Margie Chapman holds a BSocSc (Hons) cum laude from the University of Natal and an MA (Social Science) from Unisa. A social worker by profession, Margie has worked for many years in the field of ageing, with a particular interest in long-term care, leadership training and partnership development. She is passionate about networking, helping organisations to share their stories, and partnership development for the greater good. Before joining GERATEC as Director of Strategic Partnerships in March 2011, she was the CEO of Padca (Pietermaritzburg and District Council for the Care of the Aged) in Pietermaritzburg, where she led the organisation for 15 years. Margie has also worked for The Association for the Aged in Durban, the Human Sciences Research Council in their Centre for Gerontological Research in Pretoria, as well as the School of Business Leadership at Unisa.
She served on the executive of Saaha (South African Association of Homes for the Aged) for ten years and was their national president for four years. She has been a member of many national working groups contributing to the development of policies and legislation in South Africa.
She currently serves as immediate past Chair on the IAHSA Board of Directors (International Association of Homes & Services for Ageing) and is the Founding Chairperson of the South African Care Forum. She is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of CommonAge.
Margie has been a speaker at many international conferences around the world.
Kelvin Glen – Chairperson
CEO of Methodist Homes Association, Johannesburg.
Kelvin Glen, 43 years of age, is the new CEO who took over the reins in February this year. Trevor Joseph, past CEO retired after 15 years of service, and Kelvin was approached to take the organisation forward and build on what Trevor had put in place.
The Methodist Homes Association was started by the Methodist Church, 45 years ago, to meet the needs for its ageing congregants and clergy in terms of affordable accommodation and services.
It began as a goodwill religious charity and has grown into a multinational organisation with 14 homes, a very healthy balance sheet (MHA doesn’t owe the bank anything!) and good reserves. Although registered as a non profit organisation it has grown into a professional business providing best practice and quality care at affordable rates.
Kelvin maintains he is still finding his way after six months – his first foray into aged care – but sees great opportunity for growth of the organisation and exploring new ways of doing things. He has inherited a stable well-governed organisation. He is adamant that for organisations to remain relevant they need to continually reinvent themselves, and not become complacent.
Kelvin has spent the majority of his working life in the social sector, having studied social work and subsequently an MBA. He started off in the Red Cross and has worked in a variety of NGO’s in health care, schools programmes, and consultancy work , serving on two NGO boards and currently the President of SAIF (Southern African Institute of Fundraising). He left the social sector and entered the corporate world to assist Tiger Brand set up its Foundation focused on school feeding programmes. His speciality is efficiency in people and systems, so his focus is on pushing his teams to ensure delivery of best practice.
Greg Shaw – Director, International and Corporate Relations
IFA (International Federation on Ageing), Toronto
Greg Shaw has a science and health administration background. Until taking up the position of Director, International and Corporate Relations at the IFA in June 2003, he held senior management positions in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in Australia. Before joining the IFA he was the Manager for residential aged-care and community aged-care programmes in Western Australia. His long career with the department included management of the Compliance, Complaint and Accountability Section, having responsibility for the regulatory regime associated with quality of care in residential and community care services.
He held positions in the department since 1986, with much of his earlier work focusing on policy development and programme implementation supporting the aged-care needs of rural and remote communities throughout northern Australia. This work, with a placement with the department’s rural and remote policy unit in Darwin, pioneered many of the programmes in place today that support Australia’s indigenous population and remote communities.
An advocate of the aged-care needs of marginalised community groups in the 1990s, he worked with many ethnic communities in Western Australia that resulted in the establishment of a number of aged-care homes and community aged-care services specifically designed and targeted for those communities.
Since joining the IFA, Greg Shaw has had responsibility for the development of the Building Capacity in Health Care programmes in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish the South African Older Persons Forum and represents the IFA at the United Nations.
He works closely with the government and has responsibility for IFA elder-abuse initiatives. Elder-abuse initiatives have included the development of educational toolkits targeted towards youth. In 2011 he was responsible for convening an international forum on Sexual Safety of Older Women and in 2013 will lead a high-level meeting to examine issues of financial abuse of Canadian seniors.
In 2013, he has been working with other civil society organisations on the Global Thematic Consultations on Population Dynamics, Post-2015 Development Agenda, to ensure the needs of older people are recognised.
An advocate for older people across the globe, he is acutely aware of the importance to consider the needs and priorities of older people in planning for all contingencies.
Professor Hennie Oosthuizen – Professor and Head of the Department of Criminal and Medical Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State.
Hennie Oosthuizen was born in Bloemfontein in 1961 and matriculated at the JBM Hertzog High School in 1979. He broke his neck (C3/4) in a diving accident at the age of seventeen, and has been a quadriplegic ever since.
He started his studies at the then University of the Orange Free State, and obtained the following degrees: BIuris in 1983, LLB in 1985, Doctor Legum in Criminal Law (with the title “A legal comparative study of fitness to stand trial”) in 1990, and a Doctor Legum in Medical Law (with the title “Legal and ethical aspects regarding medical research”) in 1997. He was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in July 1986.
Hennie started his academic career as an academic assistant and progressed through the ranks. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Criminal and Medical Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State. He lectures Medicina Forensis for law students, Ethics and Medical Law for third-year medical students, Health Care and the Law for professional nurses on a graduate level, and Medicina Forensis for postgraduate students. He is also a study leader and promoter for numerous Magister Legum and Doctor Legum students.
Hennie is the author and co-author of 60 legal publications and one handbook. He has also delivered more than 50 papers nationally and internationally on a wide range of legal and ethical aspects of Forensic Medicine. For many years, he was a member of the Preliminary Committee of Enquiry of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and since 2004 he has been a member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Research Council of South Africa.
He is married to Santa and loves gardening. He also enjoys good food and wine.
Prof Jaco Hoffman, DPhil (Oxon), is a Research Professor.
Prof Jaco Hoffman heads the Optentia Research Focus sub-programme: Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa at North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus) as well as James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at Oxford University, UK. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Ageing in Africa at the University of Cape Town. He is the Co-ordinator of the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) and a Board Member of the South African Care Forum (SACF), and a past President of the South African Gerontological Association (SAGA).