Peter Pretorius - Founder and former CEO
The late Peter was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JAM International. Peter began his career with his father in the family construction company. He then purchased landin the Eastern Low-veld of South Africa in order to fulfill one of his dreams of farming tobacco. Within three years of operating, Peter won the Golden Leaf Award for the highest yield per hectare in that region.
Peter’s involvement in Christian outreach crusades steered him to becoming involved in humanitarian aid work, which led him to the fateful experience in 1984 when he was left stranded at a relief and food distribution center for 10 days with no food and very little water.
Being exposed to extreme hunger, poverty and death at a place that was supposed to provide relief, Peter and his wife, Ann, made the decision to dedicate their lives to alleviate the suffering of the poor, thus Joint Aid Management was established. In just over 30 years Peter grew Joint Aid Management into the phenominal organisation that it is today. We honor the legacy that Peter has left.
JAM International is led by a dedicated team, who are responsible for steering JAM International’s global activities. The team is responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective running of the organisation, as well as increasing the presence of JAM on the international non-profit sector for the benefit of those we serve. Being involved in a range of humanitarian and missionary work means the JAM leadership team is more tuned in to what is happening in the development sector.
Here’s a brief synopsis of JAM International’s leadership team, specifically relating to each of their areas of education, expertise and interests:
Ann Co-Founded Joint Aid Management (JAM) International in 1984. JAM is a South African-founded international, Christian, non-profit organization. Her husband Peter had a heart-breaking experience while visiting the war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique where thousands of people were dying as a result of hunger and malnutrition. Peter and Ann resolved to do whatever they could do to alleviate the suffering of the people, and especially the children. This was the driving force to establish an organization focused on emergency relief and nutritional feeding.
Many describe Ann as “Mama JAM” due to her heart for the development of the people of Africa, but she describes herself as “a highly motivated, compassionate and emotional woman, passionate for the cause.” This mother of six, who now has 13 grandchildren, is a true family woman. Ann is gifted with great ability in Administration and Marketing and her contribution in these areas has brought JAM to where it is today. JAM has served more than 1.2 billion meals to its beneficiaries in the past 30 years.
Angie is the COO of Joint Aid Management International and also sits on the Boards of JAM SA and JAM Water. In her role as COO, Angie is responsible for all of JAM’s Operational functions, including HR, Finance and Programmes, not only at HQ but within the Regional Offices as well.
She has over twenty-five years of experience in developing financial, administrative and human resource systems, government and community relations in Africa, including International non-profit interests. She has over the years created and managed financial and Operations divisions responsible for the Financial/Operational oversight of all privately and donor funded international programmes.
Prior to joining JAM in December 2006, Angie worked for World Vision International in various countries and positions. One of the positions she held was that of Regional Finance and Administrative Manager of C-SAFE (Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency), which was a multi-country, multi-NGO initiative with a budget of $500 million dollars responding to the food security emergency in Southern Africa.
Christian Abayomi Campbell is the Finance Director for JAM International and holds Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Honours) in Management Accounting and MBA degrees. He started his career as a teacher and later entered the humanitarian field. He worked for World Vision International for 12 years, in the finance department, before joining JAM in 2009.
During June 2018, Kelvin Glen joined the JAM Family in the capacity of Country Director for JAM South Africa.
Kelvin has spent his career in the development sector working across a number of programmes spanning the African continent including Humanitarian Relief, Disaster Management, Education, Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, School Infrastructure, Social Crime Prevention and Justice, Marine Conservation, Food Security, Education, Non Profit Development and Aged Care. Kelvin gained extensive experience in nutrition when he was appointed as the founding Director of the Tiger Brands Foundation, an independent Trust funded by dividends from Tiger Brands (Pty) Ltd and aimed to improve the lives of learners at non-fee paying schools and their surrounding communities, creating sustainable, scalable and replicable programmes focused on nutrition and education enhancement. The Tiger Brands Foundation was the inaugural Public Private Partnership between a Corporate and the Department of Basic Education to establish and implement South Africa’s first in-school breakfast feeding programme along with food parcels for holiday feeding.
His vast experience across international, national and local NGO’s has groomed Kelvin well for this opportunity to lead the team at JAM South Africa to continue to provide a vital service to the communities that we serve.
Jackie Vorster began her career in finance with a Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSc) degree. With the importance of humanitarian work already ignited in her during her formative years, Jackie began working at JAM International in 2002 in the government and corporates grants division. She later served as the organisations Company Secretary. Jackie has a high level of creativity and went on to study marketing. She left JAM to run a design and marketing company for 9 years, rejoining JAM and becoming the VP of Global Marketing.
With her keen insight, experience and passion Jackie continues to bring her vibrant energy to the organisation’s goal of helping Africa help itself.
Jackie serves as an Executive committee member in the leadership team for JAM International