The Foundation team is two members stronger!

Hilda Links and Raymond Engelbrecht joined the team in July as Field Managers. Their role is to ensure that social development projects are identified by workers through worker committees and that these projects are implemented against set timeframes, budgets and social development goals.

Hilda is married to Fred and has three children, a daughter of 19yrs and two sons 15yrs and 6yrs of age, they live in Kraaifontein. Hilda says: “When I saw the advert of Field Manager in the newspaper I was drawn to it. This job gives me the opportunity to do what I love…. to assist people in their development.” Hilda, who is a registered Social Worker, has worked in community development for 17yrs.

Bringing masculinity to the team is Raymond who lives in Retreat and is married to Patricia. They have three children, a son 27yrs and two daughters 21yrs and 18yrs of age as well as a granddaughter of 2yrs. Raymond has worked in community development for 12yrs. He says the following about working in the Foundation: “I am beginning to see the real value that the Foundation is adding to the lives of farm workers through events like the farm conference, meetings with worker committees and now the coaching programme.”

They both bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience in community development, of great use to our Foundation farming communities.

We are all looking forward to Hilda and Raymond’s valuable contributions in helping farm worker committees to lead the development in their farming communities. We want to welcome them to the Foundation Team and hope that they will find the work as rewarding and fulfilling as working in the Foundation can be.

The good old faithful members of staff are Faith who joined the Foundation in 2006 and Anel who joined in 2008. Faith is back heading up the Foundation, on a 3 day a week basis and Anel has taken on the role as Foundation Administrator being responsible for all the Administration, Communication and Office Management functions. Anel recently got married on the 17th of September to Theunis van Schalkwyk.

~ Faith Brown, Waitrose Foundation ~