Our Staff

Meet Our Dedicated Team

Our committed team include strong and successful people who have walked the walk and are now wanting to share their experiences and wisdom with the young men who join us; they include

James Martin

CEO Business Management & Entrepreneurship

Since completing his Bsc Agric. James has been involved in the Economic Development / Training Sector. He co-established and managed a Country-wide training company and has held senior National positions within the Public and Private sectors. He has been involved in the conceptualisation, planning and management of numerous initiatives, including the Mandela Capture Site, the National Road Safety Strategy, National Executive Portfolio of the South African Taxi Industry, Economic Strategies for Municipalities and the training of SMMEs across South Africa.

Leon Potgieter

Head of Academy

This semi-retired farmer, has more than 24 years of senior management experience as the head of the Human Resources and Training Department of the SAPS. His background, which has included career guidance, the development of courses and training materials, training and managing the career paths thousands of young men and women and the management and administration of a large human resource and training institution.

Nhlanhla Khambule

Entrepreneurship & Business Management

Nhlanhla’s story is one of a genuine business leader and South African role model. In his highly successful career he has started and managed a number of large training companies, including the Canaan Colleges which together with Old Mutual are rolling out affordable private schools in less advantaged corners of the Country. His web based lectures in wealth creation and entrepreneurship attract thousands of views and he is well respected in senior Government and corporate circles. He is giving a few days a month of his time to lecture and mentor our young men.

Tarryn Mason

Health & Fitness

Our health and fitness guru has been hand selected to look after the individual health and fitness needs of our young men. Tarryn is a qualified sports scientist with over 7 years of experience in the field. She resides near the Academy and is committed to seeing the tailor-made development of each young man through his stay at Sherwood.

Josh Van Heerden

Operations Manager

The 5 years experience on game farms in the Eastern Cape and a love for the outdoors made Josh our first choice candidate to support the Head of Academy as well as the GO-To guy around the farm. His quiet and firm nature makes him the ideal leader who will see to the day-to-day operations in terms of the young mens daily life.  

Leon Mason

Farm Manager

With a diploma in Nature Conservation and over 10 years experience in game farm and agriculture farm management Leon brings a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience to the academy. Leon manages the day-to-day operations of the farm and will be working closely with the young men on a daily basis.

Ralton Dickason

Self Defence & Bush Craft

Ralton is the real-deal in hunting and survival techniques, not only is he a professional hunter, but for many years was also a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter. We have called on him to provide the outdoor survival skills, which not only include bush craft, tracking and gunmanship, but also  all-round personal self defence skills.

Amber Valley Retirement Village

Specialist Instruction & Mentorship

The Academy has an ongoing relationship with successful,  retired citizens who live in this large retirement village, some 20 km from the Academy. Their involvement is one of providing specialist lectures & on-site mentor ship for the various projects the young men undertake.