WHERE WE COME FROM
DGMT is a South African foundation built on endowments from Douglas George Murray and his wife, Eleanor. Murray was the son of, and successor to John Murray, the founder of the Cape-based construction company, Murray and Stewart, which was established in 1902. This company merged in 1967 with Roberts Construction to become Murray & Roberts, with the parent Trusts as the main shareholders. In 1979, the Trusts combined to form the DG Murray Trust, which over the years has diversified its investments. It currently distributes aboutR150-million per year.
Douglas George Murray
John Volmink (Chairperson) has a PhD in mathematics education and has held various teaching and management positions at southern African and international universities. He is an education expert, having served as the Chairperson of the Umalusi Council for six years. He provides leadership to Cornerstone Christian College, and chairs or sits on the board of various clocal and international public benefit organisations involved in education, health and community upliftment.
Ameen Amod is a governance expert with a B-Comm degree and a financially-oriented MBA. He is also a Chartered Director. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors as well as a member of the Institute of Directors. He is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Energy Audit Committee, the NCT’s Audit and Risk Committee, and the Railway Safety Regulator Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the audit committee for National Treasury and for the Department of Defence.
Marianne MacRobert holds degrees in languages and international politics. She founded and directed a successful NGO (the Outreach Programme at St Mary’s) that focused on whole school development and facilitating access for disadvantaged learners to high-quality educational opportunities. At the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and at Tshikululu Social Investments she managed the disbursement of funds for social development, particularly in the areas of education and vulnerable children. She currently also sits on the board of the Joint Education Trust (JET) and the Charlotte Roberts Trust.
Shirley Mabusela has a BA Social Work degree and a Higher Diploma in Advanced Social Work Practice. She served as Deputy Director at the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society, as CEO at the Children’s Foundation and as National CEO at the National Children’s Rights Committee. She is a specialist in the area of children’s rights and has served as Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). She is currently a Council member at the University of Venda, a Trustee of the Old Mutual SuperFund and Chairperson of the ETDP SETA.
Murphy Morobe has a long career spanning the worlds of student activism, trade unionism, work in the non-governmental sector, politics, the public sector, conservation and the corporate sector. He has served on several boards during his career, including the Council for Higher Education, SA National Parks Board and Ernst & Young (SA). Until recently, Murphy was the CEO of Kagiso Media Ltd, a position he held for seven years. He is the current Executive Chairman of the Programme to Improve Learning Outcomes (PILO), which addresses the systemic problem of curriculum coverage in various schools.
Hugo Nelson is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Medical Doctor with an MBA from Oxford University. He joined the Coronation group as an Equity Analyst in 1999 and went on to become CEO and Executive Director in a number of its companies. He is currently an independent non-executive director for Coronation Fund Managers. He is also a patron of the George Whitfield College.
Maria Mabetoa has a PhD in social science. She has spent most of her career working for the Department of Social Development as a Director, Chief Director and later Deputy Director General. During this period, she was responsible for the development and management of major policies, legislation and programmes for welfare services. While in the Department of Social Development she chaired several national intersectoral forums and committees related to social welfare services. She is currently the President of the South African Council for the Social Service Professions.
Prof. Mvuyo Tom holds a MB ChB degree, a Master of Family Medicine, and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management. In 2016, Mvuyo retired as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare (UFH), a position he held for eight years. He currently serves in the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UFH. He is the Deputy Chairperson of the board of Tekano: Health Equity in South Africa, and Chairperson of Masibumbane Development Organisation.
Diane Radley is a CA (SA) with a MBA from Wits Business School and an AMP from Harvard. She was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she led the Transaction Services Group advising on local and international listings and corporate transactions. In 2001 she joined Allied Electronics Corporation Ltd. as their Chief Financial Officer and served as a non-executive director at Altech, BTG, Omnia and WIPhold. In 2010, after a three-year term as Old Mutual South Africa’s Group Finance Director, she took over the reins at Old Mutual Investment Group as CEO until the end of 2016.