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Board Members

Board Members

Oakhill School was founded in 1992 as an Association governed by a Constitution. It is registered as an independent school with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and is a member of the Independent Schools’ Association of South Africa (ISASA).

The school is governed by a Board elected from the parent body and the wider community. Its duties and responsibilities are to appoint the Head of School, and under his or her guidance, the teachers. The Board continually assesses the direction of the school and strategises to ensure the long-term sustainability of Oakhill.

Board Members

Robin McCall (Chairman)

Robin McCall is an accomplished international banking executive with a diverse financial background in multiple geographies spanning 25 years. He was Group CEO of a listed Middle Eastern Bank and served as a director on several Boards.

Rob’s twins attend Oakhill College. He spends his time with philanthropic activities and pursuing his love of the outdoors, primarily mountain biking and fishing. He feels privileged to be able to give back and serve the school that in turn is developing his children with progressive teaching methods, underpinned by core family and community values.

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John Lees

After 44 years in education, 30 of them as Headmaster of Independent Schools around the country, John joined Lew Geffen, Sotheby’s International Realty, Knysna for an exciting career change. For many years John has been involved in various sports both as competitor and administrator. As a past National Chairman of the Nomads Golf Club of South Africa John played golf on many courses in South Africa and abroad.

John believes that his past experiences as Headmaster and sports administrator have stood him in great stead over the past six years in the property industry.

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Francois Hay

Francois Hay is married to Hilde and has two boys attending Oakhill. They relocated to Sedgefield at the end of 2014.

Francois is a qualified CA, graduated from Stellenbosch University. After a few years in England with PWC, he returned to SA to work at a listed chemical group, initially in finance and then as managing director of a division. He is currently pursuing a second career in a lifelong hobby and passion. He enjoys cycling, watching school sports and spending time at Buffel’s Bay. Francois continues to be impressed with the ethos, culture and values of Oakhill and the opportunities it brings to their children.

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Simon Hunt

Simon was born and educated in the UK, where his interests in performance and psychology were ignited at BP as a proprietary trader in the crude oil markets. Here he managed risk, emotions and people (1991-2008). Peak Performance became a passion and Simon developed his knowledge through studying different approaches to working with the conscious and subconscious mind. He qualified as a NLP Practitioner, Certified Practitioner of Group Leadership Dynamics, a qualified Hypnotherapist and a Certified Practitioner of BWRT. In 2008, he stepped away from corporate life to pursue performance coaching with individuals and organisations in both the sporting and business arena. Simon and his wife Sandi love living in Knysna and have moved here on a permanent basis to educate their son Rafferty at Oakhill.

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Stefanie Freitag

Stephanie’s love of and connection to nature, the outdoors and learning led her to become a conservation scientist. Stef has published widely and enjoys providing a space to grow young minds and developing scientists. Stef and family moved to Knysna in mid-2016 after 20 years in the Kruger National Park. She has worked for SANParks in varying roles, but primarily as scientist, environmental manager and then as research unit manager, currently responsible for supporting the Garden Route and frontier national parks. Stef’s passion is ensuring that wild spaces are protected and remain for people into the future and that various forms of knowledge and understanding are incorporated into the way decisions are made. With three daughters at Oakhill, she is passionate about their holistic education.

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Gavin Loon

Gavin Loon graduated from UPE (now NMMU) with a B Comm LLB degree. Gavin is a qualified attorney and conveyancer, but left law to join Investec in 2001. Gavin relocated his family in July 2015 to be based full time in the Investec Knysna office servicing the investment needs of private clients in the Garden Route.

Gavin has two boys attending Oakhill, and spends his spare time reading, playing golf, keeping fit and watching school sport at the Oakhill Sports Campus.

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Guy Platt

Shortly after completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Rhodes University Guy set off to see the world. 25 years later Guy returned to South Africa.

During his time away he worked for several software companies in San Francisco’s Silicone Valley; completed the Executive MBA program at Stockholm University; and co-founded two software companies in the FinTech space. Guy lives in Knysna but commutes regularly to Sweden where he is the Chief Technology Officer for a Stockholm-based company. Guy has four children, and two stepchildren, but still finds time to make his wife her morning cappuccino.

Board Members

Jacqueline Lamprecht

Jacqueline Lamprecht graduated with a BA degree majoring in English and History from UCT and a History Honours from Stellenbosch. She moved to Knysna 22 years ago with her husband Rolf, a veterinary surgeon.

Their three children are first-generation Knysnarians at Oakhill. Jacqueline established Thesen House Shop, an interior decorating and design business 19 years ago which she still owns and runs. When she is not driving her children around, Jacqueline enjoys horse riding and trail running. Jacqueline has a special interest in education and furthering Oakhill’s position as a leading Independent School.


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