National Executive Committee

The National Executive Committee (NEC) conducts the affairs of the IAIAsa affiliate on behalf of its members by steering the strategic direction of IAIAsa and forming a link to the international body of IAIA.

The NEC consists of at least eight nationally elected members: the President, the Past President, the President-Elect, the Secretary, the Treasurer, three office bearers;as well as the eight or nine Branch chairpersons, elected regionally. All National Executive Committee members are elected for two-year terms of office, which start on 1 October and end on 30 September two years later, while presidents-elect commit to a three year term of office.

The NEC meets annually, traditionally at the time of the IAIAsa National Conference, to elect a new President Elect (i.e. who starts his term 12 months later as President) and to plan for the coming year. In addition a NEC teleconference meeting is held every second month to discuss progress of tasks and any other matters requiring attention. The Plan set at the Strategic Planning (StratPlan) meeting is largely implemented at branch level, where most interaction occurs with the IAIAsa members. The current committee members and portfolios are as follows:

National Executive Committee 2017/2018

President : Robyn Luyt

Robyn is currently the Deputy Director: Environmental Impact Management at Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land & Environmental Affairs. She obtained an MSc cum laude (Botany) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. She began her career in integrated environmental management in the private sector before moving to government, and has over 10 years experience in the field of IEM.


Past President & Policy and Legislation: Janice Tooley

Janice is an environmental lawyer at Janice Tooley Atorneys, specialising in legal compliance and opinion work. In addition to her law degree, she holds a Masters in Environmental Science and has thirteen years experience as an environmental consultant at ACER (Africa) in EIAs, protected area management plans and policy, inter-ministerial and departmental task teams, and facilitation of public meetings. Her scientific training and practical experience in environmental management give her a unique vantage point and insight into environmental law.

Janice has been a member of IAIAsa since 1999 and more recently served on the KZN Branch Committee. She is also a member of the Environmental Law Association (ELA).


Treasurer & President Elect : Sabelo Nkosi

Sabelo B Nkosi is a Senior Environmentalist at eThekwini Municipality in the Biodiversity Impact Assessment Branch of the Environmental Planning & Climate Protection Department. His work focus is mainly on private EIAs and various Town Planning applications with the aim of protecting the municipality’s biodiversity assets and the ecosystem goods and services it provides. He holds a BSc Honours degree in Entomology & a BSc degree in Botany & Entomology from UKZN. Sabelo is a member of both IAIA and IAIAsa having served in the IAIAsa KZN Branch Committee for several years. He is part of the IAIAsa NEC and Co-Chair of the IAIAsa 2017 Conference.


Secretary: Tandi Breetzke 

Tandi has more than 25 years of coastal management / environmental experience and has been a registered member of IAIAsa for many years, is a current member of the IAIAsa National Executive Committee, a member of the WESSA affiliated coastal NGO, CoastWatch,a member or both the KZN Provincial Coastal Committee and eThekwini Municipal Coastal Committee as well as a long standing National Jury member of the South African National Blue Flag Jury. Tandi previously headed up the KZN provincial Coastal Unit and is now responsible for the management and development of the Royal HaskoningDHV Coastal Management Unit where she undertakes coastal and estuarine specific consultancy work and is recognised by the company as a Leading Professional. Tandi has a BA degree with an honours in Geography.


Transformation: Abulele Adams

Abulele has been working as an environmental assessment practitioner at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) since January 2014. She holds a Master of Science in Geography from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Her undergraduate degree was a BSc in Environmental Science with Honours in Geographic Information Systems. She also completed a year of courses in the Sustainability Economics and Management Masters programmes at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Abulele has worked on the Strategic Infrastructure Projects including the National Wind & Solar PV Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Electricity Grid Infrastructure SEA as well as the Square Kilometre Array SEA which were commissioned by the national Department of Environmental Affairs.


Branch Co-Ordinator: John Richardson

John graduated from the School of Applied Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 2007 with a BSc Honours degree in Geography and Environmental Management. During his postgraduate year he was involved in research within the academic fields of Natural Resource Management, Applied Environmental Geomorphology, Environmental Management, Advanced Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, specialising in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment and Geographical Information Systems. John received merit awards for excellence in the fields of Natural Resource Management and his Honours Research Project (“An Investigation into the use of Aerial Photography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Study Coastal Forest Loss along the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast between the Umdloti and Mhlali Rivers”). 
John has 9.5 years of professional experience in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment processes and has also worked in the capacity of GIS manager on several Strategic Environmental Planning projects which include Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Biodiversity Sector Plans, Environmental Management Frameworks and Strategic Environmental Assessments. John is currently employed in the capacity of Associate and Senior Environmental Consultant at JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd, specialising in the field of Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Impact Assessment processes. John is committed to promoting the IAIAsa Code of Conduct and skills development within the environmental management profession.


National Student Representative : Nqobile Lushozi

Nqobile Lushozi is currently a Masters Studentship candidate (2017/2018) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), registered for his MSc at Stellenbosch University. He holds an Honors in Environmental Sciences obtained at the University of KwaZulu – Natal (2015), in the Pietermaritzburg Campus where his involvement with IAIAsa began as a student branch member. His MSc project seeks to understand the role of climatic variability and landcover changes in altering evapotranspiration which is a major component of the terrestrial water cycle. Before joining the CSIR he worked briefly for GroundTruth Environmental Consulting as a vacation student and for the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) in Pietermaritzburg as an intern through the DST/NRF (2016/2017) internship programme. His academic interests are in water resource management and the application of GIS/remote sensing techniques in this space.  


