Meet our Founder

Twenty years ago mother and nurse Leslie McLeod-Downes began to notice the need for trained Care Workers as she looked after her daughter Robyn (who had a serious health issue). Leslie started training Care Workers and placing them in homes. Leslie founded Robin Trust in 1993 with a vision to both train and place carers through an agency. Later she opened “The Nest” for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and strokes. Leslie went on to later support the opening of our nursing college.
A few years ago, Leslie Mcleod-Downes moved to the UK and she now works as a Nursing manager in the NHS. She is a passionate about seeing Churches rise up and offer nursing care in the community. Her blog, called Robyn’s Victory, celebrates God’s love through her passion of birding photography, Risen Bakery and other community projects. She is also a reader in the Anglican Church and has a passion to see the poor in Africa receive excellent nursing care. It is her vision for developing carers of quality that is at the heart of Robin Trust.
Meet our Founder
  • Service at the Heart of Care

    She is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord's people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds... - 1 Timothy 5:10 -
  • God's love is at the heart of Care

    Jesus said, "I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. For whatever you do for the rest of these, you do for me." - Matthew 25:36-
  • Robin Trust. Faith at the heart of Care

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. -Romans 12:12-
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This is who we are

Robin Trust is not named after a bird, but a little girl called Robyn who had a serious health condition and needed the constant care of home carers and nurses. Robin Trust was born out of the need for compassion and excellent care for those who were most vulnerable. Robin Trust was formed in the hope that staff would take the love of God to the sick and the aged. A care facility, Care Worker agency and Home Based Care Worker’s college all grounded on the Christian faith, were formed. This grew into Robin Trust today.
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Branch code: 104709
Account no: 1047016990
Branch: Pinelands
Type of Acc: Cheque
Who we are

Meet our Trustees

Leslie McLeod-Downes

Msc Nursing, Founder Trustee

Cathy Miller

Chairperson of the Trustees
Trustee since 2003, Works as a physiotherapist and in the upliftment of previously disadvantaged women.

Joan Nortje

A HW SETA accredited Assesor and Moderator
Managing her own skills development consultancy, a Registered Nurse and retired as Matron at Booth Memorial.

Brian Burnett

BComm, CA(SA)
Retired as Finance Director of a media and publishing house.

Chris Woolnough

A Robin Trust Trustee since 1989
BSc in Economics from London, member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport South Africa, Vice Chairman of the Helen Keller Society and retired as finance manager of a large passenger transport company.

Sam Moore

Sam joined the Board of Trustees in 2014, retired Professor of General / Paediatric Surgery at the University of Stellenbosch.

John Fischer

Trustee since 2010
Pastor of Vineyard Community Church, Pinelands and part of Pastoral Leadership of the Members of the Vineyard Church.

Meet our Management Team

Robin Trust’s management is committed to high standards of excellence and to seeing Robin Trust offer excellent care on every level.

Corlea Viljoen

General Manager

Gerard Hillman

Finance and Administration Manager

Nazeema Ebrahim

Nursing Services Manager

Ronel Coetzee

Education and training manager

Laetitia Furst

Head of College

Meet our Administration Team

Robin Trust’s day to day workings are supported by an administration team that is proud to be part of every Robin Trust success story.


Systems Controller

Mandy Campbell

Creditors Clerk

Maureen Esterhuizen

HR Generalist

Abigail Newman

PA to Executive Manager

Victoria Adams


Shabnam Habib

Finance Administrator

Meet our Support Services team

This team is proud to offer ‘service with a smile’ whilst doing their best to ensure that Robin Trust’s staff, clients, patients and students feel cared for and welcomed.

Robert Slade

Catering Supervisor

Lena Pretious


Mary Maiwasha


Lephahama Moerane

Maintenance assistant

Busisiwe Majeke

General assistant

Gladys Sandula

General assistant

Vuvu Molefe

Housekeeping Supervisor

Nomthandazo Nkontsa

General assistant

Yoliswa Ncakena

General assistant

Zukiswa Ali

General assistant

Vuyo Xaso

General assistant

Michael Holland

Meet our Management Team
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