Our Board Members
Etienne is a dental surgeon by profession and has worked in the private and public health sectors of South Africa as both clinician and management consultant. Etienne headed up the African consulting and research business unit for Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting firm for 3 years before joining a Health and Technology startup in Stellenbosch, LifeQ. Etienne is the Commercial Director at LifeQ, where he assists in building out the commercial value proposition and developing strategic relationships.
Inspired by a deep personal commitment to transforming future generations, Richard founded Spark Health Africa with the vision to improve public healthcare service delivery to better the lives of African communities. He possesses extensive expertise in service as a bridge between business, health, and governments. In this regard, Richard has over 15 years of multi-country experience strengthening organizations by designing and building teams and programs across diverse stakeholders.
Johan is an experienced Financial Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Budgeting, Business Planning, Account Reconciliation, Accounting, and Management. Strong finance professional with a Bachelor of Commerce – Cum laude focused in Accounting and Business.
Gayle Northrop is a consultant, coach, and educator, and president of Northrop Nonprofit Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning, organization development and leadership development for social impact organizations worldwide. With broad international experience, particularly in African countries, Gayle has dedicated her career to helping drive positive social change through strengthened systems, improved service delivery and more effective measurement and communication of impact. Gayle is the former Associate Director and current board member of Spark Health Africa. She is an Advisor to the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business where she works on strategy, program design and a multiyear initiative driving social innovation in health in the global south.
Chipo brings more than 10 years of critical and transformative thinking experience across diverse industries in several countries in Africa. Along with a passion for continuous improvement and a belief that people inherently hold solutions to their challenges, Chipo has dedicated most of her work life to empower public sector health management teams. Chipo also occasionally teaches in executive programs offered at the Graduate School of Business, UCT.
Ashlene has over 10 years of experience in Administration, Project Co-ordination and Report Writing. She has mainly worked in the context of higher education in specialized project units co-ordinating and projects. She is passionate about providing administrative support to the Spark Health Africa team and finding solutions to complex administrative and bureaucratic issues that arise.