The current trustees of the SET are Dale Hillary (chartered accountant), Zubair Hoosen (accountant), David Ndou (businessman), and Jenny Phillips (attorney).
Dale Hillary has been involved with Star Schools for more than 15 years and is one of the founders of the Supplementary Education Trust. He is devoted to the development of opportunities for poor and needy students and believes that the SET not only gives them a chance in life, but provides a vehicle whereby corporates and individuals can sponsor the senior grades of education to equip learners for further study at tertiary institutions.
“ Star Schools’ ” innovative approach to e-learning gives learners more opportunities today than merely depending on school books,” says Dale.
“So many vacancies today are filled by people who lack the appropriate skills and experience. By becoming involved in the SET, corporates and individuals are enabled to grow the quantum of educated and skilled candidates so necessary to meet the job vacancies that abound in South Africa.”
A CA (SA) with an ACMA qualification in cost and management accounting, Dale holds the Middlesex University post-graduate certificate in coaching. He has fulfilled positions as financial director and general manager for British, Swiss and South African conglomerates, affording him broad international experience and extensive involvement with senior leaders in various roles. In 2012 he was awarded the Expedition Leadership Excellence Award by Sirdar.
Although semi-retired, Dale currently works independently as a coach and strategy consultant, specialising in Real Leadership.
Zubair is an accountant, tax practitioner and tax specialist. He provides audit, accounting, taxation, estate planning and other related services to clients involved in a wide range of activities, including, manufacturing, retail, construction, services, import/export, property investments and, investment holdings, through private companies and trusts.
Zubair obtained a BCompt degree in 2000. He completed his articles as a trainee accountant in 2003 at a large auditing firm in Rivonia and further enhanced his studies with the completion of a BCompt (Honours) degree through UNISA in 2004. He was admitted as a partner in his current Accounting firm in 2006. He was accredited as a Professional Tax Specialist (SA) in 2013 by the South African Institute of Professional Accountants one of eighty at that time in South Africa.
Zubair believes that technology is an invaluable tool for learners but that the potential for really successful education of the South African youth lies with its educators. His dream is to see learners with potential reach tops honours in the world and sees Supplementary Educational Trust as a perfect contributor to this goal. His motto is “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”.
David has occupied managerial positions at several leading corporations, including Standard Bank, Global Technologies, Temenos, TransUnion ITC and the National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA). He is currently an executive at the Ardent group of companies, which comprises various subsidiaries: broad-based black economic empowerment verification and support services provider Ardent Business Partners, IT services provider Ardent Technologies, consulting and training development company Ardent Business Solutions, and Ardent Logistics, a freight and forwarding logistics company.
An advocate of confidence building and leadership skills development, David believes that corporate South Africa’s investment in the skills development of the future leaders of this country is imperative to its continued economic development and wellbeing, and the only way to enhance its competence levels and international competitiveness.
“I would like to see all South Africans being afforded the opportunity to study in a society and environment free of challenges such as fees, hunger, transport, clothing and access to educational resources, including libraries and science laboratories,” he says.
“A society that is educated and actively participating in the economic activities of the country leads to reduced levels of criminal activities, lower unemployment rates, high levels of quality of life and a respectable society.
“All these promote improved productivity levels which benefit corporate South Africa. These are just some of the reasons why corporate South Africa must invest in the youths of today through skills development programmes such as those offered by the Supplementary Education Trust.”
As an attorney, conveyancer and tax practitioner, Jenny has extensive experience in advising charitable organisation on issues affecting their status as public benefit organisations and/or non-profit organisations.
Previously a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rewrite School, Jenny has been a trustee of the Supplementary Education Trust since its inception. She has a keen interest in education and all the factors impacting the effective provision thereof, and renders services to a number of schools and educational trusts.