Governance

The Board of Trustees sets policy and consists of seven trustees: 

Prof. Kovin Naidoo (Chairman)
Prof. Kovin Naidoo (Chairman)

Prof. Kovin Naidoo (Chairman)

A Fulbright Scholar, Prof Naidoo served as the head of the department of Optometry at University of Durban-Westville from 1996 to 1999. Prof. Naidoo is a graduate of the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa where he obtained his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Optometry degrees. He earned a Masters in Public Health from Temple University and Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in May 1995. He is currently an Associate Professor of Optometry at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Prof Naidoo has serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in the US.

Kovin's areas of teaching are ocular disease and public health and he has lectured and published extensively on these topics. He is co-author of CORE (Comprehensive Optometric Reference), a desk reference for optometrists, now in its third edition. He has also published chapters on Public Health and Sports Vision. He was principal investigator in the African Component of the Refractive Error Study in Children (RESCA), a WHO multi-country study 2002; serves on the Vision 2020 Board of Trustees; co-chair of the Advocacy team of Vision 2020; a participant in the WHO refractive error working group; co-chair for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Africa; serves on the South African National Prevention of Blindness Committee, the medical committee of the National Bureau for the Prevention of blindness; chair of the board of the Red Cross Air Emergency Services;

Prof. Naidoo is the Global Director of the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE). He is dedicated to establishing public sector optometry models in Africa and the developing world, conducting refraction training in many countries, and expanding low vision services throughout the continent.

Prof Naidoo is credited with placing and promoting Public Health Issues on the world Optometric agenda and elevating the profile of the optometry profession, and was pronounced African Optometrist of the Year 2002. WCO also pronounced him as the International Optometrist of the Year, in April 2007. He was recently named an Ashoka Fellow for his social entrepreneurial efforts in addressing the needs of those less privileged.

Prof. Kovin Naidoo (Chairman)
Prof. Kovin Naidoo (Chairman)

Prof. Kovin Naidoo (Chairman)

A Fulbright Scholar, Prof Naidoo served as the head of the department of Optometry at University of Durban-Westville from 1996 to 1999. Prof. Naidoo is a graduate of the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa where he obtained his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Optometry degrees. He earned a Masters in Public Health from Temple University and Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in May 1995. He is currently an Associate Professor of Optometry at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Prof Naidoo has serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in the US.

Kovin's areas of teaching are ocular disease and public health and he has lectured and published extensively on these topics. He is co-author of CORE (Comprehensive Optometric Reference), a desk reference for optometrists, now in its third edition. He has also published chapters on Public Health and Sports Vision. He was principal investigator in the African Component of the Refractive Error Study in Children (RESCA), a WHO multi-country study 2002; serves on the Vision 2020 Board of Trustees; co-chair of the Advocacy team of Vision 2020; a participant in the WHO refractive error working group; co-chair for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Africa; serves on the South African National Prevention of Blindness Committee, the medical committee of the National Bureau for the Prevention of blindness; chair of the board of the Red Cross Air Emergency Services;

Prof. Naidoo is the Global Director of the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE). He is dedicated to establishing public sector optometry models in Africa and the developing world, conducting refraction training in many countries, and expanding low vision services throughout the continent.

Prof Naidoo is credited with placing and promoting Public Health Issues on the world Optometric agenda and elevating the profile of the optometry profession, and was pronounced African Optometrist of the Year 2002. WCO also pronounced him as the International Optometrist of the Year, in April 2007. He was recently named an Ashoka Fellow for his social entrepreneurial efforts in addressing the needs of those less privileged.

A Fulbright Scholar, Prof Naidoo served as the head of the department of Optometry at University...

Dr. Sam Gulube
Dr. Sam Gulube

Dr. Sam Gulube

Dr. Sam Gulube was appointed the National Medical Director of the South African National Blood Services in May 2006. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Agency of South Africa from April 2003 to April 2006.

He completed his medical studies in the United States at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. He did his General Surgery Residency Program at the University of South Florida in Tampa Florida from 1991 to 1996. In 1997 he became the Lt Col of the South African Military Health Services as its General Surgery Principal Medical Officer at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. He led the SA Military Health Services Telemedicine project.

From the year 2000 to 2003 he was the Director of the National Telemedicine Research Centre at the Medical Research Council (MRC) of South Africa. He is currently the Chairperson of the Presidential Medical Team, a Trustee of the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). 

Dr. Sam Gulube
Dr. Sam Gulube

Dr. Sam Gulube

Dr. Sam Gulube was appointed the National Medical Director of the South African National Blood Services in May 2006. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Agency of South Africa from April 2003 to April 2006.

He completed his medical studies in the United States at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. He did his General Surgery Residency Program at the University of South Florida in Tampa Florida from 1991 to 1996. In 1997 he became the Lt Col of the South African Military Health Services as its General Surgery Principal Medical Officer at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. He led the SA Military Health Services Telemedicine project.

From the year 2000 to 2003 he was the Director of the National Telemedicine Research Centre at the Medical Research Council (MRC) of South Africa. He is currently the Chairperson of the Presidential Medical Team, a Trustee of the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). 

