resource mobilisation planning. She heads up her own consultancy, Papillon UK, advising on raising money from UK donors to non-profits and universities globally

Although she has assisted organisations in over 30 countries globally, she has focused much of her time assisting non-profits and universities in sub-Saharan Africa

She holds the London City & Guilds International Diploma in Teaching and Training and is qualified as a fundraising trainer. She lectures in Fundraising and Marketing at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Jill’s past directorships include the Council of Tshwane University of Technology, the South African National Museum and the New York based Global Sourcing Council. She also served as Chairperson of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and as Vice-President of the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF), of which she has been made a Fellow. Jill received the SA Chamber of Commerce, UK Giving Back Award, 2015. She has attained the level of Advanced Toastmaster (Gold). She also chairs the UK Fund for Charities  and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, UK.


Louise Seligman

Louise was the Chairwoman of Breadline Africa for 17 years and is a founding trustee of the charity. She has family connections in South Africa. She has previously 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.

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.


Peter Burdin

Peter Burdin is the BBC’s former Africa Bureau Chief.

He has thirty-five years experience as a senior editorial leader in the BBC’s International News operation and has worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Indian sub-continent and Asia from where he has covered numerous major international news stories.

He has won several Sony Awards for his news and documentary programmes, including the war in Bosnia, South Africa’s first democratic elections and the funeral of President Nelson Mandela.

Peter lectures in International Journalism at universities in the UK and Africa. He has been a guest moderator at both Oxford and Cambridge University Africa Societies and is currently designing a post-graduate course in International Journalism with the African Leadership University.

In 2015 he wrote the chapter on the importance of young people in the McKinsey book “Re-imagining South Africa”. He is co-Founder and Senior Advisor to Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA) which is seeking to transform education access and outcomes across the continent.

In 2018 he hosted International Journalism Symposiums in Kenya and Ghana and designed and hosted a journalism training programme for more than two hundred journalists and government PR officials in Ethiopia.

Peter is the UK representative for Siyakha which supports a range of young entrepreneurs in South Africa. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Humanity & Inclusion (HI) UK.


Carolyn Cripps

Carolyn Cripps, OBE, is an experienced trainer and consultant in home safety and accident prevention, working with government initiatives on major community projects both in the UK and overseas, particularly in South Africa.

She has over twenty-five years’ experience training both professionals as well as families at grass roots level,both writing and developing the training resources and programmes.

Carolyn ran her own charity for 17 years, supporting burned children and running capital projects abroad. She is a trustee of Age UK Lambeth, bringing her expertise in home injury prevention. She chaired the European Burn Association (EBA) Burn Prevention Committee and developed close ties with the Red Cross Children’s Memorial Hospital in Cape Town through the Phoenix Burn Project, where she sits on the Advisory Board.

In 2019, Carolyn and her husband Michael, formed their own Foundation  – Action for Burns & Children (ABC), working mainly in South Africa, and which gives support both to the rehabilitation of burned children and the promotion of burns prevention within the local township schools.


Kelvin Glen

Kelvin has 28 years’ experience in the civil society sector, working across a wide spectrum of causes raising funds in his local area, throughout South Africa and internationally, as well as managing programmes and projects in an executive leadership role. He also has extensive management experience in the corporate social investment (CSI) and charity sectors and consults to a number of clients within the charity, CSI, foundation and philanthropy fields. Kelvin is also an ambassador for the Resource Alliance and is a former Vice Chairperson of the Charities Aid Foundation of Southern Africa.


Neliswa Hare

Neliswa is the interim Chief Chemist (Head of Business Chemistry for Deloitte UK and NSE.) for Deloitte UK. Prior to joining the UK firm, she was with Deloitte Africa, where she was the lead for Deloitte Africa World Impact.

Neliswa is an entrepreneur who co-founded a SpringAge, which was acquired by Deloitte in 2016. She is passionate about leadership, business and societal impact and is an alumni of the World Economic Forum  (Global Shaper) and a Mandela Washington Fellow.


Clico Kingsbury

Cape Town born Clico Kingsbury, frequently travels to South Africa. She has spent a lifetime raising funds for causes as diverse as prison rehabilitation, hospitals and the arts, particularly dance classes for children in the Eastern Cape. Clico currently focuses on supporting Buskaid in Soweto.

With a first degree from the Sorbonne in Paris and a more recent MA from Buckingham University, her interests are primarily in promoting the importance of the arts, particularly to young people.


Kate Cooney

Kate Cooney has over 15 years’ experience in investment banking in London across Operations and Change and currently heads up Business Governance and Controls for the European branches of Australia New Zealand Banking Group.

Kate grew up in Cape Town where, through her aunt and uncle, who were both involved with non-profits, she spent many years doing voluntary charitable work. Now living in London, she feels passionately about giving back and has taken an active role in a Cape Town based non-profit, Crew for Cause (, which creates scholarships for promising high school leaners in South Africa from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.