About Me

I was born into Apartheid in South Africa (SA), where for 25 years I was an activist for the liberation movement (ANC). I left SA as a refugee and was granted political asylum in the UK in the early 1980s.

I use my experience to work with excluded communities worldwide, telling my story in classrooms, workplaces and boardrooms. I help institutions* to include the voice of their beneficiaries in service delivery.


I particularly enjoy presenting at Assemblies in schools, giving children an opportunity to question me directly about what Apartheid South Africa was like.

I speak English, Afrikaans and French.

(* Organisations include Susila Dharma International Association ; NHS White Papers on health and social care; Better Doctors, Better Patients; UK Stroke Association and Carers UK; the training of non-executive directors; and HM Audit Office, UK)


Professionally I started out as a nurse and midwife; then qualified as a lawyer and practised criminal law (mostly political trials) in South Africa for several years. After settling in London, I worked as commercial lawyer. When my then husband had a very severe stroke I stopped work to look after him full time and when he died I took up a position as an Associate Director in the National Health Service (NHS), UK, specialising in engagement and inclusion.

I now offer my services as a real-time and online resource for organisations and institutions, helping them to co-produce with their clients and beneficiaries as part of their assets, conducting workshops and speaking publicly to support equality agendas, especially in education.

In 2013 I founded I Protect Me, an organisation which empowers women and children in South Africa to speak out and stand up against abuse. Watch.

As a journalist with World Pulse, an international online resource for women, I Blog regularly about human rights issues.

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Awards:

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Somerset Hospital Midwife of the Year 1963

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A Woman of Action (2003)


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2020 Fellow, Gratitude Network (Forbes)

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2021 Ireland Writing Retreat Award