Catherine Mackenzie

Catherine is a multi-disciplinary development specialist, with degrees in social anthropology, forestry and zoology. She has 35 years’ experience in rural development and natural resources management, particularly the social dimensions of forestry, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The “development industry” threatens to turn Catherine into a grumpy old woman.  She has an aversion to quick fixes and box-tickers, and a specialty in telling people, especially managers, things they don’t want to hear.   But she remains highly committed to objectives of sustainable development and still seeks to inform and inspire her analysis through evidence from real field work, esp talking to people.  Her talents are best used in participatory and innovative planning and problem solving.  Some people do like working with her!

She is currently involved in the EU’s Value Chain Analysis for Development https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/value-chain-analysis-for-development-vca4d. (VCA4D) study of palm oil in Indonesia.  As the sociologist on the team, she is responsible for examining issues of social sustainability (labour, land, gender, food and nutrition, living conditions and social capital), as well as contributing to stakeholder, governance and inclusivity analyses.  The study, which also examines economic and environmental sustainability,  aims to help create a shared understanding between the EU and Indonesia on critical palm oil issues.

Prior to this, Catherine was involved on a part-time basis on two long-term German-funded (KfW) conservation projects in Indonesia:  Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Protection in the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem (Aceh, Sumatra) and Forest Programme III in Lore Lindu National Park (Central Sulawesi).  These assignments made her grumpy and ended in flames.

Other recent work has increasingly focused on climate change, including an analysis of the Theory of Change for REDD+ and Norway’s ICFI programme , the “real-time” evaluation of Norway’s ICFI country programme in Indonesia for Norad,  a review of  Social Standards and Safeguards for REDD+ http://www.fcmcglobal.org/documents/Safeguards_Paper.pdf for USAID, preparation of Vietnam’s REDD-Readiness PIN, planning for social dimensions of pioneering REDD+ projects, and backstopping CARE’s community-based adaptation programme in Mozambique.

Her participatory forest management inventory and planning work in Sierra Leone has resulted in the first two forest co-management agreements in that country. She has been involved in biodiversity conservation and protected areas management work for many years and in many countries: Ghana (bushmeat), Mongolia, Tibet, Guyana, Indonesia, Bolivia, Brazil, Tanzania, the Galapagos and the Caribbean. Her work on forest governance and illegal logging in Mozambique is well-known as the first study to document the role of the Chinese in exploiting Africa’s hardwoods.  She has worked on  FLEGT preparation projects for the EU in Indonesia (2003), and in Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa (2012).

In these assignments she applies core competencies in social/poverty/ policy/institutional analysis, conflict resolution, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment, research and teaching. She has experience in all phases of the project management cycle (identification, preparation, appraisal, management, technical advice, monitoring, and evaluation), working with World Bank, ADB, FAO, GEF, EU, DFID, Norad, USAID, DGIS, IUCN, WWF, FFI, SNV, CARE and others. An enthusiastic team worker and effective communicator, she has been team leader on several long-term participatory forestry projects and research projects.  She is a skier and scuba-diver, plays tennis, rides motorcycles and bicycles, got her PPL, and speaks very good Indonesian and Portuguese and functional French and Spanish.

Email:  Cathy.Mackenzie@theNRgroup.net

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Country Experience:   Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China (including Tibetan Areas of Qinghai and Sichuan, Guizhou, Hainan, Shanghai), Vietnam, Cambodia,  Indonesia (including Sulawesi, Sumatera, Kalimantan (E,W, S), Moluccas, W Papua), Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India (including Sikkim, Kerala, Karnataka), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador (incl.Galapagos),  Guyana, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominican Republic, Haiti.

Availability Catherine is currently UK-based and available for both short and long-term assignments.  

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Stéphane Flasse

Initially trained in agronomy and remote sensing, I acquired over 30 years experience in the interpretation and use of environmental information (inc. remote sensing and GIS) and its integration into the local context for improving decision-making.

Since 2009, I have also been training in a number of complementary approaches such as Organisational Counselling, Organisation Alignment and Life Alignment, therefore focusing on the “well being” of teams and their work.

Today I thrive and focus on facilitating the life journey of people, teams and organisations: from facilitating challenging meetings and round tables, to deep work on the whole organisation, as well as activities such as team building, coaching and conflict resolution (mediation).

Emailstephane.flasse @ thenrgroup.net

CV:      FLASSE CV – ENGLISH              FLASSE CV – FRANCAIS

Country Experience:  Europe, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guyana, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mali, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Somalia, South Africa, Thailand

Martin Stewart

Martin StewartMartin is a multi-skilled Senior Manager and Teamleader with an MBA and over 35 years experience of rural development, governance, watershed management, forestry and livelihoods projects and programmes in Africa and South Asia. Martin has expertise in managing multi-disciplinary teams and programmes delivering institutional development, organisational change and capacity building; he 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 Chief Technical Adviser working with the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia, working on a large multi-state watershed development project (Sustainable Land Management-Phase III), funded by KfW, The German Development Bank. Employed by GITEC Consult GmbH he is helping the Ministry to manage regional and national technical consultancy teams, and a Euro ‘Disposition Fund’ account.


Emailmartin.stewart1@ thenrgroup.net

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

Keith Shawe

ShaweKeith is a consultant with over 25 years of supporting & leading complex projects and multi-functional, cross-cultural teams in 21* countries for 9 different donors. Current Role: Senior Strategic Advisor to the Resident Representative of UNDP in Afghanistan responsible for introducing systems approaches and articulating a new strategic vision for the Country Office. Previous Role: Country Program Manager for UNEP in Afghanistan. Bulk of career: Working in an advisory capacity with senior government leaders and NGOs to promote and support organizational change processes. Core skills: 1) Organisational sensemaking using a systems thinking approach and creative methods such as the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method; 2) Support for policy development (strategic planning, policy analysis, processes & procedures, policy review & drafting); 3) Analysis of complex social and technical information for senior decision-makers with a particular emphasis on biodiversity and natural resources management planning.