IAIA18 Co-Chair : Ntsako Baloyi

Ntsako’s career began in 2006 at Metago Environmental Engineers (Pty) Ltd as a Consultant. This is where he gained extensive knowledge in the environmental consulting field. Since then he has worked in various roles in environmental management, project management and management consulting fields including SLR Consulting as a Projects Manager for their South Africa Operations. He is currently the Environemt & PMO Project Manager for Coca Cola Beverages South Africa. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Environmental Management at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and current Masters studies in Project Management also at UCT. He is registered as a Professional Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) with the South African Council for Natural and Scientific Professions (SACNASP); a Professional Member of the Southern African Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Scientists (SAIEES) and is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) with the Project Management Institute (PMI, USA). PMI’s (PMP®) credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates that one has the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects. Furthermore, Ntsako is a Professional Member (MIEnvSc) of The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES, UK). In addition, He is now admitted and qualified as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Society for the Environment (SocEnv, UK). CEnv is the highest level of professional qualification for environmental practitioners.


IAIA18 Co Chair  : Sean O’ Beirne

Sean has more than twenty years experience in the environmental assessment and management field. In that time he has lead a series of large scale EIAs most notably in the aluminium, petrochemicals and transport sectors. Sean has many years of experience with international lenders and has worked in the Russian Federation, the Middle East and various countries in Africa in this capacity. He has conducted a number of due diligence reviews for lenders and a number of independent peer reviews on large scale EIAs. Sean is a certified environmental assessment practitioner having being certified in 2008.


Branch Chairs

Eastern Cape : Administered by the National Executive Committee

Free State Branch Chair: Nozi Nkoe 



KZN Branch Chair : Danielle Sanderson (nee Michel)

Danielle has in March 2017 opened her own consultancy EnVital specialising in Social Impact Assessments, after being a senior Environmental Consultant at WSP Environment and Energy, in the Durban office. Danielle has a MSocSci (Geography and Environmental Management) and 9 years’ experience which has seen her develop skills as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner in most sectors, including renewable energy, industrial, and infrastructure. Danielle is a specialist in Social Impact Assessment and in managing stakeholder consultation processes, and has also undertaken several projects concerned with development in the coastal zone. Danielle served on the KZN Branch committee as the events coordinator from 2012- 2016, during which time she has coordinating numerous events that promote professional development for local members and improved the visibility of IAIAsa. Danielle was the IAIAsa Conference Chair 2016. 


Gauteng Branch Chair: Yonanda Martin

Yonanda holds a B.Sc Degree in Environmental Science and an M.Sc Degree in Ecological Remediation and Sustainable Utilization from the University of North West, Potchefstroom Campus. She is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Yonanda is an Associate at Newtown Landscape Architects and runs the environmental section. She has 9 years’ experience in the environmental field which includes Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Environmental Management Programme Reports (EMPrs), Environmental Auditing, Visual Impact Assessments (VIAs), Water Use Licensing and environmental monitoring and evaluation. 


Limpopo : Administered by the National Executive 

Mpumalanga Branch Chair: Phil Radford

Philip Radford, holds a BSc degree in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Protection from Salford University, UK. Philip has completed a variety of other courses in environmental management, waste management and pollution prevention.
Philip spent most of his career in the United Kingdom working for the Environment Agency as an Environment Officer dealing with environmental audits, compliance inspections and enforcement of illegal waste operations. He relocated to South Africa in 2009 to work as an Environmental Consultant in Nelspruit before joining Ecoleges in 2011. 
Philip carries out environmental monitoring and auditing (ECO and Auditor) and has prospects for developing an Integrated Waste Management Planning division within Ecoleges Environmental Consultants.
Philip is a member of the Honorary Rangers Lowveld Branch, IAIAsa and a member of the Wildlife Society of South Africa (WESSA). He is also in the process of registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.


North-West Branch Chair: Leandri Kruger

Leandri Kruger has worked at the African Centre for Disaster Studies at the North-West University (NWU) for the past 5 years as a researcher and lecturer.  She was involved on various research projects, national and international, where she contributed as a researcher.  In the year 2012 she obtained her Masters degree in Geography and Environmental Management (cum laude) from the North-West University (NWU).  She is also the Programme Manager of the Postgraduate diploma in Public and Non-Profit Management (Disaster risk studies) and has published in numerous journal articles and books. She is currently doing her doctoral studies in Geography and Environmental Management with the focus mainly on Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) and Disaster Risk Reduction. Her research interests are in Social Impact Assessments, Disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainability.


Western Cape Chair : Mari de Villiers 

Mari holds a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Management, and has more than 12 years’ experience as an environmental assessment practitioner. She has completed numerous environmental impact assessment processes for projects ranging from housing developments to large mining projects, in seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. She has undertaken several courses to further her career in climate change and greenhouse gas quantification. Mari is passionate about environmental management and climate change, especially about integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation considerations into environmental assessment processes. She is the Director of Integro Carbon Consulting, a Stellenbosch-based company with a vision to facilitate informed climate change impact decision making as part of environmental assessment and planning processes. She is also a Principal Environmental Assessment Practitioner at Cornerstone Environmental Consulting.


IAIAsa Operations Manager: Sue George