The Claude Leon Foundation



William Frankel OBE,
Chairman of the Foundation
Bill Frankel is a grandson of Claude Leon. Born and brought up in South Africa and an alumnus of the University of Cape Town. He was a lawyer practicing in the City of London until 2014. Since 1966 Bill was for over 25 years the secret legal Consultant to Canon Collins' International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) with prime responsibility for overseeing and secretly channelling funds into Southern Africa to pay for the legal costs of virtually every political trial during the days of Apartheid. Appointed OBE by the Queen in her Millenium Honours list for services to human rights. Bill is experienced in issues of human rights, constitutionalism and education. He is a trustee of a number of charities including, inter alia, eponymous UK charities promoted by the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch and Fort Hare and also by the Constitutional Court. In 2007 Bill was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa for services to Science education and research. In 2014 the Vice Chancellor of UCT honoured Bill by conferring on him the VC's Silver medal in recognition of “…his tireless work in the fields of education, human rights and constitutionalism and his ongoing support of many worthy causes through his philanthropy which continues to have a far reaching and profound impact both in South Africa and further afield”. In 2015 South Africa conferred on Bill the Order of Luthuli Silver Medal describing Bill's “excellent services” in the liberation struggle against Apartheid with particular reference to his secret and central involvement with IDAF.

Nasima Badsha
Nasima Badsha was until recently the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Higher Education Consortium as well as being an Adviser to the Minister of Science and Technology in the South African government. In a career spanning 35 years she has held many prominent leadership positions, including having been the Deputy Director General for Higher Education in the Department of Education for 10 years as well as being Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and Acting Vice-Rector at the University of the Western Cape.

Geoff Budlender SC

Geoff Budlender SC is an advocate at the Cape Town Bar. From 1997-1996 and 2000-2004 he was an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre. He served as Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs from 1996 to 2000. He has acted as a judge of the High Court in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He is a trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust (London) and a member of the Board of the Centre for Economic and Social Rights (New York).

Pamela Dube
Pamela Dube was born and raised in KwaMakuta, a township in the south of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She attended Inanda Seminary and the then University of Natal, Durban in the 1980s before her advanced studies in Germany at the University of Siegen on a German exchange scholarship (DAAD). She is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Development and Support at the University of the Western Cape. Her career span covers education, strategic partnerships and human capital development. She has worked in government in the former Department of Education's higher education branch, at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) and at institutions such as the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg (UJ), Wits as well as in Siegen in Germany and Kathmandu in Nepal. She has served on a number of Boards including the South Africa –Netherlands partnership for alternatives in research and development (SANPAD), the Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD) and the National Nuclear Regulator(NNR).
  James Inglis is a businessman and former director of, inter alia, Melville Douglas Investment Management (Executive Chairman), Liberty Asset Management (Managing), ASA Ltd (New York), Liberty Holdings and CAN Gallo. He is currently a trustee of the Independent Schools of SA Pension and Provident Funds and the D G Murray Trust.

His Grace, Archbishop
Dr Thabo Makgoba

The Most Reverend Dr Thabo Makgoba is the Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. He is the youngest person elected to this position. In 2008 he was decorated by the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Cross of St Augustine, the second highest international award for outstanding service to the Anglican Communion. He is Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape.

Michael Mbikiwa
Michael Mbikiwa is an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, specialising in constitutional, administrative and competition law. He holds BSocSci (Hons) and LL.B degrees from the University of Cape Town, and an LL.M degree from Columbia Law School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. As a student, he was in the national leadership of Students for Law and Social Justice, and a co-ordinating committee member of the then newly-formed Social Justice Coalition. Later, before joining the Bar, he was a law clerk to Justice Edwin Cameron, qualified and practiced briefly as an attorney, and, more recently, completed spells as a researcher at NdifunaUkwazi and the Center for Public Research and Leadership in New York.

Rick Menell
Rick Menell has had a 35 year career in the mining industry heading Anglovaal Mining and Teal Exploration & Mining up to 2008. He has served and continues to serve on numerous Boards and is currently Chairman –South Africa and Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse. He is a trustee of Brand South Africa in the Presidency and founding co-Chairman of City Year South Africa Youth Service Organisation and the Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST). He sits on the Council of Business Leadership South Africa, is a director of the National Business Initiative and one of the convenors of the Dinokeng Scenario Project.

Mary Metcalfe
Mary Metcalfe is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at The University of Witwatersrand. Previously, Mary was the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education in Gauteng where she served from 1994 – 1999. She was appointed as MEC for Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land after the 1999 elections, and served until 2004. She then joined the University of the Witwatersrand as Head of the School of Education. In 2009-2010 she served as Director General for the new Department of Higher Education and Training. She is currently working in a large-scale education system improvement project in South Africa.

Sipho Pityana
Sipho Pityana is former Chairperson and a serving member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). In the 1990s, he served two terms as Director-General, firstly, in the Department of Foreign Affairs, and secondly, in the Department of Labour. Prior to this he was the Registrar at the University of Fort Hare. In the 1980s, in exile, he was a political activist in the ANC, trade union and British Anti-Apartheid movements. He is a Director of companies including Chairmanship of his investment business, Izingwe Capital and a number of public listed companies.

Patricia Wallington
Patricia Wallington is a granddaughter of Claude Leon. Her father, Alan Leon, was the Foundation's Chairman after the death of his father, Claude Leon. Patricia, who lives in the UK and an alumna of the University of Cape Town, has a particular interest in school sports projects, early childhood development and child health issues.

Brian Yule 
Brian Yule is a grandson of Claude Leon. He was born and brought up in South Africa, but now lives in Cornwall, UK. He trained and worked as an archaeologist during 1970-97, directing excavations in London and Israel. Currently, he is an importer of South African dried fruit to Europe. 

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