THE IJGA DIFFERENCE
Governance at IJGA lies with the Management Team. The IJGA Management Team works closely with Heritage Academy, who lead academics for IJGA, and with the Residential Advisors, who focus on matters related to the student experience, as well as with all administrators leading the day-to-day operations of IJGA. They work together will all deliberations informed by a collaborative spirit and shared commitment to IJGA’s educational and training mission.
IJGA MANAGEMENT GROUP
Andrew Summers was born in Nigeria and grew up in South Africa, countries that his father served in as an educational missionary. He returned to his homeland of Scotland to complete his high school education then went on to earn his undergraduate degree and chartered accountant qualification at St Andrew’s University, Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University.
He then spent twenty years in the investment management industry with Morgan Grenfell, Morgan Stanley and Silchester International Investors, a company that he co-founded in 1994. Andrew retired from a successful finance career in 2006 to focus his time on his true passion – sport and education.
Since his early days as a teacher of math and physics at Strathallan School and as a tennis coach, Andrew has been interested in coaching and developing young people. Having been involved as a partner in golf academies since his retirement, Andrew has a vision to raise the standards of the industry and improve product quality. His philanthropic endeavors are extensive and include supporting schools in South Africa, the USA and Mexico, participating in leadership development in the Middle East and supporting junior sports organizations.
Lee-Anne Misseldine was born in Wellington, NZ, but considers Durban, South Africa, her hometown. Raised on the Indian Ocean she spent her teenage years nurturing her love of the water as a lifeguard and water sport enthusiast.
Lee-Anne earned her degree in South Africa and in the United States, pursuing her interest in theology and biblical studies. Early in her life she had a desire to be full time in ministry to follow her passion for giving back and helping others. Although her path changed, she firmly believes that we all have a mission, regardless of our profession or career choice, and by following your purpose you find fulfillment in your life.
Returning to South Africa, Lee-Anne started her professional life in the non-profit sector working for World Vision, the international development and advocacy organization. Her tenure working with the impoverished children and families of South Africa formed her empathy for people. Lee-Anne accepted a position in marketing and promotions for the South African Department of Children and Families. In that capacity she worked on numerous national campaigns and marketing events to drive awareness and support for the cause.
After relocation to the United States, Lee-Anne found a passion for business in the publishing world. Quickly rising through the ranks at Knight Ridder Inc. from Sales and Marketing Manger to an executive director position, Lee-Anne took on the challenge of newspaper growth in a highly competitive environment and a declining industry. She rose to the task, contributing to unprecedented growth during her tenure.
In 2009 a long time dream became a reality when Lee-Anne and her partners started the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. Starting with just a dream to create a unique environment for athletic development, this winning team created an academy that quickly grew faster than any junior golf program in the industry to date. Her success is driven by a love and care for people and her desire to create teams that are powerful of purpose and like-minded of vision. Lee-Anne has served on numerous boards including Junior Achievement, United Way and the American Cancer Society.
Director of Golf Jonathan Yarwood boasts one of the most robust teaching resumes in junior golf. He has trained a U.S. Open winner, two U.S. Amateur winners, two U.S. Girls’ Winners, three AJGA Players of the Year, four No. 1 juniors, a collegiate No. 1 and winners on the PGA, LPGA, European, Challenge, Asian and Australasian tours. He has been recognized for his contribution to the game by being the youngest person to be made a British PGA Master Professional in 2011. He was also voted a ‘Top 20 Teacher under 40’ by Golf Digest as well as voted in the ‘Best Teachers in State’ rankings for over a decade. He has trained student-athletes of 11 years of age until they ultimately reached the tour.