Waves for Change – Surf Therapy for Violent Communities


The Team

Waves for Change is run by a team of mental health professionals, surfers and community action teams…meet them here.

Our Team

  • Tim Conibear – Founder & Ashoka Fellow
  • Matt Mattila – Chief Operating Officer
  • Cassandra Wagenaar – Programme Director, Cape Town
  • Ntombi Jabobs – Programme Administrator, Cape Town
  • Nolwazi Makhuluphala – Site Manager, Khayelitsha
  • Aphiwe Tshetsha – Site Manager, Masiphumelele
  • Ashleigh Hesse – Site Manager, Lavender Hill
  • Elana Rolfe – Monitoring and Evaluation Manager


  • Michael February

Board of Trustees:
The Waves for Change board of trustees work in a voluntary capacity and oversee the management of all business and programming.
They meet on a quarterly basis.

They Are:

  • Dr Adnaan Mia – Medial Professional and Development Consultant
  • Bongani Ndlovu – Alan Grey Orbis Fellow & Co-Founder of W4C.
  • Steven Pike – CEO Wavescape Portal & Film Festival
  • Daniella Conibear – Educational Professional
  • Melissa Kernick – Systems Analyst and Long Time upporter
  • Dr Glen Thompson –Surf historian
  • Luis Chappella – Ocean Engineer & Long Time Supporter
  • Adekanmi Lawson – Legal Professional
  • Tim Conibear – Founder and Director W4C
  • Chris Mason – Writer / Producer