Mr Simon Morule (Board Chairperson, member of the Finance Committee and of Exco)
Mr Morule has been a member of the board for many years since the 1980s, following time spent as the Parent Council Chairperson while his children were learners at Dominican. Having seen the school grow and develop over many years has given him a keen understanding of the ethos of the school and the important issues to safeguard in the deliberations of the Board. Mr Morule works in the Biotech industry and travels widely.
Mr Mike Leeming (Finance Committee Chairperson and member of the Exco)
Mr Leeming is a Director of Companies, following his retirement from the leadership of Nedbank. He joined the Board in 1986 and has served ever since, ensuring in particular that the school remains financially viable and that the ethos of the school can continue into the future. He presently chairs the Finance Committee and is married with three adult children and five grandchildren. Mr Leeming reads widely, enjoys sport and plays golf.
Sr Maureen Yenson (Dominican Sisters’ Representative and member of the Finance Committee and Exco)
Sr Maureen is the representative for the Dominican Sisters on the Board and very happy to be that. She herself is a proud past pupil of DCS, which in her days was an all girls’ school and called Convent of the Sacred Heart, Belgravia. In those times almost 100% of the teachers were sisters, an Sr Maureen subsequently joined the sisters. She is involved in many areas of Catholic Education and is passionate about upholding the Catholic Ethos in all our Dominican schools.
Rosa Calaca (Chairperson of the Ethos Committee)
Currently the Director of the Catholic Schools’ Office which provides support to Catholic schools in Gauteng, Mrs Calaca is a past principal of St Dominic’s School for Girls in Boksburg. Her diverse experience and the fact that she serves on the Boards of four Catholic schools makes her input invaluable to the Board. She joined the DCS Board in 2007 and chairs the Catholic Ethos and Pastoral Care Committee. In her rare spare time, Mrs Calaca enjoys travel, theatre and music.
Sr Natalie Kuhn (Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation Representative)
Sr Natalie is a past Principal of DCS between 1986 and 2004. She enjoyed the wonderful educational challenges over the years both from government and other pressures. With a lot of support from different people she lead the school in faith even when the government withdrew the subsidy for two years. Today she is linked to the school through KNF which is an initiative to make a difference in the community around Dominican. She brings much institutional knowledge to the deliberations of the Board.
Mr Greg Arthur (Chairperson of the Buildings Committee)
Mr Arthur’s career has taken a number of turns, as a project manager in the building industry, working for a corporate social investment agency, where he worked on building projects representing the donor and the community to ensure the best solution for both, while ensuring that the professional team performed according to the brief in the interests of all parties. He brings to Dominican not only building experience, but also capacity to lead and develop people systematically through processes to the best solution, which is his current business providing coaching and change management services. While a new member of the Board to chair a new subcommittee for building and maintenance, Mr Arthur began his relationship with Dominican Convent in 2001, working on the primary school science block project with Sr Natalie.
Mrs Pat Sebobe (Informal input into the Boarding House)
Mrs Sebobe has been involved in the school since 1982, first as a parent and then as a grandparent, finding many ways in which to make quality input into the activities of the school. Having worked with the school on its own transformation journey as it opened to black learners, she initially served as a PTA member and later joined the Board of Governors. Mrs Sebobe is now a pensioner who also works as a consultant.
Mr Jethro Mbau (Business and Finance Committee Input)
Mr Mbau joined the Dominican Board at the invitation of Mr Leeming in 1987. Over the many years of his input, he has provided a sound business approach to the affairs of the school. His main interest is in making a difference to society, and Mr Mbau’s work at Dominican continues to do that. He has enjoyed the challenges of keeping the finances at Dominican balanced, and is a business owner in his professional life.
Mr Gqi Raoleka (Alumni Representative)
Mr Raoleka is a past pupil of DCS and a former Investment Banker, starting off in Corporate Finance at JPMorgan Chase Johannesburg for several years. It was there that he was the head of the JPMorgan / Dominican Convent School Fund. He subsequently moved to Standard Bank’s Acquisition Finance Group, during which period he joined the Dominican Board to remain involved with the school and children. He currently operates a renewable energy advisory firm that focuses on sustainability and project development advisory in the renewable industry.
Mr Peter Mphahlele (Advisor)
Mr Mphahlele has served for two years on the Board as a Parent representative and currently is a parent in Grade 6. His other children have finished school already. Mr Mphahlele brings a valued perspective to the deliberations of the Board. He works for Liberty as a Financial Adviser.
Mr Tshepo Mogase (Parent Council Chairperson)
Mr Mogase has served two years on the Board as a Parent representative, currently as Chairperson of the Parent Council. He is the Executive Chairman of Tshepo Mogase Investments and is a Grade 9 parent. Mr Mogase is animated in his support of the school and represents the interests of all Domininican parents in the work of the Board.
STAFF EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Mr Mike Thiel (Headmaster)
Mr Thiel has been Headmaster of Dominican since 2005, prior to which he was Headmaster of Clifton College in Durban and St.Patrick’s Christian Brothers’ College in Kimberley. He is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the school, the management of the day-to-day operations and ensuring the cohesion of the diverse areas that make up Dominican.
Ms Marina Burger (Head of High School)
Ms Burger has been at Dominican since 2000 and has been both Deputy Head and now Head of High School. She is responsible for the smooth-functioning of the High School with the many areas that encompasses and works on strategic directions for the high school within the broader vision for Dominican.
Ms Dalene Rostovsky (Head of Primary School)
Mrs Rostovsky came to Dominican in 2006, following a period as Deputy of Johannesburg Girls’ Prep School. She is responsible for the smooth functioning of the Primary School with the many areas that encompasses and works on strategic directions for the primary school within the broader vision for Dominican.
Mr Paul Horn (Dominican Foundation Director)
As a past volunteer and staff member at Dominican, Mr Horn has only recently been re-employed by the school to spearhead the new Dominican Foundation, which will support the school's efforts to be a catalyst for social justice and socio-economic transformation in the local community and beyond. Mr Horn will direct efforts to grow existing corporate, foundation, and private support for the education of orphans and vulnerable children at Dominican, as well as explore new ways Dominican can leverage existing resources for the benefit of the local community.