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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.

Simon Hunt

Simon Hunt (Co-Chair)

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.

Stefanie Freitag

Stefanie Freitag (Co-Chair)

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 two daughters at currently Oakhill, and one already matriculated, she is passionate about their holistic education.

Richard Tunstall

Richard Tunstall (FinCom Chair)

Richard is a chartered accountant by profession but comes from a background of investment banking and private equity, with a strong interest in the telecoms sector. Richard grew up in Cape Town but spent 15 years in Johannesburg prior to him and his wife Lauren moving to Knysna in 2022. They have two children at the school. Richard is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast with a vested interest in seeing Oakhill further its well-entrenched position within South Africa’s independent schools.

Jacqueline Lamprecht

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.

Dean Byram

Dean Byram

Dean Byram graduated from the Cape Peninsula University with 5 years of marketing and management studies. Shortly thereafter he embraced his entrepreneurial drive and set up several successful clothing businesses in Cape Town with his husband Jon. During this period he provided mentorship and financial assistance to many start-ups associated with his businesses.

Dean and Jon sold their Cape Town businesses in 2003 and moved to a smallholding/farm in Ruigtevlei seeking a lifestyle change. They then established a new successful uniform business, African Tusk Clothing, that manufactures and supplies lodge and hotel markets throughout Africa.

Dean understands leadership and the importance of team building in business and on the sports field. He is an out of the box problem solver who embraces change and creative problem solving. He is passionate about sport and the outdoors – mountain biking, paddling, hiking, running and having fun in and around the magnificent Knysna area and is the father of Luke, a youngster at Oakhill.

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Kamantha Mannar

Kamantha Mannar is an Aeronautical Engineer with a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering. She was born in KwaZulu Natal but spent most of her adult life in Gauteng where she met her husband, Andrew Fogarty. Together they moved to Knysna in 2015 and now raise their two beautiful boys, Liam and Keeran, in the heart of the Goukamma Valley.

 Kamantha has worked in the defense industry, been on the design team of a nuclear power plant, was involved in the first roll-out of open access fibre infrastructure in the country and ran her own business consultancy, servicing the telecoms industry. Today, she and Andrew are the owners of Young Engineers Garden Route where she teaches young children the principles of engineering and coding through play with LEGO. Her focus lies with her family ensuring that her children grow up in an environment that fosters individuality, tolerance, social responsibility and empathy. 

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