Support Team

Dr Allen Bell, General Practitioner
Cape Medical Response, Medical Emergency and Ambulance Services
Wayne Hodgkins, Optometrist
Guthrie & Colananni Attorneys
Donald Ruther, Home management
Anna Cornelius, Attorney Family Law

Excecutive Committee

The Excecutive Committee consists of 8 dedicated volunteers who meet regularly to assist in the overall management of the Safe House and its budget.

Bernadette & Donovan Jones, Founders & Trustees of Jones Safe House

Bernie and Donovan are the heart and soul of the Jones Safe House. Apart from being “parents” to anything from 17-22 children, they have also taken on the challenging task of supporting the mothers, many of them arriving with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. Bernie & Donovan offer firm but loving support throughout the detox phase, helping to get these young women back on their feet and re-establishing healthy relationships with their children.

Chris Strangways-Dixon, Chairperson

Chris lives in Noordhoek with his wife and three children. He is the founder and CEO of a small IT software company which kept him very busy for many years but he has now made time to engage with, and contribute to, local social and environmental upliftment projects.

Ron Kessler, Vice-Chairperson

Ron is originally from the US. He has a BSc and an MBA and was a Captain in the US Army. He was the Vice President of Operations for 35 years with international rubber manufacturing companies such as Firestone Tire and Rubber Co, Continental General Tire and Rubber Co., Canada and Oliver Rubber Co, California. He is now retired, and enjoying his passions for community affairs, music and art.

Lynne Vincent, Secretary

Lynne lives in Capri Village and has been the Centre Manager at Valyland Centre in Fish Hoek for 17 years. Donovan started doing general maintenance at Valyland Centre many years ago and told Lynne about what he and Bernie were doing at the Safe House, and she has been a supporter and baker of many cakes and cupcakes for the children ever since.

Sharon Levy, Treasurer

Sharon completed her articles at Arthur Andersen and obtained a higher diploma in tax law. She worked for Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in London but returned to South Africa to pursue a career in structured finance. Sharon joined Bravura’s Structured Solutions team in 2004 where she specialises in developing integrated solutions for clients through her knowledge of the accounting, legal, tax and regulatory environment. Sharon’s vast experience in finance and law is a great asset to the Safe House.

Anna Roberts Antonsson, Vice-Secretary

Originally from Sweden, Anna has spent the last 8 years living in Cape Town. After business school and a career in marketing management positions with multi-national brands such as adidas, Coca-Cola and Ericsson, she is now enjoying early retirement and spends part of her time doing volunteer work for the Jones Safe House.

Emile Furno, Member.

Emile is a Chiropractor and practice in Rondebosch, Cape Town. He has lived in the Cape for the past 23 year and has been an active member of Rotary Club Signal Hill for as long as he has been here.

The Fundraising Committee (click through to list) consists of professional, enthusiastic individuals who volunteer their time to find new and ingenious ways in which to fund the Safe House operations Fundraising Team.