The Production Team
Board of Trustees
Brian Heydenrych is an actor/producer who graduated in the early 90's with an Economics degree from the University of Cape Town. Since the mid 90’s, he has performed in a range of work including hit musicals, dramatic works, commercials and films. His credits include; Boy meets Boy, Cabaret, Wit, Blue Room, This Life and Land of Thirst.
Although first an actor, he has developed a keen interest as a producer and has worked as Resident Producer at Artscape Theatre, Freelance Company Manager for Cape Town Opera’s international tours, the Executive Producer of the Shakespeare Annual Festival at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre over the past twenty years, and been closely involved in the founding, the development of, and finally working as National Director of the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, an NPO arts network body working towards the growth of the performing arts industry in South Africa.
He is currently a freelance contractor in a creative and business role in the performing arts in Cape Town, as well as running a business in Creativity and Innovation Facilitation within non-performing arts businesses.
Andrew Henwood is a Chartered Accountant and Industrial Engineer. Andrew began work in New York in investment banking. On returning to South Africa, he helped set up the Progress Fund, a black youth focused private equity fund, on behalf of Umsobomvu, FNB and Momentum. Andrew is a member of Endeavor, South Africa's VentureCorps advisory network. Endeavor is a non-profit organisation that identifies and supports innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs in emerging markets. He also held the position of Financial Director at Hi Performance Learning, a learning consultancy. Andrew currently works in business development at De Beers.
Linda Sokhulu is both a theatre and television actress. She started her career in 2003 when she moved from Durban to Johannesburg to start working for arepp:Theatre for Life. She then started working on television and worked on the Soap Opera 'Generations' for two years, before she moved on to drama, where she has worked on the series' ‘uBizo - The Calling', for which she won the 2009 S.A.F.T.A for Best Actress in a Drama Award, ‘Sokhulu and Partners’, ‘Shreds and Dreams’, ‘Home Affairs’ and 'A Place called home'. Her theatre work includes ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘4.48 Psychosis’, which debuted in Grahamstown in 2007.
B.A. S.W. Hons (UNISA), Forensic Assessment and Child Abuse(RAU), M.A. Mental Health (UNISA). Shaheda has worked with families and children for over 18 years. She is both proud and privileged to serve as a team member of the Teddy Bear Clinic, where she has been since 2000. Although the medical component has been in existence since 1986, the therapeutic component became established when she joined the clinic. Shaheda introduced and implemented forensic assessments and she has since trained all the social workers to conduct forensic assessments. This service has flourished since its inception and has proven to be very valuable to both the child and the justice system. Shaheda was also instrumental in formalising the recruiting screening and training of intake counsellors (volunteers) for the clinic. In 2001, Shaheda facilitated the development of a young sexual offenders programme better known as SPARC (Support Programme For Abuse Reactive Children), which is a group work intervention programme. Shaheda has compiled a physical abuse and anger management manual and is doing postgraduate research on the young sexual offender. She has presented at national conferences and continues to train educators, doctors and other professionals in the field of child abuse.
a Soweto-born mother of 3, has worked in various roles in the banking industry for the past 28 years. She holds a number of business, management and executive leadership qualifications through Wits Business School, GIBS Business School, and Duke Corporate Education. She participated in the 2008 international consortium held at Thunderbird Business School on ‘Managerial issues in the Global Enterprise’.
Her years of experience have spanned across a variety of roles, which has enabled her to build invaluable knowledge and skills on sales, people management, customer experience, operations, financial excellence, communications, change management, and all aspects of banking channels, such as branches and virtual self-service. She also served as Standard Bank’s Provincial Head in Gauteng managing all channels and customer segments.
Hannah currently serves as Executive Head of Customer Channels (Distribution), Standard Bank Personal and Business Banking South Africa. Her prime accountability is to lead and drive her teams to ensure market share growth, profitability and customer retention in line with Retail Banking business directives.
Driven by her passion for mentorship and coaching, Hannah is also a certified Master Coach (holding qualifications from the University of Stellenbosch, and Middlesex University), and practically applies her coaching skills through her coaching practice, which she started in 2007.