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Virginie is presently overseeing the “Studies and Evaluations” Division (maternity cover contract). She joined Landell Mills in 2013.
Virginie has 11 years of experience as government/international development professional. Specifically, she spent over 4 years of her career working on field assignments in fragile, post-conflict states, and countries in transition.
Regional experience: Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and North America.
Languages: French (native), English, Polish, Spanish, and German
Ato works part time as Project Executive in the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America division. He is responsible primarily for business development in the West Africa market, where he has over ten years experience in private sector development. Ato has worked as a Financial Analyst for EMPRETEC Ghana and as a private consultant for Landell Mills on an EU-ACP matching grant fund in Ghana. He has also worked for GFA Consulting Group, Germany, as Business Advisor; Zenith Bank Ghana Limited as Relationship Manager and again with Landell Mills as Grants Specialist on a matching grant project in Ghana. Ato lectures periodically to business students in a private university in Ghana. He has an MSc degree in Finance and Management from the University of Exeter, UK, and a BA degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of Ghana. Ato’s continuing interests lie in private sector and rural development.
Aurelie joined Landell-Mills as Project Executive in the Studies and Evaluations Division in September 2012. She has been working in Senegal and in Mexico for the last two years as an economist at the French Embassy. Aurelie graduated from IEP in Strabourg in 2008 with a BSc in Polititical Sciences and specialized in Development Economics with a Master degree from CERDI (Center of Study and Research in International Development), Auvergne University, in 2009. She is a native French speaker, fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
Cassie is a Project Executive in the Markets, Enterprise and Trade (MET) Division at Landell Mills. She has been with Landell Mills since 2009 and previously worked as a Project Executive in the Asia and Pacific (APA) Division, and before that in the Framework Contract Division (now SED). Since the set up of the MET division in July 2012, Cassie has assisted in making the division operational - including the monitoring of financial expenditure, pipeline development and other business development activities. Cassie is an M4P specialist and provides day to day operational support and management to the Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund which is a DFID funded Challenge Fund based on M4P principles. Cassie has also attended the Springfield 'Making Markets Work' training event in Bangkok. Before joining Landell Mills Cassie completed a degree in Politics at Queen Mary, University of London and subsequently spent time living and working in Norway, a country which she now has a life long love affair with!
Charlotte is a Project Executive in the Studies and Evaluations Division, working on assignments in English and French in Lot 1: Rural Development, Lot 10: Trade, Standards and Private Sector, and Lot 12: Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-Crisis Assistance. She joined Landell Mills in February 2010, and moved to the Studies and Evaluations Division in May 2011. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Sussex.
Charlotte Howell-Jones is a Project Executive in the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America (ACLA) division. She is responsible for business development and manages projects in the fields of poverty alleviation, climate change, agriculture, livestock value chains, fisheries and aquaculture in Africa and the Caribbean. Previously, Charlotte worked as a Programmes Coordinator for Futures Group Europe, dividing her time between business development and co-managing HIV /AIDs and maternal health projects in South Africa and Sierra Leone. She has worked on projects for DFID, EU, Global Fund and UNAIDS. Charlotte has an MSc in International Development and in-depth knowledge of communications and public relations. Her experience and interests lie in rural development, climate change and capacity development.
Country Operations Manager, Afghanistan
Danny has been a part of LML's Consultancy Team for the Afghanistan Water Resources Development Project (AWARD). He recently joined LML as Country Operations Manager to provide much needed support for LML Projects in Afghanistan. He hails from South East Asia and has a Masters Degree in Cross Cultural Studies. An alumni of the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines, his experience working in Water Sector Development Projects and his background as a Mechanical Engineer had proven to be very helpful in his more than a decade of experience in developmental work. Until recently, he had been working as an independent consultant for the Asian Development Bank.
David is the Managing Director of Landell Mills Ltd. He also directs the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America Division, a position that he has held for since 2001. David has had over ten years experience in international development having previously provided consultancy services to UK agricultural businesses, Action Aid and DFID. David has a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Bath. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading and a MSc in Development Studies from the University of Bath.
