For Life’s Board of Directors comprises of eleven (11) directors elected from and by ordinary members of the community, up to two co-opted members, as required, on terms; and an elected non-voting staff representative, i.e. the CEO. The Board elects its Chair, Deputy Chair and Treasurer.
The Board meets quarterly and is responsible setting the strategic direction and determining the broad philosophy of how our organization functions. It also ensures we comply with relevant standards and provides accountability to our stakeholders.
The Board has representatives leading committees which focus on particular issues. That is Audit, monitoring & evaluation, Community Reference Committee and Finance.
Each elected Board member sits for a four-year term with elections of half the Board taking place every two years.
Seth Cooper, Dr. Prof (Chairman)
Dr Saths Cooper is Vice President of the International Union of Psychological Science. He is a graduate of the Universities of South Africa and Witwatersrand, and Boston University where he obtained his PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology as a Fulbright Scholar. He taught at the latter two universities and the Universities and the University of the Western Cape, and served as a doctoral examiner at the Universities of the Western Cape, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. He has presented papers and talks extensively in South Africa, North America, Europe, Asia and the African continent, and has also been published in South Africa and abroad.
A close colleague of the late Steve Biko, Dr Saths Cooper has played a key role in the anti-Apartheid struggle, having banned and house-arrested and jailed for nine years (spending over five years in Robben Island in the same cell-block as former President Mandela), and was declared a ‘victim of gross human rights violations’ by South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission in 1998.
He has been a recipient of many citations and awards, has been relied on by foreign and South African agencies, institutions and leaders to advise and inform them on socio-economic political developments in South Africa, and has facilitated foreign and local investment and development in South Africa. He replaced Czech President Vaclav Havel as keynote speaker at the 15th Fulbright Association Conference held in Baltimore in October 1992.
Life Fellow of the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge (UK) and the first National Director of the Institute of Multi-Party Democracy, he was the Executive Director of the Family Institute (1992-5). Dr Saths Cooper serves on the boards of a variety of companies and institutions in South Africa and the United States (eg Community Investments Southern Africa Ltd, Uni-Africa Investment Holdings Ltd, For Life, Kenako Consulting, Selano Investments and Impilo).
Elected by his peers in 1996, in 1997 and again 1998 as President of the Psychological Society of South Africa, Dr. Saths Cooper was elected by the Society as its first Fellow in September 2002. He chaired the statutory Professional Board for Psychology at the Health Professions Council of South Africa from 19999-2004 and was Vice-President of the HPCSA.
He chairs the SA National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science at the National Research Foundation. He chaired the Government Task Team to Curb Child Pornography on the Internet and the Road Accident Fund, and was appointed to the National Task Team on Correctional Services and the Ministerial Committee on Health Ethics. He served as a member of the councils of the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Durban-Westville, and headed an interdisciplinary national study into pre-pubescent rape on behalf of the National Prosecuting Authority, which reported to Cabinet, and was a member of the Press Ombudsman’s Appeal Panel.
Dr Saths Cooper was the last Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Durban-Westville (merged in UKZN) and chairs Medicover Medical Scheme. He is currently known as Professor Saths Cooper.
Glen Steyn, Mr. (Founder & Chief Executive Officer)
Glen finished matric in 1987. In 1988, he began a career in banking. He also started a local church youth group that sought out ways to help the community through volunteer projects. After a few years, frustrated by the lack of opportunity in banking, he resigned to study theology for two years at Rhema Bible College in Randburg. He founded a ministry, and helped start the New Claremont Development Forum and Community Police Forum. In 1993, Glen’s brother was killed by his friends, members of his own gang. At the same time, just before South Africa’s democratic elections, the nation’s “coloured” neighbourhoods were largely disenfranchised from the changes in the country and were becoming hotbeds of both activism and violence.
Glen wanted to take his community-based work to another level. Because Westbury was already so divided, he had a notion to start an organisation that would reflect the needs of the whole community. But in his early efforts he encountered a lot of resistance in the “coloured” community itself. “We talk about racism and division, and amongst coloured people even today we have that problem,” he said. “It’s based on the colour of your skin: is it light or is it dark? The colour of your hair; the colour of your eyes; where you stay; the way you speak.”
In the immediate wake of 1994 elections, Glen also found that the “coloured” community was so disenfranchised that political controversy – not community improvement – took centre stage. Some civic leaders had pledged allegiance to the African National Congress during the struggle against apartheid, and were promised councillor positions and other authority in the event of democracy.
Glen was frustrated by the politics and disheartened by efforts to create change. By this time, Glen had left school to work full-time in sales for Clover SA, a national dairy and food distributor. In his free time, Glen was an administrator at the Living Wood Revival Ministries church. He hoped his church could make a small difference to stop violence in his community. For Life was born out of the will and passionate of seeing a social change of Glen Steyn and his friends.
Chamelle Fleming (Vice Chair)
Charmelle is a registered charted accountant and works for De Beers Consolidated Mines as a Manager for the past 5 years. She is a dynamic young lady with extensive experience in accountancy. She is married and have worked for major corporates like KPMG, JCI Limited, AngloGold Ashanti to name but a few. She has extensive knowledge of the companies act, speed reading, principles of layout and design , King 3 and International financial reporting.
Thomas is a registered accountant, Lawyer, Pastoral Counsellor, Banker and Businessmen. He is married and has been involved with a number of not for profit and public benefits organisations. Thomas is also a MBA corporate finance lecturer at Milpark Business School and an MBA Research Dissertation Eternal Examiner at GIBS.
Satish is a registered Accountant and works as a Investment Accountant. He has worked for a number private companies and banks in strategic positions. Satish used to be a lecturer and tutor at the University of Cape Town.