Our Team

JANET GOURAND

Founder

Janet has had many years of experience of corporate life in both Europe and South Africa. When she decided to stop drinking alcohol, she could find very little available support in South Africa. She did not want to go into rehab and felt that AA was not for her. Janet got sober by her own efforts and by attending a workshop in London. As her journey continued, she decided to use her extensive experience in training and development to design and facilitate her own workshop in order to support people who wish to moderate or quit drinking alcohol. Janet holds workshops via Zoom which are attended by people from all over the world.   If you want more details on group or individual workshops drop her a mail janet@nulltribesober.com.  She is married with one son and a chihuahua called June.

LYNETTE LE ROUX

Recovery Coach

Born in Kwa Zulu Natal, Lynette chose to become a recovery coach because coaching was immensely helpful in her own recovery, as well as in finding her true north. Together with Tribe Sober, it became the cornerstone to helping her think, reflect and navigate her way through obstacles and dysfunctional habits, enabling her to become more self-aware, as well as to achieve goals that improved the quality of her life. Lynette is currently busy completing her Coach Practitioner Certification with the South African College of Applied Psychology. She has experience in Adult Basic Education at Liberty Life, Training and Development (Steinmueller) and Office Administration at DEG.

DR JUDY BREWER

Tribe Sober Doctor

Judy is an anaesthetist in private practice with a special interest in substance abuse.

She has seen firsthand just how devastating alcohol abuse can be.

Judy is an essential member of our team since she became our Tribe Sober Doctor.

She offers confidential advice to our members on a regular basis.

She believes the answer is to create an alcohol-free life – and then do the work to make it a good life.

That way people can recover their health and enjoy life again.

JANIS THERON

Blogger for Tribe Sober 

Janis a midlife mother of two boys, Jordan and Jean. She is married to Leon-Jacques, who is an ecologist. She’s also a writer and an environmental educator who presently works as a freelance writer and educator. Janis had her first drink when she was 16. Her parents drank a lot, so it was the norm. When she visited her parents as an adult, it was never ‘have tea or coffee’, it was always’ have a drink’! Janis only realised it was a family issue when her sister needed rehab to stop. With special thanks to Janet, she has been dry for nearly 5 years and is now the ultimate health freak and has to deal with other habits she have developed as a sober woman!

LUCY DENTITH

UK Co-ordinator 

Lucy is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who spent her whole career in the UK railway industry.  Now retired, she farms a smallholding in Derbyshire, has rare breed Dales Ponies and a passionate interest in supporting wildlife.  Lucy came to our first London Workshop in 2018 after reading Clare Pooley’s “The Sober Diaries”, and has not looked back since.  Having found a wonderful and supportive community, she has stayed around and ‘paid it back’ by participating in both the Saturday ‘Zoom Cafe’, our online workshops and the ‘Sober Buddy’ programme.

NICK STEVENSON

Workshop Facilitator

Nick is an investment banker now doing business on his terms. He has been on a health improvement journey for more than a decade, lost weight and improved his fitness levels significantly by practicing yoga on a regular basis. Alcohol-free living has proved to be a major boost for his health aspirations and general wellbeing. Nick relishes the opportunity to make a contribution to the growing alcohol-free movement and assists Janet in hosting Tribe Sober workshops.

LYNNE BROWN

Sober Buddy Mentor 

Lynne, in her 60s has transitioned into active retirement over the last few years and lives in London.

Lynne’s alcohol journey started at age 17 and for many years continued unabated! However, about 10 years ago she started to become much more aware of the need to take care of her health. She stopped drinking completely and truly wishes that she had done it years before.

She currently works in London as an Alcohol Support Worker helping people to examine their relationship with alcohol and move towards an alcohol-free life.

SUSAN McLEOD

Membership Co-Ordinator

Sue was born in London where she worked as MD of a transport company in UK before leaving to have her son and to relocate to RSA in 1991.  She initially worked as a Company accountant but more recently has been freelancing. Sue has been sober since 18th April 2016 with the help of AA.   She has become involved with Tribe Sober because she wishes to help others enjoy life without alcohol and is our Membership Coordinator.  She also believes the time is right for other alternatives than AA to be available for people wishing to moderate or stop drinking. Viva la Revolution Viva!

COURAGE CHIRINGA

Marketing & Campaign Co-ordinator

“Courage is the name my mother gave me; I believe she knew I would need to be brave for the struggles ahead. Born and raised in a township in Zimbabwe I am a proud product of a single mother that raised me from a minimum wage. My life has been a constant struggle as I come from humble beginnings. I repeated high school studies in South Africa in 2013 eager to pursue my dream to be educated and passed with an average of 70%.   I was granted a scholarship at the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) to study a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Since graduating from TSiBA I am studying further at UCT and working for Tribe Sober.”