Committee Members

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Richard Midgley, Chairman

Richard combines his work as chairman of the MDGA ExCom with his role as a director and managing partner for clearing and forwarding importer and exporter, CH Logistics. Previously, he spent most of his career with multinational Nestlé in a variety of positions across South Africa and Nigeria. His particular areas of professional expertise include general management, marketing, labour relations, and logistics. His work on behalf of Marina residents brings him into contact with SAPS and local security providers; the City of Cape Town, its Planning Department and our local councillor, Aimee Kuhl; Kyran Wright at Cape Nature, MDGA’s auditors and landlord; Siyakhula and our associated community outreach partners; and – most importantly – our members and residents.

“As chairman,” says Richard, “I am responsible for keeping an overview and directing our ExCom members, who are all talented volunteers with a strong commitment to the widest interests of the
Marina and its residents.”

Richard and his wife, Pascale, moved to the Marina five years ago. He has two daughters, Alexandra and Samantha, a son, Nicholas, and two grandchildren, Max and Anoushka.

Lise Carswell, Vice-Chair, Environment, Parks & Gardens

Lise’s professional background is in tourism, planning five-star trips primarily for American clients. She spent most of her youth in Denmark and Sweden before returning to Cape Town in her early 20s. Her links with the Marina began 12 years ago, when she took a detour to visit a show home with husband, David, and promptly bought it.

“With our son, Mark, and three pups, we couldn’t be happier here. I intend to die looking at this view.”

ExCom created the Environment portfolio specifically to take advantage of Lise’s experience. Her work as an ExCom member also involves administering the Ubuntu community support card and
providing assistance wherever it is needed.

“I spend a lot of time following up sewerage alerts from residents with Kyran Wright at Cape Nature and Trevor Grootijies at the City’s Reticulation Department.”

Beyond travel, Lise’s interests include gardening, walking her dogs in the Marina’s green spaces, and reading.

Peter Allen, Security

Peter has spent more than 36 years in the military, policing, and security sectors. After six years in the South African Navy, he joined SAPS at Muizenberg and worked in a variety of locations and roles, including 10 years as a member of the SAPS Dog Unit Tactical Support Group. After 21 years in the police, he resigned in 2010 as a commissioned Captain before spending a year as a private military contractor at the US Embassy in Kabul, working for the US State Department. In 2011, Peter became estate security manager and later estate manager at Burgundy Estate near Plattekloof, a housing estate with a Mashie golf course and 3,500 residences.

Peter has spent more than 36 years in the military, policing, and security sectors. After six years in the South African Navy, he joined SAPS at Muizenberg and worked in a variety of locations and roles, including 10 years as a member of the SAPS Dog Unit Tactical Support Group. After 21 years in the police, he resigned in 2010 as a commissioned Captain before spending a year as a private military contractor at the US Embassy in Kabul, working for the US State Department. In 2011, Peter became estate security manager and later estate manager at Burgundy Estate near Plattekloof, a housing estate with a Mashie golf course and 3,500 residences.

Peter’s hobbies include motorcycle and quadbike riding, and target shooting as a member of the National Hunting and Shooting Association (NHSA) and the South African Defensive Pistol Association (SADPA). He also finds time to moonlight as a close protection officer for Hollywood A-list celebrities.

Peter – who holds a degree in policing – has been a Marina resident since 2012 after moving from Lakeside with his wife, Janine, and sons, Conor and Jared.

Tharwah Davids, Treasurer, Compliance

Tharwah Davids holds the Compliance portfolio and has also taken over as Treasurer.

Tharwah moved back to the Marina recently having grown up along Zeekoevlei for most of her youth. Having fallen in love with the recreational opportunities the Marina offers first time round, she was excited to return and make Eastlake Island her home.

Tharwah currently works for one of the big four accounting firms and is a non-practising attorney. Over the years, she has volunteered at a legal advice office and has also served on the ExCom of a running club.

Events: position currently vacant

Nick Bode, Waterways

Nick Bode’s appointment to the MDGA ExCom’s most challenging portfolio was warmly welcomed by residents, who value his no-nonsense reputation for making things happen.

He has been a Marina resident for around two years currently, but also lived here for about 18 months a decade or so ago. As a keen fisherman, Nick particularly enjoys living by the water. “I love living in Marina da Gama as opposed to Parks da Gama or Forest da Gama. So, let’s see more people caring for our waterways.” His day job also involves water: he builds, repairs, and installs custom modifications to boats.

Commenting on his priorities for our waterways, Nick says: “I already work with Kyran Wright, who manages the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve (ZENR), and have meetings almost weekly about the waterways. Looking ahead, we need to think differently because it is clear that nothing from the past has worked. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition madness.”

His immediate action points include: urgently looking into finding local volunteers to help manage the waterways and employ staff with their own boats to clean them; installing aerators and current
thrusters in key areas of the Marina to promote water circulation and more movement in the water column, especially in the blind bay canals. He also wants to promote our waterways and get more
residents actively involved in maintenance. 

Says Nick: “All these measures have produced fantastic results in other countries, where communities have stood up and worked together. Lots of people I’ve spoken to would like to use our
waterways more, but don’t enjoy getting their props stuck in the weeds. Overall, I want to see more people with motorboats out on the water! I want to see more kids out fishing, kayaking or sailing!”

You can read more about what Nick plans to achieve in his ExCom role on the MDGA blog.

Standards: position currently vacant

Patrick McKenna, Communications

Patrick moved to Burgee Bend with his wife, Hilary Alexander, six years ago. The couple run their own copywriting and photography agency working for clients in South Africa and overseas.

As holder of the MDGA Communications portfolio, Patrick is editor of the Marina da Gama News magazine.

He is also working with ExCom colleagues to implement a comprehensive upgrade of all the MDGA’s communication channels. This project involves building a new website while improving the quality and quantity of information the MDGA publishes on Facebook, email, and other platforms.

The main goal is to communicate more openly and regularly with residents about the issues that matter most to them while also promoting the benefits of living in the Marina.

Paul Higgins, Waterways and Archcom

Paul and his wife, Glenda, have been Marina residents since 1999, and he has two sons, Richard and Michael. After starting his career with the government agency, Surveys and Mapping, Paul moved into the private sector and has been partner in an engineering and hydrographic surveying company since 1987. He specialises in surveying on large engineering projects involving dams, power stations, tunnels, steel mills and harbours. He is now putting his skills to good use on behalf of the Marina community by assisting with the Archcom and Waterways portfolio.