Board

Oakhill School was founded in 1992 as an Association governed by a Constitution. It is registered as an independent school with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and is a member of the Independent Schools’ Association of South Africa (ISASA).

The Board of Governors is elected from the parent body and the wider community. Its duties and responsibilities are to appoint the Headmaster, and under his or her guidance, the teachers. The Board continually assesses the direction of the school and strategizes to ensure the long-term sustainability of Oakhill.

Our Board Members:

Richard Foyn (Chairman)

Richard Foyn webRichard Foyn has extensive financial experience in large corporations, including financial directorships in Banking, FMCG and Information Technology in South Africa, Africa, Europe and North America.  He was Chief Financial Officer of an IBM Services division across Europe, and then Chief Financial Officer of IBM Africa. After moving to Knysna, Richard acquired a company in George and has made successful investments in various other business ventures. Richard currently manages a number of businesses and serves as director on multiple boards. He is a keen golfer and mountain biker.

Gordon Shutte

Gordon’s expertise is on the financial side as a CA(SA) having gained experience at:

  • Ernst & Young auditing firm
  • A subsidiary of Transnet and taking it through the privatisation process
  • JP Morgan Investment Bankers in London & Johannesburg as SA Reserve Bank liaison and management accountant
  • Property investment and business management
  • Project management
  • Specialist NPO audit and trustee responsibilities

Guy Platt

Guy Platt webShortly after completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Rhodes University Guy set off to see the world. 25 years later Guy returned to South Africa. During his time away he; worked for several software companies in San Francisco’s Silicone Valley; completed the Executive MBA program at Stockholm University; and co-founded two software companies in the FinTech space. Guy lives in Knysna but commutes regularly to Sweden where he is the Chief Technology Officer for a Stockholm-based company. Guy has 4 children, and 2 stepchildren, but still finds time to make his wife her morning cappuccino.

Dr Michael Verrier

Michael-Verrier_lowresMichael is a spinal and orthopaedic surgeon, with a private practice in Knysna. His education, experience and interests include:

  • Parktown Boys High, Wits University undergraduate.
  • University of Cape Town post graduate.
  • MBBCh, BSc (med), Dip.Pec (SA), FCS orth (SA).
  • Married to Auds, Hannah (13) and Daniel (11) both at Oakhill.
  • Do motor racing, running, cycling, swimming as hobbies.
  • Chairman of the Knysna Private Hospital medical committee for many years.

Jacqueline Lamprecht

Jacqueline Lamprecht 2 webJacqueline Lamprecht graduated with a BA degree majoring in English and History from UCT and a History Honours from Stellenbosch. She moved to Knysna 22 years ago with her husband Rolf, a veterinary surgeon. Their 3 children Julia (Grade 11), Christopher (Grade 9) and Peter (Grade 4) are first generation Knysnarians and all attend Oakhill. Jacqueline established Thesen House Shop, an interior decorating and design business 19 years ago which she still owns and runs. When she is not driving her children around in the afternoon, Jacqueline enjoys horse riding and trail running.

Jacqueline has a special interest in education and furthering Oakhill’s position as a leading Independent School.

Gavin-LoonGavin Loon

Gavin Loon graduated from UPE (now NMMU) with a B Comm LLB degree. Gavin is a qualified attorney and conveyancer, but left law to join Investec in 2001. Gavin relocated his family in July 2015 to be based full time in the Investec Knysna office servicing the investment needs of private clients in the Garden Route. Gavin has two young boys attending Oakhill, and spends his spare time reading, playing golf, keeping fit and watching school sport at the Oakhill Sports Complex.

Francois Hay

Francois-HayFrancois Hay is married to Hilde and has 3 boys attending Oakhill. They relocated to Sedgefield at the end of 2014. Francois is a qualified CA, graduated from Stellenbosch University. After a few years in England with PWC, he returned to SA to work at a listed chemical group, initially in finance and then as managing director of a division. He is currently pursuing a second career in a lifelong hobby and passion. He enjoys cycling, watching school sports and spending time at Buffel’s Bay.

Francois continues to be impressed with the ethos, culture and values of Oakhill and the opportunities it brings to their children. It is a privilege to be part of the Oakhill community and to help create an environment in which children can thrive.

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