Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK

​​​In 2004, a friend of Stellenbosch University, Mr William Frankel OBE, registered a charity in the UK to create a platform where alumni and friends of the University could donate much-needed funds for deserving students and strengthen the ability of the University to achieve its strategic goals.

The Foundation is registered with the Charities Commission and in the last six years has raised over £1 072 100 in funding for Stellenbosch University.

So, how can you make a contribution in ensuring that SU continues to strive towards being an inclusive, innovative and future-focused world-class institution? How can our alumni and friends of SU in the UK give of their time, talent and treasure to ensuring that SU continues to achieve excellence well into the next 100 years?

  • For individuals    

             o    Donating through the foundation you can Gift AID your donation.

           o    This means that for every £1 you give, the UK government will give a further 25p to the Foundation on your behalf. (This is a benefit for registered            UK  taxpayers and restricted to the value of tax paid in the year.)

  • For corporates, foundations, trusts and other group donations

            o    Donating through the Foundation will allow for greater fiscal compliance in the UK.

            o    Donating through the Foundation will allow for easier leverage against annual corporate tax returns for available benefits against charitable donations.


Donations to the Stellenbosch University Foundation can be made directly into the charity's bank account:

Account Name:            Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK

Bank:                              NatWest Bank, City of London Office

Account Number:         39448843

Sort Code:                      60-00-01


In November 2017 the Foundation appointed new trustees under the stewardship of the Founder and Chairperson of the Foundation, Mr William (Bill) Frankel. 

They are:



Mr Andrew Wigley

Senior Partner at the Cape Partnership

Alma Mater/s:                                  University of Kent

                                                            University of Munich

                                                            Stellenbosch University


Qualifications:                                  BA 1994 (Kent)

                                                            MA 2014 (SU)

​Andrew Wigley's experience is in communications and public affairs. He has lived and worked in Europe, as well as the US and his career spans the charitable and commercial sectors.

Andrew has spent over 10 years in consultancy, advising companies such as Visa International, The Coca-Cola Company Africa and KPMG on engagement strategy. Andrew has advised the RSPCA Council of Trustees and the directorate team on strategy, organisational change and stakeholder relations. He has also worked in the natural resources sectors, serving as Regional External Affairs Manager at BHP Billiton. 

Andrew began his career working in the House of Commons and subsequently in the European Parliament. He has served on election observing teams to observe legislative elections in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Mr Dalton Odendaal

Consultant at Harbottle & Lewis

Alma Mater/s:                                  Stellenbosch University

                                                            Oxford University

                                                            Cambridge University

                                                            King's College London


Qualifications:                                  BCom cum laude 1989 (SU)

                                                            LLB cum laude 1991 (SU)

                                                             LLM 1993 (Cambridge)

                                                             Bachelor of Civil Law 1996 (Oxford)

                                                             PGC Sports Law (KCL)

Dalton Odendaal is a Consultant at Harbottle & Lewis LLP. He was a partner in the firm's Sports Law Group prior to joining the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited where he was the Head of Legal: Commercial from 2007 until 2012.  After the London Olympics, Dalton worked as the Director of Business Development at the British Olympic Association where he was responsible for restructuring the BOA's sponsorship and licensing programme. He is the founder and director of a sports rights management company which advises rights holders on the commercial exploitation of their rights. He was General Counsel for the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014 and still continues to provide legal support to the Invictus Games Foundation, with his sports rights management company running the commercial rights programme for the Invictus Games.

Ms Liesl Fichardt

Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan    


​Alma Mater/s:                                  Stellenbosch University

                                                            Notre Dame University

                                                            University of Cape Town

                                                            Chartered Institute of Taxation


Qualifications:                                  BCom Law 1987 (SU)

                                                            LLB 1989 (SU)

                                                            LLM cum laude 1991 (ND)

                                                            H. Dip Tax 2008 (CIT)

L​iesl Fichardt is head of International Tax Disputes at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and formerly the Head of Tax Disputes at Clifford Chance. She is top rated in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories and is listed in International Tax Review's Tax Controversy Leaders as one of the top tax specialists in the UK. Liesl is former Chair of the British Branch of the International Fiscal Association and also sits on the International Taxes Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. She sits on the Advisory Committee for the MSc in International Taxation at Oxford University.


Mr Philip Lochner

Founder and CEO PedalSure

Alma Mater/s:                                  Stellenbosch University

                                                            London Business School


Qualifications:                                  BCom Law 2001 (SU)

                                                            MBA 2012 (LBS)

Philip Lochner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pedalsure . He has also previously served as the UK General Manager for Orca, was VP of Finance and Operations (North America) for HiFX and Manager at Infrastructure Finance Corporation Limited.


Professor Wim de Villiers

Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University


Alma Mater/s:                                  Stellenbosch University

                                                            Oxford University

                                                            Harvard University


Qualifications:                                  MBCHB 1983 (SU)

                                                            MMed 1990 (SU)

                                                            DPhil 1995 (Oxford)

                                                            MHCM 2008 (Harvard)                                                 

​Wim de Villiers is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University. He has a long history of working in higher education as a top-level administrator having been the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT, the Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as well as the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Kentucky.

He is skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Life Sciences, and Medicine. He is an education professional with a MHCM focused in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Harvard University School of Public Health. Prof De Villiers is a board-certified gastroenterologist with a PhD in macrophage immunology from Oxford University and has clinical and research expertise in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


Mr Bill Frankel
Chairperson of the Foundation

​Alma Mater/s:                                  University of Cape Town


Bill Frankel was born and brought up in South Africa and is an alumnus of the University of Cape Town. After obtaining a BA in law in 1964 he went into exile, spent a year reading for the LLB at Sydney University and then arrived in the UK in late 1965. He requalified and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in the UK in June 1970 and in Sept 1970 he was made a partner in a prestigious top City of London law practice where he practiced until his retirement from the law in 2014. 

For over 25 years, Bill was the secret legal consultant to Canon Collins' International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) with prime responsibility for overseeing and secretly channellling funds into Southern Africa to pay for the legal costs of virtually every political trial during the days of apartheid. Appointed OBE by the Queen in her Millenium Honours list for services to human rights, Bill is experienced in issues of human rights, constitutionalism and education. He is a trustee and chair of a number of charities including, inter alia, eponymous UK charities promoted by the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch and Fort Hare and also by the Constitutional Court. He is also Chair of the Claude Leon Foundation which is one of the largest grant giving South African registered charities, focused primarily on education and human​ rights.  

In 2007, Bill was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa for services to Science education and research. In 2014 the Vice Chancellor of UCT honoured Bill by conferring on him the VC's Silver medal in recognition of his tireless work in the fields of education, human rights and constitutionalism and his ongoing support of many worthy causes through his philanthropy which continues to have a far reaching and profound impact both in South Africa and further afield. 

In 2015, South Africa conferred on Bill the Order of Luthuli Silver Medal describing his excellent services in the liberation struggle against apartheid with particular reference to his secret and central involvement with IDAF.