Senior Management Team

Richard Saner, General Manager, WUCT

Following the retirement of Dave Barnes in 2016, Richard Saner was appointed manager of Westlake United Church Trust.

After a 40 year business career and qualification in a wide range of disciplines, Richard is now operating in his gifting and calling by heading up the Management Team at WUCT.

Nicci Woodbridge: Project manager – Home Based Care

Nicci Woodbridge is the Admin/Project Manager for the Home-based Care Department and Department of Social Development.

Nicci says “I am inspired to support the community as there are so many needs from poverty, hunger as well as a need for basic care in the homes of those unable to help themselves. It is a privilege to work with the HBC team who bare their souls at times and stick together as a team in caring for the community. I am inspired when I see joy on the faces of some of the community when WUCT has met a need. My passion is to see everybody in the community fed every day.”

Sister Koekie Eichhorn: Professional Nurse for Home Based Care.

Sister Koekie started her nursing career at age 17 and hasn’t stopped since. We fondly call her “Mother Theresa” as she is dedicated, extremely passionate about Westlake Community and drives from house to house doing home visits to the mothers of new borns. This absolutely fearless and strong woman is a role model to us all!

Yvonne Nyamvaka – Head of Department, Child Care and Protection

Yvonne is a new, amd most welcome, additional to the team. She started working with us in July 2019 and is a qualified social worker and has extensive experience working with marginalised children.

Yvonne also subscribes to the wonderful quote (below) that her predecessor, Arlene Kalima frequently used.

“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men” – F. Douglas


Mrs Hazel Albertus, Principal, Emmanuel Educare

Hazel Albertus was appointed Principal of Emmanuel Educare in 2006 having been a Grade R teacher there almost since its inception in 2002. .

Hazel is proud of the achievements of her past pupils.  Based on the great foundation that was laid at Emmanuel, many have gone on to excel both academically and in other fields such as dance.


Mrs Veloshni Baker, Assistant General Manager, Head of Administration

With a background in human resource management and counselling, Veloshni is involved in assisting the General Manager and managing the Administration, Maintenance, Advice and Catering Departments. Putting God at the centre of her life and work at Westlake, Veloshni frequently prays with staff and the wider community.

She is passionate about working with people and watching them grow and becoming empowered. She encourages all to “be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

“Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22.

Mr Alastair Grey, Group Financial Manager

Having worked for Churches and other NGO’s, Alastair worked part-time since 2009 and joined WUCT full-time in early August 2018.

Responsible for the full range of accounting functions, he produces monthly management accounts and prepares the annual budgets. Additionally, he also administers the home-based-care programme and broader funding applications.