About us


The Zenex Foundation has an eight-member Board of Trustees which oversees the governance of the organisation. Five of the trustees are based in South Africa, four of whom perform an executive trustee role with additional board functions, while the other members are based in the United Kingdom.

The full board meets twice a year: in June when the trustees review the strategy of the Zenex Foundation, examine developments in the South African educational landscape, and review the performance of Foundation projects; and in October, when the focus also includes site visits to selected projects across the country. In this way the trustees are exposed to the lived realities of government, service providers and school communities, and are able to better understand the challenges faced by the Foundation and its various projects.

In addition to the two board meetings where all eight of the trustees are present, the executive members of the board meet four times a year. The executive members are responsible for the approval of all of the projects, their evaluations and research reports, and provide direction at crucial points in the evolution of the projects.

thandiThandi Orleyn
(Chairperson, based in South Africa)

Thandi is a B Juris graduate from Fort Hare. She was expelled in 1980 for students’ politics while doing her LLB final year. She subsequently completed both her B Proc and LLB degrees through Unisa.

sizweSizwe Nxasana
(Executive member, based in South Africa)

Sizwe holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons), and CA (SA) qualifications. He started his career at Unilever, and in 1989 established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in Kwazulu-Natal.

Michael RichardsonMichael Richardson
(Trustee, based in the United Kingdom)

Michael is a partner and Executive Chairman at Bedell Trust, an independent trust company providing service in the areas of private wealth management, family office, international finance, fund administration, and employee benefits.

MaLle PeTjeMaLlele PeTje
(Executive member, based in South Africa)

MaLlele is currently pursuing business interests through Borofa Consulting, focusing on strategic business partnerships in education, real estate, infrastructure development, road and transport systems, and business consulting.

sindiSindi Mabaso-Koyana 

(Executive member, based in South Africa)

A Chartered Accountant by training, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana is an entrepreneur, corporate leader and champion of transformation who is held in high regard both in South Africa & internationally.

grant babourGrant Barbour
(Trustee, based in the United Kingdom)

Grant is a Jersey advocate, a non-practicing English Solicitor and South African attorney. Grant is also a director of Bedell Trust and deals with ultra-high net worth private individuals and structures as well as large corporate clients. He also has particular expertise in employee benefit trusts and heads the employee benefits team at Bedell Trust.