OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mbuyazwe Magagula – Chairman
B.Eng. (Chemical) and B.Com. 

“The Link Trust offers me an opportunity to contribute to something bigger than myself. I was fortunate in my life to have parents, family, teachers and friends who valued education. It was their encouragement, guidance and advice that showed me the importance of education, especially at an early stage. The purpose of The Link aligns with my own upbringing and values and I aim to contribute in a meaningful way.”

Timothy Hugh Bashall – Trustee – Finances and Fundraising
Chartered Accountant (South Africa)

“I’ve been strategically involved, initially behind the scenes, since my late wife Margi started the Link in 2010. I took over her position as Chair of the Link Trust after she died in 2014 and I see my role as helping as best I can to fulfil her legacy.”

Craig Steven-Jennings – Trustee
Chartered Accountant (South African) and Registered Auditor (UK)

“I am passionate about education, in particular reading, so The Link’s purpose resonates with me. I am also passionate about empowering previously disadvantaged children through the power of reading. I enjoy working with my fellow trustees in fulfilling that purpose.”  

Duduzile Magagula – Trustee

“I joined The Link because I have a strong belief that the foundational skills that are taught at a young age are important to the greater development of children. I also wanted to have a positive influence on the children and provide them with a safe space to express their frustrations and difficulties with maths or English. As a mother, I know the importance of having someone who cares about your educational development and wants to hold your hand through that process and I believe that The Link is the best way to achieve this.”

Paul Kevan Channon – Trustee – Educational Advisor
BA, B ED (Hons), MBA, HDE

“There is no doubt that literacy and numeracy skills are critical components in the successful development of school children. Regrettably, the crowded classrooms that are the norm in South Africa often prevent teachers from being as effective as they would want to be in providing individual assistance. The Link is able to support the teachers in their work by offering personal support to children in need of more help. As an educationalist of over 40 years, I am delighted to be involved with such a wonderful and worthwhile initiative.”

Chanel Schoeman – Trustee
Bcom (Law), LLB, Admitted Attorney, Advance Diploma in Trust and Estates, Advance Professional Certificate in International Taxation

“In my position as a Senior Trust Executive at Sentinel International Advisory Services, I specialise in the administration of trusts. Sentinel is privileged to be a part of The Link team and to assist where possible.”