Pictured from left to right: Ryan O’Mahoney, Kara Robertson, Denise Erasmus, Neil Hellmann (Chairman), Libby Bailey, John O’Callaghan (Treasurer), Karen Alexander (Deputy Chairperson), Janlè Biggs, Gerhard Myburgh, Angela Mihal.


Parent Body

Neil Hellmann – neil.hellmann@gmail.com – Chairman

Neil is a businessman and philanthropist who has held numerous leadership positions in the past. He feels strongly about protecting the environment and is also passionate about finding ways to uplift the world through education. Neil has been actively involved in voluntary work, which includes serving on the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Funding Committee, where he was responsible for strategy. He founded the “Great to Give” initiative to promote compassion as a means to attain inner peace and happiness, which was linked to an education initiative. Neil has more recently been instrumental in  sourcing funds and working with a team to establish a private school in Plettenberg Bay, called Greenwood Bay College, which opened its doors last year for grades 000 – 12. Currently he is working with the Board of the Llandudno Primary School to raise the outstanding funding required for the proposed “Astroturf Project”.

Neil has a mining engineering degree and along with his entrepreneurial flair and passion for education, is loaded with energy, experience and fun to assist the Board."

John O’Callaghan – johno@fraxion.biz

John is a born and bred Capetonian. Married to Michelle, they have two boys (Ethan in Gr 3 and Peter in Gr 1) and live in Overkloof, Hout Bay.  John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and has held numerous financial and executive positions since then. He is the group Chief Financial Officer and regional director for Fraxion, an e-procurement software business with
offices in Cape Town and Seattle.

John served on the Valley Pre-Primary Governing Body from 2017-2018, as Treasurer and is currently the chair of the Overkloof CID (SRA).

In his spare time he enjoy the outdoors with his family.

Ryan O’Mahoney – romahoney@2u.com

Ryan is the father of Michael (Grade 1) and Grace (Grade 5), and husband to the fabulous Leigh. Their family has recently moved to Llandudno to be a part of this great community, in this beautiful place. Ryan is the Managing Director of Short Courses at 2U (GetSmarter) – a company that works with universities around the world as their online education partner, and has a passion for how technology can help advance education. He loves hiking, being in the bush and
the outdoors, and is quite possibly the world's worst surfer, but has all the kit.

Karin Neill – kjalexan@gmail.com

Karin is mother to William in Grade 5 and Edward in Grade 3 and has served on the SGB for the last 3 years supporting diversity and human resourcing processes in the school.

Karin is a political economy practitioner in the international development space working on improving governance in target countries (across Africa and in other parts of the world). This work frequently focuses on increasing transparency and accountability in government
processes.  Karin has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Oxford and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and previously worked on Transitional Justice and Reconciliation initiatives in south, central and east Africa as well as with Idasa (an African democracy institute).

Karin's work in the development sector, in Africa and globally, has involved extensive management, governance and strategy experience. Karin would hope to be able to bring this expertise to Llandudno Primary School in the areas of growth and development strategy, the school's approach to diversity as well as financial accountability and staff recruitment and development as a complement to the strengths of current SGB members.

Karin has a deep commitment to finding best practice in education around developing learners who are active, empathetic and empowered citizens of South Africa and the world.

Janle Biggs – janle@handiman.co.za

Janlè is mother to Kate in Grade 1 and Tim who will be joining Llandudno next year in Grade R. Janlè and Mark Biggs are well-known Hout Bay locals who run the family-owned hardware store, Jack Hammers. She has a passion for making a difference every day, aiming for great service delivery to our valley – ultimately connecting people, improving the lifestyle, housing
conditions, facilities and education of our locals. As the Financial and HR Manager of the Jack Hammers group, Janlè strives to empower those around her to make better personal, health and financial life choices which would uplift the greater community.

Janlè did 5 years of charity work for an NPO which was an enriching personal experience enabling her to start off her professional journey with much more insight into human relations.

She is currently on the SGB of Valley Pre Primary.

In her free time she likes to bake, run, tries to surf, joins her hubby for golf, caters or spends family time in nature.

She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to bring her experience in the improvement and maintenance of infrastructure to the Llandudno team.”

Teaching body

Denise Erasmus – principal@llandudnoprimary.co.za

Libby Bailey – lbailey@llandudnoprimary.co.za

Angela Mihal – amihal@llandudnoprimary.co.za

Kara Robertson– admin@llandudnoprimary.co.za

What does the SGB do?

The SGB is the School Governing Body

Questions and Answers

The governing body is responsible for determining the aims and the overall vision of the school, and it holds the Vision and the Mission Statement of the school “in trust”.

Together with the staff, the governing body sets and reviews school policies, plans and procedures that will ensure the provision of high-quality education for present and future learners including subjects offered within WCED selection for high schools, extra murals and sports offered.

It is also responsible for the care and development of the property/ buildings of the school, and may allow the use of the premises by outsiders if it is in the interests of the school to do so.

No, the school principal and management team manage the school on a day to day basis.