The Sprout Foundation


Rianka van Antwerpen

Executive Director
Rianka holds an Honours Degree in Public and Development Management. She has been working and volunteering at non-profits for many years and has dedicated her professional career to seeing the lives of people from challenging backgrounds changed. At The Sprout Foundation, Rianka is responsible for day-to-day operations, organisational development, beneficiary relationships, project development and execution, social media, and website updates.

Ryan Hartslief

Executive Director
Ryan is a qualified Chartered Accountant, also holding a degree in financial management. Ryan has a heart for the youth of South Africa and believes in doing business with purpose. He has a wealth of experience in the finance sector and provides insightful knowledge to the Sprout team on the best course of impactful decision making, responsible spending and organisational growth.

Andrew Portmann

Executive Director
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and has been working in the finance industry for many years. Andrew has extensive knowledge of financial and tax practices and is a key part of our financial oversight and organisational development. Andrew has a passion for helping others and creating equal opportunities in the workplace.

Trish and Gunter Volker

Non-executive Directors
Gunter and his wife, Trish, have been working in ministry for many years and have a heart for coaching people in crisis. Trish and Gunter run a non-profit, called New Creations Equipping, through which they help many people in need. The couple are devoted to providing life coaching and encouragement to school pupils and educators from under-resourced schools. Trish and Gunter are a key part of ensuring accountability, and encouragement in the Sprout team.

Jared Laljit

Company Secretary
Jared is a qualified attorney of the high court and has a passion for compliance management, risk management and corporate governance. Jared is responsible for helping the organisation follow best practices and meets stipulated requirements. Jared is a key part of ensuring that the organisation runs smoothly. He is a keen listener and always ready to provide a solution or lend a hand to someone in need.

Michelle Chetty

Head of Finance
Michelle is a qualified chartered accountant and has furthered her studies with CIMA, obtaining her ACMA, CGMA qualification. Michelle is the CFO of the Affinity Group and assists the Sprout Foundation with financial oversight, keeping records, and budgeting. Michelle is hardworking and thorough, making her the best person to deal with our finances. She is passionate about volunteering and giving back and is an invaluable member of the Sprout team!

Julia Reader

Head of Partnerships
Julia holds degree in dietetics but has been working in the non-profit sector for over 10 years, writing curriculums, organising non-profit events and training unemployed youth. Julia is passionate about addressing injustice and throws herself wholeheartedly into any task she is given. Her friendly, efficient, and approachable nature combined with her wealth of experience makes her the best person to liaise with our partners and donor relations, provide feedback, report writing and assists with project development and implementation.