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Our Board members

Children’s Book Network has always been fortunate with the captains who steer the ship. Starting with the late Richard Parsons, who advised us even before we had a board, we have enjoyed good counsel, good friendship – and good governance. They might often be unseen, unheard and un-spoken to by the children we work with, but they are integral to everything we do.

Roy Zazeraj stepped in as our first chairman and brought with him two other members of Rotary Newlands, Kenny van Aaart and Mike Walwyn. They retired after three long, hard years and (gratefully) handed over to a new – more local – group. We thank them sincerely. Registering for the various bits of paperwork (Tax Exemption and Not for Profit Status) to say nothing of two bank accounts, would have daunted lesser beings.


The Chairman of our current board is Anthony Gregorowski who was dragooned into accepting the post after promises that it ‘wouldn’t be that bad’. It wasn’t, and he has been a most amazing chairman bringing a lightness of touch, compassion and humour to the job.


He is ably assisted by Deputy Chair Dave Mohr and members Hildegard Witbooi and Lesley Beake (Director of CBN). We have also taken the step of co-opting some advisory board members – Ursula Gregorowski, Chris Wolfe, Elzane Steynberg and (when he can be dragged away from his vineyards), Tariro Masayiti. We can also call on Janine van Rooi - who is a strong supprter of CBN with her own Blaq Pearl Foundation in Mitchell's Plain.

Director: Lesley Beake

Accountant: Elsa Gerbhard

Auditors: Hermanus Accounting


1 Dec 2018
Hildegard has been with us for a year now – and we wonder how she finds the time between her work as Viticulturalist at Springfontein Wine Farm and her studies for her PhD.
16 Jan 2018
'I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work...
2 Jan 2018
A summary of what we do and how we do it. Where did we come from?
4 Jan 2015
Our goal is to bring books to children and children to books by making reading fun and exciting as well as useful.