OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder & CEO
South African-born educator, Kate Groch, graduated with a BSc from the University of Cape Town specialising in zoology. Early in her career she co-founded a company called Future Nature Edu enabling young people from international destinations to become involved in South African community development and conservation projects.
In 2006, realising the extent of the developing world’s education crisis, Kate focused her community projects and started the non-profit organisation, Good Work Foundation. Together with experts from around the world, she has pioneered four digital learning campuses in rural South African communities. In 2013, Kate was invited to speak at TEDx in Edinburgh and in 2015 she was named as an ‘Architect of Change’ by bestselling author, Maria Shriver.Kate and her daughter Maya.
Dave Varty co-founded Londolozi Game Reserve in 1976, and has been involved in the conservation tourism industry since then.
During this time he participated in the establishment of CCAfrica, now AndBeyond. He also consulted to the Mandela government on water catchment management and the establishment of the Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Since 2007 he has been CEO of Londolozi Game Reserve which has now been established as a leading safari destination. During this time he also initiated a number of Social Enterprise development projects, including Chairing the Good Work Foundation and the establishment of the first ever community owned wildlife corridor. In his capacity as Chairman of the Sabi Sand Security Subcommittee, he assisted Bruce Watson in the establishment of the pilot Connect Conservation project which has now been successfully installed.
Munene Khoza is the Founder & Principal Consultant of MINT Language Consultancy, a corporate communications and language enhancement firm. Prior to her specialisation in communications, Munene gained invaluable project experience at Accenture South Africa’s Strategy practice.
She is passionate about empowering people and organisations through language, an interest she explored in depth as part of her studies. She holds an MA in Language and Linguistics from Lancaster University (UK) and a BA (Hons) in English Studies and Film & Media from the University of Stirling (UK).
Bronwyn Varty-Laburn is 4th generation custodian of Londolozi Game Reserve, a mother, and master life coach. She holds a Bachelors of Marketing & Organizational Behaviour from Bond University in Australia. Together with her family, they pioneered the first prototype model of distance learning education in South Africa, which gave rise to the early idea and principles that now form the thinking of the Good Work Foundation. Bronwyn has been in the field of brand architecture for over 10 years and, as Creative Director, she has spearheaded the reinvention of the Londolozi brand from 2007. She launched the early concepts of the GWF and Track Your Life & STAR Retreats amongst others. She in a passionate business consultant, specialising in family business facilitation and personal visioning.
David Ryan is the CEO & Founder of the world’s largest online safari booking company, Rhino Africa. David is a brave and pioneering entrepreneur with a true passion for Africa – especially Africa’s wildlife. Before founding Rhino Africa David spent a number of years earning his stripes and cutting his teeth in the safari industry. He loves showing oﬀ our continent to international travellers, but he’s also
conscious of the need for sustainable tourism coupled with wildlife conservation. This was the philosophy he adopted when he founded the Rhino Africa Safaris group in 2004. While the impressive growth of Rhino Africa has inspired many, David takes particular pride in the social responsibility aspect of his business. For David, it is a business imperative – business will always be a means to energetically facilitate beneficial change in Africa.Return to the blog