the NR group development professionals     


Friends or Associate Members of theNRgroup

Friends or Associate members of theNRgroup are currently engaged in longer term activities,
or are semi-retired and may not be currently available.

Trevor Abell


Trevor AbellTrevor Abell has 35 years of professional experience in tropical forest management and natural resource planning with 17 years long-term duty within Africa – particularly, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Ghana and further long-term assignments in Indonesia and Nepal in addition to a series of short term studies in other countries. He has acquired substantial expertise in institutional support, team leadership, project management and project preparation as well as the technical aspects of forest inventory, forest planning and the management of natural forest and plantations.

Country Experience:
Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia.

Hugh Bagnall-Oakeley


Hugh Bagnall-OakeleyWith over 15 years experience in Rural Development and Agribusiness, in addition to 10 years team leadership and project management experience. A team player, using a multi-disciplinary approach, his experience includes farmer institutional development, agricultural extension in both a privatised and publicly funded context, institutional change, soil fertility management, natural resource management, soil and water conservation, on-farm and on station research, agri-business development, agri-business planning, community development, participatory appraisal in a rural livelihoods context. He has extensive project management and project management cycle experience specifically in project preparation, log frame development, strategy formulation, work plan development monitoring and project evaluation, reporting, basic accountancy and budgeting. He has worked for DFID, EU, World Bank, FAO, African Development Bank and private enterprise. Worked in India, Eastern and Southern Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Namibia), South East Asia (Indonesia), Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Has published over 50 reports and 12 papers.

Country Experience:
Australia, Burundi, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Namibia, Namibia (FAO), Papua new-guinea, Uganda, Uk, Vanuatu.

Peter Brinn


Peter BrinnPeter has spent over 20 years working with people, land and environment, mainly in Africa. His experience ranges from the design and implementation of participatory natural resource management to national environmental strategic planning and land policy advice. This combined with institutional analysis, soil fertility research, consultancy and teaching from technical to post-graduate level, underlines his broad range of experience. Most recently he has been working on the influence of institutions on natural resource management; mainstreaming the environment within the PRSP process and land tenure issues in East Africa. Currently with the European Commission.


Darren Connaghan


Darren ConnaghanInitially trained as a Cartographer and as a GIS scientist, Darren has over 12 years consultancy experience in the UK and overseas. He has worked on a variety of short (2-4 months) and longer term (18-21 months) projects in 4 distinct regions (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia). Darren is able to apply his GIS skills to a variety of specialist fields ranging from Oil and Gas exploration, Fisheries management, Tourism, Environment monitoring, GPS/GIS training, Cartographic design and more recently, the important field of Humanitarian activities in post disaster scenarios via his voluntary involvement in His leadership skills and flexible approach to problems enables him to see the answers to many technical and difficult problems.

Country Experience:
Armenia, China, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, USA, Yemen.

Ian Corker


Ian CorkerIan Corker has over 30 years experience working a wide range of land related issues, including both rural and urban sectors. He is a chartered surveyor and chartered arbitrator with sound practical experience in land management and administration, land use planning, dispute resolution, project management, design and evaluation, mainly in developing counties of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and along route he picked up Arabic and Kiswahili. He was Registrar of Lands in Anguilla, Team Leader for the first land registration exercise in Palestine since the 1930’s and Team Leader on a project to automate Egypt’s cadastral records and processors. His current areas of interest include the use of modelling systems to understand land administration systems and the use of low cost, appropriate, GIS and land information management systems as viable alternatives to expensive commercial systems. Despite working in what are often very specialist areas, Ian is a generalist, with perhaps his greatest skill being the application of common sense to technical problems, thus providing an interface between the users and developers of systems. Country Experience:
Anguilla, Barbados, Egypt, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Montserrat, Nevis, Palestine, Philippines, Somaliland, St Vincent, Tanzania, UK, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia.

Charles Dewhurst


Charles DewhurstCharles is an entomologist, with more than 40 years experience, primarily with multidisciplinary and multi-cultural projects on pest management (including African armyworm, desert locust and oil palm pests), consultancy, operational logistics and project evaluation. For the last 8 years Charles was  working in Papua New Guinea as Head of Entomology and latterly Director of Research of the Papua New Guinea Oil Palm Research Association. His role as HoE was passed to a local entomologist who had been working closely with Charles for the previous year and a half.  Charles is principally a terrestrial entomologist, and he also has experience with aquatic entomology, environmental (biodiversity) monitoring, ornithology, and animal myiasis, and in addition has curatorial experience. Charles has wide-ranging field experience in more than 22 countries. English is his mother tongue, but he also speaks working Swahili, French, and "tok pigin".


