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Postgraduate Coordinator in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Prof Julie Phillips obtained her PhD in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at UWC in 2006.

She has successfully supervised many Masters and PhD students in South Africa and 2 Masters students in Belgium. Currently, she is supervising an additional 7 PhD candidates and 11 Masters students.

She has also acted as external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for several universities.


Living with quadriplegia for 35 years following a water-skiing accident, Dr Jacques Lloyd sustained his injury in 1988, at the end of his second year of law studies at the University of Pretoria. For more than 25 years, he has been lobbying for disability rights. Dr Lloyd regularly does accessibility assessments, counsels newly injured persons with spinal cord injury and participates in sport on an international level. In addition, he participates in fundraising and training of people with disabilities.

Specialising in physical disabilities, Dr Lloyd completed his BA degree at Stellenbosch University and his Master’s degree in Europe, focussing on Adapted Physical Activities, Physical Education, Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy. In August 2019, he was awarded a PhD from the UWC. His thesis focused on “Behavioural and protective factors contributing to the risk and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among individuals with spinal cord injuries in South Africa”.

ARRC has seconded Dr Jacques Lloyd to the National Department of Health as Technical Expert on disability and rehabilitation.


Sandra Khumalo is a qualified National Arms and Shoulders Rowing champion, motivational speaker and sales representative for GentleCath Glide by ConvaTec.

Following a car accident that left her lower body paralysed in 2005, Sandra joined the Midlands Rowing Club in 2010. She has since competed in several major competitions: 2013 South Korea Chungju World Rowing Champs; 2014 Amsterdam World Rowing Champs; 2015 France World Rowing Champs, and 2017 Florida World Rowing Champs.

She also competed in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games and Serbia Belgrade 2012 final qualifying World Cup Regatta. In addition, she qualified with a silver medal in the 2012 London Paralympic Games and won a gold medal in the Tunis African National. Currently, she plans to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.


Living with post-polio syndrome, Isaac has extensive experience in training people with physical disabilities in Southern and Eastern Africa as a Peer Supporter. He has a BA in Human and Social Studies (majoring in Development) from the University of South Africa.

He also holds a Part D from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (CIS) in Zimbabwe. Isaac has worked with various organisations in different capacities, such as FW Woolworths Ltd, the Ministry of Education, Development Initiatives and Services, the Motivation Charitable Trust, as well as the National Council of Disabled Persons of Zimbabwe.

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