Ms KMV (Kathy) Harris

Kathleen (Kathy) Harris joined our Board in May 2015 and has over the years worked closely with our CEO, Renske Minnaar, in a bid to improve our communications, public relations and marketing initiatives as it pertains to our donors, stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries.

Having worked in various executive management roles in the services sector, Kathy has built up  extensive experience in sales and marketing, and strategy development facilitation and implementation. She has worked as Managing Director of HRG Rennies Travel and has also served on the board of BidTravel and a number of its subsidiary boards.  Throughout her career, Kathy has built up experience in people and leadership development, another area in which she has greatly contributed to Bergzicht Training and Development’s operations over the years.  She is currently an independent Strategy and Leadership consultant and is based in Stellenbosch, where she lives with her family.

Dr JJE (Hannes) Koornhoof

Hannes Koornhof joined our Board in December 2015 and since then has been advising Bergzicht Training and Development on how to connect with a larger pool of donors across South Africa through the Amicus Trust SA – an organisation focused on making a measurable difference to skills development training and job creation for people from the greater Stellenbosch and Cape Winelands’ regions – as well as other funding organisations. In addition to this, he has been working closely with volunteer and qualified social worker Ms Annette Scott to develop emotional and mentor support structures for Bergzicht Training and Development’s beneficiaries.

After dedicating 38 years of his life – 23 of which were spent at the Stellenbosch Moedergemeente Church – to the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) as a minister, Hannes retired in 2014 and has since been involved in the training of congregational leaders in the DRC. He is passionate about making a difference in his community and promoting lifelong learning and to this end has been involved in various leadership and managerial roles within the religious community. This includes taking responsibility for the ministry, management and budgets of three different congregations in Somerset-East in the Eastern Cape, Pinelands and Stellenbosch as chairperson of the church council; leading and managing teams consisting of fellow preachers and support staff; and training, managing and motivating volunteers. Hannes has also served as the Secretary of the DR Synod of the Western Cape from 1999 to 2003 and as Chairman of this same Synod from 2003 to 2007.

He has also built up extensive experience on how to practically implement the vision and strategy of institutions through his work at congregational and synodical level in the church and in philanthropy.

When Hannes is not advising Bergzicht Training and Development on how best to improve and expand on its fundraising and support initiatives, he enjoys reading a good book and taking walks to keep fit. 

Faith Brown

Faith holds a BA in Human Ecology from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), along with certificates in the Management of NPOs and Business Management Coaching from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). With eight years of teaching experience in Cape Town and a short teaching stint in the UK, she found her passion in community development, where she has been serving for over 23 years. Faith has held various roles from Trainer to CEO and Fundraiser, working with NPOs focused on supporting the marginalised, unemployed, vulnerable children and youth, farmworkers, and rural communities.

She runs her own consultancy, The Shaper, where she provides guidance, coaching, mentorship, and support to NPO leaders and managers. Additionally, she serves as a Portfolio Management Consultant for a local philanthropist, advising and managing projects. She also does remote fundraising for a rural development organisation in Cape Town and serves as a Board Member of the Asa Baru Indonesia Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Faith is married with two adult daughters and soon to be grand-mother. She has lived in South Africa, the UK, Indonesia, and Brunei. Fluent in English and Afrikaans, her personal interests include reading, fabric painting, and helping others succeed.

Jacolene Quinn

Director (Treasurer)
Jacolene joined our Board in May 2023. She has been with Remgro since 2008 as Treasurer responsible for overseeing the ongoing execution of all treasury activities, which encompasses the daily management of the Remgro’s (and some group companies), cash reserves and liquidity risk. Jacolene is part of Remgro’s Treasury Committee reporting to the Audit and Risk Committee which reports to the Remgro Board. She brings a wealth of knowledge to Bergzicht with many years of experience in financial management, Corporate Governance and financial investment.