Jackie Leyds

Executive Director, BOSASA Group

“Leyds is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, which honours students for academic achievement at university level. She is a registered assessor with the Education and Training Development Practitioner SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) and holds registration with the SA Council of Social Services Professions. In 2008 the Association of Private Providers in Education and Training recognised her outstanding performance with their Quality Assurance Award.”


Youth in conflict with the law require specialised care in addition to separation and protection from hardened criminals. BOSASA Youth Development Centres offer the ideal environment for doing this. Young people between 14 and 21 live in a safe environment where their physical needs are met and they can attend school and learn new skills to equip them for a crime-free life upon discharge.

Jackie Leyds, Managing Director of BOSASA Youth Development Centres, is the driving force behind rehabilitating troubled youth.

Leyds is also Executive Director of the BOSASA Group of Companies and brings her unique experience and passion for youth to BOSASA’s board. This long-established team of directors value people development, social justice and transformation so highly that BOSASA personifies empowerment.

Leyds, an exceptional and lifelong student, has many qualifications and achievements to her name. Her doctoral work at the University of Johannesburg deals with Risk and Resilience of Adolescents. She holds a BA Social Science degree (Social Work), an honours degree (Human Resource Development) and a master’s degree in Social Development (Employee Assistance Programmes).

Leyds is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, which honours students for academic achievement at university level. She is a registered assessor with the Education and Training Development Practitioner SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) and holds registration with the SA Council of Social Services Professions. In 2008 the Association of Private Providers in Education and Training recognised her outstanding performance with their Quality Assurance Award.

Leyds’s determination to give people from all backgrounds access to meaningful education, coupled with her strategic vision, make her the ideal chair of the advisory board of WATSON Corporate Academy, which designs and implements models for staff development.

Accredited by the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Canada as a Real Justice Conference Facilitator Trainer, Leyds linked up with the Matrix Institute for Addictions in the USA. Implementing the Matrix programme for young offenders in BOSASA’s care has been one of her highest achievements. Matrix administrators from the USA conduct regular visits and audits with stringent attention to detail to certify clinics and sites all over the world. Leyds received rare acclaim for her application of the Matrix model and her integration of its principles in BOSASA Youth Development Centres, raising them to the top echelon of sites globally.

Leyds’ expertise in translating strategy, policies, procedures, legislation, theory and practice into information management systems that can harness the potential of the labour market and help build an empowered, economically successful South Africa.