THE TEAM

Project HOPE UK

Paul Brooks – Executive Director
Appointed as Executive Director in 2004, Paul has been working in the non-profit sector for over 35 years. His driving passion is to help those who have survived oppression, conflict and deprivation to discover their inner strength and use it to transform their own lives and the communities in which they live.

Anette von Block – Chief Operations Officer
Based in our UK offices, Anette joined Project HOPE UK in 2014 after a successful career managing complex assignments in the logistics industry. She now uses her experience to spearhead the delivery of our projects overseas and support the implementation of The Thoughtful Path, Munsieville - our signature programme in South Africa.

Neena Selli – Finance Manager
Neena is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has been with Project Hope UK since 2001 as the charity’s accountant and finance manager. Neena is at the sharp end of Project Hope UK’s commitment to complete transparency, accountability and efforts to provide maximum possible financial benefits to the most vulnerable in each and every project.

Deborah Powell – Communications Manager
Deborah came to Project HOPE UK after a career in the pharmaceutical industry and is responsible for getting the organisation’s message across to the public, using print, web-based and social media.

Amanda Cobbing – Bookkeeper
Employed to support the Charity’s commitment to rigorous tracking of all funds being used within our field operations, Amanda comes with many years of experience in corporate accounting and is excited about using her skills in support of vulnerable children.

SOUTH AFRICA – THE THOUGHTFUL PATH MUNSIEVILLE

Betty Nkoana – Director Operations, Thoughtful Path Munsieville
Betty previously worked for The Haven Centre, a consortium of not-for-profit organisations committed to support orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa. In 2010, Betty was appointed Project Manager of The Thoughtful Path: Munsieville programme, becoming Director of Operations in July 2012. She studied project management and has experience in delivering humanitarian programmes in township environments.

Saffiera Sello – Mentor Supervisor
Public Health specialist and Hub Mentor Supervisor, Saffiera joined the Thoughtful Path in September 2012 and has been supporting the programme with her experience and wisdom ever since. Saffiera lives in Munsieville and has become a most valuable contact for parents and caregivers needing support in the struggles with paperwork and complex registration processes.

Gladys Hanxa – Manager, Munsieville Children's Embassy
With her passion for children and a big heart Gladys manages the Children's Embassy and is there whenever a child needs help. Gladys also works closely with the After School Care Hub In our new centre in the informal settlement. Her attention to detail assures that all activities are well monitored and every child visiting the Thoughtful Path can do this in a safe and beautiful environment.

Sibongile Mkhahluli – Project Implementation Assistant 
Sibongile is a peer educator and public health mentor. With her development studies background she joined the Thoughtful Path team in June 2014, perfectly equipped to work with the House of Young Ambassadors and all volunteers.

Elliot Nesta – Project Coordinator
Originally from Malawi, Elliot has wide experience as a community health promotion trainer, which he uses to equip volunteer members of The Thoughtful Path Hubs to take life saving and life-enhancing health messages into the heart of the Munsieville community, whilst coordinating the many activities implemented every week within the project.

Sarah Modisane – Hub Mentor: Enterprise and Community Resilience
Having lived in Munsieville for many years, and raising her own children there, Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by parents and caregivers in providing the necessities of life to children. She currently supports two Thoughtful Path Hubs, helping members to find solutions to poverty through economic activity, and helping residents make their homes and their community more resilient to the many risks face by families.

Shelly – Hub Mentor: Early Childhood Development
Having been involved in the care of pre-school children for many years, and embracing the opportunity to receive training through The Thoughtful Path to become qualified as an Early Childhood Development educator, Shelly was recently appointed to support those who are helping drive up the quality of pre-school education and health through privately-owned facilities across Munsieville township.

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Goodness – Hub Mentor: Child Rights and Protection
Goodness is the newest member of our team, but she is well known to The Thoughtful Path Munsieville having been an active member of the Child Rights and Protection Hub. Now she has been appointed to support the Hub Committee and members in their vital work in running the Botshabelo Child Crisis Line and in establishing Munsieville as a community with zero tolerance of abuse against children.