Staff and Associates


Sean Jones

Sean Jones is Managing Director of EduActive Solutions Ltd in the United Kingdom (UK). A former Professor and Associate Dean at the then University of Natal, he has extensive experience in Advancement within the university and civil society sectors and has advised or evaluated the Advancement operations of more than 30 universities in Africa and the UK. He has also worked in evaluation, project development and capacity-building roles for both donors and grant-seekers in a variety of fields ranging from nursing, public health and sexual rights through to libraries and equity programmes. With a PhD in Social Anthropology, Sean has written extensively for academic and non-academic audiences and his publications include an award-winning monograph, Assaulting Childhood (Wits University Press 1993), and a co-edited volume, Striking the Rights Chord (Inyathelo 2013), which provides perspectives on Advancement from the point of view of human rights NGOs. He has worked closely with Inyathelo since its establishment.

Gillian Mitchell

Gillian Mitchell consults, writes and trains in Advancement and philanthropy for civil society organisations and higher education institutions. She holds an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business as well as a BA in English and Drama from UCT. Gillian has broad and varied experience within the tertiary education sector and has held positions at, among others, UCT (Deputy Director of Development and Public Relations), the UCT Fund Inc. New York (Director of Fundraising), and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Director of Advancement). Gillian has also previously headed up Inyathelo’s philanthropy work, and works with the African Gender Institute.

Melanie Judge

Melanie Judge is an adjunct associate professor and an associate of the Centre for Law and Society in the law faculty at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies, a Masters in Development Studies and an Honours in Psychology. As an independent consultant to the non-profit sector, Melanie collaborates with leading NGOs and donors on strategy, capacity-building and communication to advance social justice. As an activist and scholar Melanie has been extensively involved in policy and law reform, advocacy and research in the field of gender and sexual rights. She is lead editor of To Have and To Hold: The Making of Same-sex Marriage in South Africa and has published in various academic journals and in the mainstream media. She currently serves as a trustee of the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA). As a longstanding associate of Inyathelo, Melanie has coordinated research on student access and success in the higher education sector, as well as managing a four-year Advancement programme to strengthen the sustainability of leading human rights organisations in South Africa. Melanie is lead editor of Striking the Rights Chord: Perspective on Advancement from Human Rights Organisations in South Africa.