Our Team

Patron: Sherlin Barend

Sherlin Barends

CEO: Gerrit Laning

Gerrit Laning

The management team includes:

  • CEO, Gerrit Laning, M. Th. (Clinical Pastoral Care)
  • five Area Managers
    • Elanie van Zyl, B. Psych
    • Juhanne Britz, B. Psych
    • Mieke van der Merwe, B Social Work
    • Reece Carstens, BA. Psych (Hon)
    • Sherize Nel, B. Psych
  • Marketing, Media and Fundraising Executive, Meriel Bartlett, B. Soc. Sci. (Industrial Sociology)
  • supported by our Administrative Assistant, Vivian Muller, B. Th.

Our operations team is spread across 29 partner schools; the remote and hybrid nature of our work means that our Area Managers play a critical role in cohesion, communications, coaching and fostering the organisational culture.  Our therapists and front line support team includes:

  • social workers
  • psychologists
  • registered counsellors
  • and mental health first aiders (young people NEET recruited from the communities we serve)

We ensure that all of our employees are well equipped with the latest, relevant skills needed to execute our interventions and for every four hours of therapeutic intervention our practitioners receive one hour of supportive supervision.

Team Demographics