Helpline : +27 (0) 63 634 1991

Meet the Scotswood Team :

Julia Finnis-Bedford

Managing Director

Julia has been touched by addiction her whole life by family members who are recovering addicts and was inspired when Louisa approached her to start Scotswood Retreat.  This was an opportunity to solve the problems she had experienced in the past with trying to get her own family members into an affordable, supportive, warm home-from-home facility that would increase their chances of staying clean. Julia has had many years running her own businesses, has been named a Finalist in the Entrepreneur Category of the Business Woman’s Association, and is a Member of the Entrepreneur’s Association. But more importantly, Julia is proud to be involved in a business that truly makes a difference.


Louisa Baronetti

House Manager & Facilitator

Louisa has complete understanding of the challenges recovering addicts face on a daily basis, being a recovering addict herself. Louisa is 100% committed to not only guiding the guests at Scotswood Retreat to successfully living an addiction-free life, but to live that life herself through example.
Louisa is the ‘Mother Hen’ of Scotswood and cares for the guests like they are all her children. Louisa lives on the property full time and manages the house and facilitates all running operations. Louisa is caring and compassionate, and is truly passionate about Scotswood Retreat being a comfortable, safe, fun, happy and supportive home for our guests. Louisa also offers daily counselling to our guests, as well as practical support in finding jobs, volunteer work, and finding your passions.

Lee Randles

Addictions Counsellor & Recovery Assistant

Lee, who is 3+ years clean is philosophical, empathetic, wise and engaging. Lee has many years’ experience in SAA and SLAA and was instrumental in setting up the SLAA network in Cape Town and is still in service to this organization. It is a largely unrecognized and under-supported addiction and Scotswood is committed to changing this. Lee is committed to being in service and sharing his insights into SLAA with others. He is extremely strong in his recovery and his dedication to this and the 12 step program he works serves to inspire the people he meets. Lee has helped many people to break free from the grip of sex and love addiction – he takes the shame out of this addiction and assists our guests to learn how to engage with people in a non-addictive way. Lee is also available for one-on-one sessions with our guests.

Ruby Weber

Relapse Prevention Counsellor

Ruby Weber has worked in the addictions field for over fifteen years. She is a highly educated lady with an Honours Degree in Psychology, a Post Grad Diploma in Education and is currently studying an MPhil degree in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of Cape Town. What’s most important though, is that Ruby has a decade and a half’s practical experience in counselling people with both chemical and process addictions, and her work in the addictions field has encompassed both clinical and operational positions. She has held the position of Clinical Director at In-patient treatment facilities, both in Cape Town and in Johannesburg, along with working in a secondary care facility as an Addictions Counsellor for the past two and a half years. Ruby’s counselling style is pragmatic yet compassionate, and we are extremely proud to have her on board!

Arina Wessels

Financial Director

Arina is not only our ‘money’ lady, she comes with the understanding of being a recovering addict herself, bringing compassion mixed with supreme control of the finances to the mix. Arina is a detail lady and so nothing slips by unnoticed. She is involved in the overall management and always provides a wise and logical perspective on things. Arina is your go-to person if you have any financial queries.

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Fred Mndala


Fred is our resident house-keeper. He can fix things, make beds, clean, carry bags,offer support and always does it with a ready smile and a willingness to help in anyway he can. He has a lovely disposition which fits in perfectly with the energy we have in the house, and we are lucky to have him as part of our team.

Alex Lee

Recovery Assistant


Alex was able to bring himself back from the dark place that the disease of addiction had taken him and now has 4 years of recovery behind him.

Alex used the 12 step program to change the behaviours that had for so long been destroying his life and relationships and is now able to give that gift back to others. Alex brings positivity, a new outlook on life and hope to everyone he meets and is a valued member of our Scotswood team.

Inshaaf Wallie

Addictions Counsellor & Recovery Assistant

In 2016 Inshaaf joined our team and quickly proved herself as an invaluable asset to all of our guests – they love her as she has a lovely positive disposition – she is a shining example of what hard work through the recovery program can achieve. Inshaaf has done recovery assistant training as well as being a registered counsellor and offers one-on-one sessions to our out-patients.

Inshaaf is positive and inspirational. She has been clean for 3+ years and works the 12 step program religiously. Inshaaf has extensive experience in Eating Disorders, having suffered with this herself. Her experience with ED has taught her that no stone should be left unturned when it comes to process addictions as they are the silent killers. Inshaaf also has a deep understanding of Biploar disorder and knows that it is a difficult time to adjust and for some, to even accept that they have a mental condition.We are proud to have Inshaaf as part of our team as she can offer our guests support through experience and understanding. She brings light & laughter to our guests, whilst being firm and holding them to their commitments.


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