I believe that this brief resume is indicative of my
diverse interests, varied life experiences, endless curiosity and interest in
people. I am passionate about all things South African, including wine, the
people, politics and the economy.
I have been Company Director, business executive and entrepreneur with extensive
South African and international experience in public affairs and in the
My diverse background covers a wide and particularly high level of experience in
international public relations, tour planning, control and management of hotels,
restaurants and catering services. This experience covers South Africa
(particularly the Western Cape), the United Kingdom, the Middle East and the
USA. I am a registered South African tour guide with hands-on experience in all
aspects of tourism in South Africa.
From 1996 to present I have owned Vineyard Ventures, a specialized South African
tour operating company with excellent reputation in the industry, situated in
Cape Town. Vineyard Ventures is recommended in many reputable guide books
including the John Platter South African wine guide.
From 1993-1996 I served as the United States Representative for WESGRO, a South
African (Western Cape) regional growth organization prior to taking up a posting
in the Washington D.C. office of the South Africa Foundation.
In 1988 I became the regional director and national public affairs manager for
the South Africa Foundation in Johannesburg and Cape Town. During this period
the Foundation was a 3000 plus member association governed by a Board of
Trustees and a Counsel that included most of South Africa’s leading business
figures. It built and maintained relations between leadership echelons in South
Africa and the international community. I held this position through until 1993.
In the abovementioned position I programmed visits by international
policy-makers/opinion formers from the business, political, media and academic
sectors to meet their South African counterparts. I maintained contact with
South African leaders across the political spectrum to facilitate this function.
Planned and managed over 50 top-level delegations each year.
I have also been intimately involved in arranged membership conferences,
introducing leading national and regional political and business leaders to
international commentators. I served as the Foundation spokesperson in the Cape
In 1987 I founded a company, “In Residence” in Cape Town which is an executive
property management firm serving the Cape.
1979 I was appointed corporate director and manager of Concorde Bloodstock
Agency.Ltd, Isle of Man. A major stud farm producing top thoroughbreds for
European, American, French and Australian racing stables.
1972 I was appointed joint management director of Casan Company, Tehran, the
largest hospitality management firm in Iran, providing hotels, resorts, casinos,
restaurants and airline catering and related services through numerous