Board Members

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Co-Founder & Chairman

Athol Williams

Athol is a strategist, social entrepreneur and philosopher poet who was raised and educated in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town. 'To keep dreaming, and in humility, by my words and actions, to inspire and enable others to thrive.​' Athol is the author of Oaky and the Sun and Oaky the Happy Tree. Read more

Co-Founder & Executive Director


Taryn Lock

Taryn is a third generation South African Chinese who strives to make an difference in the world. She has worked as a Management Consultant, is an Illustrator who has a passion for education and literacy. She is also the the illustrator of Oaky and the Sun and Oaky the Happy Tree. In 2014, Taryn was named one of M&G's Top 200 Young South Africans and is a member of the 2018 Obama Foundation African Leaders Programme.



Non-Executive Director


Nicholas Williams

Nicholas is the Business Director of Taurus School Solutions and is a Management Consultant at Taurus Associates and has worked in Financial Services and Property industries. He grew up in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town and volunteers his time at school visits to read to learners.


Non-Executive Director


Sibongile Magwaza

Sibongile Balungile Magwaza was born and bred in KwaZulu Natal and is a senior tutor in the Division of Languages, Literacies and Literatures at the Wits School of Education. She teaches isiZulu language and is very passionate about children’s poetry and would like to publish a book in the near future on children’s poetry.


Non-Executive Director


Kim Ward

Kim is a Grade 6 teacher at Mandalay Primary School in Mitchells Plain. She has a BA Degree in Industrial Psychology, as well as a post graduate certificate in Education. She loves working with children and is passionate about education.