Our 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 25 years, gaining her initial experience in a City of London commercial law firm. Since then she has had nearly twenty 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.

Erika Kirwen

Associate Director - London, UK

Erika Kirwen 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 Mills is a corporate lawyer and economist with particular expertise in the areas of investment climate, rule of law and poverty reduction initiatives. Ian has over 15 years of academic and professional work experience and qualified as a Solicitor in England & 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, Kenya 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. Ian 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 Mansfield is a lawyer with expertise in the areas of investment climate and justice sector reform. She has been a qualified solicitor for over 25 years 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 the Law & Development Partnership 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

Senior Consultant - Kigali, Rwanda

Sarah Callaghan is an Australian lawyer with over 10 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

Senior Consultant and Business Manager - London, UK

Colm McKeown is a development economist with particular expertise in the areas of trade-related development and regional integration. Colm has nearly 10 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 and the £4m DFID Legal Assistance for Economic Reform programme. He holds a BA in Development Studies and a Masters degree in Development Economics.

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.

Valentina Patti

Programme Manager - London, UK

Valentina Patti is responsible for managing a selection of short- and long-term projects and for contributing to the pursuit of new opportunities and contracts. She has gained 6 years of professional experience in project management and business development of international donor-funded projects and programmes, primarily in the fields of economic growth, private sector development and regional integration. Prior to joining LDP in April 2014, Valentina worked for private consultancies in both Italy and the UK, collaborating with a vast array of development partners including the EC, DANIDA, DFID, TMEA, WTO as well as UN agencies. She holds a BA in Law and a MA in Development Studies and Economics.

Jess Magson

Programme Manager - London, UK

Jess Magson is responsible for managing the £4.3m DFID funded Legal Assistance to Economic Reform Programme (LASER), working in a variety of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to support politically informed approaches to commercial justice reform. Before starting with LDP in April 2014, she worked for five years with the international team at the UK Ministry of Justice, analysing the effectiveness of criminal justice systems in other countries and managing projects to support the evolution of court, prison and probation services abroad, focused on the MENA and Caribbean regions. Jess recently returned from an overseas fellowship with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, examining the impact of drug decriminalisation policies on the efficiency of the criminal justice system. She holds an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from the University of Birkbeck and an MA in History and Politics from The University of Edinburgh.

Laura MacLean

Graduate Consultant - London, UK

Laura MacLean 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 Gunnell 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.

Chris Sutton

Finance Director - London, UK

Chris Sutton 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.

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.

Lan Tuyet Le

Operations 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.


Harry Mansfield

Office Administrator - 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.


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