Team members
Sunrise surfer in Plettenberg Bay

The Team

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The Plett Tourism Team is made up of:

CINDY WILSON-TROLLIP // MANAGER

Cindy Wilson-Trollip

Cindy Wilson-Trollip, GM of Plett Tourism, serves as the working sheepdog of the association, herding all the diverse aspects of and contributors to the operation towards the common goal of one Plett, and the outcomes of the tourism strategy as determined by the board. She heads up the Event and Festival portfolio.

Her marketing experience at the Nestle head office as advertising liaison manager on all brands, client service executive at Ogilvy & Mather, TV producer at Hunt Lascaris and Grey Advertising et al, broadcast, commercials (incl international), music video and documentary film producer and editor, lecturer at the Department of Journalism at Rhodes University and sometime teacher of English in the far east has comprised her working career of 43 years.

Having previously lived in Plett for her school and varsity years, (the ‘70’s) Cindy returned 18 years ago, and was invited onto the Plett Rhythm & Roots Festival committee, presenting a programme on the Khoisan/Griqua heritage, and becoming involved in tourism in the town, whilst continuing work in the furniture retail, interior design and manufacturing space, owned an import furniture business for 8 years, joined the Plett Tourism team 7 years ago and has been full time for the last 5 years.

JANET MIDDLETON // SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL MARKETING

Janet Middleton

Janet Middleton manages Plett Tourism’s social media accounts, general mailer and blogs for the Plett Tourism website. Janet is originally from Port Elizabeth and studied IT and Marketing at Nelson Mandela Bay University (then University of Port Elizabeth). Following her studies, she trained as a scuba dive-master and, later, instructor, returning from London to open and operate a new dive centre at the Beacon Isle Hotel. She managed this tourism business successfully for six years before turning her attention full-time to digital marketing, with a strong focus on the tourism industry.

Since 2011, Janet has operated her own digital marketing consultancy, Key Media & Marketing, training and working with a variety of businesses and destinations in the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape ranging from Destination Marketing Organisations, real estate, magazines and private businesses. With a firm background in both traditional marketing and IT, 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism sector and an ahead-of-the-curve approach to new media, Janet brings a balanced and experienced approach to Plett Tourism’s digital marketing channels.

For more information, please visit: www.keymediaandmarketing.co.za

BRENDON MORRIS // WEB DEVELOPMENT & IT

Brendon Morris

Brendon handles the IT for Plett Tourism, focusing mainly on the website, web development, hosting, and content management. He manages the association’s email systems, compiles the bulk email newsletters and promotional mailers, and provides general online IT support services.

After attending school in Plett and Port Elizabeth in the 80s, Brendon studied Civil Engineering in PE before heading to the UK in the mid-90s to work as a surveyor on the construction of new tube tunnels for London Underground. He thereafter joined Thames Water managing pipeline and sewer construction projects around the city.

In 1998 Brendon made a career change by studying IT Networking and qualifying as a Microsoft Certified Professional. This enabled him to work for a UK startup company developing websites during the y2k and dot-com boom of the early 2000s, dealing with clients such as Colorama and Lloyds of London, amongst others. In 2003, while still in the UK, Brendon started his own web development business and then returned to South Africa in 2004, branching out into web hosting as another of his key offerings.

He has built a large client base in the 18 years that his business has been in operation, with the local tourism sector being one of his main sources of customers, although he continues to serve a number of his international clients in the UK, USA and Ireland.

PATTY BUTTERWORTH // CEO

Patty Butterworth CEO Plett Tourism

Patty Butterworth, CEO at Plett Tourism, has held several portfolios under the Plett Tourism Association. She was appointed as CEO in October 2020, and her previous portfolio was focused on Travel and Trade, the Media Management and Business Development.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Relations from George Mason University in the United States. She has worked in publishing, marketing, public relations and brand management over the course of 33 years. Her experience is across the board, having worked for industry leaders in the US such as Alston & Bird, CNN, DuPont, Southern Living and The Washington Post.

She moved to South Africa with her husband in 1996 and has worked with industry leaders such as the Border-Kei Chamber of Business, Daimler Chrysler, GA Creative Brands and Johnson & Johnson. She has been involved with tourism over the course of 12 years. She started in the private sector and helped formalise the current board structure of the Plett Tourism Association, having been involved since the Association’s inception and joining the Plett Tourism Team in 2012.