JAEI Committee

Fiona Maskell

From a faith perspective, Fiona became a Christian quite late in life after a scientific detour through atheism, and is now privileged to serve as a lay minister at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Orchards in the Diocese of Johannesburg; she is also a Jesuit prayer guide. Fiona’s day job is as Company Secretary to the African arm of a global reinsurance company. A long time ago she studied a BSC Honors in Environmental Studies (otherwise called Geography!). Fiona has been a member of the JAEI Committee since 2008 when St Luke’s became an eco-congregation, and chaired the committee for two to three years until 2016. Through JAEI, she is an active member and director at SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute), safcei.org which is a founding organization for JAEI and is multi-faith / ecumenical in nature.

Mark Franklin
Financial Officer


Financial Officer




Revd. Prof. Kevin Balkwill
Eco-theology / Environmental Specialist


My first word was gogo. Since then, I have always been interested in nature and for me, being in a beautiful place brings me as close to God as having a meaningful quiet time. As a self-supporting priest and a professor of biology, I have enjoyed serving on JAEI for several years.





Noeleen Mullett


Noeleen Mullett has been actively involved in Nature Conservation since 1970 and environmental awareness programmes for the past 35 years.
Noeleen leads the Eco-team of St Michael & All Angels, Weltevreden Park (established in 2007) and was invited to join Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative (JAEI) Steering Committee in 2008.  She has concentrated on supporting the Green Parish initiative during this time and took over as JAEI Chairperson in February 2016.
Noeleen studied Wildlife Management through the University of the Orange Free State in 1973 and in 2005 gained the Environmental Education Diploma from UNISA (Cum Laude).
Noeleen formed Eco-act Environmental Education in 1995 when she saw the lack of this focus in schools – especially pre- and primary schools. Programmes on a variety environmental topics are presented in a fun, interactive way to enhance the school curriculum and to encourage a sense of pride and caring for nature among young school children.

Gift Ngwenya









Revd. Tsepo Matubatuba


Rector; St Andrews, Pimville, Johannesburg







Revd. Martha Gordon

Martha loves the outdoors and finding more ways we all can better to connect to God through Creation. She helped St Andrew’s, Kensington become an eco-congregation and is currently at St Michael’s, Bryanston.






Revd. Judy Bassingthwaighte







One thought on “JAEI Committee

  1. Greetings, I am a member of St Alban’s Cathedral in Pretoria and we wondered if anyone might be available to speak at our world environment day service on June 6 about becoming an eco-congregation?

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