Emma grew up in various countries in the developing world and always wanted to work in international development. After gaining a BSc in Economics from Queen Mary and some business development experience, she joined Landell Mills in January 2006 and is currently employed as Project Executive in the ENME Division where she manages an EC Fisheries project in Albania and an EC Water, Environment and Climate Change project in Central Asia, among others. She is currently working towards an MSc in Flood Risk Management at Newcastle University.
Studies and Evaluations Division Manager
Francesca is the Studies and Evaluations Division Manager at Landell Mills Ltd. She has been working within Landell Mills since 2007 as Project Executive in the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America Division where she has been responsible for private sector development and rural development projects in the Caribbean and Africa. Francesca has a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Bath, UK and previously worked with FAO. She is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Country Representative, Afghanistan
Dr. Ghulam Rasoul Durani has worked in the Landell Mills Kabul office since 2005 and has gained extensive experience with a number of donor agencies and line ministries in Afghanistan.
He graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of Kabul University with a DVM Degree. As well as acting as country representative, providing support to various LML projects, he acts as secretary for the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Working Group under the Technical Secretariat of the Supreme Council of Water in the Ministry of Energy and Water. As a result of his hard work he was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Minister of Energy and Water in 2011.
Project ExecutiveGreg joined LML as a Project Executive in the Asia/Pacific Division in Autumn 2006. Greg holds an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath with a period living in Cambodia, working with government and local NGOs on sustainable natural resource management initiatives. This work built upon his earlier graduation from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Oceanography and a year living and working in Latin America in 2003/04. Greg has continued in this vein with LML, focussing on the company’s agriculture, NRM and environment-related work in the region, predominantly in China, Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Pakistan.
Helen Westlake is a Financial Administrator. She joined Landell Mills in December 2011. Helen’s main responsibilities involve processing consultants' and office invoices, preparing the payments list and overseas payroll, and setting up multicurrency payments. She studied at Wiltshire College to achieve her AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification.
Jake is a Project Executive in the Studies and Evaluations Division. He works on assignments in Lot 10: Trade Standards and Private Sector and Lot 12: Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Management and Post-Crisis Assistance. He joined Landell Mills in July 2012 on a year long work placement. He is studying BSc Politics with International Relations at The University of Bath.
James Blewett joined Landell Mills as a consultant in March 2011, and since July 2012 has been Director of the firm’s newly formed Markets, Enterprise and Trade Division. James has a background in corporate finance and almost 20 years of experience of managing private sector development related projects in central eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. James has advised on emerging markets investment transactions with a cumulative value of more than US$1 billion, and most recently has worked on Landell Mills projects as the Fund Manager for the Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund and project director for the Somaliland Business Fund.
Jelle is Senior Consultant in Landell Mills Ltd in the Asia / Pacific division in charge of technical and logistical backstopping and business development. He also provides support and technical backstopping to Landell Mills’ water management related projects of other geographical divisions. He has over 20 years of experience in rural, water and environmental development projects and worked in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. He started working for Landell Mills in 2004 as Team Leader in the Panj-Amu River Basin Management Programme in Afghanistan. He joined the Landell Mills headquarters in February 2012. He has an MSc in Physical Geography (Utrecht) and Agricultural Engineering (Wageningen) and passed his PhD candidacy exam in Hydrology at the New Mexico School of Mines and Technology.
Jérôme joined Landell Mills in April 2012 as Project Executive, Francophone Africa, as part of the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America Division. He has been working in Africa (Rwanda, Burundi and DRC) for the last five years and has expertise in international trade and regional integration issues. Jérôme graduated from CERDI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International), Auvergne University, in 2003 with an MPhil in Development Economics. He is a native French speaker, speaks English fluently and has a good level of Spanish.
Project Administrator and Finance Assistant
Kathryn joined Landell Mills Ltd as a Project Administrator and Finance Assistant in the Asia/Pacific Division in May 2011. Kathryn provides administrative and financial support to the Division. She is currently studying towards a BA Honours in Modern Language Studies specialising in German and Spanish with The Open University.
Project Support Administrator & Receptionist
Kerry joined Landell Mills as a Project Support Administrator in May 2011. She provides administration support for all office divisions and manages the CV database. Kerry also works on reception and manages the office contracts.