Dr. Sam Gulube was appointed the National Medical Director of the South African National Blood...

Lwazi Mboyi
Lwazi Mboyi

Lwazi Mboyi

Lwazi Mboyi - CEO of the National Youth Commission of South Africa was born and bred in the Eastern Cape Province 33 years ago and completed both his primary and secondary education in the same province. He completed his post graduate studies at the University of Durban Westville. During his university career, he became involved in the student movement and community organisations. Upon completion of his studies he joined the University and worked within the University administration. 

He served in different leadership capacities at the student movement level as well in numerous committees of the University. Subsequent to that he joined the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) as a senior Programme Officer, spending six months of his term at International Alert in London. 

ACCORD is an international conflict management organisation, also specialising in Training, Mediation and process facilitation. Part of his responsibilities was the setting up of the ACCORD youth programme, which covered work within and outside South Africa. In 1996, he joined the Natal Technikon's Business / Labour Development Unit, assuming the role of Programme Manager, responsible for, among others the National Taxi Industry Improvement Project and other related government linked projects. 

He was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the National Youth Commission in the Presidency in September 1998, a position that he occupies until the present. The NYC is a statutory body responsible for Youth development within government. 

He is currently serving in different boards of organisations.

Lwazi Mboyi
Lwazi Mboyi

Lwazi Mboyi

Lwazi Mboyi - CEO of the National Youth Commission of South Africa was born and bred in the Eastern Cape Province 33 years ago and completed both his primary and secondary education in the same province. He completed his post graduate studies at the University of Durban Westville. During his university career, he became involved in the student movement and community organisations. Upon completion of his studies he joined the University and worked within the University administration. 

He served in different leadership capacities at the student movement level as well in numerous committees of the University. Subsequent to that he joined the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) as a senior Programme Officer, spending six months of his term at International Alert in London. 

ACCORD is an international conflict management organisation, also specialising in Training, Mediation and process facilitation. Part of his responsibilities was the setting up of the ACCORD youth programme, which covered work within and outside South Africa. In 1996, he joined the Natal Technikon's Business / Labour Development Unit, assuming the role of Programme Manager, responsible for, among others the National Taxi Industry Improvement Project and other related government linked projects. 

He was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the National Youth Commission in the Presidency in September 1998, a position that he occupies until the present. The NYC is a statutory body responsible for Youth development within government. 

He is currently serving in different boards of organisations.

Lwazi Mboyi - CEO of the National Youth Commission of South Africa was born and bred in the...

John Martin
John Martin

John Martin

John Martin was the managing director of civil engineering contracting company Martin and East from 1975 until 2009. He was a volunteer pilot for the Air Mercy Service from 1980 until 2002. He was on the Regional Council of the South African Red Cross from 1985 to 1990 and been a trustee and honorary treasurer of the Red Cross Air Mercy Service Trust since its formation in 1994.

John Martin
John Martin

John Martin

John Martin was the managing director of civil engineering contracting company Martin and East from 1975 until 2009. He was a volunteer pilot for the Air Mercy Service from 1980 until 2002. He was on the Regional Council of the South African Red Cross from 1985 to 1990 and been a trustee and honorary treasurer of the Red Cross Air Mercy Service Trust since its formation in 1994.

John Martin was the managing director of civil engineering contracting company Martin and East...

Ray ka Msengana

Ray ka Msengana

Ray ka Msengana

René de Wet

René de Wet

René de Wet

Alan Marshall

Alan Marshall

Alan Marshall

Management and Administration

The CEO reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the day-to-day management. Medical and aviation decisions are taken in consultation with the Management Committee and the members of the Quality and Safety Committee. Day to day financial administration is handled by the management staff in accordance with the budget approved by the trustees. All meetings are minuted and conform strictly to the acceptable standards of corporate governance practise.

The Committee

The Committees and their responsibilities:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
    The Committee comprises of Trustees, nominated by the Board of Trustees. The committee's role is to assist the Board of Trustees in overseeing and assessing the organisations' risk management process, legal and regulatory compliance, financial reporting, financial controls, internal and external audit processes and to act as liaison between the Board of Trustees and the external auditors.
  • Human Resources Committee
    The committee comprises of Trustees, nominated by the Board of Trustees. The committee's role is to assist the Board of Trustees in establishing Human Resources Strategy and policies as well as ensuring compliance with all applicable legislation and best practices.
  • Management Committee
    The Management Committee (MANCO) comprises of the: CEO, COO, CFO, Service Development Manager, HR Manager and Regional Managers. MANCO is a statutory meeting (chaired by the CEO). The committee aims to improve the communication flow and keep everyone abreast of the developments within the organisation. MANCO is also a sounding board for the CEO.
  • Quality and Safety Committee
    The Q & S Committee comprises of the CEO, COO Chief, Engineer (AMO), CFI / Chief Rotor Pilot CFI / Chief Fixed Wing Pilot, Safety Officer and Quality Manager. The committee meets weekly and addresses all matters pertaining to safety and quality of services.