The staff team is led by the managing director, Mariëtte Jacobs, who is also a registered counselling psychologist. Our team mostly consists of contracted facilitators/consultants, working on different projects to provide expert input, while we collaborate closely with partner organisations. The board of directors is closely involved with the overseeing of service delivery to ensure that we continue to function in line with best practice.

Mariëtte Jacobs

Managing Director

Mariëtte is a registered psychologist with a passion to see the civil society sector thrive. She believes this can be accomplished through ethical organisational development, effective leadership, collaboration and quality service delivery to communities, with the best interest of children paramount. Mariëtte loves reading, exploring nature and caring for animals.

Sophie Olivier

Fundraising and Communication

Sophie has worked in the NGO sector in Cape Town for the past 9 years. Originally from the UK, Sophie has always had a passion for community development and seeing change through the church's response to social action. Sophie loves the outdoor life that Cape Town offers of hiking and braais, with her husband David and son William. Sophie is working with Ezrah as a fundraising consultant - read more about her work at

Our directors

Lesley Huysamen

Lesley Huysamen is a founding director of Ezrah with a passion for child protection and seeing children thrive. She is married and the mother of four children. Apart from investing time in her own family as a priority, she is assisting her husband in their family business ( and contributing to community initiatives in order to help build safe communities.

Maarten Meyer

Maarten Meyer works as attorney and alternative dispute resolution practitioner ( Maarten is married with three children and enjoy sports and the outdoors. He loves to see children thrive through quality education, teamwork and empowering relationships within a strong ethical framework, all of which find expression in and through serving on Ezrah’s board.​

Growing together so that the next generation can thrive!