Board of Trustees

Mr Richard Kinross has been serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Outliers since 2014. As a business owner and entrepreneur, he brings a wealth of knowledge on overseeing human resources, engaging with stakeholders, and sharing social capital to uplift communities. He keeps a close eye on our fiscal sustainability,
ensuring good governance in terms of processes and procedures, and asks pertinent questions that help us think strategically about our organizational impact.

Dr Wendy Burgers, an Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, brings years of experience as a researcher in the education sector. As an academic committed to transformation in tertiary institutions, she has first-hand knowledge of the navigational capacity required by young people to succeed in an academic environment.

Dr Michelle Henry’s research interests in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town include the affects of sleep on memory. She convenes the Numbers in Humanities course for extended degree study which helps students adjust to university and complete their degrees over a 4-year period. Her desire to
ensure students are successful at tertiary study sees her involved in many interventions that ensures they are able to navigate their way through undergraduate study.

Ms Joanne Peers is a special needs educator and is doing her PhD research on quality in education in a South African context at the University of Cape Town. The experiential knowledge that she brings will help guide strategy as Outliers continues to consider making education relevant and contextual to our students.

Mr Roger Saner is an experienced software team coach and senior developer, with an emphasis on the human side of technology. His recent work in complexity science brings an understanding of networks and relationships which is beyond simple cause-effect thinking. This is particularly relevant to the contexts which Outliers support, which are less like predictable machines and more like ecologies.

Ms Laura Singh, co-founder of Outliers, has an Honours in Psychology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and believes that with support, encouragement, and access to learning spaces, students can choose their futures, regardless of their circumstances. She has engaged in community development work with students since 2008 and is adept at workshop and resource development that is relevant and practical.

Dr Heidi Segal, co-founder of Outliers, has a PhD from the University of Cape Town and ran a medical research group since 2002. Responsibilities included supervision of postgraduate students, writing fundraising proposals and publishing research papers. Her ability to network and provide opportunities for others to share their social capital with those who need it most has underpinned operations at Outliers.

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