Our core team

Clare Manuel

Director - London, UK

Clare is legally qualified and has particular expertise in the areas of security and justice reform and private sector development. She has 25 years' experience as a qualified solicitor, gaining her initial experience in a City of London commercial law firm. Since then she has had nearly 20 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 LDP 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.

Richard Hooper

Director of Delphic Consultancy Limited, Kenya

Richard has over 25 years of experience in governance and institutional development, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and East Africa in particular. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Richard provides representation for LDP across East Africa, and leads on the design, implementation and evaluation of governance and security programmes, change management for civil service and judicial service organisations, and institutional development. Earlier in his career, Richard was a Senior Adviser to the multi-donor funded Uganda civil service reform programme, and a Financial Expert with the GTZ funded Relief and Rehabilitation Commission restructuring project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was previously based in Nairobi with Coopers & Lybrand, responsible for public and private sector consultancy projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Along with his extensive international development experience, Richard is a chartered accountant and has a thorough professional knowledge of financial management and accounting.

Erika Kirwen

Associate Director - London, UK

Erika has over 15 years’ experience in governance, peacebuilding, statebuilding, and security and justice sector development in fragile and conflict-affected areas around the world. She has designed and managed interventions in DRC, Liberia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Kenya, and Sri Lanka, where she focused on enhancing accountability between citizens and government; fostering ethnic and religious reconciliation; addressing the needs of returning internally displaced persons; supporting the reintegration of ex-combatants; and addressing social, political, and economic drivers of conflict. She has worked extensively with international donors, governments, and civil society organisations to promote demand-led governance, to address lack of empowerment and voice, and to promote cooperation between citizens and police. Her long-term field assignments include managing an ex-combatant reintegration programme in Monrovia, Liberia, and managing peacebuilding and community development efforts in conflict-affected regions of Indonesia. She has a Masters Degree in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, and was previously a Fulbright scholar in Cote D’Ivoire.

Ian Mills

Principal Consultant - London, UK

Ian is a legally qualified economist with particular expertise in the areas of investment climate, rule of law and poverty reduction initiatives. He has over 15 years of academic and professional work experience and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2006, gaining his experience in what is now Squire Sanders and King & Wood Mallesons. Ian has worked extensively in the private sector, for bilaterals including Danida, DFID and Sida, and for multilateral agencies, including the World Bank and UN. He is used to operating in complex multi-donor environments and advising Governments on feasible and coordinated reforms. Between 2011 and 2014 Ian was an economist in the World Bank Poverty Reduction and Economic Management team based in Nairobi and responsible for managing a Somalia analytical programme. Ian has worked on projects in Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Botswana, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Ian has co-authored a publication on East African Integration and presented on Budget Policy at an Economic Conference in Somaliland. He holds a BA in Economics from Durham University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and a MA in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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Deborah Mansfield

Principal Consultant - London, UK

Deborah is legally qualified and has expertise in the areas of investment climate and justice sector reform. She has 25 years' experience as a qualified solicitor and, after an initial period in practice in a commercial law firm, worked in development focused roles for the European Commission and the Law Society of England & Wales before joining LDP in 2006. Her work with LDP is currently focused on the Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) programme which she leads. LASER is a demand led, flexible DFID programme that helps developing countries better identify and solve commercial law and justice problems with the aim of improving the environment for business. In addition to commercial justice, she has worked extensively on gender aspects of investment climate reform and also on justice sector reform, in particular supporting national strategy development and planning.

Sarah Callaghan

Principal Consultant - Kigali, Rwanda

Sarah is legally qualified with over ten years’ experience in international development. After an initial period with the South Australian government, she has worked for international donor organisations, including AusAID and Irish Aid, non-governmental organisations and the UN. In these roles she has designed and implemented justice reform, peacebuilding and democratic governance programmes in a range of fragile and conflict-affected environments in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. This includes long term positions in Afghanistan, Liberia and Uganda. Sarah’s work with LDP is currently focused on the Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) programme, for which she is resident legal adviser based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Colm McKeown

Principal Consultant and Business Manager - London, UK

Colm is a development economist with particular expertise in the areas of trade-related development and regional integration. Colm has nearly ten years of academic and professional experience in international development, during which time he has designed and implemented a range of programmes for bilateral and multilateral development partners, including DFID, TradeMark East Africa, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Colm joined LDP in 2013 from Crown Agents where he was most recently working in Nairobi as their Regional Trade Advisor for East Africa. Colm has strong experience of managing large scale development programmes, such as the £12m DFID Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF) and the £4.3m DFID Legal Assistance for Economic Reform Programme (LASER). He holds a BA in Development Studies and a Masters degree in Development Economics.