Bob Douthwaite


Bob Douthwaite Bob is an environmental management specialist with over 35 years experience in Africa and South East Asia. Trained as an applied ecologist he initially worked on long-term, field-based research projects aimed at assessing the impact of tsetse fly control and other pest management programmes on wildlife. From 1990 he spent four years as Head of the Field Ecology Section at the Natural Resources Institute, UK before being seconded to IUCN as Technical Adviser to the National Wetlands Programme in Uganda. From 1996 he has worked as an independent consultant, specialising in situation analysis, scoping studies, environmental assessment (both strategic and project-level EIA), and environmental audit, particularly for hydropower development and integrated water resource management (IWRM) projects, and for environmental policy development. Recent commissions include work as Chief Environmentalist for the Mepanda Uncua and Cahora Bassa North Hydropower Project in Mozambique; for UNDP as environmental consultant to the Government of Zambia, responsible for preparing the National Environmental Situational Analysis Report; and environmental consultant to the Zambezi River Authority, responsible for analysing the causes and severity of environmental problems in the river basin as part of the development of an Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy for the Zambezi River Basin (ZACPRO 6.2).

Country Experience:
Botswana, Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Bryony Everett


Bryony EverettBryony has over 15 years experience in international development, managing small and large-scale research, consulting and multidisciplinary projects across South Asia and East Africa both for donor agencies and multinational companies. She has a particular knowledge of rural livelihoods and agricultural research for development. More recently Bryony has undertaken research into innovation prizes and their potential in the developing world and is currently working with donors, prize agencies, development practitioners and corporate agencies to facilitate the development and promotion of prize concepts and ideas for low carbon development and energy access.

Country Experience:
Bhutan, Botswana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan

Hugh Gibbon

Detailed C.V.

Hugh GibbonA Natural Resource Management Specialist and project manager with 25 years international experience in natural resource and collaborative community projects. He has focused on; organisational change, partnership development and empowerment and evaluations. Hugh demonstrates individual initiative, sensitive negotiation skills, leadership, excellent communication and international languages. He is a specialist in PA methods including; participatory monitoring and evaluation, community empowerment and participatory planning (PRA), community-based natural resource management, teambuilding and training. He designs and is experienced in senior level multi media presentations and electronic material preparation. Currently based in Kenya.


Benoit Glaud


Benoit GlaudTrained in analytical chemistry and microbiology, Benoit has 12 years experience in the analysis of pesticides, mycotoxins, vitamins and other contaminants in food and environmental samples. He has acquired considerable expertise in laboratory management including staff training and appraisal, quality control systems (Good Laboratory Practice, ISO 9001), equipment procurement and installation. He is fluent in French and English, has excellent practical skills and extensive IT knowledge. Benoit has recently been working on an EU project supporting the supply and installation of laboratory equipment in developing countries.

Country Experience:
Rwanda, Mali, Mauritania, UK, Belgium

Mike Holland


Mike Holland Mike has over 30 years experience of long-term assignments and short missions on: project identification and design; and financial, personnel and technical management of large development projects and government departments. He is very much the generalist, with rural development expertise encompassing: social and technical aspects of soil and water conservation; environmental assessment; land-use and natural resource planning; farmer support services; smallholder crop and livestock production; livelihood systems; indigenous peoples’ development; small-scale irrigation; forestry and sawmill management. He is fluent in the Mauritian Creole language and has excellent Spanish.

Country Experience:
Argentina, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Saint Helena, Slovak Republic, Tanzania, UK.

Lawrence Kenyon


Lawrence KenyonLawrence has more than twenty years experience of research and consultancy in the field of Crop Protection Technology and Plant Pathology for mainly tropical horticultural, field and plantation crops. This experience includes project formulation, administration and management. Lawrence’s special area of expertise is in diseases caused by plant viruses and phytoplasmas and in plant disease diagnostics. He is also interested in how to better communicate research findings and has experience of the development and delivery of extension and training materials for resource-poor farmers as well as MSc and PhD student supervision and teaching. More recently Lawrence has broadened his experience to include food safety and quality assurance systems for horticultural growers to meet the requirements of EU Food Law, EUREPGAP and specific retailer protocols for access to EU markets. Currently at World Vegetable Center, Taiwan.

