Richard Jones

Chairperson, Richard is a semi-retired professional accountant, who spent most of his working life in a listed public company. In the latter part of his career, his responsibilities at director level included finance, information technology, corporate planning, production and distribution support functions. He also played an active role in professional and committees  outside of his official responsibilities and was an avid sportsman.


At present, he is buoyed by the friendship and interests of his three adult children interspersed with regular rounds of golf. He continues to play a leading role in a growing marketing enterprise that he and a close friend just over 10 years ago.

Elaine Ridge

Elaine Ridge has been involved in education all her professional life. She has taught at schools in South Africa, England and Scotland, lectured at three universities and supervised research students to PhD level. She devised (and for several years ran) a special course at Stellenbosch for Gabonese English teachers. In addition, she has run a number of courses for local teachers and writers, and written or co-authored several widely-used school textbooks.


In a very active retirement, Elaine is a freelance editor, translator and research adviser. She is  also the Regional Advisor for South Africa of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).



Tony Robinson

Nowadays Tony has a problem deciding what makes him happiest – his music or his family. He is the minister at the Stellenbosch United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational). Tony has an ongoing interest in Education. He had a very happy ten-year spell training and tutoring Architecture students at CPUT. He also served on the Drakensberg Presbytery Education Trust committee.


When he re-entered the full-time ministry in 2007, he served an inner-city community and had a chance to get to know homeless people. This gave him a new appreciation of how key education is to creating opportunities


Peter Koch

Peter Koch lives in Stellenbosch with his wife and three children.  Peter has a firm belief in education as the cornerstone of transformation in South Africa, having himself had the privilege of good schools and universities


Peter has a financial background. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Pwc, and is now an Associate Director of Pegasys, a consulting firm that primarily works with the public sector on large scale developmental projects.  He is the Treasurer of Rhenish Primary School’s Governing Body, and is always on the lookout for opportunities to engage within his community.









Ulrike Reuter

Ulrike Reuter, an Occupational Therapist, began her career working in clinics, hospitals and schools in rural Namibia and Windhoek. Her special interest in the child development field, took her to work in Cambridge and Norwich in the UK, and in the Stellenbosch- Helderberg areas.


Since 2009 she is actively involved in a dynamic clinical medical research team in the field of rheumatology, and does HR management of the Winelands Rheumatology and Winelands Medical Research Centres in Stellenbosch. She loves the reward of her involvement with patients and working in a wonderful team.


 Ulrike also greatly enjoys mentoring and supporting the journey of students as well as school children who come from needy backgrounds.


Ulrike particularly enjoys sharing life with, and the interests of, her husband and their three grown children.