David Newby is the Lead Facilitator on the CLP. David served as a Methodist Minister for 17 years before starting his own organizational development consultancy in 2001. He has worked extensively with some of the largest Not for Profit Organizations in the world assisting them with Organisational Development processes such as facilitation, leadership development, coaching, team building, conflict resolution and strategy development. In 2016 he was awarded the community builder of the year award by The Africa Board for Coaching, Consulting & Coaching Psychology in recognition of the work he has done in education in South Africa. David has been part of the visiting faculty for the NPO Management Programme at USB-ED for more than 10 years.

Samuel Njenga has been involved in facilitating programmes with SEED for more than 10 years. He lectures at numerous Universities including USB-ED, Henley Business School and UFS Business School. He has facilitated numerous change processes and monitoring and evaluation processes within government and the NPO sector both in South Africa and further afield. Sammy holds 2 Masters’ degrees and is busy with a PhD looking at the future relevance of Short Learning Programmes in SA business schools. He uses storytelling processes learnt over time from sitting around the fireplace in rural African villages to create a safe space where people can interact and learn. As a student of applied systems thinking, he assists the participants to be comfortable with journeying with the question and thereby avoiding simplistic mechanistic and linear solutions to the complex challenges they face.

Professor Arnold Smit is the Head of Social Impact and associate professor of Business in Society at the Stellenbosch University Business School. He is furthermore the President of the Business Ethics Network of Africa, a member of the Board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and a member of the International Advisory Board of USB Executive Development. Previously he was a parish minister and a human resources executive in a financial services company. His teaching, research and facilitation includes the areas of responsible leadership, corporate governance, corporate sustainability and responsibility and non-profit leadership.

Alison Newby is the National Learning Facilitator for SEED and has been involved with the School Leadership and District Leadership programmes since their inception in 2006 working in schools and districts in the Western Cape, Limpopo, Free State and the Eastern Cape. She originally qualified as an Occupational Therapist and received Prost Graduate qualifications in Neuro Developmental Therapy and Sensory Integration whilst working as an Occupational Therapist. In 2005 she obtained her certificate in Coaching through the Coaching Centre and went on to complete her MSc in the Management of Technology and Innovation (Coaching) through the Da Vinci Institute. Her thesis focused on learnings acquired in leadership development through the SEED School Leadership Programme. She has recently completed further research into the role of leadership style on organizational culture in schools and districts using the results of the Insights personality evaluators of more than 600 school and district leaders from across the country. She is a member of the visiting faculty of University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED).

Pippa Shaper is a recent addition to the SEED team. Her career started in the UK before she settled in South Africa in 1992. In 1995, during the HIV/AIDS crisis, Pippa offered her services to Nazareth House in Cape Town, which began a 25-year involvement in the NPO space in various roles as fundraiser, director, volunteer, trustee, consultant, as well as co-founder of Home from Home in 2005 which she stepped back from running in early 2019.

Believing we all have three careers in us, Pippa started coach training in 2015 and is now a Professional Certified Integral Coach (ICF accredited) as well as continuing to consult in the NPO space. She co-founded The Resilience Factory with Gabi Lowe in 2017 and co-authored The Ten R’s of Authentic Resilience which they teach around the world.