Meet The Team

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Yanela Ntlauzana


Yanela is the brainchild behind Africa UK Pageant & Empowerment Programmes and she is pushing boundaries by providing an empowerment platform for Africans, those with African roots/connections that are based in the UK. Being both South African and British allows her to explore topics of passion such as women empowerment, special educational needs, diversity, heritage and culture with binocular vision. 

With previous event organising experience, the success of the recent events such as the annual African Autism Awareness Gala Dinner, her experience and growth as a Mrs South Africa 2019 semi-finalist, Yanela believes that this platform will grow, meet international standards, be one of the top beauty and empowerment programmes in the UK, beyond and expand in more ways than one.  

Yanela gets great satisfaction and thrives at hosting diversity embracing, women recognising and empowering events, and appreciates the positive impact these have on both participants and attendees.  Her work can be found online searches and social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

To contact Yanela email:


Lyn Cutler

Events Director

Lyn runs The Edge Events and has leadership qualities which are paramount for the role which she clearly demonstrates with her company having already proven to lead the way in event management  running numerous red-carpet events and PR campaigns over eight years.


Lyn will be responsible for the event management including organising of venues, liaising with suppliers, working closely with graphic designers, photographer/videographer, decor, contestant schedules and the whole team. Planning and directing the smooth-running events while making sure the branding and message is strong throughout the process.

To contact Lyn email:


Thandie Ndlovu

Creative Director

Thandie is a whiz when it comes to everything social – Thandie is a Managing Director for the social agency RUN WITH IT, a blogger, model with a great portfolio, over 6,000 followers and works with all sorts of brands and creatives. Thandie has an angle on how to grow Africa UK Pageant &Empowerment Programmes, works closely with Yanela and the team. Thandie is also responsible for contestant engagement and communication with full administration of the whole casting process.

Thandie has leadership skills taught at the BFI as a creative producer will be at hand with regards to customer service. She will be using her skills and experience to creatively grow the brand across social media as well as assisting with new & innovative ideas.


To contact Thandie email:


Trudy Zulu

Brand Liaison

Trudy Zulu is a businesswoman and a coach from South Africa, she has lived in the UK and has experience in the beauty industry. A former Mrs SA top 10 finalist and a beauty influencer working with various brands, Trudy is Africa UK Pageant & Empowerment Programme (AU)’s brand liaison responsible for the securing, collaborating, retaining opportunities and relations between sponsors and AU. Also, she will be overseeing and managing relations between the contestants and AU.


To contact Trudy please email: