The Saint David's Marist Foundation UK Charity Trust supports the endeavours of the Foundation by funding bursaries, scholarships and projects, as identified by the St David’s Foundation UK Charity Trustees.
SDMF UK Charity
2009 saw the establishment of a UK chapter of the Foundation with significant developments happening in 2010. The Trustees of the UK Trust are: Mike Greeff (Director of the Marist Schools Council), Rob Hewitt (1982), Svend Littauer (1988), Paul Clare (1982) and, from July 2017, Simon Denny (1994).
In 2010, official registration with the UK Charities Commission was concluded, allowing the St David’s Marist Foundation UK Charity to operate as an official charity and take advantage of the various tax incentives applicable for donors under UK law. A highly successful Old Boys’ reunion was held in London, hosted by Paul Hanratty at the spectacular Old Mutual Head Offices overlooking the Thames River, with annual get-togethers since 2010. In April 2016 Willy Castle, Chair of the Marist Old Boys' Committee, met with 22 UK Old Boys at The Strand Hotel in London as part of our 75th Jubilee Celebrations. The UK Trustees continue to be committed to establishing a successful and vibrant UK chapter which will focus on strengthening the ties between the Marist diaspora, their South African ‘brothers’ and the Foundation.
Paul is a 1982 Old Boy, since matriculating he has followed a career in International banking, taking him around the world, currently living in London.
He has served on a variety of industry and civic boards and committees. Paul is married to Nichola and they have a young daughter.
Svend matriculated at St Davids in 1988 and is a BCom (Law) and Economic Honours from University of Johannesburg. Having left South Africa in 2000 for the UK he has since held various legal roles and is currently the Head of Corporate Legal & HR at Goodwille.
Rob matriculated at St Davids in 1982 before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. He has spent most of his working life in the commodities and financial services sectors both in Southern Africa and the UK, where he now based. Rob currently holds a senior position with a global management consulting firm and is married to Mariette. Rob is a keen rugby supporter and enjoys sailing, motorcycling and fishing.
Mike Greeff (ex officio – Director of the Marist Schools Council)
Mike joined St David’s from the business world having run his own business for 8 years in the International Development Finance arena. Mike was involved with St David’s in his roles as a consultant for many years before his appointment as Chief Executive of St David’s. In April 2015 Mike was appointed Director of the Marist Schools Council.
Simon Denny (St David's Marist Foundation Vice Chair:South Africa)
Simon is Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank in South Africa. Simon specialises in corporate finance, advising local and global corporates on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital raising. Simon matriculated from St David's in 1994 and previously served as a Trustee of the Old Boys' Bursary Fund and on the Committee of the Old Boys' Association. Simon holds BCom, BCom(Hons) and LLB degrees and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Simon was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Foundation in February 2017.
Support the UK Charity Trust
Monthly or once-off contributions in support of the UK Charity Trust are most welcome:
Click here for the UK Charity Trust's Banking Details
Click here to complete a Gift Aid Form
Gift Aid allows charities to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donate £100 to the SDMF UK Charity Trust, it means that you could actually be giving us £125. Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to our donors.
Click on the online donate button at the top right-hand side of this page to donate in Rands
If you are a UK Old Boy please click here for the Maristonian Project Old Boys' Class Year Information document
Please click here for the UK Old Boys' Maristonian Project Class Year Pledge Form
Please contact St David's Marist Advancement Manager, Lara Klement firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the SDMF UK Charity Fund.
For more information about the Marist Old Boys' Association, please email Sally-Anne Lee on email@example.com