The Claude Leon Foundation

TRUSTEES

   

William Frankel OBE,
Chairman of the Foundation
Bill Frankel is a grandson of Claude Leon. Born and brought up in South Africa and an alumnus of the University of Cape Town. He was a lawyer practicing in the City of London until 2014. Since 1966 Bill was for over 25 years the secret legal Consultant to Canon Collins’ International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) with prime responsibility for overseeing and secretly channelling funds into Southern Africa to pay for the legal costs of virtually every political trial during the days of Apartheid. Appointed OBE by the Queen in her Millenium Honours list for services to human rights. Bill is experienced in issues of human rights, constitutionalism and education. He is a trustee of a number of charities including, inter alia, eponymous UK charities promoted by the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch and Fort Hare and also by the Constitutional Court. In 2007 Bill was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa for services to Science education and research. In 2014 the Vice Chancellor of UCT honoured Bill by conferring on him the VC’s Silver medal in recognition of “…his tireless work in the fields of education, human rights and constitutionalism and his ongoing support of many worthy causes through his philanthropy which continues to have a far reaching and profound impact both in South Africa and further afield”. In 2015 South Africa conferred on Bill the Order of Luthuli Silver Medal describing Bill’s “excellent services” in the liberation struggle against Apartheid with particular reference to his secret and central involvement with IDAF.
 
Geoff Budlender SC Geoff Budlender SC is an advocate at the Cape Town Bar. From 1997-1996 and 2000-2004 he was an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre. He served as Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs from 1996 to 2000. He has acted as a judge of the High Court in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He is a trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust (London) and a member of the Board of the Centre for Economic and Social Rights (New York).
 
James Inglis James Inglis is a businessman and former director of, inter alia, Melville Douglas Investment Management (Executive Chairman), Liberty Asset Management (Managing), ASA Ltd (New York), Liberty Holdings and CAN Gallo. He is currently a trustee of the Independent Schools of SA Pension and Provident Funds and the D G Murray Trust.
 
Horst Kleinschmidt Horst Kleinschmidt was the head of the Fisheries branch of the South African Government from 2000-2005. On returning from exile, he was Director of the development organisations Kagiso Trust and then Mvula Trust. In exile, Horst was a Director of the London-based International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF). The organisation provided legal representation for thousands of apartheid opponents detained without trial. It also provided stipends to spouses and children of prisoners and published extensively to inform people internationally about the crime of apartheid. Now semi-retired, Horst has turned to writing on social justice and history.
 
Rick Menell Rick Menell has had a 35 year career in the mining industry heading Anglovaal Mining and Teal Exploration & Mining up to 2008. He has served and continues to serve on numerous Boards and is currently Chairman –South Africa and Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse. He is a trustee of Brand South Africa in the Presidency and founding co-Chairman of City Year South Africa Youth Service Organisation and the Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST). He sits on the Council of Business Leadership South Africa, is a director of the National Business Initiative and one of the convenors of the Dinokeng Scenario Project.
  
Mary Metcalfe Mary Metcalfe is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at The University of Witwatersrand. Previously, Mary was the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education in Gauteng where she served from 1994 – 1999. She was appointed as MEC for Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land after the 1999 elections, and served until 2004. She then joined the University of the Witwatersrand as Head of the School of Education. In 2009-2010 she served as Director General for the new Department of Higher Education and Training. She is currently working in a large-scale education system improvement project in South Africa.
  
Professor William Nasson Bill Nasson was born and schooled in Cape Town and received his higher education in Britain at the universities of Hull, York and Cambridge. From 1982 to 2009 he worked at the University of Cape Town in the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, and in the Departments of Economic History and History and was briefly the King George V Professor of History. He is presently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Stellenbosch. He is a Trustee of the Castle of Good Hope Museum Foundation, a Board Member of the Shikaya Schools History Education Project, and is a non-executive Director of DALRO (Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation).
He is one of the general editors of 1914-1918 online, the leading web-based global encyclopaedia of the First World War.
  
Sipho Pityana Sipho Pityana is former Chairperson and a serving member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). In the 1990s, he served two terms as Director-General, firstly, in the Department of Foreign Affairs, and secondly, in the Department of Labour. Prior to this he was the Registrar at the University of Fort Hare. In the 1980s, in exile, he was a political activist in the ANC, trade union and British Anti-Apartheid movements. He is a Director of companies including Chairmanship of his investment business, Izingwe Capital and a number of public listed companies.
  
Dr Stuart Saunders
Stuart Saunders was Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town from 1981 to 1996. Previously, he was Head of Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town from 1971-1980. He is also a Trustee of the Fox and HW Webb Trusts, and was Senior Adviser to the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.
  
Patricia Wallington Patricia Wallington is a granddaughter of Claude Leon. Her father, Alan Leon, was the Foundation's Chairman after the death of his father, Claude Leon. Patricia, who lives in the UK and an alumna of the University of Cape Town, has a particular interest in school sports projects, early childhood development and child health issues.
  
Professor David Woods David Woods was Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 1996-2006. Prior to that he was Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and an A-rated microbiologist at the University of Cape Town. He is currently chair of SANTRUST, a registered educational trust which specialises in running tertiary education programmes which include a Pre-Doctoral Proposal Development Programme, a PhD Supervisor Programme and a Student Leadership programme.
  
Professor Nan Yeld Nan Yeld is Director: University Teaching & Learning Development at the Department of Higher Education & Training, Pretoria. She was previously Dean of Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town. She was a Senior Africa Fulbright Scholar in 1999-2000, and a Nelson Mandela Fellow at Harvard in 2002-3. She was appointed by successive Ministers of Education to serve, as chair and as committee member, on several ministerial committees, investigating such issues as the future of the Senior Certificate, differentiation in school curricula, assessment at key National Qualification Framework exit levels, and the status of independent and foreign examining bodies.
  
Brian Yule Brian Yule is a grandson of Claude Leon. He was born and brought up in South Africa, but now lives in Cornwall, UK. He trained and worked as an archaeologist during 1970-97, directing excavations in London and Israel. Currently, he is an importer of South African dried fruit to Europe. 
  
 

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