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Left to right: Susie Moffatt, Coach Mapila, Cosmas Mabeya, Jonny Wilkinson, Kirsten Okies, Claire Biesman-Simons, Nobesuthu Faku

Cosmas Mabeya – Executive Project Manager

Cosmas grew up in Kenya and studied Politics at university. He worked for twelve years in banking both in Kenya and South Africa and ran a property investment advisory suite in Cape Town. His love for books and reading led him to Equal Education and The Bookery where he has been since library number one.

Email: cosmas@thebookery.org.za

Claire Biesman-Simons – Head of Library Support

Claire has been affiliated with The Bookery since 2010 when she was involved in volunteering in establishing our very first library. She has a Masters in English and is also an English and History teacher. With experience in the NGO sector and a passion for growing reading and literacy in South Africa, she plays an important role in heading up the Library Support Programme.

Email: claireb@thebookery.org.za

Nobesuthu Faku – Front Office Coordinator

Nobesuthu grew up in Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape, where she attended Archie Veleli High School. Before working at The Bookery, Nobesuthu worked in operations at Equal Education. Nobesuthu oversees the library provision process – assisting volunteers and keeping The Bookery well-organised. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Administration at the University of the Western Cape.

Email: nobesuthu@thebookery.org.za

Harper ‘Coach’ Mapila – School Library Support Coordinator

Harper Makhi Mapila known at The Bookery as ‘Coach’ was born and bred in Cape Town in the township of Langa. Before working at The Bookery, he taught for twenty-five years at Fezeka Secondary School in Gugulethu. He is currently a youth soccer coach at Ajax Cape Town.

Kirsten Okies – Operations Officer

Kirsten is Operations Officer at The Bookery. She completed her studies at the University of Cape Town and from there on went to work in schools and the public sector, and has now found herself at The Bookery. Kirsten ensures that The Bookery runs efficiently and meets its targets.

Email: kirsten@thebookery.org.za

Jonny Wilkinson – Fundraising and Communications Officer

Jonny got involved in the early days of The Bookery when he volunteered on our second library. He has a BSocSc degree and an Honours in History from the University of Cape Town, and a postgraduate diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Red & Yellow School. His first job out of university was at Equal Education, where he worked in research and fundraising. After Red & Yellow he worked at an ad agency as an account executive.

Email: jonny@thebookery.org.za

Susie Moffatt – Partner Liaison, School Aid UK

Susie is from the UK, where she was a teacher for many years, having studied Classics and English at Cambridge. She has been in Cape Town for four years, working as a volunteer at The Bookery and also for School Aid UK. Acutely aware of the need for more and better libraries in South African schools, she is keen to do whatever is needed to further this cause, and she provides the link between The Bookery and School Aid UK. She also helps to support the library assistants in schools.