OUR PEOPLE

Tamzin Ractliffe

Tamzin has worked across the public, private and civil society sector providing advisory services and training in high impact solutions for sustainable development. The founder of GreaterCapital and GreaterGood SA (voted one of the Top Ten most trusted NGOs in South Africa), she led the creation of the world’s first social stock exchange board. She won the GIBS Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, was appointed an Ashoka Fellow in 2008 and won the Thomson Reuters 2012 TrustLaw Innovation Award for her efforts in designing “an ambitious, landmark project with the potential to facilitate the evolution of the entire social and impact investment sector”.

With undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Science, an Honours in Applied Psychology and a Masters in Climate and Development Tamzin’s more recent focus on multiple literacies and their connection to the enactment of citizenship intersects with her work promoting sustainability leadership and “Routes to Resilience” in education. Tamzin led the implementation of an Integrated Studies curriculum for secondary school youth in South Africa and has supported educators identify routes through which curriculum content and sustainability can align to promote youth leadership in sustainability practice.

Michael Doyle

Mike Doyle is the concept initiator and developer of the Global 1000 Schools Project (G1000), a project being developed to lead 1000 SADC schools to Carbon Neutrality through which he has already developed and initiated the implementation of the program for Waterford Kamhlaba United World College Southern Africa which is designed to take the College Carbon Neutral by 2020.

Mike’s passion for sustainability was reflected in his shift in focus from the corporate sector to environmental education and renewable energy development, a move that culminated in his management and construction of the Kamoka Bush School in 2011 (in conjunction with St Stithians College), where he established and managed an off the grid environmental school on a 3000ha game farm accommodating 84 students and visiting teachers. Multiple professional development in Sustainability Leadership Strategy Development together with an undergraduate degree in Commerce, he then completed a Post Graduate Degree in Futures Studies at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2015, further developing his understanding of the principles of sustainability and its implication for the world through a developing world (African) lens and context. Mike is also a Member and Accredited Presenter for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

Sindhu Clark

Sindhu holds a Masters in microbiology and began teaching Chemistry and Environmental Systems at UWC India in 1998, acting also as a volunteer nature orientation and leadership instructor for WWF. Enjoying the trans-disciplinary approach, she co-pioneered (with Howard Gardner’s Harvard Project Zero) the first trans-disciplinary IB Extended Essay: World Studies. She is a published photographer of wilderness flora and fauna, and it was Sindhu’s pictures that clinched the board’s decision in 2007 to convert 120 acres of the campus into a biodiversity and conservation reserve. Her responsibilities grew to include oversight of this, and here, she designed the YES (Youth, Environment, Sustainability) UWC summer programme.

After 14 years at UWC Mahindra, Sindhu explored another Indian ‘biodiversity hotspot’ as curriculum designer and workshop facilitator for Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Education in the Himalayas. Here, she also lectured for University of Pittsburg’s study abroad programme and spent three years integrating environmental education into school and university courses and curricula. Experienced at securing fruitful partnerships between NGOs and institutions of learning, in recent years, courses at Schumacher College (UK) have enriched Sindhu’s commitment to sustainability education. Now head of Science at UWC Southern Africa (2015), she integrates her years of experience as an examiner and IB workshop leader, and plans to continue to promote sustainability education by initiating UWC certificate courses in permaculture.

Alexei Du Bois

Alexei is the Director of Studies at Peponi School in Kenya whilst also
completing a PhD in Education at the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth
Scholar, focusing on Education for Sustainable Development practices in
various Southern African countries. He has worked on policy contributions
for UNESCO, DFID and World Bank projects, and was selected as a consultant
for a British Council project on English language teaching in Mexico.

Before coming to Oxford, Alexei was a teacher in Cape Town where he directed
the Luleka Exchange Programme in his time spent outside the classroom – a
multi-school partnership that facilitated curriculum exchange, professional
development, fundraising and infrastructure development, as well as
leadership capacity building in both disadvantaged and fee-paying South
African public schools.

Tom McLaughlin

With a B.Phil (Honours) in Sustainable Development and Planning from Stellenbosch University, Tom has a 35 year history in sustainability and responsible sourcing at Woolworths, South Africa’s premier retailer of food, clothing, homeware and beauty. (Woolworths is a licensee to M&S). Well known as an expert in packaging design and development, Tom is one of the architects of “The Good Business Journey”, Woolworths’ sustainability strategy launched in 2007. He currently is responsible for co-ordinating all aspects of the Good Business Journey and for managing packaging technology.

The co-founder of Hangerman, a plastics recycling company in Cape Town, Tom is an honorary life member of the Packaging Institute of SA, a director of PETCO (SA’s first joint industry effort to self-regulate the recycling of plastic bottles and trays) and a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s complaints panel. He is the former chairman of Orion (an organisation that looks after people with physical, mental, intellectual and neurological disabilities in Atlantis). Tom is a regular speaker at industry events and has participated in, and presented to, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Business and Sustainability Programme.