Our Patrons

Judy Green is an economic history/archaeology graduate from the University of Nottingham; her early career included Unilever & London Business School. She has been a full-time mother & wife for the last thirty years. Judy played a critical role in the development of the vision for the Nompumelelo Educare Centre & the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre and she is one of the two patrons of Hope Through Action.

Philip was CEO of P&O Nedlloyd 2003-2006 & of United Utilities plc 2006-2011. Prior to 2003 he had been COO of DHL in Europe/Africa (’90-’99) & of Reuters plc (’99-’03).

Since 2011 he has held various non executive chairman roles including Carillion plc (’14-’18), BakerCorp Inc (’11-’17), Williams & Glyn (’13-’16), Logicor in ’17 & Corsair Infrastructure Management (’16- ). He was also the senior independent director of Saga plc ’14-’17.


Since ’11 until '18 Philip was chairman of Sentebale, a charity co founded by Prince Harry supporting young people with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana & Malawi. He & his wife also established Hope Through Action, a charity working in South Africa amongst disadvantaged youth.


He holds an MBA from London Business School & a BA Hons from the University of Wales; he is an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.  He was awarded a CBE in ’14 for services to business & charity in the UK & South Africa.

He was born in 1953, is married with two daughters.


Message from the founders and patrons,

Judy & Philip Green


It is nearly twenty years since our first visit to Mbekweni, a one hour drive north east of Cape Town. We were immediately struck by the appalling poverty, the massive under investment in education and the sense of hopelessness in so many young people.

We were determined to try to make a difference, however modest, in projects prioritised by the local community.

Having been introduced to the Nompumelelo Educare Centre by a local Christian charity we decided to invest in its facilities and staff to provide a dramatically improved level of educare.

By 2008 we had, with Phil Bland’s assistance, established Hope Through Action as the vehicle for our work in the townships. We had also identified the development of life skills through sport as our priority - this has been our focus for the last ten years.


We are now working in three townships, all within 50miles of Cape Town. There is no doubt that thousands of lives of under privileged young people have been transformed by the work of our team and of our friends at SCORE. We are hugely grateful for the efforts made by so many people, in both the UK and SA. 


The immediate priority is to secure adequate funding to secure their future.