Country Experience:
Belize, Benin, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Duncan King


Duncan KingDuncan King is a senior project manager with over 25 years experience in rural livelihoods development, over 15 of which have been in long-term overseas positions in Europe, South and South East Asia, South America and the Middle East. He has a background in community-based approaches using participatory methodologies for sustainable and equitable natural resource management and poverty reduction. He has over two decades of experience in programme management and evaluation; process development; institutional capacity building and governance reform; stakeholder liaison; and providing technical livelihoods support using rights-based approaches to achieve poverty reduction through sustainable improvements in rural livelihoods. With strong track record working successfully with both government agencies and NGOs and, able to lead and work with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams with proven leadership skills in managing, motivating and developing teams to achieve their objectives. Has worked on long-term assignments in Qatar, Bolivia, Thailand, Bangladesh and India and, since 2006 has worked as Team Leader working in India with the Government of Madhya Pradesh on the Rural Livelihoods Programme funded by DFID.

Country Experience:
Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Qatar, Senegal; India, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand; Bolivia, Brazil, Denmark, UK.

Judith Pender


Judith PenderJudith has specialised in applying biogeographical techniques to a range of research areas, including migrant insect pests and vectors of disease. She has designed and implemented Geographical Information Systems to address data management and analysis in subjects such as the development of locust information management systems, research into the effects of tsetse fly control on land use, the management of natural resources in peri urban areas in relation to water resources and rat infestation problems and land land use of contaminated land. She has over 40 years experience in sub-Saharan Africa , Middle East , China and Central Asia , and speaks some French and Russian. Country Experience:
China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Anita Perryman

Anita PerrymanAnita has over 20 years of experience working as a remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) specialist. She has used her strong analytical skills to conduct research and consultancy projects for environmental and natural resource monitoring and assessment for developing countries (Africa and across Asia). She has particular interests in spatial and temporal analysis of vegetation and integrating spatial data for decision support. Anita also has extensive teaching and training experience and holds a PGCE in post compulsory education and training. She has developed teaching materials and delivered training courses using a variety of teaching methods. She has worked particularly with international students and has focused on teaching practical GIS and remote sensing skills using applied examples and communicating the potential of these techniques. Currently Lecturer at University of Southampton.


Anthony Pope


Anthony Pope has over 30 years' experience in practical agriculture and consultancy in many different countries. Most recently, he established an advisory service to support livestock farmers with bovine TB issues in the South West of England. This entailed working with Defra, AHVLA and other industry stakeholders in order to develop the integrity of the Service. he has a broad background in the establishment of new projects throughout the World, for the public, private and governmental sectors, including the FAO, IFAD and UNOPS, and the EU. He has the background and knowledge to identify, plan and establish new projects together with the ability to control budgets and evaluate completion against specification. He has a deep interest in Conservation Agriculture (CA) technology with its practical and sustainable solution to halt declining crop yields, and reverse soil erosion, soil degradation and the decline in soil fertility. Country Experience:
Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Georgia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Malaysia, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, UK, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Robert Ridgeway


Mike Holland Participatory land use planning, Sustainable rural livelihoods, Land evaluation, Land use policy analysis, Land surveying, Use of global positioning systems, Remote sensing, Environmental impact assessment, Training, Team leading, Project identification, feasibility studies, monitoring and evaluation, Project management.


Linda Ritchie


Linda RitchieLinda is an Information Systems professional (CEng, MBCS) whose recent work has centred on providing Access databases linked to ArcView GIS for the management of migrant pests. The systems are in use in more than 30 less-developed countries. She has lived and worked in Africa (Kenya and Malawi). She has analysed existing manual and computerised knowledge systems and facilitated participatory assessment of current user requirements, developed database systems with online help and automatic installation. She has strong interests in capacity-building, via coaching, training and mentoring of database system users and developers and in problem-solving. A secondary interest is in financial systems including invoicing, tax issues, membership databases and basic accounting for local charities.

Country Experience:
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malawi, UK.

