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The Rotary Club of Gately developed this leadership programme in 2016 that aims to cultivate the integrity of young adults. Rotarians are active members of the business community and actively involved in driving social development projects though their various clubs. We noticed a decline in active and ethical leadership in both spaces and wanted to contribute to developing young future leaders who could meet the challenges facing the province and shape the future. We want to develop leaders who know themselves, can build positive relationships, be active citizens of diverse communities and who are willing to put service above self.

Rotary Club of Gately 
Leadership Team

Carey Kurten

Carey Kurten

Programme Lead

Colin Davies

Colin Davies

finance and administration

Gordon Thompson

Gordon Thompson


Kerry Forsyth

Kerry Forsyth

Client Liason

Course Facilitators

Guy Rich

Guy Rich

Greg Webb

Greg Webb

Programme Guide

The programme runs over 8 months, which includes an introduction session followed by seven intense, 1-day contact sessions where the participants are exposed to an experienced facilitator, inspirational guest speakers, and real-world leadership examples and practices. Each session has a specific focus, such as ethics and accountability, diversity, active citizenship, emotional intelligence. During the programme participants have to complete a Portfolio of Evidence and a journal reflecting on their journey, what they have learnt, and how they have put this into practice. This is also linked to a practical evaluation and assessment carried out by their Rotary and Workplace mentors indicating how these young leaders have changed during the course of the programme. Our focus is on impact and behaviour change as opposed to merely giving theory and book-based knowledge.

Development Areas include:

Know Yourself

  • ^Development of active, principle-driven young leaders

Choose Yourself

  • ^Accountability and ethical behaviour
  • ^Managing self
  • ^Intrinsic motivation

Give Yourself

  • ^Leadership in a culturally diverse society
  • ^Leadership in service of others
  • ^Relationship management
  • ^Awareness of, and involvement in, social issues

Rotary Mentors

Each participant is allocated a Mentor which is a key success factor of the programme.  We have a network of very successful and respected business people in East London who volunteer to mentor the delegates. With a focus on leader behavioural change, it is very important to not only rely on the scheduled group contact sessions.  Rotary Mentors are allocated and act as a sounding board for participants to discuss how they are changing over the duration of the program. Having a mentor available to check ideas and discuss certain difficult topics has proven to be a very valuable dimension to this program.

Claire Barnes

Halcyon – Shareholder / Operational Manager

Claire is enthusiastic about the financial services industry where she can assist clients with their financial goals. Claire’s aim is to expand Halcyon’s footprint and to offer truly comprehensive financial services throughout SA.  One of her strongest passions are “people”, mentoring and motivating aspiring people in building a successful career for themselves. 

Mark Currin

Standard Bank – Regional Head: Business Clients | BKCOB - Executive Member

Mark, who has over 27 years’ experience in the banking sector, together with his team of expertly qualified and business-minded individuals, who are dedicated to managing their client’s business across all sectors are entrusted with a unique approach to each micro economy. 

Gordon Thompson

Isringhausen SA – CEO | St Bernards Hospice – Chairperson

Gordon has 45 years engineering experience and is a highly respected contributor to the East London community.  He has previously held Chairperson roles of BKCOB, NAACAM, Rotary Club of Gately and is currently a Director of Proseat. 

Rommy Zaal-Naude

Rotary Club of Arcadia – Chairperson | Masithethe – Counsellor / Supervisor

With an Art Historian qualification from the University of Amsterdam, Rommy worked as a consultant in Landmark preservation in Holland for over 20 years.   After personal growth training in the Netherlands and a counselling course with Lifeline, Rommy now works as a lay counsellor.

Bonnie Currin

Current Consulting – Managing Director | BKCOB - Women’s Forum Chairperson | Guardians of Hope – Board Member

Bonnie is a passionate Entrepreneur who together with a creative team represents Current Consulting, a dynamic marketing & design agency.  Bonnie conducts a bi-weekly radio feature and is a regular blogger which can be found on

Liza Wright

Liza Wright Properties - Managing Principal

After completing schooling in Wales, Liza trained in hospitality management, specializing in industrial catering wherein she followed a careers spanning 22 years working in London, France and South Africa running large industrial kitchens.  All this experience stood Liza in good stead to open up other businesses, including Liza Wright Properties.

Melonie Goble

Purposeful Living – Founder

A qualified specialist wellness counsellor and an optimal performance coach, who supports others in their quest for optimal living.

