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

CVMackenzie EU CV 2019 Mackenzie ADB CV Feb 17

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

Sujit Patel

Sujit Patel - analytical chemist / instrumentation scientist/engineer

Sujit has a rare combination skill set of being an analytical chemist and also is an instrumentation scientist/engineer. He has over 25 years experience in the field of analytical chromatography.

Such instrumentation is used to analyse pesticides, industrial toxicology, pharmaceutical formulations, testing of animal feeds along with a multitude of other applications. He has also formulated and developed medical products for the pharmaceutical industry.

He has worked alongside Agilent Technologies and has been a consultant for over 18 years. He aids laboratories with lab design, installation of equipment, validation of laboratory instrumentation including service and repairs.

He has excellent working knowledge of cGLP, cGMP and ISO requirements coupled with excellent IT knowledge of HBIB, LAN interfaces.

Sujit has worked  with EU, UNIDO, Trade Mark, PTB and GIZ on various projects and has been a panel consultant for tenders of laboratory equipment.

He offers laboratory support and training courses on various aspects of laboratory functions. Some of the countries he has aided include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bhutan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Moldova, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Emailsujit.patel @ thenrgroup.net

CV: Sujit Patel_CV_EC:

Country Experience: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bhutan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Moldova, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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John Ryder

Ryder_smallA 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.


Emailjohn.ryder @ thenrgroup.net 

CVRyder CV

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.

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

CVJim Williams CV

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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Ian Watson

Ian Watson - Fisheries and Aquaculture Development

Ian Watson has over 30 years experience, overseas and UK, in aquaculture and fisheries development in both small and large-scale developments. He has been involved in the delivery of support services to aquaculture and fisheries: food safety (RSPH Level 3 HACCP), business training, marketing, product development, handling and distribution. He has provided support to institutional strengthening and policy development for government, mainly to Competent Authorities with a focus on fishery product food safety and the application of EU regulations for Third Countries, including dealing with EU IUU requirements. He also has extensive experience of the ornamental fish trade, focusing mainly on the role of ornamental fish collection in supporting livelihoods and ecolabelling of ornamental aquatics. Ian has experience of project identification, development and management, including post-project evaluation. He is involved in a range of research, currently centred on the ornamental fish trade but has previously worked on institutional development for research institutes and on molecular biological techniques for the detection of fish-borne trematodes.

Email:  ian.watson @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Watson CV 2018

Country Experience:  Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, India, Kiribati, Philippines, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, UK, Vietnam, W. Samoa, Zimbabwe

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David Silverside

David Silverside - Senior Meat Technologist

David is a Senior Meat Technologist with over 30 years experience in the development of meat industries in less developed countries. He has experience of undertaking development projects while working alone or in multi-disciplinary teams on both long and short term assignments in UK and overseas. His key skills include: Feasibility studies, project identification, implementation, management and appraisal of the meat production industry in less developed countries; Advice on abattoir and other meat infrastructure design, rehabilitation and management, meat production and marketing, carcase classification and quality control; Training overseas personnel and drafting technical and consultative documents. He has experience in approx 50 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, the Far East and SE Asia.

Emaildavid.silverside @ thenrgroup.net

CVDavid Silverside CV

Country Experience:  Antigua, Dominica, Bangladesh, Botswana,, British Virgin Islands, Burundi , Cameroon, Congo, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana , Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Seychelles, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis , St Vincent, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Marcus Robbins

Marcus Robbins - Project cycle management, policy and strategic planning, silviculture

Marcus 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.

Emailamj.robbins @ thenrgroup.net

CVMarcus Robbins CV

Country Experience:  Nigeria, Nicaragua, Honduras, Nepal, Guyana, Belize, Montserrat

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Roger Bancroft

Roger Bancroft - Plant Pathologist

Roger Bancroft is a plant pathologist and has worked with plant diseases and physiological disorders for 30 years. His specialism is the post-harvest management of fresh horticultural produce (fruits, flowers, vegetables, spices, bulbs and root crops etc.) and agricultural crops (such as grains, cereals and oilseeds etc.) and the identification and amelioration of rots, moulds and quality defects that arise during their trading and marketing. He is often commissioned to: investigate the defective ripening of fruits or the cause of deterioration, spoilage and mycotoxin production in storage facilities, containers, reefer and ships’ cargoes etc.; undertake studies to determine weaknesses in supply chains; appraise post-harvest handling practices; quantify biological and economic losses, and prepare forensic expert witness reports and testimony. With over 20 years experience of teaching storage biology, pathology, physiology and post-harvest technology to a wide range of clients from producers, traders, extension staff, importers/exporters to university and PhD students, he is well placed to design and deliver bespoke training courses and prepare dissemination materials. Roger has been engaged in technology transfer, and research and development projects in the UK, the Caribbean and Africa. Most initiatives have involved the study and application of technical interventions and the modification of handling practices to reduce post-harvest losses. He has experience in all aspects of project realisation from conception and design to day-to-day management, reporting and evaluation. Inherent in all such projects has been capacity building of individuals, teams and resource groups.

Email:  roger.bancroft @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Roger Bancroft CV

Country Experience:  Algeria, Antigua, Barbados, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominica, Egypt, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom.

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Nienke Eernisse

Nienke Eernisse GIS SpecialistNienke is a Geographic Information Systems specialist with over 16 years experience of applying GIS to environmental, land and water management. She has worked on a diverse range of projects both in the private and public sector, involving (geo) database development, spatial analyses, web-mapping, map production and GIS support and training.
Nienke was contracted by Kent County Council as GIS officer on a 3 year European funded project (Interreg IV: ARCH) assessing changing landcover and habitats in Kent and developing tools for Planning. With a large amount of data, new methodologies to establish, and participants all using GIS, this has proved a varied and interesting challenge.
Prior to working with Kent County Council, Nienke was employed in the private sector contributing to water resources projects (watershed management plans, flood risk assessment) and developing GIS for coastal zone management,  engineering and environmental projects.
During a 4 year posting in the USA, her focus shifted towards GIS for stormwater and asset management projects and peer review, project evaluation and tender preparation. Prior to gaining a Masters in GIS Nienke worked for several years in the Eastern Caribbean as a team leader, gaining experience with data management techniques, data capture and hydrological/meteorological network management.


CV:  CV N. Eernisse

Country Experience: Brazil, The Gambia, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, St. Lucia, the Netherlands, UK, USA

Availability: Currently available (any length projects, but only short-term or multi-trip assignments overseas).

Recent project results: Habitat mapping in Kent, UK, Locating Unmanaged Woodland: a new GIS tool for Kent; Coastal monitoring and information management Training in The Gambia.

Contact me:
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email nienke.eernisse @thenrgroup.net

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