Kingsmead Council

Meet the 14 members of the Kingsmead Council, 2017: left to right (back row) Derek Hird, Frank Magwegwe, Simon Fifield, Kirsten Legg, Nhlanganiso Mkwanazi, Paul Carter, Paul Schonborn, Lee Baylis (front row) Lynn Rivett-Carnac, Bev Bouwer (Chair), Kim Lowman (Junior School Head), Lisa Kaplan (Kingsmead College Head), Polo Leteka and Jan Mallen.

Kingsmead College is a non-profit company without member in terms of the Companies Act. It is also a registered Public Benefit Organization and Non- Profit Organization. In terms of its Memorandum of Incorporation, the Management and Control of the school and its affairs vest in the Council. The Council consists of between 6 and not more than 14 Directors and is made up as follows:

• Three ex officio Directors being: The Heads of the Senior and Junior schools and the Business Manager;
• Two Directors nominated and appointed by the Parents’ Association, one from the Junior and one from the Senior School respectively;
• One Director nominated and appointed by the Old Kingsmeadean Association (OKA)
• Up to a maximum of eight further Directors, at least two of whom are experts in the field of education and provided further that at least four of the Directors nominated and appointed shall, at any time, be current Parents, past Parents, Old Girls, Teachers and/or Teachers who previously taught at the School.

All members (except the Headmistresses and Business Manager) serve for a three-year term but are eligible for re-election for a further term of the same duration. After a break of one year they are entitled to serve on Council once more.

The Council may appoint sub-committees to carry out certain of its functions. Sub-committees report to Council at each of its meetings and their decisions require ratification by the Council.

The Parents’ Association representatives on Council are the designated channel of communication between Parents and Council. Parents are encouraged to raise whatever issues they believe merit Council’s attention with their Parent Representatives.

Important policy and other decisions taken by Council are regularly reported to Parents.

Frank Magwegwe was appointed to Council at the start of 2015. Frank has two daughters at Kingsmead College. Frank is a Founder and CEO of Frankly Speaking Group of companies, whose mission is to help people flourish through offering business speaking, financial coaching, financial planning and financial wellness services. Frank has twenty years financial services experience and had held executive positions at Investment Solutions and Momentum. In addition to completing the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Frank also holds a BSc and BSc Honours with distinction from Wits University, MSc with distinction from University of Pretoria, Postgraduate and Advanced Postgraduate diplomas in Financial Planning from the Free State University and is a certified financial planner, chartered alternative investment analyst and certified financial risk manager. Frank chairs the Council at Masibambane College in Orange Farm and is the founder and managing director of Inspire Belief, a registered NPO focusing on social transformation through education.

Kim Lowman was appointed as Head of the Junior School in May 2017. Kim is married to Dr Warren Lowman and has three sons. Kim has obtained three qualifications from the University of Johannesburg, namely BA Humanities, BA Honours in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Kim’s educational experiences range from a career in psychometry and remedial education to educational management. She previously held a position of leadership as the Deputy Headmistress at St Stithians Girls’ Preparatory. Kim has experience as a Thinking Schools facilitator. Kim has a strong interest in student and teacher leadership development. She focuses on ensuring that best practice is lived and shared in girls’ education.

Kirsten Legg (Jasper) matriculated from Kingsmead College in 1987. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Primary Education. She taught in the Kingsmead Junior School for 10 years, in a support teacher role. Her mother, Madeline Jasper (Horne) attended Kingsmead in the ‘50s. Kirsten’s eldest daughter is at Kingsmead and in 2019, her youngest daughter will enter Kingsmead in Grade 0. She also has a son at The Ridge. She has since founded the Dandelions Playschool in Sandhurst. Kirsten’s passion is her Language of Flowers Florist, where she creates bouquets of meaning: each flower has a meaning and these are tagged and shared with the recipient by Kirsten personally. The bouquet shares a story of healing, hope or well wishes depending on the occasion. She has changed many lives in the past 10 years by helping women with infertility issues, through her support group.

Lee Baylis is married to Andrew and they have two daughters and a son. One of their daughters matriculated at Kingsmead in 2014 and their second is currently in Grade 12 at Kingsmead. Lee’s journey with Kingsmead has spanned 16 years, five of which have included active involvement on the PTA. Having matriculated at Durban Girls’ College and completing her B Com (Hons) degree from the University of Natal (Durban), she worked for a division of Tiger Milling and then at Standard Bank. She is currently the Children’s Ministry Director at Rosebank Union Church. Lee encourages the overall development of children so that they are well-rounded at both home and school, whilst participating in selfless serving.

Lynne Rivett-Carnac was appointed to Council in 2010 and re-elected at the end of 2012. She was previously Headmistress of St Stithians Girls’ Prep after being Head of St Katharine’s School for 9 years. She was Head of Redhill Prep for 5 years. During her time at St Katharine’s she was instrumental in establishing an Adult Education Programme. She has also served as Council member to various ISASA constituencies and in 2006 was appointed as an IQAA mentor. Lynne is an Educational Consultant with the Alexandra Education Committee.

Paul Schonborn was appointed to Council in January 2013 and has a daughter at Kingsmead College. Paul has worked within the ICT and telecommunications industries for the past 19 years, with his longest tenure being at Dimension Data and Internet Solutions. He is the Sales & Marketing Director for PRP Solutions.

He is an avid water sports enthusiast and model builder. Academically, he has an MBA from Wits Business School, a business diploma from London City College and matriculated from St. Andrew’s College, Grahamstown. His interests lie in organisational design, human capital development and the use of technology to enable learning and productivity. Paul has had a long-standing history with Kingsmead, with many of his family and friends having attended the school.

Nhlanganiso Mkwanazi was appointed to Council in January 2016 and has two daughters at Kingsmead College. He is a co-founder and director of Medu Capital, a private equity investment firm. Nhlanganiso has 23 years of experience in private equity, management consulting and auditing. He serves as a director of a number of boards of financial services and industrial companies. Nhlanganiso qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.

Jan Mallen is married to Lawrence: Husband, Friend, Adventurer, Marathon runner and rock climber. Two children, Lara an Archaeologist and mother to James, our very precious 6-month old Grandson. Scott, a teacher and marketing manager, when he is not travelling and adventuring.

Passionate about creating learning for children and developing new educational skills and strategies for schools. Previously Headmistress at Roedean Junior School, presently Head of Academic Support at the Ridge School. “During the 14 years at Roedean I had wonderful opportunities to visit schools in China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England and Scotland as well as working with educationists in these countries. This developed a lifelong interest in developing curriculum and understanding different ways of teaching and learning. It also provided a global overview of the critical importance of building relationships with children and affirming their strengths in the competitive world of schools.”

Jan also works during holidays for Children in the Wilderness, travelling to remote areas in Southern Africa and training guides and staff at Lodges who work in village schools. This has opened a new vision in creating a practical eco-curriculum and building early literacy and numeracy skills in these concession areas.

Jan is a keen sportswoman, hiker and traveller in Africa and abroad.