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Flower Valley Conservation Trust

ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Roger Bailey

Roger has been with Flower Valley Conservation Trust since 2003. Prior to this, he worked as Senior Project Manager for Working for Water at the Agulhas National Park, where he managed the Working for Water programme within the park. He has also worked as a researcher for the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Email: roger@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

FUNDRAISING & PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Lesley Richardson

Lesley Richardson has been the Executive Director of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust since 2003. Prior to that she was employed as a Director for the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa, where she worked for just under ten years. She completed her degree, M.Sc in Community Health, at the University of Stellenbosch. Email: lesley@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

FINANCIAL MANAGER

Annette van Wyk

Annette came on board as the Financial Manager for Flower Valley in early 2016. She made the big move from Gauteng to the Cape, as she has always had a true adoration for nature, flowers, her surroundings and the ocean. Annette completed her Financial Diploma at the South African Institute of Bookkeepers. Email: annette@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

FINANCIAL OFFICER

Jacoba Human

Jacoba became a member of the Flower Valley team in the end of 2016, as the Financial Officer. She completed her Bachelors in Science at the University of Stellenbosch with her main subjects being Botany and Maths and later completed her Pastel Accounting certificate. With a lifelong passion for fynbos, its diversity and resilience in the harsh summers, Jacoba felt that Flower Valley Conservation Trust is the perfect fit for her. Email: jacoba@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Programme

PROGRAMME MANAGER: NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Kirsten Watson

Kirsten joined the Flower Valley team as the Conservation Extension and Applied Research Coordinator in late 2016. She completed her Honours in Botany and her Masters in Conservation Biology. Previously she worked for the Endangered Wildlife Trust in the Wildlife and Energy Programme in the West Coast. She also previously worked as a Research Assistant at SANBI. She’s now moved to the Overberg to further develop her love for botany and help protect fynbos. Email: kirsten@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME ADMINISTRATOR

Wilma Elliot

Wilma moved to Gansbaai in 2019, and soon after joined Flower Valley, providing administration support to the NRM team. Wilma grew up in Rustenburg in the North West. She studied and registered as a nurse, and worked as a nurse there for many years, until her son was born. Subsequently she has owned and managed her own businesses, and has worked in several administrative roles. She says of working at Flower Valley: “I have the best office, with the best views in the world.”

ABI ALIEN CLEARING PROJECT MANAGER

Stanley Engel

Born in Elim, Stanley has been an Overberg local for most of his life. He completed his Honours Degree in Geography and Rural Development from the University of Western Cape. With his extensive knowledge of the area and enjoyment of working with people, Stanley joined the Flower Valley team in January 2018. He likes working with the community, training and developing their skills set, whilst creating awareness around opportunities for career growth in conservation. Email: stanley@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

 

ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER & ABI ALIEN CLEARING PROGRAMME ASSISTANT

Mitch Afrika

Mitch Afrika joined the Flower Valley Conservation Trust team in June 2019. His role includes managing the farm, welcoming visitors to the Farm, as well as implementing projects on the farm. Mitch joins the team with knowledge in alien clearing management, habitat protection, organic farming as well as tourism, learned as an Environmental intern at Boschendal farm. He completed his BSc in Conservation Ecology. Email: mitch@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

CARTOGRAPHER

Esna Swart

Esna Swart joined Flower Valley Conservation Trust in 2018. She is a cartographer specialising in photogrammetry & GIS and has consulted for various local & international organisations in a variety of sectors, including the conservation sectors. Tel. 028 428 2218.  

FARM MAINTENANCE

Sithembiso Nqapha 

Flower Valley farm is maintained and cared for by Sithembiso Nqapha, who has worked for the Trust since 2007. He is  responsible for maintaining the farm, clearing the land of invasive alien plants, and maintaining roads and other infrastructure. He also supports neighbouring farms, to help with alien clearing and managed block burns.

Early Childhood Development Programme

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Gabbi Cook

Gabbi has been part of the Flower Valley team since the humble beginnings as a volunteer in 1999 and became a permanent employee soon thereafter. Boasting a list of accolades, from BA degree in Social Science to post graduate programmes in Pre Primary Education and Environmental Education, Gabbi has always been passionate in helping the earth and her people, especially the children whose future depend on it. Email: gabbi@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ADMINISTRATOR

Rita Graham

Rita has worked in a variety of industries over her 40-year career. Her experience ranges from finance, management and the substance abuse recovery industry. She brings a skill set well suited to deal with the dynamic and ever growing needs of the Flower Valley Early Childhood Development team and is a welcome and valuable addition to it.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT: ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Faye Graham

Faye joined Flower Valley in June 2018. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Unisa, and was admitted as an Advocate in 2017. Prior to joining the Flower Valley team, she worked for the SAPS, dealing primarily with labour disputes and civil claims. After witnessing the negative impact that crime has on our communities, Faye decided she wanted to be a part of an initiative that seeks to tackle the challenges facing this country before they become statistics. Today, in addition to her duties at the Trust, she also works in web development, creating dynamic websites for small businesses. Tel. 028 388 0713

HOME BASED COORDINATOR

Kieran Whitly

Kieran started at Flower Valley Conservation Trust in October 2017 with a Degree in Social Work from Stellenbosch University in 2009 behind her belt. Kieran’s open heart towards children and knowledge of working with parents and educators, brings a real asset to the ECD Programme. She loves being involved in helping develop more responsible, aware and connected children. Email: kieran@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713.

 

GARDENS COORDINATOR

Unati Siyotula

After completing her National Diploma in Horticulture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in 2017 – Unati went on to do her in-service training at a nursery in George, and at the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens. Now, Unati joins the Flower Valley Team as the Gardens Coordinator and sees her new role at Flower Valley as a challenge, and as an opportunity to grow her fynbos knowledge and passion. Tel. 028 388 07133

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