The Masicorp Team

Masicorp was founded in 1999 by John and Carol Thompson and their good friend Jane Philippi joined them soon after. After giving 10 years of active involvement in Masicorp the original USA team handed over to a South African board, and continue to be involved in overseas fund raising activities. Since 2009, considerable funding has also been raised in South Africa and in 2011 MASICORP UK LTD. [Masicorp UK] was set up in the UK to help support our work.

We restructured our senior team in South Africa to form a executive board with Milli Firth as Managing Director, and a Board of Trustees with Doug Wallace as Chair.

Masicorp has no religious or political affiliations and is a tax-exempt NGO / charity registered and established in South Africa, the USA and the UK.

South Africa - Executive Board

In South Africa we are registered as Masiphumelele Corporation[NPO: 040994 PBO: 930015544] and we manage operations via our locally-based board. The current members and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Managing Director - Milli Firth
  • Deputy Managing Director & ECD - Fiona Maitland
  • Director of Special Projects - Elize Taylor
  • Director of Development - Carol Hanks
  • Head of Fundraising – Megan Pringle
  • Director of Finance - Alastair Burns


South Africa - Board of Trustees

  • Chairman - Keith Richardson (RSA)
  • Trustee, & Founder - John Thompson (USA)
  • Trustee, & Founder - Carol Thompson (USA)
  • Trustee - Jane Philippi (USA)
  • Trustee & President - Andrew Smith (UK / RSA)
  • Trustee - Sandra Dodson (UK)
  • Trustee - Alan McKelvey B.E.M. (UK)
  • Trustee - Keith Richardson (RSA)
  • Trustee - Michael Tyhali (RSA)
  • Trustee - Itumeleng Pooe (RSA)
  • Ex Officio Trustee - Milli Firth (RSA)
  • Ex Officio Trustee - Fiona Maitland (RSA)
  • Ex Officio Trustee - Carol Hanks (RSA)

United States (USA)

In the USA we are registered as Masiphumelele Corporation [Public Charity EIN number: 02-0511758] Our USA team is:

  • John and Carol Thompson (Founders)
  • Jane Philippi
  • Mark Mincin
  • Lauren Mincin
  • Rick Antell

United Kingdom (UK)

In the UK we are registered as MASICORP UK LTD. [Charity Commission N° 1137358 HMRC Gift Aid Registration: XT26095]. Our trustees are:

  • Sandra Dodson (Chair)
  • Alan McKelvey B.E.M.
  • Julia Musgrave
  • Andrew Smith
  • Susan de Vaux
  • Alison Bullock
  • Chris Littmoden


Our Patron

  • Dame Linda Dobbs (UK)


Contact us

If you would like any more information on Masicorp, or are interested in getting involved, we will be pleased to hear from you.

Milli Firth Managing Director -, +27 [0]21 785 1923