Meet the team

The people who so passionately and tirelessly work to transform what is available in South Africa for people with intellectual disability and mental illness.

KIM DANKS, Director and Trustee

Kim DanksKim is the founder of Climb Any Mountain, and is tireless in her mission to transform what is available in South Africa for people with intellectual disability and mental illness.   Her younger sister, Cara, was born with a intellectual disability and later on diagnosed with organic psychosis.

Kim has an MBA and works in international healthcare, based in London.  She is experienced in designing, developing and delivering large projects across multi-site complex organisations, including service transformation and change management.  She has a proven track record of stakeholder management, growing revenue and improving operational performance through systems, process, people and organization in a customer centric environment.

NEIL DANKS, Director and Trustee

Neil DanksNeil joined the Climb Any Mountain Management Committee in February 2012.  He has over 16 years’ experience in sales, and sales team management, advising and serving C-Level Executives across Europe in some of the world’s largest organisations.  Neil is currently Head of Sales & Marketing at an organisation in the mobile technology sector.

Managing a team and with responsibility for all aspects of the sales and marketing process, Neil has a wealth of experience approaching new clients and successfully nurturing and developing professional relationships. He is a keen sportsman, playing football regularly and participates in triathlons.

STEVE ATKINSON, Director and Trustee

Steve AtkinsonSteve joined the Climb Any Mountain Management Committee in January 2012. He has been running his own commercial business for fifteen years. Prior to that Steve worked as a Housing Manager for seventeen years for a London based Housing Association.  Part of his work involved creating housing projects for people with special needs, including schemes for people with intellectual disability and mental illness.

He then become a successful housing consultant and frequently audited housing projects to ensure they were meeting agreed quality service standards.  Steve is passionate about Africa and the chance to make a difference.

SHIRLEY DOYLE, Management Committee

Shirley DoyleShirley joined the Climb Any Mountain Management Committee in September 2012. She has a BA degree in Marketing. Shirley is a strategic marketing and corporate communication professional with over 20 years’ experience working with large organisations within the financial, media, publishing and public sectors. As a very hands-on person, she is driven by her passion for marketing and making a difference.

Having left the corporate world in 2009, she now spends her time supporting individuals and small businesses with marketing and web technology. In her spare time, she is club secretary for a senior league football team and a charity for ex services personnel from the West Indies.

OLU TAIWO, Management Committee

Olu TaiwoOlu joined the Climb Any Mountain Management Committee in January 2012. She is a physician with a medical career that spans twenty-five years, working primarily in the private healthcare sectors in both the UK and Nigeria. She has an avid interest in the use of internet, multimedia and computer technologies in medical practice and healthcare information delivery.

Olu is responsible for the design and development of the Climb Any Mountain website. She enjoys counselling and mentoring youths and is passionate about providing people with learning disabilities and mental illnesses the ability to live successful independent lives.

RAE HARILELA, Management Committee

Rae HarilelaRae joined the Climb Any Mountain Management Committee in August 2013. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Generous Spaces Ltd, a property services and development company based in London. Previously she was the Director of Strategic Accounts at a company that provides best practice insights to senior executives. She has over thirteen years experience in account management, sales negotiations, project management, marketing and sales.

Rae is originally from Hong Kong and has been involved in charitable causes from an early age.  She is inspired by the Climb Any Mountain mission to drive change for people with learning disability and mental illness in South Africa, using global best practice.


JULIA VALENTINE,  Management Committee

Having supported Climb Any Mountain for several years, Julia finally joined the Management Committee in May 2017. Julia is a digital marketing manager at a business advisory firm, where she advocates for superior outcomes through better use of marketing technology. She leads Climb Any Mountain’s social media efforts.
Julia heads a corporate citizenship group of volunteers at her workplace in London and got to know Climb Any Mountain through fundraising for them in 2011. She feels it is crucial to raise awareness of learning disability and mental illness, and to know the positive actions you can take to improve affected people’s lives.

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