Emailkeith.shawe @ thenrgroup.net 

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

Robert Ridgeway

ridgwayParticipatory 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.


Emailrobert.ridgway @ thenrgroup.net 

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Country Experience:  TBC

Hugh Gibbon

A Natural Resource Management Specialist and project manager with over 30 years international experience in natural resource and collaborative community projects. He has focused on: agri-business, organisational change, partnership development 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, agri-business, team building and training. He designs and is experienced in senior level multi media presentations and electronic material preparation. Currently based in Kenya.


EmailHugh.Gibbon@theNRgroup.net 

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Country Experience:  TBC

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Anita Perryman

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.


EmailAnita.Perryman@theNRgroup.net

Country Experience:  TBC

Judith Pender

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.


Emailjudith.pender @ thenrgroup.net

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Country ExperienceChina, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Trevor Abell

Natural Resource PlannerTrevor 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.

Emailtrevor.abell @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Abell_CV_English

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

Availability:  NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTANCY

Jim Williams

Jim Williams - Development Specialist

Jim Williams has 40 years’ experience working with people and institutions in developing countries, seeking to improve decision-making through better understanding and use of environmental knowledge. He has worked within a diverse range of development sectors, often addressing complex boundary issues linked by weather and climate sensitivities. With broad practical experience in development, Jim is equally at home on land – soil, plant water needs, agricultural management, vegetation status, fire, erosion, land use change – water – rainfall, evapo-transpiration, runoff and river flow, groundwater – and air -weather and climate, disaster early warning, remote sensing of environmental change. More recently, he has been engaged as consultant for a number of international organisations to assist with design of regional programmes for funding agreement and development of institutional strategies in the context of climate change. He has experience of working with many different clients and donors under a variety of situations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, and has managed research programmes and learnt French and a little Arabic, en route.

Emailjim.williams @ thenrgroup.net

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Country Experience:  Algeria, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania , The Gambia, Tunisia, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen Arab Republic, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Elizabeth Kiff

Liz Kiff

Elizabeth Kiff is a trained agriculturalist, natural resource manager and environmentalist, with over 30 years practical engagement at project and programme level. She has experience at all stages of programme formulation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation with specific inputs to project design, proposal preparation, programme implementation and results-based management. This has been with a range of clients including government, international donor organisations, NGOs, private consulting firms and research institutions. Experience with funders includes ADB, CONCERN, DfID, EU, FAO, FINNIDA, IFAD, OXFAM, UNDP, UNEP, WFP. Long-term assignments include agricultural extension in community development programmes, implementation of sustainable farming systems in watershed management project, research programme management, and the communication of outputs and training.  Recent assignments include integrating climate change mitigation priorities within agriculture and forestry projects, under GEF funding. With long-term overseas experience in the Philippines, Nepal, India and Ghana, she has particular experience of issues relating to climate change adaptation, livelihood enhancement, farm intensification, crop-livestock interactions, nutrient management, crop diversification and the farm-forest interface.

Email:   elizabeth.kiff@thenrgroup.net  

CV:       CVLiz Kiff2019    EU_CVLiz Kiff2019

Country Experience:  Bhutan, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, North Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Zambia,  Zimbabwe

Availability: From November 2019

John Jackson

John Jackson - wildlife conservation, natural resources research and management, and forestryJohn has a lifetime’s experience in ground breaking and pivotal roles in wildlife conservation, natural resources research and management, training and forestry in Argentina and the United Kingdom, with short term assignments in a wide range of other countries. As an Anglo-Argentine, he is fluent in both English and Spanish. He has worked with the IUCN, WWF International, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina, Open University, Fauna and Flora International and the Royal Forestry Society and gazetted two new national parks in Argentina. A prolific author, he has published extensively in both English and Spanish, specialising lately in knowledge transfer material for outreaching services, websites and e-bulletins. Organising and leading group educational trips worldwide and working with stakeholders from all backgrounds with a common but apparently conflicting interest in a common, shared natural resources to obtain consensus and sustainable solutions are part of his multi-skilled portfolio.

Emailjohn.jackson @ thenrgroup.net

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Country Experience:  Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Malawi, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA

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Alan Mills

Alan MillsAlan is a geographer with over 20 years experience of information management, natural resource management, bio-geographical research and development. He is a specialist in development issues in small island developing states and shared information sources for cross-agency use, and is working currently in Africa, Caribbean, and South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. He has extensive experience in knowledge management, Geographical information Systems (GIS), database design and execution, mapping and programming, analysis and in management of corporate scale GIS. Alan has a Masters degree in remote sensing and has worked with aerial photography, low and high-resolution satellite imagery. Interests include island systems environmental management, coastal zone management, fisheries information, disaster management, land use and management, property titling,  pest control and physical planning. Alan has strong teaching skills and has trained personnel in GIS, remote sensing, programming and natural resource management.

Email:  alan.mills @ thenrgroup.net
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Country Experience: Anguilla, Argentina, Ascension Island, Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burundi, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Congo Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ghana, Italy (FAO), Fiji,  Guinea, Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nepal, Netherlands, SerbiaSierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Tanzania, ThailandTrinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda,  US Virgin Islands, VanuatuZambia, Zimbabwe

Availability:  Short term overseas up to 3 months, longer term inputs from UK or multiple trips. Availability from February 2017

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