Core Team

Clare Manuel

Director – London, UK

Clare Manuel is a lawyer with particular expertise in the areas of security and justice reform and private sector development. She has been a qualified solicitor for over 20 years, gaining her initial experience in a City of London commercial law firm. Since then she has had over fifteen years experience of working at senior levels in Government - in the UK, Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. From 1996-2000 she was an adviser to the Government of Uganda. Her role included supporting the development of a Government of Uganda Justice Sector Reform Strategy, embedded within Government’s planning and resource allocation processes. Subsequently, as a founder and director of the Law & Development Partnership she has advised extensively on security and justice issues in developing countries, particularly in multi-donor funding environments, developing affordable and realistic reform and investment programmes for Governments within the framework of medium term expenditure frameworks and poverty reduction strategies.

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Richard Hooper

Programmes Director – Nairobi, Kenya

Richard Hooper is a chartered accountant and management consultant with 26 years professional working experience. For the past 22 years he has specialised in institutional development, justice sector and public service reform in developing, transition and post-conflict economies. From 1997 to 2004 he was retained on a call down basis by the British Department for International Development in Eastern Africa as an adviser on governance & institutional development, and continues to work regularly for DFID.

From 1994 to 1997 he was Senior Adviser to the multi-donor funded Uganda civil service reform programme. Prior to this he was the Financial Expert with the GTZ funded Relief and Rehabilitation Commission restructuring project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For the previous five years he was based in Nairobi with Coopers & Lybrand, responsible for public and private sector consultancy projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. He has extensive experience in the design of development programmes, the management of change in civil service and judicial service organisations, combined with a thorough professional knowledge of financial management and accounting.

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Deborah Mansfield

Senior Consultant – Khartoum, Sudan

Deborah Mansfield is a lawyer with expertise in justice sector reform, investment climate reform and anti-corruption. Since becoming an associate with the Law & Development Partnership in 2006, she has worked for the British Council in Nigeria and the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) in Rwanda making recommendations for improvements in commercial dispute resolution in those countries, advised the Ministry of Justice in Viet Nam on the development of a Justice Sector Reform Strategy and carried out a diagnostic study on state level administrative barriers to investment in Sudan. Deborah assisted in the development of a Justice Sector Strategy for Rwanda in 2008 and conducted an assessment for the World Bank on legal and regulatory barriers to Women in Business in Nigeria. She was a core team member conducting a joint external anti-corruption evaluation in 5 countries worldwide.

After being admitted as a solicitor in 1988, she spent one year in the UK in private practice as a civil litigation solicitor. Since then she has worked for five years for the European Commission in various development focused roles in Uganda, Liberia and Sierra Leone before joining the Law Society in 2001 where she worked as a senior policy executive in the International Department at the Law Society of England & Wales responsible for building relationships with and providing technical assistance to legal institutions in Africa and in the Americas and Caribbean. She holds a BSc (Hons) Psychology from Bristol University.

Philippine Sutz

Consultant - London, UK

Philippine Sutz is a member of the Paris and Cambodia bars. Prior to joining LDP, she worked as a Project Coordinator and International Civil Party Lawyer for Justice for Cambodia, a French non-profit organisation assisting victims of the Khmer Rouge. Philippine coordinated the work of the legal team in Phnom Penh and represented a group of civil parties before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the International Co-Investigating Judge, Marcel Lemonde at the ECCC, and as a corporate associate with Linklaters LLP and Castaldi Mourre & Partners in Paris. She is a graduate from the Sorbonne School of Law (University of Paris) and the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), and holds a Master of Laws from King’s College London.

Colm McKeown

Business and Programme Manager- London, UK

Colm McKeown joined LDP in September 2013. Colm plays a leading role in managing our business operations, programmes, and business development efforts, as well as delivering short-term consultancy inputs to our clients in the areas of trade, private sector development and regional integration. Colm joined us from Crown Agents, most recently working in Nairobi, Kenya as a Regional Trade Advisor building Crown Agents’ portfolio of trade-related projects in East Africa. He holds a Masters degree in Development Economics and a BA in Development Studies.

Jill Jackson

Financial Controller-London, UK

Jill Jackson is an experienced accountant. She started her career in the insurance industry and spent 11 years working for a business started by a consortium of insurance companies that created the first comparison website for financial advisors in the late 1990's. She had a variety of Financial, Customer Service and Commercial roles while the company grew from a 3 person start up, through a management buyout and a stock market floatation to become a plc with over 120 employees. During that time, in addition to her day to day accounting work, Jill was involved with many project teams implementing new customer software as well as in-house systems. For the last 12 years, Jill has worked mainly freelance, supporting a diverse mix of businesses from a hi-tech biometric security business to a F3 motor racing team. Jill specialises in building solid finance systems which enable businesses to grow.

Amy Wordley

Programme Manager- London, UK

Amy Wordley is responsible for managing a selection of LDP’s programmes in developing and transition countries. Prior to joining LDP in March 2013, Amy worked in the charity sector in the UK for a variety of organisations, including Refugee and Migrant Justice. She holds a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and an MA in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews. Amy grew up in Kenya, where she also spent a year as an intern in Dadaab Refugee Camp.


Lan Tuyet Le

Office Manager- London, UK

Lan Tuyet Le is responsible for the smooth operations of LDP’s London office. Lan plays a key support role across the business, including office operations, finance and HR functions, and programme delivery. She has significant experience of working in the international professional services sector, including as product consultant with an international finance company in Canary Wharf and as senior administrator at an accountancy and taxation firm in London. Lan graduated from Cass Business School with a BSc in Finance and International Banking and is currently completing a project management qualification as part of her professional development plan.


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