Letcee Board of Executive Directors





Poonam Dwarkaram

Managing Director



Poonam is an ECD expert with 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Development

Through these years she has done many ECD courses, she has a Level 4 and Level 5 ECD certificate, as well as a Higher Diploma in ECD, and recently completed an online bursary awarded by the Harvard Graduate school in "Let's Play".

She has been with LETCEE for the past three years as ECD Projects manager which she has managed to transform successfully through implementing new strategies.

Poonam took over the Managing Director position from Dr Mary James, the founder of LETCEE.

Poonam is a proud mother of 2 sons and happily married for 29 years. Her interests include assisting at animal shelters, gardening and watching movies.

Her beliefs are summed up with "Don’t prepare the path for the child, prepare the child for the path".

 

“I am thrilled to work with LETCEE to provide essential services to less privileged children. With my background in community development and project management, I endeavor to do my best and see communities at a better off position in life."

Kitso holds a Master's Degree in Community Development and is a doctoral candidate. She has been with LETCEE for 9 years, managing the Community Development department of LETCEE. She was appointed Director of Projects to implement her vast knowledge and lead LETCEE's projects.

Kitso holds a Master's Degree in Community Development and is a doctoral candidate. She has been with LETCEE for 9 years, managing the Community Development department of LETCEE. She was appointed Director of Projects to implement her vast knowledge and lead LETCEE's projects.

Kitso was born in Rustenburg in the North West and moved to KZN in 2001 when she started her academic journey and later settled in Pietermaritzburg.

She has worked at various NGOs since 2008 and joined LETCEE. She is the mother to three grown children and four grandchildren.

"I am thrilled to work with LETCEE to provide essential services to less privileged children. With my background in community development and project management, I endeavour to do my best and see communities at a better off position in life."


Kitso Maragelo

Director of Projects


 


Astrid Gifford

Director of Operations


Astrid holds a degree in Physiotherapy and specialized in neurology and paediatrics. Originally form Germany, Astrid was introduced to the challenges of South Africa's rural areas in 2001.

She furthered her education to delve into sustainable development. She was the managing director of an NGO in the Eastern Cape before joining LETCEE in 2021. She was appointed Director of Operations.

Her strength lies in managing and developing systems and managing people.

On one day of each week, Astrid wears her Physiotherapist hat and attends to the children with disabilities and their families within LETCEE‘s Play-Able Project.

Astrid is married and has three teenage children. She is a family person who likes to explore outdoor activities.

"I have a passion for children and giving them the voice they deserve. Our future lies with the children and I will do my very best to improve upon the situation and inequalities."

 



Letcee Board of Non-Executive Directors



“I aim to supplement the various skill-sets enjoyed by the LETCEE board..."

"I'll do this by sharing any relevant commercial experiences that will enhance the board’s oversight role and add to the continued sustainability of the organisation. Together with the strong and experienced management and operational teams, this will hopefully serve to increase LETCEE’s footprint and the difference that it already makes for South Africa’s children, and ultimately South Africa itself."

Colin Corbishley obtained his Bachelor of Business Science in the special field of Finance from the University of Cape Town in 2004.

He then joined Investec in Johannesburg as part of a graduate programme.

He was subsequently offered a role within the Project & Infrastructure Finance team at Investec. There his involvement spanned across numerous transactions within the energy, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors.

In 2014 Colin joined Plennegy, an investment holding company involved in the African agricultural sector, where he currently holds a board position.

Colin and his wife, Nicole live in Greytown with their beautiful young sons, Ben and Scott.


Colin Corbishley

Chairperson


 


Ashley Cotterrell

Treasurer



“I am humbled by the work LETCEE continues to do for the less privileged children and families in the Umzinyathi district. I endeavour to use my experience and qualification in supporting LETCEE build on its past 25 years history for the future of the children we serve."


Ashley Cotterrell was born in Cathcart in the Eastern Cape in 1970. He schooled at Queen’s College, Queenstown.

Ashley qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) in 1998 and joined Pannar Seed as an export accountant in the same year.

He held various financial roles at Pannar Seed (Pty) Ltd until he was appointed Managing Director on 1 August 2014.

On 1 January 2017 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Blue Crest Holdings (Pty) Ltd and he continues to serve as a Member Elected Trustee of the Pannar Group Pension Fund.

Ashley and Julie married in 2000 and have three children: Amy, Bruce and Kelly. He enjoys road running (completed 11 Comrades Marathons), mountain biking, playing tennis, golf and fishing.


 

“I am so proud to be part of Letcee and when I leave I want to know that I have given of my best and contributed as much as I can. Education is key to everything and it can truly change our world."


Julie Cotterrell qualified as a Staff nurse. She then went overseas for a year and worked as a carer.

When she came back to SA she worked at the SPCA in Durban and ran their Mobile clinics.

Later she worked for South African Druggists (a wholesaler that supplied Vets, Doctors and Pharmacies) doing telesales and buying. She was then offered a position of veterinary rep, and she covered the whole of KZN and the Free State.

After briefly moving to Pretoria for 18 months, she returned to KZN where she married Ashley and moved to Greytown.

While living in Greytown, she qualified to do First aid training, which she is still doing that today.

"Thank you Letcee for making this world a better place."


 


“I want to see children grow up in a safe and empowering environment, which will result in them being responsible citizens who are proud of who they are; irrespective of where they come from."



Mr Nhlanhla Musa Nene was born in 1958 December 05, in Kranskop Ntunjambili. He grew up and attended school in Kranskop and Matriculated in Georgetown High School in the late 70’s.

He has a B Comm (Hons) 2009 at the University of Western Cape; a diploma in Advanced Economic Policy-2004 University of Western Cape; a certificate in Microeconomics Theory and Macroeconomic Principles-2004 University of London. Has a Certificate in Economics and Public Finance- 2003 University of South Africa as well as an Honorary Adjunct Professor-Wits Business School-2017 to 2020.

He serves as resource person in Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, held annually at Harvard School of Public Health. Mr Nene served our country as the Minister of Finance in 2014 and again in 2018.

He is a dedicated family man and continues to serve his community as a valuable board member of LETCEE.


Nhlanhla Musa Nene

Board Member