The Board

Soul Action South Africa’s board of trustees have vast experience in development, both at grass roots and project management levels, and have proven themselves as Christian leaders locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Dean Barnes (below) has over 25 years experience of business management, design and project / programme management in the built environment, with extensive experience in housing, civils and rural water development, public works programmes and institutional development.  Along with Phil, Rachel and Jo is one of the four founding members of Soul Action’s Management Committee.

DBDean is the author several policies, strategies and has managed major government programmes including among others the National Community Based Public Works Programme, National Building for Sport and Recreation Programme, uThukela Rural Water and Sanitation Programme and Housing Programme in KwaZulu Natal (for which he was awarded the Housing Man of the Year award in 1996).

Dean has been project leader on a number of international assignments including public sector institutional strengthening in Botswana, Malawi and Egypt and has experience in international donor management requirements.


Phil and Rachel Bowyer are co-founders of Soul Action South Africa; they live in Ballito (KZN) with their 17 year old son Zac.  Prior to moving to South Africa Phil worked for Tearfund, one of the UK’s largest evangelical relief and development agencies, where he managed Innovation and before that co-ordinated Youthwork in the UK and Ireland.  Phil is an accredited Minister with the Assemblies of God with a Bth Hons Degree in Theology and a BA Hons in Design.

WWWRachel is a fully qualified teacher with a Masters in Education, a Post Grad in Special Educational Needs, a BA Hons Degree in Music and Mathematics, and an accredited Minister with the Assemblies of God.  Prior to establishing Soul Action in South Africa, Rachel spent 11 years as a primary school teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator in one of the UK’s Urban Priority Areas.   Rachel and Phil are co-authors of The Whole Wide World, a book of practical devotions for families with children aged 4-11.

Jo Douwes was born in Durban and attended Durban Girls’ College before leaving the east coast to study at the UCT. Here, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and Zoology as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Since then, she has worked in a number of different fields including the Freshwater Research Unit at UCT, Seaforth College in Ballito and Umuzi Wethemba KwaJesu HIV/AIDS Centre in Umhlali.

JDJo (pictured here on the left)  is currently employed in the Environmental Management Department at eThekwini Municipality.  Jo is passionate about people and the environment and believes that caring for both is an essential part of our God-given responsibility here on earth.  She is married to Errol, and the live in Durban.

bmBarbara McLean is the Operational Manager at Bright Site, an initiative of Unisa’s Department of Social Work in the College of Human Sciences.  Bright Site aims to provide Durban-based Unisa students with relevant social work learning opportunities.  Barbara is the newest member of Soul Action’s board, joining in the year ending 2013.


Founder and owner of Earth Landscapes, Ross Nevette has twenty years experience in the landscape industry; with projects ranging from private gardens, and business parks, to green-roofs and rehabilitation projects.  His focus is on creating inspirational gardens, that are a combination of his clients vision, his imagination and practical thinking.  Ross – a worship leader at his local church – is married to Michelle, and together they have a daughter – Emily.

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