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Our board

Khaya S Sithole – Chairperson

Khaya S Sithole, is an accountant, academic, activist and writer.
He studied at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and completed his CA articles with the
FirstRand Group working in the Retail Banking; Investment Banking; Asset Management
and Insurance Divisions of the FirstRand Group. He was appointed as the Executive
Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of OUTsurance SA in 2009.
He has lectured in accounting, tax and finance for the UKZN, Wits and UCT through
GetSmarter. He has served as a mentor on the Shanduka Black Umbrellas Incubation
Programme which made him responsible for the mentorship of start-up businesses and
evaluation of business plans submitted to Shanduka. He also served on the Advisory
Panel for Shanduka Black Umbrellas. From 2015 to 2017, he served on the Executive
Committee of the SAICA Young CA Network in Gauteng.
Khaya has worked as an editor of various textbooks in Financial Reporting and Taxation.
He serves as the resident political and financial analyst, writer and talk show host on
Kaya FM and is a regular contributor on politics and finance for eNCA, Open News and
the SABC and writes a column for the Business Day, the Mail & Guardian and Fin24. He
headed up the research team that created the Lesedi Education Endowment Fund which
was presented to the Cabinet as part of the quest for finding a lasting solution to the
university funding issue during the #FeesMustFall crisis.
Khaya served on the boards of JSE-listed Stadio Holdings Limited where he chaired the
audit committee; Lefika La Phodiso (The Art Therapy Institute) where he serves as the
board chairperson; and on the audit committee of Tshikululu Social Investments NPC. He
has previously served as a member of Senate at UKZN, provincial chairperson and
national board member of ABASA; council member of the SAICA Eastern Region; and
chaired the audit committee chair of the Wits University Retirement Fund.
Khaya currently serves on the boards of the Association of Black Securities and
Investment Professionals (ABSIP), the Financial Sector Transformation Council (FSTC)
and the Advisory Council of the Council for the Advancement of the South African
Constitution (CASAC).
In March 2019 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently studying towards an LLB through UNISA.

Dr Hayley Berman

Dr Hayley Berman is an art psychotherapist with specialist expertise in contexts of trauma and social and political upheaval.  She has a PhD in psycho-social studies. She is an artist and social entrepreneur. Her longstanding research interest seeks to inform and develop methodologies that assist in creating long -term psychosocial change.  Hayley’s writing, image making and practice reflect an embodied manifestation of her approach. Essential aspects of her work include the facilitation and replication of safe spaces; the presence of an ethical empathic other; art materials within a holding space – all within an applied psychoanalytic frame. This work takes place in private practice with individuals – curious about their internal worlds – and in large groups as a process of creatively deepening internal and social group dynamics. Hayley has worked with individuals, groups and businesses in the UK, South Africa and several other countries. Her thinking is informed by applied group analytic and psychoanalytic theory. Hayley is also a supervisor and examiner for Public Health, Psychosocial Studies and Visual Arts doctoral students, a senior lecturer at Hertfordshire University, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.    
 This group work has been implemented within research, training, organizational, governmental and NPO contexts. Methodologies include social dreaming matrices and role analysis sets utilizing analytic group art psychotherapy.

Hayley’s inherent belief is in not privileging image over word nor word over image within her practice as artist and art psychotherapist. Her artwork inhabits the realm of materiality as a relational experience. The way different found and manufactured materials mix with one another, when chemicals meet a projection of an image and light, when turpentine meets oil or water, when words and water meet paper. Just as within the therapeutic space with a client, or groups of people, this relational dance invites the capacity to stay with the unpredictability of material and the unresolved and unfinished nature of the relational dynamic. This space of the ‘unknown’, potential space is what she has offered as a training model in increasing access to mental health services in South Africa (the country of her birth and majority of her life).

Hayley has exhibited her work collaboratively in contexts including the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2012) ‘After the Fire’ , Museum Africa , Constitutional Hill; Children’s Memorial Institute (2005-2015) together with artists, students and beneficiaries.  Her solo exhibitions include;  ‘Memory and Desire) (2012) Opening of Psychoanalytic Conference; Ububele( African Psychotherapy Centre) and “ Between Image and Text’ (2015) Solms Delta Franschoek – International Psychoanalytic Conference. She has published a series of books through Lefika Publications , ‘Body of Knowledge’ (2016) making her PhD research accessible as a training resource and art object.  She has authored and co-authored several chapters and articles dedicated to broadening the psycho-social ambit of Art Psychotherapy and its  application in areas of trauma and social justice.

Hayley started the Non- Profit Organisation: Lefika La Phodiso: in Johannesburg  in 1996 ( www.lefikalaphodiso.co.za).  She remains an active Board member. It continues to address the deficit in mental health services and the extraordinarily high levels of trauma due to the complexity of colonialism, apartheid, implicit hierarchical social and economic privilege, poverty, unemployment and violent crime. Her work has been applied in informal NPO’s and charities, within Government structures, schools and community centres. She has trained over 200 students as Community Art Counsellors.She is a member of: The Group Analytic Society, The Public Health Connect Strategic Group (UK), The South African Psychoanalytic Confederation, The Global Liaison for the European Confederation of Arts Therapies Educators and The Institute of Group Analysis.

Mervyn Croft

Mervyn Croft holds a BSc degree from the University of Natal (KwaZulu Natal?). He worked in the IT industry for 17 years and was head of a corporate IT department when he left to pursue his interest in Buddhism. He was the manager at the Budhhist Retreat Centre near Ixopo for 13 years, before leaving to found the Emoyeni Retreat Centre, a non-profit organisation, in 2000. Mervyn lives at Emoyeni where he teaches meditation and is one of the managers of the retreat centre.

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