National Council


Name Position  Phone  Email
Melanie Jackson President 082 852 0731
Lynette Brady Membership 083 454 6520
Debbie Harrison Treasurer 082 445 3599
Wendy McLeod Education 082 566 1787
Marisol Gutierrez Marketing & Communications 072 358 9531
Margaret Michaels Governance 084 602 9160

The Team

Melanie Jackson

Employment: Words That Count

Sector: Service Provider to NPO Sector

Fundraising Experience: 15+ years

A trained journalist with 20-plus years’ public and media relations experience, Melanie has successfully raised millions in funding for clients from a range of organisations. She is adept at developing and directing demanding marketing and fundraising projects and has held senior positions in a number of large non-profit organisations.

Her diverse client base currently includes Breadline Africa, SANCCOB, CBMSA and The Sunflower Fund.

Achmat Kazie

Employment: TSiBA Education NPC: Business Development Manager/Helderberg Accounting: MD

Sector: Service Provider to NPO Sector

Accounting Experience: 12 years as founder and MD of Helderberg Accounting and 5 years as the Financial Manager and Company Secretary in the NPO sector for TSiBA Education. Registered Business Accountant (SA) and General tax Practitioner (SA)


Wendy McLeod

Employment: Downes Murray International

Sector: Fundraising

Fundraising Experience: 19 years

After spending 15 years in the Education sector, Wendy joined Downes Murray International under the mentorship of Terry Murray where she has worked for the past 19 years helping the not-for-profit sector with their fundraising strategies.

Debbie Harrison

Employment: Gender Links Training and Services Manager

Sector: NPO

Accounting Experience: 24 years

Debbie works at promoting and developing alternate resources for Gender Links in order to secure the work of GL at a programme level and into the future.   Debbie has many years of experience both in management and in Fund Raising.   Debbie has worked in the field of counselling, specifically in selecting, training and mentoring first responders and more than 20 years’ experience in trauma and suicide response and training.  Debbie was an AIDS activist   in the 1980’s. As LifeLine PMB director she contracted by DOH to start the KZN (later to become the National) toll free AIDS hotline running a Zulu/English 24/7 service.  She has worked for a variety of organisations and partnered with local authorities raising funds, providing good governance advice and project management. Debbie has strong ethics speaking out against social injustice and unfairness.  She hold a Masters in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University. Her dissertation focused on resilience in teenagers in a HIV/Aids setting.

Lynette Brady

Employment: Direct Marketing Solutions

Sector: NPO Sector

Fundraising Experience: 20+ years

With a successful career in direct marketing, Lynette started her company Direct Marketing Solutions 17 years ago providing a full spectrum of services. She has attended local and international symposiums on marketing and fundraising and holds the prestigious Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Diploma. She is a past-President of SAIF and has been an active member of the Postal Forum for many years.

Her expertise include Fundraising campaigns, Marketing strategy, Creative concept, copy and design, List and print sourcing, Database development and management, Litho and laser printing and mailroom, and Direct mail fulfilment.

Margaret Michaels

Employment: The Johannesburg Children's Home

Sector: Non Profit Sector

Fundraising Experience: 18+ years

After leaving education and training in the Corporate sector, Margaret entered the NGO world in 1999. Margaret has 18 years' experience working within the Child Care Sector and works with all facets of fundraising.

Margaret has a keen interest in Governance & Compliance and provides full secretarial services to the Board of Directors.

Marisol Gutierrez
Marketing & Communications

Employment: Downes Murray International

Sector: Corporate Affairs, Communication and Partnerships

Fundraising Experience: 20+ years

Marisol is a creative, experienced fundraising and communications professional who has demonstrated solid commitment to social change for most of her career. She has worked with many local and international non-profit organisations and corporates, and is especially passionate about animal welfare, children’s rights and conservation.

Marisol holds numerous qualifications, including a degree in Communications, and is a skilled writer, strategist and marketer. After spending almost five years in Pretoria with UNICEF South Africa as Partnership and Fundraising Specialist, Marisol returned to her home town of Durban to work with the leadership team at Downes Murray International as Communications Manager.