Our Team

Craig Gartrell

General Manager

Craig has been serving Lily as General Manager, since end March 2019. Coming in with a vast business knowledge covering many different aspects. These make him well suited to help guide Lily, to achieve the visions of all partners, board and staff members who share in the dream of Lily becoming a centre of excellence, in all aspects of the lives of children in our care.

Zodwa Mncwabe

Social worker

Zodwa has been working with children, youth and caregivers since November 2010. She is heading the social work department and her duties include caring and protecting children from all kinds of abuse, training staff on child protection policies, providing therapeutic services to children and youth and to ensure that all children’s basic needs are met. Zodwa is very passionate about her social work duties and she enjoys caring and empowering the children and youth to make a difference in their lives

Thula Mncwabe​


Baba Thula has been with Lily since May 2014 as Operation’s Manager. In April 2019 he took on a new mantle as the Village Manager, where he’s in charge of the day to day Village requirements, as well as the more important role of ensuring the wellbeing of the children. He plays an active role in their daily issues and helps the support team in developing the children.

Susan Knighton Fitt


Lily was pleased to appoint Susan Knighton Fitt into the position of Fundraiser from 1st November 2018. Susan has over 20 years of varied fundraising experience and is constantly working at increasing Lily’s donor database and donor care. She also has a background in psychology, training and Social Development.

Alasdair Yuill


Alasdair Yuill is Chairman of the Board of Lily of the Valley.  He worked for IBM for 19 years holding senior positions in IBM South Africa and IBM France and is currently the owner of a local software house.  He is a member of Christchurch North Coast and believes strongly in the “family” as the ordained building block of society.  Alasdair believes that Lily must be a loving Christian family for children who are victims of our broken communities and HIV/AIDS as well as being an efficiently run organisation.


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