Meet the Team

Deborah R Diedericks
Director

Lira Greef
Programme Manager

Alison Bohlmann
Finance Manager

Zodwa Mabusela
Khu Kids Coordinator

Lucinda Adams
Office Administrator

Zanele Banisa
Facilitator and Counsellor

Violetta Roziers
Trainer and Mentor

Meet the Board

Rozalle Thomas is the current chairperson of Khululeka’s Board. Her career has focused on strategy development, operational effectiveness and governance strengthening for many organisations. She joined Khululeka as a board member in August 2015, seeking to leverage her technical expertise and personal passion to bring about positive change in the lives of children and hopes that through her service on the board of Khululeka, she can move closer to realising this dream.

Nicola Graham has served as Vice-Chairperson since May 2012; she joined Khululeka as a board member in September 2010. Nicola is a medical doctor, MBChB (UCT) 2004, and completed a Master’s degree in Palliative Medicine in 2009. She works in the field of end-of-life care, with a focus on the psychosocial aspects of loss and transition. She is passionate about the potential to grow the organisation and expand the reach of Khululeka’s work into communities that most need grief support.

Wisdom Mkandawire joined the board of Kululeka as Treasurer in December 2015. He is a chartered management accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) with extensive finance and operations management experience in microfinance, economic and health development sectors attained from several international NGOs in Malawi, South Africa and Afghanistan as well as other African countries. Wisdom has been engaging with boards and senior management teams in strategic analysis, decision making and planning. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and doing so efficiently and in a sustainable way.

Caroline Newbert (nee Wills) joined Khululeka as a board member in October 2009 and previously served as Chairperson of the board. Caroline is a social worker and has a Master’s degree in Public Health (UCT). She is a senior manager at NACOSA – an NGO focusing on strengthening the HIV, AIDS and TB response across southern Africa. She is passionate about the protection of vulnerable children, adolescents and young women, and works to ensure they have access to support structures that will help build their resilience and find joy and fulfillment in the different aspects of their life.

Joshua Cox joined the board of Khululeka in October 2017. He is a social entrepreneur and founder of Fix Forward with over 10 years of experience working in the social development sector and as an activist. He has particular experience in coordinating multi-national development and advocacy programmes, fundraising and developing revenue streams to fund the work of non-profit organisations. Joshua is passionate about social justice and about using an approach that considers the development and well-being of the human being, rather than simply addressing the material needs of people living in poverty.

Deborah R. Diedericks, in her capacity as Director, also serves as a board member. Deborah has been the Director of Khululeka since May 2010. Deborah is interested in grief support with a focus on brain based interventions and mindfulness, and adult learning with the aim of facilitating bereavement. Experienced programme and curriculum development and training, and fundraising and management. Under-graduate degree in Sociology and Journalism. Master’s degree in Adult Education and Development (MPhil). Registered workplace Coach (Results International Coach Federation).