Staff and Board

Dr Winnie Martins: Director

Winnie1The director meets with existing and potential funders, attends meetings involving all of the role-players in the advice office sector and builds new partnerships. She plans CCJD’s strategy and also carries out research on the work of the advice offices.

Winnie studied Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, before joining CCJD as a researcher in 1994. She researched the Family Violence Act, and her conclusion that women did not know about the Act influenced her founding of the advice office programme.

Appointed director in 1997, Winnie quickly gave CCJD a new vision, focusing its work and research on the advice office programme and raising funds to implement this plan. She has overseen the founding and expansion of the advice offices, the selection and training of paralegals, the rewriting of statutes in accessible language, the dissemination of information, the establishment of a case database and research into the advice office programme and regular three-year evaluations of it. She has also raised funds to support these activities.

Winnie has served on the Advisory Committee of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Executive Committee of the UKZN Convocation, and has been involved in proposal assessment for the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and CAGE. She is a fellow of Ashoka, the global foundation for social entrepreneurs. She has written training manuals for coordinators on legal and human rights issues and contributed a chapter for a book by Lawyers for Human Rights entitled ‘Children and the Law’.

In 2016 Winnie completed a PhD thesis on the role of community-based paralegals in applying restorative justice in rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Jabhisile Sangweni: Programme ManagerJabu

Jabu supervises and supports the work of the advice offices and the training programme, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the head office. She oversees CCJD’s expenditure and financial management, and ensures that CCJD and the affiliated advice offices meet their governance and compliance requirements. 

After working as a teacher, Jabu studied a law degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal while working as an intern for CCJD, which she joined full-time in 2006.  

Lucky Mkhize: Field Coordinator

LuckyLucky worked for CCJD as a paralegal from 2002 to 2014 and has a paralegal diploma from the University of Natal, as well as a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

She reads the cases submitted monthly to head office by the twenty paralegals, checking that the appropriate services have been provided and making sure that all activities are recorded correctly both on paper and on the electronic database. Lucky collates the offices’ statistics and provides field information and reports on the outreach programme. She also provides legal support in difficult cases. 

Rupert Denham: Development OfficerPhoto

With a degree from Oxford University and a background in teaching and website management, Rupert came to CCJD in 2010. He focuses on fundraising, writing proposals and reports to foundations, governments and companies. He also updates the website and assists with research and IT.

Michelle Walsh: Finance Officer


Michelle Walsh joined CCJD in 2016 and provides financial and accounting expertise. A qualified accountant with over twenty years’ experience in the corporate sector, she is responsible for the organisation’s financial controls, checking and recording all expenditure. She carries out bookkeeping, prepares the records for audit using Pastel accounting, and ensures that CCJD meets all of its obligations to SARS and funders. She also prepares budgets and financial reports for donors.

Wendy Leeb: Researcher (Consultant)

Wendy joined CCJD in 2015, and conducts research on socio-legal issues using CCJD’s database, and by carrying out interviews in the field. She carries out research that is requested by funders, and in 2016 is researching how service delivery in South Africa varies according to the race of the recipients.

Wendy has extensive experience as the head of research at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature, where she worked for twenty years. She has also carried out research for the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


The board includes people from a wide range of cultures and work experiences: academia, law, community work and medicine. It has strengths in the area of business, accounting, academia, research and of running an NGO.




Professor Michael Cowling


Professor of Law, UKZN

Dr Winnie Martins


Director of CCJD

Professor Shannon Hoctor

Board member

Professor of Law, UKZN

Dr May Mkhize

Board memberMedical doctor

Gugu Khumalo

Board member


Sipho SokhelaBoard member

Director of YMCA

Philippe DenisBoard memberSocial Sciences Researcher, UKZN