The Epworth Foundation Trust WOW Team

Janet Channing, Neo Shabalala, Bea Croudace and Carol Coetzee are a powerful force of business acumen. These four dynamic women have been appointed as trustees to serve the Epworth Foundation. They are joined by Mr. Peter Keyworth, previous Epworth School Board Chairman.

Janet Channing is a past Epworth girl (1981) and the Managing Director of MetGovis, a software company that provides property solutions predominately to the public sector. As a registered professional property valuer, Janet serves on the President’s Panel of the Mediators and has a wealth of experience in municipal valuation and rating. She is an accredited trainer, moderator and assessor, as well as a registered Civil Commercial Mediator. She is the passionate mother of 2 adult sons. Janet believes in the well-known African proverb that ‘when you educate a woman you educate a nation’. Her mother, Dorothy Gray, donated the initial funding to the Epworth Foundation Trust in 2002. Janet only discovered this after she was appointed as a Foundation Trustee.

Neo Shabalala is the Chief Executive Officer of Governance Management Consulting. Neo leads the firm in its mission to help clients improve performance and ensure compliance. Neo’s past roles include being a board member and partner at KPMG where she fulfilled the role of chairperson for the Transformation Committee and Head of Public Sector for the Durban office. She is passionate about delivering the best service and quality to clients. Neo is a mother to a lovely adult daughter.

Carol Coetzee is the Chief Executive Officer of the KZN Film Commission. Previously she was Accountant General for the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and the Head of Department (HOD) for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Carol is driven by her love of serving and a desire for greater tangible success in the transformation process in South Africa. Being a parent to two daughters brings Carol great joy.

Bea Croudace is a former Bursar/Commercial Director of Kearsney College where she was involved in the financial management, strategic planning, HR, and policy formulation for the school. Bea – served as an independent trustee on the Board of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) Pension Fund and on their Investment, Communications, and Marketing Sub-Committees. Following her retirement from Kearsney in April 2016, she developed a “Finance for the Non-financial Manager” module for ISASA and presented workshops to heads and the executive managements of schools nationally. Bea is the proud mother of three adult sons.

This admirable group of women share a common belief in both the education and independence of women.  Relevantly Bea Croudace stated that: “Epworth’s mission statement ‘to free the potential in women to become relevant, resilient and ethical leaders to contribute to an ever-changing world’ aligns entirely with my beliefs.”

The Epworth Foundation is honoured to have this powerhouse supporting our school’s mission and coordinating the Epworth Foundation Trust.

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