Judy Goddard – Founder & DirectorMasiwela is the brainchild of Judy Goddard. Born in Zimbabwe and based in South Africa, Judy is your quintessential Africaneer. She is passionate and dedicated to the continent of her birth. And she is determined to make a difference. Her hard working and friendly demeanour has seen the company grow from strength to strength. With her forward thinking, compassionate and enthusiastic nature, the opportunities for Masiwela are endless. Judy completed her honours degree in Hospitality and Business Management in Switzerland. Here she excelled. Judy was awarded Outstanding Student of the Graduating Class of 2007 and the Swiss Hospitality Touch for Leadership in the Graduating Class of 2008.Whilst studying, she took the time to travel, working in countries like Australia, United Kingdom, the United States & Europe. With ten years of management experience under her belt Judy has enjoyed a successful career. She has worked with world class establishments such as the Marriott and Hyatt Groups overseas as well as local corporations such as African Sun and the Multichoice Group. Judy is practised in Human Resource Management, Sales, Marketing and Project Management, making her well-placed to drive the success of Masiwela and the clients the business represents.
Brandon Clifford - DirectorBrandon Clifford is a Business Events Professional with extensive experience in leading the strategic and operational planning and management of business events and conferences, within listed organisations, Swiss Education Group, Sandton Convention Centre, as well as in the National Conventions Bureau a unit within South African Tourism. With a career founded on more than ten years of experience in Senior Corporate Sales Management positions, and significant qualifications (Honours degree in Hospitality and Events Management) obtained from the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland (University of Derby), Brandon has accumulated expertise and proficiency through leading the conferencing and events planning strategies of high-capacity organisations. After his ten-year tenure in the Corporate environment, Brandon’s entrepreneurial acumen took preference and he ventured into realising his ultimate goal to become a business owner launching Evenza and now partnering on Rand Club.
Ashleigh Rowley – General Manager: EventsAshleigh started off her marketing dream at the University of Johannesburg studying a BA degree in Corporate Communications. The 3 year course cemented her love for the creative world of marketing. She is passionate about the industry and its every aspect, from events to client campaigns to brand awareness. After completing her degree, Ashleigh embarked in search of work, eager to gain experience and begin her career in the marketing industry. She was given an opportunity as an assistant to a marketing manager at a Sandton nightclub. It was here that she was encouraged to learn and obtain valuable information about the trade. She gained invaluable experience, dealing with different aspects of marketing- from customer relations to dealing with suppliers and brands. Ashleigh then spread her wings, leaving the company in search of new ventures and new opportunities. This led her to Masiwela, where she is thriving and bringing creativity and excitement to the team.
Thabo Jones Mathe – Senior Operations Manager37 years old born and brewed in a small town called Zeerust, started his Hospitality Career in 2002 when he was doing Food and Beverage Learneship with Theta. His love and passion helped him to join a prestigious Blue Train as a butler, after spending 6 months with Blue Train he was moved to Sandton Convention Centre as a Floor Supervisor and in-house staff trainer. Thabo has trained more than 300 casual staff for Bidvest Events and Sandton Convention Centre between 2005 and 2009. He then moved to HSC as a site manager. He looked after well-known hotels like Hyatt Regency, Blue Train, Gallagher Estate and Carnival city and got an opportunity to manage Banqueting Department at Carnival City under Fedics 2011 - 2012. He later moved back to Sandton Convention Centre looking after a pool of 250 staff FOH and BOH from 2012 moved back to Sandton Convention Center as a Senior Contract Manager. His dedication and hunger to achieve in life landed him in the Northern part of the country at Tzaneen Country Lodge as a Junior Food and Beverage Manager. He then moved to KievietsKroon Country Estate as a Junior Food and Beverage Manager/Assistant Banqueting Manager. In January 2017 he got an opportunity to join Rand Club as a senior Operations Manager, his has done very well since joining the Club, some highlights of his career at Rand Club was planning and executing successful 130 years Celebration of the club, he feels that this is the great opportunity that he has been waiting to use his skills and his professionalism to give every client at Rand Club a personal service together with his Team and give them a memorable events at Rand Club.
Ross England – Operations Manager
Ross went to St. Albans College graduating in 2009. In 2014 he graduated in Marketing and business management in 2014 as well as getting experience various part time jobs and job shadowing at KPMG and ABSA. In 2014 he managed a Johannesburg branch for a software company getting experience in all aspects of business management. In August 2016 Ross decided on a new career path, looking for a new challenge by becoming a banqueting coordinator at the Rand Club for Masiwela, 6 months later he got promoted to operations manager and looks forward to an exciting career. Ross England takes any opportunity that is given to him and relishes it. His has broad experience in all aspects events, marketing and business running. This will help you make the perfect event every time.