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Philip Bowyer

As an Accredited Christian Minister, a Child’s Play Therapy Practitioner (Level 2), and father of one, Philip brings a diversity of thought, disciplines, and background to the school. As well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from London’s Southbank University, Philip has Honours Degrees in both Design and Theology, a Diploma Theology and Youth Ministry, and a Certificate in Art Foundation.

Before moving to South Africa – as part of a joint initiative between the Assemblies of God, Soul Survivor and Tearfund in 2007 – he was the National Youthwork Coordinator at one of the UK’s largest evangelical relief and development agencies, where he also managed Innovation.

Philip enjoys art, books, contemplative Christian meditation, conversation, cream teas, family, meals, music, pottery, second-hand shops, shoes, spas, sport, travel, and walking.

Ross Nevette

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Founder and owner of Earth Landscapes, Ross Nevette has twenty years experience in the landscape industry; with projects ranging from private gardens, and business parks, to green-roofs and rehabilitation projects.  His focus is on creating inspirational gardens, that are a combination of his clients vision, his imagination and practical thinking.  Ross – a worship leader at his local church – is married to Michelle, and together they have a daughter – Emily.

Barbara McLean

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Barbara McLean is the Operational Manager at Bright Site, an initiative of Unisa’s Department of Social Work in the College of Human Sciences.  Bright Site aims to provide Durban-based Unisa students with relevant social work learning opportunities.  Barbara is the newest member of Soul Action’s board, joining in the year ending 2013.

Jo Douwes

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Jo Douwes was born in Durban and attended Durban Girls’ College before leaving the east coast to study at the UCT. Here, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and Zoology as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Since then, she has worked in a number of different fields including the Freshwater Research Unit at UCT, Seaforth College in Ballito and Umuzi Wethemba KwaJesu HIV/AIDS Centre in Umhlali.


Jo (pictured here on the left) is currently employed in the Environmental Management Department at eThekwini Municipality.  Jo is passionate about people and the environment and believes that caring for both is an essential part of our God-given responsibility here on earth.  She is married to Errol, and the live in Durban.