Annabelle Chauncy OAM
(Founding Director & CEO)
Annabelle grew in up in rural New South Wales and completed a Bachelor of Arts/Law at Sydney University. Her passion lies in developing and implementing strategy, governance, business development, fundraising and speaking to promote the work of the Foundation.
Annabelle is the recipient of numerous awards, including:
The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2015.
Sydney University Alumni of the Year for Service to Humanity in 2016.
NSW Young Woman of the Year in 2015.
A finalist in the Audi In Style 'Women of Style' Charity category in 2016.
Women of the Future Award - Australian Women’s Weekly and Qantas in 2014.
Paul Harris Fellow awarded by Rotary International in 2014
A finalist in 2 categories of the NSW Telstra Businesswomen's Awards 2013 for Business Innovation and Young Businesswoman.
Angela Mwebaze (Country Director, Uganda)
Angela knows first hand the impact a quality education can have on the life of a village child in Uganda.
Angela grew up in Ibanda Village in Western Uganda where she attended a local primary school. Because her mother recognised the importance of a good education and due to the lack of quality educational services in her region, Angela left home at the age of 9 for a boarding school in Kampala. There she learned English and made friends with girls from different tribes, learning their languages and going on to attend the best high school in the country.
After starting a degree in civil engineering, Angela went on to complete her degree in Information Technology before completing a degree in Development Studies.
Angela was appointed Country Director in January 2015.
JANEPHER Kintu (DIRECTOR OF Schools)
Janepher has been involved with School for Life since the Foundation purchased 10 acres of jungle in 2009 to build Katuuso Primary and Vocational School.
Janepher grew up in the community of Wakiso, when at the age of 16 she suffered the double tragedy of losing both her parents. With her siblings, she moved to Kampala to live with her grandmother. Schooling in Kampala was particularly difficult for Janepher. She was forced to attend a public school where she wouldn’t eat all day, was often beaten and worked in a classroom with no doors or windows.
Determined to change her schooling Janepher began working after school and at weekends to pay for herself and a sister to attend a private high school. Later she managed to pay her college fees at the Montessori Teacher Training Centre, where after 2 years, she started work as a teacher.
Janepher has also worked for Gatsby, an NGO focusing on small enterprise and micro finance. She knows the value of a good education and has managed to pay for all her siblings to attend private schools.
ROBERT KASIO (HEAD TEACHER)
Robert began his journey with School For Life in 2014 as Director of Studies. His exceptional leadership skills and determination for community success earned him the promotion to Head Teacher of Katuuso in 2015.
Growing up with 7 brothers in Budaka district and losing his mother whilst in Year 2, Robert learned quickly that hard work and determination were necessary for success. After the passing of his mother, the family dynamic quickly deteriorated as an unaccepting stepmother moved in.
Robert was forced to move out and live with his older brother who at the time was studying to become a teacher. His brother paid for Robert’s schooling and the two worked multiple jobs between classes to pay for meals (typically on school premises cleaning rooms or leveling land).
Now providing for his own family of 5, Robert also supports his aging father and pays for his younger brothers’ education.
FLAVIA nassaazi (head cook, katuuso primary, uganda)
Maama Flavia joined our team in 2010 when School for Life started construction of our first school in Katuuso. She is a highly respected village elder and has been an active voice within the community, helping drive stakeholder engagement and parental participation. Maama Flavia arrives at work at 4am and prepares approximately 300,000 meals every year!
winnie akol (HEAD of tailoring, UGANDA)
Winnie is the instructor and creative spark that inspires Kumi. Shortly after completing a degree in Industrial and Fine Arts at Makarere University 2013, Winnie knew she wanted to share her skills and knowledge with those who did not have the opportunity to attend school or pursue their desired trade. She joined the project at its inception in 2014 and has been imparting her knowledge, talents and unwavering patience ever since.
SOME OF OUR TEACHERS AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS
Board of Directors
LInDA o'Brien AM (CHAir)
Linda has been Principal of Granville Boys High School since 2008. She is passionate about the value an arts education for young people, using music and dance programs to build social cohesion in schools. Linda is also Founder of the Molly McDonnell Foundation and Founder of the Bali International School. Linda joined the board in 2014.
Ben has worked as both marketer and agency across such a diverse range of sectors that he has acquired instinctive strategic skills and a unique blend of commercial and creative abilities. He has strong FMCG and Finance experience and a passion for forging enduring client relationships and exceptional account service. Ben is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Exetel. Ben joined the board in March 2016.
VICKI POTTS (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & TREASURER)
Vicki Potts is the Director & Principal of Clear CFO, providing CFO support and advice on a consultancy basis. Experience across Tech, Media, Telco, Travel, Healthcare and Online B2C sectors, in companies ranging from early start-ups with VC or PE backing through to ASX listed top 300.Vicki joined the Board in April 2016.
VANJA BULUT (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & COMPANY SECRETARY)
Vanja is a Barrister at 12 Wentworth Selbourne Chambers. Previously, Vanja worked at Seyfarth Shaw and Clayton Utz where she specialised in employment law. Vanja holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and International Relations) from University of New South Wales. Vanja joined the board in April 2016.
STEPHEN BURCHER (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Stephen is the Managing Director of Burcher Property Group, a long established boutique real estate investor. Steve brings a wealth of business experience and acumen, and has a specific interest in sustainability and fundraising. He and his wife Melissa became involved with School for Life when they donated a prize for the Black Tie Ball and then climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017. They believe in School for Life’s tangible and measured approach, as well as ability to get funds directly to the ground with little overheads.
SANDY HALPIN (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Sandy is the Founder and Director of Capital Idea Consulting Company. Capital Idea is a consulting and advisory firm that specialises in business growth and commercialisation strategies to high potential SMEs, Start-ups and their Founders. Sandy joined the Board in February 2017.
MICHAEL MUEHLHEIM (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Michael’s core belief is that every person in the world has an equal right to education; it is this mission that ultimately led Michael to becoming a board member of School for Life Foundation. Michael is a Senior Wealth Adviser with Macquarie Wealth Management and holds CFP accreditation and a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance (RMIT). Michael provides strategic advice and private wealth investment services to a concentrated group of entrepreneurs and their families. Michael is also an advisory council and a board member of Heads Over Heels, a charity focused on providing connections for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.Michael joined the board in September 2017.
ARTUR KALUZA (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Artur is the Head of Operations of the Financial Management Group at Macquarie Group. He has over seventeen years of experience with broad cross industry and functional exposure including automobile industry, mining, IT, telecommunications, management consulting and financial services both internationally and in Australia. Artur’s expertise is in strategy, business transformation and project management. He is a big picture thinker and problem solver with recognised analytical and critical thinking skills. He spent 2 months at School for Life in July 2017 conducting an organisation review and designing our sustainability strategy, then returned to Australia in September and joined the Board of Directors. Art is passionate about creating a sustainable SFL organisation that will provide the advantage of education for many generations to come.