Our People


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

Chief Adviser - Nairobi, 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 peacebuilding, statebuilding, and security and justice sector development in fragile and conflict-affected states. She has designed and managed programmes to enhance accountability between citizens and government; foster ethnic and religious reconciliation; and address social, political, and economic drivers of conflict. Her long-term assignments include managing an ex-combatant reintegration programme in Liberia, and managing a peacebuilding programme 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.

Deborah Mansfield

Associate Director - 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.

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.

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.

Sarah Callaghan

Principal Consultant - London, UK

Sarah has over 15 years' professional experience, specialising in justice, security and governance reforms in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Sarah is country engagement director for LASER Rwanda and Uganda and manages security and justice projects for LDP. Sarah qualified as a solicitor in Australia in 2003, and has worked with the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office, AusAID, IrishAid, NGOs and the UN. She has designed and implemented justice reform, peacebuilding, stabilisation and democratic governance programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, including as an adviser in the governments of Afghanistan and Rwanda and with international organisations in Liberia and Uganda.

Elbereth Donovan

Senior Programme Manager - London, UK

Elbereth is an experienced project manager, relationship manager, business winner and technical advisor. She has been involved in the pursuit, planning and/or delivery of donor and government funded development initiatives in Africa, MENA, the Caribbean, Carec and South East Asia, both on the ground and from the UK. She has worked on PPP, customs, trade & regional integration, ICT, education and health programmes. Elbereth is currently the Programme Manager on the DFID-funded LASER programme, one of the first programmes to test an adaptive management approach to development in the field. As Senior Programme Manager within LDP she is also responsible for ensuring processes and training are in place to effectively manage our portfolio of programmes.

Rebecca Fall

Head of Operations and Finance - London, UK

Rebecca is responsible for all day-to-day financial and operational management at LDP. A fellow of the ACCA with over 15 years’ experience, Rebecca started her career working as an accounts and audit senior in an accountancy practice in Hove. After qualifying and a period of travelling, Rebecca has worked in various senior finance positions for a number of large companies in the travel, tourism and airline industry. Rebecca specialises in improving financial accounting processes, internal controls and management reporting.

Amy Wordley

Consultant - London, UK

Amy manages a selection of LDP’s programmes in developing and transition countries, predominantly for the Security and Justice practice area which she also manages. 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. Amy holds an MA in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. Amy lived in Kenya for a number of years and speaks fluent French.

Laura MacLean

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.

Georgia Plank

Consultant - London, UK

Georgia is a former public sector professional specialising in the fields of governance, security and justice reform. Her experience spans policy development, programme design, management and evaluation, and research. Previous roles include working on humanitarian programmes in Yemen, leading the implementation of DFID’s rule of law policy, and advising senior officials and politicians as private secretary to the Cabinet Office’s Permanent Secretary. Most recently, Georgia worked as a freelance consultant for the Overseas Development Institute, focusing on accountability and women’s empowerment. She holds an MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (SOAS) and a BA in History (University of Oxford).

Valentina Patti

Programme Manager - London, UK

Valentina has seven years' experience in the international development field, with a particular focus on economic growth, trade and private sector development issues. At LDP, she is responsible for managing and contributing to the technical delivery of an ample breadth of 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. Valentina holds a BA in Law and an MA in Development Studies and Economics.

Amelia Anderson

Programme Manager - London, UK

Amelia works on a range of LDP programmes predominantly in the Security and Justice practice area, and also supports senior management. Prior to LDP, Amelia began her career at Oxfam and went on to gain international development experience in Honduras, working on gender and sustainable livelihoods programmes with the NGO Progressio. Amelia speaks fluent Spanish, and holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Leeds. She previously lived in Argentina where she worked for a local NGO, working to improve housing and overall living conditions for low income groups.

Lan Le

Operations Manager - London, UK

Lan is in charge of the overall operations management, including managing suppliers’ contracts and overseeing the programme officers in terms of office management and human resource functions. She also manages human resource policy and procedures and supports the senior management team with business reporting. Lan has significant experience of working in the international professional services sector, including supporting small business growth, finance and information providing. Lan graduated from Cass Business School with a BSc in Finance and International Banking and has completed a project management qualification as part of her professional development plan.

Rachel Lisby

Financial Controller - London, UK

Rachel is a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians with over 25 years’ finance and accountancy expertise. She has worked in research, imports and various government departments; however her passion for the poor and disadvantaged has meant that the last two decades have been spent working predominantly in the not-for-profit sector. Rachel believes that the Finance function is no longer just a matter of back office record keeping, but has a strategic leadership role to play in achieving the vision and goals of the company, in supporting better decision making and in adding creative value.

Harry Mansfield

Business Analyst - London, UK

Harry offers part-time support to the LDP financial team, working primarily on optimising project reporting and management processes alongside more general business analytics. He has recently been involved in the development and implementation of reporting processes for the DFID-funded Legal Assistance for Economic Reform Programme (LASER). Harry is also the programme manager for LDP’s Achieving Carbon Neutrality project, which forms a part of our social responsibility effort. Whilst working at LDP Harry is also studying toward an MSc in the Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments at Queen Mary University London.

Sapna Shah

Communications Officer - London, UK

Sapna implements the communications, lesson learning, engagement and influencing aspects of our international development programmes. She also supports LDP's overall corporate strategy and business plans of our four core practice areas. Sapna holds a BA in English from Royal Holloway, University of London and joins us after working in various communications capacities, including an NGO in Phnom Penh focused on preventing the trafficking of Cambodian girls and women. Sapna has taken photographs for campaigns and case studies, and has her own travel photography blog.

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). He also supports the management of LDP’s reforestation programme in Kenya as part of its social responsibility efforts. Most recently Zac worked on a programme investigating natural resource management and conservation policies in the private sector, and has been volunteering with an NGO that designs community-led projects focused on water scarcity in rural Nicaragua since 2013. He holds a BA in International Development and an MSc in Environmental Policy from Imperial College London.

Emily Snell

Programme Officer - London, UK

Emily assists 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.

Eleanor Penney

LASER Programme Officer - London, UK

Eleanor supports the Somaliland and Burma components of LASER, managing budget and reporting, and coordinating technical inputs. She also carries out part-time academic research for a number of other LDP projects including those related to climate change. Eleanor has a Natural Sciences degree and is currently studying for an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, specialising in Environmental Economics. She speaks fluent Spanish having lived and worked in Nicaragua and Colombia, most recently working on economic and infrastructural development of informal settlements in Bogotá. Eleanor has been worked with refugees in the UK for five years, coordinating conversation classes and community events.


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