Mrs. Teresa Basson

Tere Basson qualified as a Professional Nurse and Midwife at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1978. She is the founder of Hidden Treasure and is currently on staff at Connect Church in Cape Town. The news of the nursing crisis in our nation, the resulting decline in health service delivery mobilized Tere into action. Her personal faith and commitment to help those in need, has led to the birth of The Exceptional Nurse Campaign.

Prof. Brian Allwood

Brian Allwood is a consultant pulmonologist and lecturer in the Division of Pulmonology at the Stellenbosch University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and completed his training as a Specialist Physician in 2008, and Consultant Pulmonologist in 2012, through the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also attained a Masters in Public Health in Clinical Research in 2012, and completed his PhD in 2014 at UCT, which evaluated the link between tuberculosis and subsequent development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

His clinical role at Tygerberg Academic Hospital has highlighted a number of important clinical needs and research questions unique to the African context. He completed a years Fellowship in clinical pulmonary hypertension at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA) in 2018. Currently his major focus is on pulmonary hypertension, interstitial and destructive lung diseases, with a major research interest in the long term consequences and management of post-tuberculosis respiratory diseases.

Apart from research, he has a strong interest in clinical medicine, and remains passionate about serving in less privileged communities both in South Africa and Africa as a whole. To achieve this, he places emphasis both on improving and expanding current pulmonology services, as well as teaching and training of medical students and junior doctors.

Mr Tom Johnston

Tom Johnston is an elder at Connect Church in Cape Town. Since Tere brought the predicament of nursing in South Africa to the attention of the church’s eldership, he has had a growing passion to become involved in doing something about it. He is one of the founding Directors of Supply Chain Consulting Company. Prior to that held senior executive positions in the fuel industry for 25 years. He is married to Jacquie, an educational therapist, and has 2 children.

Tom holds BSc and BA degrees from the University of Cape Town as well as an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand.

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