Mark Ritchie

On-Line CV

Mark RitchieMark has been involved in agricultural development worldwide, especially in Africa and Asia for over 30 years. In the last 15 years he has undertaken diverse consulting assignments in environmental impact assessment and in project evaluation for DFID, JICA, the EC, ADB, and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a growing emphasis on developing resilience in the face of Climate Change. During 2011 he has been involved in an ex-post environmental impact assessment of the Malawi Government's flagship agricultural programme, the Farm Input Subsidy Programme. In 2010 he collaborated with members of the Tropical Agriculture Association and the UK No-Till Alliance to prepare an Open Letter to the British Government, recommending a greater focus of attention and resources on Zero-Tillage. During 2009-2011 he worked with the HALO Trust to assist them in promoting linkages between mine clearance and development and enhancing understanding within the sector of the controversial concept of land release and the appropriate evaluation of mine clearance outputs and outcomes (see report). He has worked as an agricultural adviser with the Ministry of Agriculture for UNDP in East Timor (2004-5), led a locust management project for the Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan (2001-2003) and a farming systems development project for DFID in Malawi (1996-2000). Mark has considerable experience in the management of interdisciplinary international project teams; participatory formulation and management of NR development projects with stakeholders; participatory development of on-farm crop and pest management technologies; institutional capacity building; design, organization and delivery of practical training courses; evaluation of development projects and project cycle management.

Country Experience:
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (PRC), Colombia, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Côte d'Ivoire, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, UK, Uzbekistan, Zambia.

Open Letter to the British Government

Land Release and the Evaluation of Mine Clearance


Marcus Robbins


Marcus RobbinsMarcus has worked in tropical forestry for over thirty years. He has covered all aspects from forest sector policy and planning, project identification, preparation, monitoring, evaluation, administration and general advisory work. He also has considerable experience in seed collection and handling, tree improvement, particularly the design and analysis of species and provenance trials and their management. Marcus has largely worked with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union. His main geographic areas of interest are Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Nepal. Recently he has been involved in the development of forestry short course training and education initiatives and preparation of extensive illustrated training and information material, including distance learning formats. Country Experience:
Nigeria, Nicaragua, Honduras, Nepal, Guyana, Belize, Montserrat.

John Ryder


John RyderA senior manager with over 30 years experience in food safety and post harvest fisheries & aquaculture. Work experience in fisheries and aquaculture in over 40 developed, developing and transition countries with a resulting ability to work with persons from a wide variety of cultures. Designated European Commission food safety expert. Expert in post harvest fisheries and aquaculture. Senior project and programme manager in international fisheries development in bilateral and multilateral organizations. Over twenty five years experience in scientific research and development, training and policy development for the fish industry and governments around the world. Familiar with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the implemantation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Strategic thinking capacity with strong analytical competency and ability to process large amounts of information for strategic and policy purposes. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills. Country Experience:
Albania, Antarctica, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Holland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA.

Keith Shawe

Short CV

Keith ShaweKeith is a biodiversity specialist with special interests in the conservation, sustainable harvesting and market assessment of medicinal plants and non-timber forest products (NTFPs). Specific skills include: integration of complex information on biodiversity into formats appropriate for local decision making (e.g. incorporation of biodiversity considerations into land-use planning, development of management plans); strengthening national and local capacity for biodiversity conservation through training of in-country government, NGO and research staff; survey design for botanical inventory and rapid biodiversity assessment; participatory assessment of conservation priorities; development of policy guidelines on biodiversity; teaching and research supervision at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Country Experience:
Afghanistan, Belize, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, UK, USA, Venezuela.

Martin Stewart


Martin Stewart Martin is a multi-skilled Senior Manager and Teamleader with an MBA and 30 years experience of livelihoods, rural development, governance, watershed management and forestry programmes in Africa and South Asia. With a strong track record of working successfully with both government agencies and NGOs Martin has expertise in managing teams and programmes delivering institutional development, organisational change and capacity building; he also has proven skills in Monitoring & Evaluation, and in training.
Working primarily on long-term multi-year postings, Martin has worked in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, and Pakistan as well as the UK. He is now managing a Disposition Fund in Ethiopia as a Team Leader / NRM Economist with the Ministry of Agriculture on the Sustainable Land Management Programme funded by KfW, The German Development Bank.

Country Experience:
Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, UK.

Bruno Tran


Bruno TranBruno applies his scientific knowledge and training skills to information and communication systems. His focus is on collaborative and participatory development, with a particular interest in the communication skills, methods and technologies that can facilitate the process. A French citizen resident in the UK, he has been a researcher in ecology, a Food Security scientist, a project manager, a trainer and an information services and technologies (IS&T) specialist. His international experience is centred on West Africa, but also includes Uganda and Namibia. With more than 20 scientific publications since his doctorate, he has lectured for several universities on general biology, tropical ecology, statistics and the use of computer packages. His experience in management covers DFID funded research projects and International NGO human resource development. Currently Project Statistician at Takeda Development Centre (Europe).






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