Our Team

Management Team

Danielle Simpson-Cupido - chaps team

Danielle Simpson-Cupido


As CHAPS CEO, Danielle ensures sustainability.

Her finance background extends to management, risk, governance, and compliance.

Skilled in capacity development, she assesses organizations and boosts efficiency.

Proficient in strategic leadership, donor funds, stakeholders, and business growth, she offers 20+ years’ experience in operations and complex international development programmes.

Past roles include financial positions at Western Cape Education Department, Simeka Consultant & Actuaries (Sanlam), PACT SA, Isibani Development Partners, and CHAPS.

Gerhard Wessels

Financial Manager

Gerhard has worked in various key roles as a financial consultant, management accountant and financial manager in his 12 years at CHAPS.

His current role is to provide CHAPS with strategic leadership in finance, administration, regulatory, compliance, risk management.

Gerhard’s expertise extends to broader financial management and he also currently manages the Finance, IT, Communications, Human Resources and Operations departments, making him an indisputable asset to CHAPS.

Gerhard has a cumulative experience of 26 years in the financial sector, previously holding the titles of Audit Manager at Van Schalkwyk & Partners, and Financial Manager at OBC Group.

Gerhard holds a B Com (Accounting) and a B Compt Hons (Accounting).

Bruce Paterson

Operations Manager

Bruce joined CHAPS in May 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Prior to this, he had accumulated a wealth of experience in the forest industry, spending seven years as a Forester followed by 16 years as a Contracts Manager for Forest Projects at Mond Business.

At CHAPS, his role primarily revolves around overseeing the fleet and procurement operations. Bruce possesses an extensive background in fleet management and logistics.

Additionally, he plays a vital role in clinic supervision, ensuring effective asset control, and managing the procurement of essential supplies and equipment.

This responsibility extends to both the circumcision program and supporting teams involved in HIV testing and COVID screening.

Abram Mashabela

Clinical Associate, CHAPS Private Healthcare Clinic

Abram began his career at CHAPS as a clinical associate, and was promoted to district coordinator and clinical lead, having excelled in management skills. With 12 years of overall experience in healthcare (9 years in VMMC and 6 years in nursing), he is currently the clinical lead at the CHAPS private primary healthcare clinic.

Abram initially qualified and worked as a nurse, before completing his Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) at the University of Pretoria.

He is also a qualified BLS instructor. Experienced in public, private and NGO sectors, Abram has worked at 1Military Hospital, New Start, SFH, the Aurum Institute and Right to Care in his capacity as project coordinator and clinical associate and served in African Union and United nations as a clinical Lead. A

bram’s chief motivator is receiving positive feedback from patients for excellent service delivery and being instrumental in their recovery.

Radika Ishwarchand

HR Business partner

Radika has Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Industrial Relations and has 15 years’ experience as an HR generalist, having worked for local and global companies such as PWC, Citibank, Edcon, GE Healthcare and Accenture.

Her passion for healthcare and making a tangible difference to disenfranchised communities facilitated her transition into the non-profit sector.

As HR Business partner at CHAPS, Radika manages the overall HR operations, with specific focus on recruitment, selection and contract management.

She brings to the table an analytical approach and problem-solving capabilities that are instrumental in finding business solutions, and subsequently rolls out processes to streamline and ease the burden of work throughout the organisation.

Dr Derek Mangoya

Technical specialist and QA advisor, SAFE VMMC Namibia

Derek is a skilled medical doctor, public health clinician and health economist with over 15 years of experience in delivering high-quality primary healthcare, providing technical assistance, implementing health programs, and serving in an advisory capacity.

As the representative of CHAPS in Namibia, Derek is responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of the SAFE VMMC Project and ensuring its quality. While his main focus is on enhancing quality and strengthening health systems, Derek possesses a diverse skill set that includes leadership, data analysis, training and mentorship, development of curricula, standard operating procedures (SOPs), guidelines, and job aids.

He has previously worked as a medical officer in Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Namibia, gaining experience in both the private and public health sectors.

Derek has collaborated with governments, donor agencies like USAID, and implementing partners across Southern Africa, particularly in sexual reproductive health programs.

He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) degree and has further qualifications in Master of Science in Applied Health Economics, Master of Public Health (Health Policy & Management), Diploma in Project Management, and a Certificate in Business Analytics.

Nelly Moremi

Data Manager

Nelly Moremi is a graduate from the Tshwane University of Technology with a National Diploma in Personnel and Public Management.

She is also GCP and 0TH trained and recently obtained Advanced M&E which encompasses M&E principles, Evaluation of programmes and designing program monitoring systems.

Her current role is to audit Male Medical Circumcision (MMC) data across the country, identifying data gaps, discrepancies, and errors and to train and mentor data teams.

In 2018, she led a national team of consultants on a data audit across the country.

In 2019 she was part of the EQA team with WHO and NDOH.

Sarah Jones

Programme Manager: HTS Programme

Sarah started her career in healthcare at CHAPS in 2010. Her exceptional communication skills, perfectionism, critical thinking, and setting goals and achieving them enabled her to move up the ranks.

From humble beginnings as an interviewer, she has gained strides through a series of promotions from being to a counsellor, senior counsellor, QA officer, HTS coordinator and currently as acting programme manager for the CHAPS HTS programme.

Her current role encompasses programmatic and staff management; ensuring smooth daily operations and achieving targets; reporting; HTS, RTQII and CQI training of staff and external healthcare workers, mentoring of staff and inventory management.

Sarah attends multiple courses each year to keep abreast of the developments in HIV/AIDS, VMMC, HTS, clinical practice, Covid-19, QA, EQA, RTQII, and sexual reproductive health.

The highlights in her career include seeing the professional progress and success of her trainees who attend her training workshops.