Dr Maylene Shung-King (Board Chair)
Maylene is a medical doctor by profession. She is an Associate Professor in the Health Policy and Systems division of the UCT Health Science Faculty. She previously worked as the deputy director/director of the Children’s Institute at UCT for several years. This Child Policy Research Institute very successfully helped to place a number of child policy and programme issues on the national policy making agenda. Maylene’s experience in policy making processes and child health service development adds value to the Paedspal board, as South Africa has a palliative care policy which needs advocacy and leadership for implementation leadership at a national and provincial level, in a way that meets the needs of the chronically ill child.
Scott Hindmarch (Treasurer)
Dr Michelle Meiring (ex officio)
Michelle is the founding director of Paedspal and a Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant. She has over 17 years’ experience in paediatric palliative care and in the NGO sector. Her task at Paedspal is to provide management oversight and clinical leadership. Michelle is a senior lecturer in Palliative Medicine at UCT where she convenes the Paediatric option to the Postgraduate Diploma at UCT and is also the chairperson of PatchSA (the South African national paediatric palliative care network). Michelle is an active advocate for children and especially palliative care and has been involved in policy making at a national level. She speaks regularly at local, national and international conferences and was one of 4 editors of the latest (3rd ) edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children.
Thabo Hermanus (Member)
Thabo is the COO for the Africa region at Experian and has a career spanning five years spent in the Packaging Industry and the last two decades in the Credit Industry. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Cape Town, with an Accounting and Economics Major, Thabo served in various Financial roles, before transitioning into the business commercial operations. Working with people, Thabo is committed to leading through delivery and believes in answering the question “what’s the art of the possible?” Thabo is married with two daughters and invests most of his spare time with them travelling the world through exquisite cuisine and wine. Travel is one of the things he looks forward to as that was a key escape from the realities of work and volunteered commitments and one of the boxes to tick as a travel destination is to go to see Liverpool playing at Anfield, in a season they are crowned as English Premier League Champions.
Nombulelo Retyu (Member)
Nombulelo Retyu is a bereaved mother whose daughter, Zimkhitha Zinzi Retyu, passed away on the 13/08/2015. She currently works at Momentum Metropolitan under Metropolitan Health Group as a Claims Specialist.