The Edunova Board supports the work of Edunova and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Edunova’s chief executive officer (CEO), the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.


Edunova’s Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment at the AGM. Board meetings are held quarterly and committee meetings are held in coordination with full board meetings. Our Board Members have achieved leadership stature in business, government, education, philanthropy, finance or the nonprofit sector.

They have:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of Edunova’s beneficiaries, based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Edunova’s beneficiaries

PLEASE NOTE: Service on EDUNOVA’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.


Ken is the founder, past Managing Director and Chairman of Parity Software – a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Company and Sage X3 Certified Partner. Ken qualified in 1981 as a Mathematics and Science teacher with a BSc and HDipEd(PG).

He furthered his studies in Computer Science and received his BSc Honours and then MSc in Computer Science and Information Systems in 1985

During this time he lectured at the Johannesburg College of Education and The University of the Witwatersrand and was appointed as Head of Department of Computer Science.

John Thöle was a founding member of the core consulting team of Edunova in the UK in 2000 and since returning to South Africa in 2004 has setup Edunova as a non-profit organisation to address primarily issues regarding the effective use of ICTs in learning and teaching. He is a qualified teacher and has worked in both state and privately owned schools in South Africa and the UK for the past 20 years. During this time his focus has been on the teaching of, and application of, ICT in education. He has also had key roles in the selection and procurement of ICT infrastructure and the project management of large scale ICT deployments.

Prior to his joining Edunova, John’s focus on the leadership and management of the application of ICT to education has been as the head of ICT for a number of public and independent schools and as the business development manager of an IBM and Lotus Premier business partner.



John is the principal of the LEAP Science and Maths School, the only privately funded Maths, Science and Technology school in South Africa (www.leapschool.org.za). LEAP has a clear focus to create and maintain a structured learning environment that will allow each young person to develop fully as a human being and to develop a positive, caring lifestyle and appropriate work ethic.

Professor John Gibbon is a founding trustee of Edunova South Africa and a highly experienced independent education consultant working in South Africa and the United Kingdom. The current focus of his work is around co-operative learning and the ways in which learners can collaborate to improve learning outcomes. He has deep knowledge of the South African education system, in particular the new national curriculum and Outcomes Based Education.




Siphiwo is the Principal of Delft South #3 Primary School in the Western Cape. His style of leadership is well respected and he has recently been asked to assist with the management of another school. Siphiwo belongs to the South African Principals Association and believes strongly in collaborating, sharing good practice and the development of high standards of learning.

Victor has a strong track record in the field of eLearning. Working with the Microsoft Corporation for the past 7 years Victor became the Africa School Technology Innovation Centre (STIC) Manager and then was appointed as Training Manager in 2013. Victor has recently taken up the position as ‘Head of Learning Innovation’ at Pearson, the world’s leading education company.

Edunova is delighted to have the experience and understanding gained by Victor. His understanding of the communities in which Edunova operates is invaluable and his passion to see young people connect to employment is aligned with some of the larger and more strategic goals of Edunova.


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Doc is a director of Prudential South Africa charged with business development and also leads the company’s Corporate Social Investment Committee.  He is passionate about raising educational standards in schools. Prior to joining Prudential, Doc worked for four years at Investec Asset Management and as an Employee Benefits Consultant at Alexander Forbes and NBC for 10 years. Doc has a B.Com degree with an Honours degree from Wits.

Graham is a founding director and trustee of Edunova South Africa. He was also a founding member of the core consulting team of Edunova in the UK (www.edunova.co.uk). Graham has extensive experience of leading and managing change in the private and public sectors and now is actively focused on the education reform agenda.


honourary patron