Amy Wordley

Programme Manager - London, UK

Amy 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.

Valentina Patti

Programme Manager - London, UK

Valentina has over six years of professional experience in the international development field, with a particular focus on economic growth and private sector development issues. At LDP, she is responsible for managing an ample breadth of short- and long-term projects funded by Danida, DFID and TMEA, and implemented in East Africa and South Asia. She is also responsible for contributing to the identification and pursuit of business development opportunities, having sound knowledge of project cycle management and procurement processes of a variety of bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies, including the EC, Danida, DFID, TMEA and the UN. Valentina holds a BA in Law and a MA in Development Studies and Economics.

Laura MacLean

Graduate Consultant - London, UK

Laura is responsible for providing inputs across the technical, project management and business development aspects of LDP’s work. Laura has varied experience working in the international development sector. Most recently, she was involved in research, organisational development and project management with a locally-based NGO in Rwanda, focusing on community reconciliation and inclusive education. Prior to this, she worked in publishing for the Commonwealth Secretariat, providing research and publishing articles on economic, political and social issues across the Commonwealth. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge.

Helga Gunnell

Graduate Consultant - London, UK

Helga is responsible for providing inputs across the technical, project management and business development aspects of LDP’s work, predominantly within the Trade and Regional Integration practice area. She has over three years' practical experience across the International Development sector. Most recently she worked in Brussels coordinating EU-funded electoral support projects in Libya, Sudan and elsewhere. She also has significant overseas experience, as an example she worked for ICEIDA on a governmental education programme in Mozambique and community development projects in rural Nepal. Helga holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS and a BA in International Relations & Development Studies from the University of Sussex.

Zac Bull

Programme Officer - London, UK

Zac is responsible for assisting the management of the £4.3m DFID-funded Legal Assistance for Economic Reform Programme (LASER). Most recently Zac has worked on a programme investigating natural resource management and environmental policy in the private sector, and provided research, project management and organisational development to an international NGO focusing on social and economic development through climate change mitigation projects in Nicaragua. He holds a BA in International Development and an MSc in Environmental Technology (Policy) from Imperial College London.

Chris Sutton

Finance Director - London, UK

Chris is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Finance Director with over 15 years' professional work experience. His expertise spans a wide range of sectors including financial services, technology, publishing, new media, retail, manufacturing and the not-for-profit sector. As well as his financial qualification, Chris holds a BSc. in Economics and Politics from the University of Bath and a MSc. in Food Policy from City University, London.

Lan Le

Operations Manager - London, UK

Lan plays a key support role across LDP, 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.

Harry Mansfield

Business Analyst - London, UK

Harry is responsible for assisting the LDP team with all office, finance and HR related administration. Harry spent much of his youth in West Africa, namely Liberia and Sierra Leone, then later Kenya where he passed the International Baccalaureate at the international school of Kenya. From there he attended the University of Nottingham, receiving a BSc in Archaeology.

Amelia Anderson

Programme Officer - London, UK

Amelia is responsible for assisting the LDP senior management team. She joined LDP after working for several NGOs, in the UK and overseas in Honduras and Argentina, on gender and sustainable livelihoods development work. She holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Leeds and spent a year studying International Relations at the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires.

Emily Snell

Programme Officer - London, UK

Emily is responsible for assisting the LDP team with all office, finance and HR related administration. She joined LDP after spending two years travelling across New Zealand, Australia and Latin America where she gained a range of work experience in administrative and communication roles in local governments and NGOs. Most recently, she has worked for the Mayor of Auckland, a community housing NGO in Sydney and the St Vincent de Paul society providing support to newly arrived families with refugee backgrounds in the Western Sydney Districts.




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