flower valley team
Our Team
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

PA TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Madelyn Heaney

Madelyn became part of the Flower Valley team in 2016 as the personal assistant to the Executive Director. Madelyn is self-taught and has many years’ experience in the NGO sector as she has always been driven to work with her community and surroundings to help where it is needed. Madelyn lives by the mantra of always giving back and never expecting something in return. Email: madelyn@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

FLOWER VALLEY FARM MANAGER

Marianna Afrikaner

Marianna has been with Flower Valley since 2005. She previously worked at a children’s home, and as a caterer. Today she ensures that Flower Valley Farm continues to operate without hitches. She is the Trust’s Skills Development Facilitator and Health & Safety representative. She has also completed her First Aid Level Two Training, and works as Wieta supervisor. Email: mafrikaner@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

CONSERVATION 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

CONSERVATION EXTENSION AND APPLIED RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Kirsten Retief

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

ETHICAL TRADE COORDINATOR

Kathy O’Grady

Kathy O’Grady became Flower Valley’s Ethical Trade Coordinator in 2014. She has been involved in the non-government development sector for more than 20 years, with emphasis on the sustainable development of people and human rights practice in rural South Africa.  Between 2009 and 2014, she worked in the field of ethical trade, mostly within the South African Fresh Fruit Industry. Kathy promotes social and labour compliance among fynbos suppliers, and works closely with retailers to encourage ethical buying. Email: kathy@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Heather D’Alton

Heather joined the Trust in 2010. She previously worked as a journalist for media groups in South Africa and abroad, most recently as senior journalist at Summit Television. She holds a B.Phil (Honours) in Journalism from Stellenbosch University. Email: heather@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Adrianne van Wyk

Adrianne joined the Flower Valley team in 2016 as the Communications Officer. After completing her degree in Public Relations Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, she moved to the Overberg, hoping to spread awareness for our unique fynbos and beautiful landscapes. She also has a passion for photography that she knows she can fulfil at Flower Valley.  Email: adrianne@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

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

FLOWER VALLEY EARLY LEARNING CENTRE PRINCIPAL

Jimmona Schuurman

joined Flower Valley’s Early Learning Centre in 2014 as the new Principal. Her specialist skills include serving as an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioner, and providing HIV/Aids education. She most recently served as the ECD Coordinator at the Kwazulu-Natal Society for the Blind, where she taught and facilitated classroom activities and school readiness programmes. She also previously worked as the Peer Education Coordinator at Witzenberg Community Care. Here she facilitated the implementation of the Peer Education Programme in the Witzenberg area in six high schools. Email: jimmona@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

EARLY LEARNING CENTRE PRACTITIONER

Zandile Sekwana

Zandile became part of Flower Valley’s Early Learning Centre as an isi-Xhosa assistant in the beginning of 2015. From the Eastern Cape orginally, she wanted to increase her knowledge in working with children, while focusing on the importance of our environment. Zandile is completing her Early Childhood Development NQF level 4 at Boland College and is excited to make a difference in the lives of the youth. Email: elc@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

EARLY LEARNING CENTRE PRACTITIONER

Zine Jonga

Zine has for many years worked in the Early Childhood Development sector. She moved to Flower Valley’s Early Learning Centre in April 2016, and enjoys the stillness the natural environment has to offer. She is currently completing her ABET level 4 through the Flower Valley ECD Programme and has a real knack for working with children and helping them grow into the best they can be. Email: elc@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

FV/ABI PROGRAMME ASSISTANT (GROEN SEBENZA INTERNSHIP)

Nelnishia Lourens

Nelnishia took control of Flower Valley’s database in 2011, and plays a key administrative role in the ABI Alien Clearing Project. Prior to this, she completed an N4-N5 Marketing diploma at Boland College, as well as an N4-N6 Management Assistant diploma. She currently forms part of the SANBI Groen Senbenza programme. Email:nelnishia@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

FV/ABI PROGRAMME ASSISTANT (GROEN SEBENZA INTERNSHIP)

Londeka Zondi

Londeka is an intern through the SANBI Groen Sebenza Programme at Flower Valley. She previously gained experience through voluntarily work with the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. She holds a National Diploma: Ecotourism Management from the Durban University of Technology and also recently completed her BTech: Tourism Management, also through the Durban University of Technology. Email: londeka@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 425 2218

FV/ABI PROGRAMME ASSISTANT (GROEN SEBENZA INTERNSHIP)

Mntambo Nakwa

Mntambo joined Flower Valley in July 2013 as a SANBI Groen Sebenza intern. He completed his BSc Biological Science and Botany Hons in 2009 and 2012 respectively at the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape. During his undergraduate studies, he was trained as a Peer Helper under the centre for Guidance and Counseling Unit (GCU). In 2010, he worked at Harmony Gold Mine as a trainee for a skills development project called Sisonke. He also briefly worked at the Walter Sisulu University Foundation as an intern. Email:mntambo@flowervalley.co.za; Tel. 028 388 0713

WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR

Tina Vlok

Tina is actively involved with website development and digital marketing, with a special focus on conservation and agriculture. She started working with Flower Valley in 2013 and maintains the Flower Valley website, social media platforms and email newsletters. She also has a passion for nature, fynbos and the Agulhas area. Email: web@flowervalley.co.za

FARM TEAM
Flower Valley’s farm team – John Izacs and Sithembiso Nqapha – are responsible for maintaining the farm. They clear the land of invasive alien plants, and maintain roads and other infrastructure. The team is often outsourced to neighbouring farms, to help with alien clearing and managed block burns.