MANAGEMENT TEAM

Effective control is exercised through the Chief Executive Officer, who is accountable through regular reports to the Board. The non-executive directors are considered to have the skills and experience to bring unrestrained judgement to bear on issues of strategy, resources, transformation, diversity and employment equity, standards of conduct, evaluation of results as well as on economic, social and environmental policies.

Jono Leaf-Wright – Chief Executive Officer

Mr Leaf-Wright has been involved with Montrose Primary School and the educational system for over 17 years and in 2009 completed and passed his CSA Level Three Coaching Qualification. He has been a Cricket South Africa National U19 Talent Scout for 11 years and the Lions U19 Coach for the past 11 years as well.

Mr Leaf-Wright has assisted the Royal Challengers Bangalore in previous IPL’s and Champions Leagues and later was appointed manager of Jozi Stars during the first Mzansi Super League in 2018. An astute businessman and entrepreneur, he brings with him innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit to the union.

Brecht Mohonathan – Financial Manger

Brecht was appointed Financial Manager of Lions Cricket Union in October 2020; he is responsible for the financial management of the Lions Cricket Union.

Brecht is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having completed his articles with EY in 2013. Following this he travelled to Cincinnati on secondment, before joining Murray & Roberts in September 2014, initially as a member of the Group Finance Reporting team, and then the Cementation Mining operations team.

Brecht then joined Alexander Forbes in January 2018, in Group Finance Reporting, before moving into operations. Brecht’s focus at the Lions Cricket Union is on ensuring the profitability and sustainability of the organisation, by balancing revenue streams, ensuring sponsor funding is utilised in the best way possible, along with cost containment within an improved controlled environment with adherence to Corporate Governance.

He is committed to ensuring the Lions Cricket Union maximises its primary asset the iconic Imperial Wanderers Stadium as a multi-purpose venue. Brecht is proudly South African, an avid sports fan and a die-hard Liverpool fanatic, and is a firm believer that with the right culture and mentality, our team can be greater than the sum of its parts.

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Cyril Martin – Stadium Manager

Cyril was appointed the Manager of Wanderers Stadium in 2011. His primary responsibility is ensuring the world-class status of the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.

He has managed three of South Africa’s premium stadiums during his career, including the Imperial Wanderers Stadium, the Cape Town Stadium and the Newlands Cricket Stadium. While his primary responsibility has been ensuring that event days run seamlessly, he is also experienced in facility upgrades.

Cyril has managed the stadiums over many significant large-scale sporting events including the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa in 2009, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, the Inaugural T20 World Cup (2007) and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Cyril was a director of Western Province Cricket (Pty) Ltd from 2002-2005. Prior to his 14-year tenure at Newlands Stadium, Cyril was the Head of Department (Accounting) at Heathfield High School.

He is a passionate cricket fan and was a selector for Western Province Cricket Association. Cyril holds a Level 3 coaching certificate with Cricket South Africa, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa and a Diploma in Sports Management from Damelin (with distinction).

Wanele Mngomezulu – Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager

Wanele was appointed Marketing and Corporate Communication Manager in November 2018. He has over 15 years experience in marketing, sales, pricing, commercial/financial management and business development within the media, entertainment and broadcasting industry.

Prior to joining the Lions Cricket Union, Wanele ran his own marketing, media and sponsorship consulting firm where he was responsible for developing, acquiring, implementing and managing various sponsorships and clientele. He also previously served as the MSG Group Sales Director responsible for generating significant advertising and sponsorship revenue as well as strengthening the group’s consumer and trade position.

Wanele’s career highlights include heading up SABC’s Commercial Enterprise Business Intelligence unit which was responsible for developing SABC Group Sales commercial strategy. He also served on the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRC SA) board of directors. BRC is mandated to provide credible South African television and radio audience research.

Wanele served as a non-executive board member for the creative agency Young & Rubicam South Africa and has also served as a MEC Group board member.

Wanele holds a BCom Hons Degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He has a Bridging Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (University of Johannesburg). He has also studied towards an MBA at Milpark Business School, completing all modules other than the final dissertation paper. His Milpark MBA syndicate group won the ‘Best Innovative Business Plan and Best Detailed Business Plan (Agriculture)’ in the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Business School Business Plan Competition Challenge in 2013.

Wanele is an ardent cricket fan and passionate about using sport as a driver of social change.

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Tebogo (Reuben) Mandlazi – Amateur Cricket Manager

Junior Sport and a teacher at the Ridge School. Reuben comes from a strong sporting background with more than 15 years’ experience both as a coach and an administrator. He has coached cricket at the school/college and provincial levels.

Reuben joins the Lions Cricket Union with an extensive coaching background: Gauteng Girls Coach (2006-2008); Gauteng Women’s Coach (2006-2008); Johannesburg Cubs Head Coach (2007-2008); Gauteng U17 Head Coach (2013) and Gauteng U13 Head Coach (2016 – current).

Reuben was also the team manager for the Gauteng U15s (2009, 2010 and 2014). For six years he was the Head Coach at St Stithians Boys’ College. In 2016 he was nominated as a South Africa Under 19 selector. He was previously also responsible for the overall management of the entire Dobsonville Cricket Club and operations.

Reuben’s philosophy is always putting people first and creating an enabling environment for them to grow and succeed and is also motivated by using sport as a tool for social change. He is also the ex-vice Chairman of Gauteng High Schools Cricket Association (2011-2014).

Reuben holds a BA Hons (Sports Management) from the University of Johannesburg. He is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Education (Physical Education) at the University of Johannesburg. He also holds a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate and Senior phase) from UNISA. Reuben is a certified CSA coach (Level1-3) and a CSA coach developer.

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Evan Flint – Head Grounds Curator

Evan joined the Lions Cricket Union as Head Grounds Curator in 2019. Prior to this, Evan was the Heads Grounds Curator at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, where he was responsible for ensuring that Newlands was a world class cricket ground. Under his tenure four pitches were relayed to international specifications, two new pitches were added and the outfield was reshaped, levelled and relaid.

He also oversaw the design and installation of the irrigation system, borehole pump and piping system to ensure the stadium was less reliant on municipal water, which proved to be essential during the drought, which affected Cape Town in 2018/19.

Previously, Evan was an Auxiliary Groundsman based at Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban; a highlight of this period was when South Africa hosted the inaugural T20 World Cup in September 2007.

Previously Evan played cricket in the United Kingdom at various clubs, he was also a youth cricket coach and Groundsman. Evan has been awarded CSA Groundsman of the Year for four consecutive years (2017-2020).