As a counsellor, Melonie support emotional and mental wellness, and as an optimal performance coach, her focus is supporting professional and high performance elite athletes.

Lukhanyo Qwabe

OHS Group - Director

Lukhanyo has been with OHS for the last 15 years, he joined after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at Rhodes University.  Lukhanyo focusses on Public and Internal Audit, Public Consulting and BEE Consulting and specialises in Auditing and Consulting.  It’s not all business with Lukhanyo, he is a man of many passions especially soccer and farming and serves as a board member for the Rotary Club of Gately.

Franco Beltrame

Retired - CEO: Castellano-Beltrame

Franco achieved a Doctor Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Italy.  He immigrated to South Africa in 1965 and establish the Co Castellano-Beltrame producer of a textile specialty.  The Company grew over the years to a staff complement of 750+ staff and exported 90% of its production to Countries like USA, UK, Germany, Japan & Italy.  After 45 years at helm of the Company, Franco retired.

Dr Chris Ettmayr

EL IDZ – Renewable Energy & ICT Sector Manager | BKCOB President

Currently employed by the East London IDZ as a Sector Manager for renewable energy and ICT. Chris assista investors in setting up their manufacturing presence in the IDZ and look into packaging investment projects and business development for my organisation. He is currently serving as the President of the Border-Kei Chamber of Business and belongs to a few societies and networks which assists him greatly in the work he carries out.

Loren Smith

Marais & Smith – Partner | CA

Loren is a Founding Partner of Marais & Smith Chartered Accountants which began operating from June 2005.   Marais & Smith has three women partners and a team of twenty-five professional staff.   We provide quality accounting, tax, auditing, and advisory services to a wide variety of clients.    

Robbie Muzzel

Retired Businessman, Politician & Sports Administrator

Started our own company; Romer Packaging in East London in January 1986 which I recently sold to a young friend I mentored over the years so I can enjoy my retirement.  My belief has always been about development and passing on life’s experience.

Stephen Keet

Strategist / Semi-Retired

Armed with a Forestry Degree, Stephen played a key role in investing and subsequently disinvesting in a forestry division for Shell South Africa, he served in strategic positions within various Shell divisions over a period of 10 years.  After Shell, he worked independently as an economic development consultant focusing on strategic and business planning.

Terry Beckerman

Retired Engineer

Graduated with B. Sc Eng (Civil) degree and qualified as Pr. Eng. (Civil).  I was a director of WBH Construction from 1989 until 2009 when I retired.  WBHO is now the biggest construction company in South Africa.

Piet Bosch

Foxtec Ikhwezi Director

I have 40 years of experience in various Leadership roles in both Quasi Government and the Private Sector. During this time, I also occupied the position of President of Border Kei Chamber of Business and currently still active as a Director within the Ikhwezi Group. I feel well equipped to share my knowledge and experience with young leaders of the future.  

Roger Williams

NFB – Short Term Insurance Consultant

I have 52 years insurance industry experience specialising in the short-term brokering market.  I started my own brokerage in 1987 which I later sold and remained the Branch Manager until it was bought by Aon.  I joined NFB Insurance Brokers in February 2020.  I have been a member of the Rotary for 11 years and was the President of Border Aquatics for over 10 years.

Quinton Wiliams


I started my career as research psychologist where most my work dealt with research on how to improve human performance in the workplace.   I then registered as a counselling psychologist and undertook career counselling, and individual performance improvement in sport. I also spent part of my career helping businesses improve their functioning through team buildings, and mentoring

Cobus Potgieter

MSC Education Holdings – CEO and Founder

I started MSC in 1991 with a belief that hiring people better than me will ensure success. In 2010 I extended the business and opened the MSC Artisan Academy to address the artisan skills shortage in the country.  I am an avid reader and I love sharing what I learn from books and my 30 years business experience.

Top 3 rated aspects of the programme

Guest Speakers

Thought provoking discussions

& Practicality

What do our participants have to say?

“My journey was not only about me finding my voice, it widened my thinking and changed how I see things”

“I have been given the tools and guidance to become a great leader now it’s just up to me to set course and navigate my own path”

“I realised I have to start working for my future self today”

“I learnt the leadership of serving others, to always put the people before you. Being a person of your word.”

“As much as this course was about leadership, there were many other aspects of the program that I really enjoyed. I feel positive, I feel that I can make a difference.”

“It has raised awareness in me about the many social issues and the leadership dilemmas that happen in every day society. I am now able to critic things where I believe there are moral issues and commend where I believe the right decision was made.”