Governing Board

GTTP SA is advised and governed by a board of high level representatives from Government and the private sector.

This Governing Board supports the GTTP SA in four annual meetings where the members advise the programme on strategy, projects, resources, fundraising and educational support.

Seated from left to right: Cindy Hendricks, Robyn Christie, Christo Nel (Administrative assistant), Prof Elmarie Slabbert, Cheryl Weston, Elsabe Engelbrecht (National Director), Darryn Von Maltitz ( Chairperson).

Inserts: Lee-Anne Bac,  Lulamile Stuurman

Some of the members of the Governing Board are profiled below:




Lee-Anne Bac is a director of the Grant Thornton research-based consulting service line and is a strategic research expert. She joined Grant Thornton in 1997 and was appointed a director in 1999.
Lee-Anne is responsible for feasibility studies, business plans, economic and social impact assessments, business valuations, market and social research, human resource development strategies, skills needs and demand assessments, property consulting and strategic management consulting.




Darryn von Maltitz is the former TTP programme director and the former programme manager of the NBI (National Business Initiative) where she managed the tourism skills audit project on behalf of DEAT and THETA.  She completed her honours degree in Industrial Sociology at the University of Cape Town in 1990.  She also completed the Management Advanced Programme with distinction at Wits University in 1999. She also completed a post graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation in 2009.  She is now employed by the National Department of Education but is a member of the GTTP-SA Advisory Committee in her personal capacity.


Professor: North-West University

Elmarie Slabert

Prof Elmarie Slabbert is a professor and programme leader for Tourism Management at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus).  She specialises in the social impact of tourism, tourism marketing, communication, event management and tourism management.  Prof Slabbert is a board member of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists, vice-chairman of Tourism Educators of South Africa and serves as referee for the National Research Foundation (NRF) and various accredited journals. She also serves on the Education Committee as well as the Research Committee of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and 2007. After the completion of her PhD she focused on acquiring research funds awarded to her by the National Research Foundation for analysing the social impacts of events in South Africa (2007-2011).  After this she received funding from the National Research Foundation to continue her research on the tangible and intangible benefits of tourism to communities (2012-2014). She has authored and co-authored 15 accredited articles and 6 accredited conference proceedings. Since 2005 25 Masters students and 8 Doctorate students completed their studies with success under her guidance. At international level she has presented 26 papers at international conferences. Prof Slabbert has been involved in training tourism educators since 2004 for Wits Business School as well as North West, Western Cape and Gauteng Education Authorities. She has also served on the screening panel for Tourism Textbooks for the Department of Basic Education. 

Deputy Director: Tourism, Consumer Studies and Hospitality Studies Department of Basic education

Lulamile Stuurman

Lulamile is a Human Resource Management Specialist with a strong focus on

Human Resource Development and Labour / Employee Relations as areas of his passion. His dissertation for his Master of Management in Public & Development Management Degree (MM – P&DM) at University of Witwatersrand focused on performance management which made him an insightful resource in this field. Other general areas of focus are strategic planning, project management and performance orientation.

He is an outcomes focused business leader with a strong operations experience and expertise accumulated over a period of 18 years in senior positions at national institutions across the nation.

Lulamile has a compelling presence. He combines rare qualities of an orator and a general manager with a keen focus on return on investment. An astute bargainer, cost saver with inventive thinking and a sophisticated ability to get things done. He is a primer in the use of time and company resources to achieve target goals, financial performance and stakeholder consultation.

With a wealth of international traveling experience which straddles across 5 countries in Saudi Arabia, Malasia, China, Japan and Indonesia in Asia, 5 in Europe namely Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. Lulamile a credible and beneficial agent of business and social transformation.


-  Trainee Human Resources / Labour Relations Officer (2 years) – Lifecare Special Health Services (Pty)          Ltd

-  Training & Development Officer (2 years) – Lifecare Special Health Services (Pty) Ltd

-  Labour Relations Officer (4 years) – Lifecare Special Health Services (Pty) Ltd

-  Learning & Development Manager (4 years) – Lifecare Special Health Services (Pty) Ltd

-  Deputy Director (7 years) – DEAT & NDT

-  Acting Director (1 year 6 months) – DEAT