TASHLINE JOOSTE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERTashline Jooste is the Chief Executive Officer for the Innovator Trust, as well as a pivotal member of our board of trustees. Having acquired unique and extensive business acumen during her varied career, Tashline has spearheaded the conception and realisation of the Innovator Trust, and oversees the crucial strategic direction of the organisation and its operations.
Tashline not only provides strong leadership from a business perspective to the Innovator Trust, but also embodies the core ethos of the organisation in her passion and dedication to empowering others. Meticulous, determined and fiercely independent, Tashline is known for her entrepreneurial flair, vast business experience, and being a strong advocate of female leadership - making her the ideal candidate to head up the Innovator Trust.
JANCIS VAN BILJON, FINANCIAL MANAGERJancis Van Biljon is a member of the Innovator Trust board of trustees, and acts as Financial Manager for the organisation. Throughout her successful career, Jancis has built an impressive track record in the specialty fields of accounting, tax management as well as fund and asset management.
Known for her precision and close attention to detail, Jancis has been a major asset to a variety of businesses. A quintessential ‘numbers person’ who finds great satisfaction in creating models that maximize potential of funds and assets, she started out her career at Tim du Toit Attorneys, later completing articles at Bennie and Wilson Chartered Accountants (SA). Following a project collaboration for the Auditor General of South Africa, and the following role of Financial Accountant at United National Breweries, Jancis went on to accept the position of Senior Accountant Consolidations at Vodacom. After being promoted a year later to Financial Manager, her tenor at Vodacom positioned her as the ideal candidate to serve on the board of the Innovator Trust.
JENNIFER PADAYACHEE, ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT MANAGERAs the Enterprise Development Manager at the Innovator Trust, Jennifer Padayachee’s extensive experience in the co-ordination and roll out of high-level business initiatives and marketing programmes, as well as her passion for connecting with others and building brands, makes her ideally suited to the important responsibilities and functions she oversees.
Jennifer, who has built an impressive career in the local and global media and marketing space, has a broad range of experience in a variety of sectors, which has equipped her with a unique and dynamic skillset. Having begun her career as a general administrator and office manager for Vodacom's Fraud Division, Jennifer went from strength to strength in her field, and before long became intricately involved with the organisation's marketing initiatives. It was here that Jennifer cut her teeth in the world of sponsorships and South Africa's broader marketing industry, managing both international and local sport sponsorships and grassroots projects alike.