Board Members

Melanie Burke
Melanie Burke (Chairman)
holds an MBA in Information Technology (Bond University), Diplomas in Diversity Management (Wits), Project Management and Marketing (UNISA). Melanie has enjoyed a successful career in the financial services industry, with a special focus on strategic management and product innovation. She owns her company MAB and Associates (Pty) Ltd, consulting in the SMME and ICT sectors. Melanie is a founding member of StreetSmart SA.
Nils Heckscher
Nils Heckscher (Vice Chairman)
started his 36 year long hotelier career as a pageboy. Nils, a trained chef, worked in many positions in Berlin, Paris, London, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Cape and its people is where his passion lies. He is involved in various tourism structures. After running Winchester Mansions, a delightful Hotel in Sea Point, Nils started his own “sensible advisory service to hospitality businesses in Africa”, Not just Hotels. Nils is a founding member of StreetSmart SA.
Margi Biggs
Margi Biggs (Founder)
has been involved in inbound tourism for 27 years running her own Southern Africa Destination Management Company, Specialized Tours and Events. Margi served on Junior Chamber International as Vice President, Jaycee South Africa as National Secretary General, Cape Town Chamber of Commerce on Executive Board, and has worked as a lecturer in tourism, as a primary school teacher and as a Cordon Bleu cook. Margi is the founder of StreetSmart SA.
Annette Cockburn
Annette Cockburn
has 20 years of teaching experience and holds a BA, LTCL, Dip. Adult Ed., (UCT). Annette was the first Executive Director of The Homestead. She served as Chairperson of the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum (1990 – 2000) and also on the Inter-ministerial Committee on Youth at Risk, charged with the transformation of the Child and Youth Care System in South Africa. She has published extensively on street children, and is a passionate Children’s Rights activist. Annette is a founding member of StreetSmart SA.
Leonard Hersch
Leonard Hersch
studied law and graduated with a BA LLB in 1972. He was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in 1975 and later also a notary. Leonard did politically orientated work, amongst which was to assist political prisoners on Robben Island between 1973 to 1976. Leonard is at present a partner at Maurice Phillips / Wisenberg, practicing property law. He also serves on the Board of the Cape Town Series, promoting world class chamber music to Cape Town. Leonard joined StreetSmart as a director on 27th October 2009.
Su Birch
Su Birch
holds a BA Honours degree in English and Sociology from Stellenbosch University and a MBA from UCT. She has a distinguished track record in marketing and advertising.Su held the position of CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) from 2000 until the end of 2013. In 2014 she started her own business, Thinking Seahorses, and launched the wine tourism website, Su joined StreetSmart as a director on 12th February 2015.
Caroline Bagley
holds a degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. South African by birth, she moved to the UK in her teens not returning until 1997. After a successful career in Recruitment and Head hunting she returned to start the award winning restaurant Savoy Cabbage. She has worked as an AIDS councillor and became a trustee of The Friends of ATICC Trust. She has previously been actively involved with Amnesty International. Caroline joined StreetSmart as a director on 27 May 2015.
Janet Pillai
Janet Pillai
holds a BA Hon, Masters in Business Administration - Museum Management from the Michigan Ann Arbor University in the USA. In 2002 she founded the successful vehicle hire company, MLT Corp. Amongst others, Janet also has directorial experience in arts and culture management in provincial government and facilitated an international tour on artworks for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, during 1998. She is active on the speaking circuit handling topics such as Transport, Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Oil and Gas and Women's development mentorship. Janet joined StreetSmart as a director on 5 December 2016.
Marion thomas
Marion Thomas
is a qualified social worker and holds a post-graduate honours degree specializing in Social Policy and Management from UCT. Her first passion is child protection and she is a Protective Behaviours facilitator, a prevention programme that aims to empower children against abuse. Marion formed the Western Cape Social Workers Forum- an online platform of information for professional practitioners in the field of social development. She is also an active member of Toastmasters International and is a qualified Distinguished Toastmaster. Marion joined StreetSmart as a director on 01 July 2016.


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