Lesley was only introduced to the world of opera when she joined the CTO in 2004. Since then, she’s shared many a memorable moment with them, recalling with particular pride a passionate, well-received performance of Mandela Trilogy at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2012. It’s no surprise that this moment stands out, given that Lesley’s love for her country runs deep: she’s met many of our nation’s icons, including Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. After a 20-year career in retail, industrial and commercial property portfolio management and marketing,  Lesley was inspired to contribute her skills to a non-profit organisation – and as the marketing manager of the Cape Town Opera, she’s able to ensure that SA opera is given every ounce of representation it deserves.