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All We Can is delighted to announce that Revd Dr Jongi Zihle has been appointed as the charity’s newest trustee, serving on the Programmes and Partnerships Committee. Jongi is the official representative of the Methodist Council on the All We Can Board.
Jongi currently serves as Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church, having worked in various parts of London since 2005. He has had a long and varied career in peacekeeping and community building activities. During his time in London, this has included work in the development of Hayes Town Centre, and seeking peaceful opportunities for reconciliation in the Walthamstow and Woodford areas, following the violence that erupted in 2011 after Mark Duggan’s death.
Prior to arriving in the UK, Jongi worked for a number of years in his native South Africa. Born at the height of apartheid, he originally trained as a lawyer, and holds a Doctorate in Ethics. Before being called to ordained ministry, Jongi worked as a respected peace monitor, diversity trainer and legal consultant in South Africa, as well as later on in neighbouring Swaziland and Lesotho.
Jongi has also been actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in London, having lead a memorial service to Nelson Mandela in St. Martin’s-in-the-Field which was organised by the South African High Commission. He was subsequently invited to lead prayers at Westminster Abbey alongside Archbishops Justin Welby and Dr John Sentamu.
Speaking about his appointment, Jongi said ‘to be of service in the charities sector, with the accomplished team of All We Can, is an honour and an opportunity to put to good use my years of experience serving in leading charity work across two continents. The Third Sector has voted All We Can one of the UK’s ‘top five best charity to work for’ not only for the good ethos and intentional inclusivity All We Can strives for; but what also excites me, is All We Can’s credentials as a proven and respected developmental and humanitarian NGO. I am pleased to be joining the team as a trustee.’
‘We are thrilled to have Jongi join All We Can’s Board of Trustees. His incredible wealth of experience will be an invaluable addition to our Board and Programmes and Partnership Committee, and help us all go further is our vision to see every person’s potential fulfilled’ shared Graeme Hodge, All We Can’s Chief Executive.
You can find out more about the other incredible individuals serving on All We Can’s Board of Trustees here. All appointments are subject to Methodist Council approval.