Linda is the Project Accounts Administrator and provides support on all Landell Mills contracts. Linda joined Landell Mills in 1991 and moved into our finance division in 1998. She is responsible for reconciling accounts submitted by our various overseas offices and projects as well as compiling/submitting sales invoices to our clients. She has a close working relationship with all divisions within the company and also our team leaders and project staff in the field.
Maria joined Landell Mills in Spring 2010 as a Project Executive for the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America Division. Her work focuses predominantly on trade and regional integration projects in Africa and the Caribbean. Maria holds a Masters degree from Lund University, Sweden where she specialised in International Economics. Her interest in international development builds on previous work with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of the EU foreign and defence policy and was also strengthened during a research field trip to the East African region. Maria is fluent in English and French.
Matthew is the Management Accountant for Landell Mills and its sister companies. He is responsible for preparing the groups management accounts and assisting with the group’s statutory accounts. In addition he also provides financial assistance to some of our various overseas offices and projects. Matthew graduated from the University of Bath in 2007 with a BSc in Economics and since then has become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
ChairmanMichael Boyd is the Chairman of Landell Mills. He is a graduate in Commerce from University College Dublin, a Barrister-at-Law and completed the OPM programme at Harvard Business School. Michael has worked in international development consulting for over thirty years. He is the former Chairman of British Expertise and a current board member. He is also Chairman of the Landell Mills holding company, DCI, and sister companies in Ireland.
Europe and Middle East Division DirectorMichael is the Regional Director for the Europe and Middle East Division of Landell-Mills. He has over 20 years of international project management experience, including Team Leadership assignments in Moscow, Osh, and Ashkabad and has successfully undertaken a broad range of Head Office and Project Direction responsibilities. His technical experience extends from private sector development to downstream aspects of the food and agriculture industry. He has a research interest in technology transfer and innovation in the food industry. He commenced his career in Saudi Arabia and worked throughout Eastern Europe, Russia and the Balkans.
Country Representative, VietnamHaving worked in the Landell Mills Hanoi office since 1998, Thang has gained extensive experience with a number of donor agencies and Ministries in Vietnam. He graduated from the National Economic University in Hanoi with an MBA and BA in Business Administration and English. He is responsible for business development activities, in particular in maintaining relations with local stakeholders, as well as providing support to projects. He also acts as interpreter / translator and is responsible for the office and projects accounts.
Country RepresentativeRussell works with the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America Division Russell is an economist with 40 years’ experience. He is a resident of Durban and has been Landell Mills’ Southern Africa Representative since 1983. His areas of specialisation include international trade policy, WTO issues, Economic Partnership Agreements and trade negotiations. Russell is a former Director and CEO of ActionAid International. He has worked with most bilateral and multilateral aid agencies and in over thirty African countries. Russell is fluent in English and French.
Sara has worked for Landell Mills since 2009 during her university vacations. Upon graduating with an LLB from the University of Sussex, Sara has since joined the company full time dividing her time between the Africa, Caribbean and Latin America and the European Neighborhood and Middle East divisions.
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DirectorSimon is Director of Landell Mills Ltd, Asia/Pacific Division. Simon gained an interest in international development following a year’s work for an NGO in Kenya promoting camel husbandry amongst pastoralists. He joined Landell Mills in 1999 where he started work in the Eastern Europe division. In 2002 he moved to the Asia/Pacific division where he is now director. Key initiatives have included expanding the company’s work into new markets including Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and consolidating its position in China and Vietnam. Simon has a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Business Management (1st) from Newcastle University.
Sophie is a Project Executive in the Studies and Evaluations Division. She holds an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath. As part of her thesis, she travelled to India to work with a small local NGO to analyse their role within the Food Sovereignty movement. Prior to her MSc she spent one year working on a CSR project on Mafia island, Tanzania. Her main interest is in Rural Development and in particular food security. She will be mainly working in Lot 1 tenders and project management in English and Spanish speaking countries.
Country RepresentativeShu is Chief Representative of Landell Mills Beijing office, She joined LML in 2001, with specific responsibility for project development and project management activities in China, coordination and quality assurance of project implementation and coordinated market research studies in China on behalf of international clients. She graduated in 1988 in Chinese Studies from Henan University. From 1989-1995, she worked in the Yanshen Group Corporation with responsibility for trading [import-export] activities. In 1999, she received a further degree in Chinese Literature from Renmin University.
Accounts AssistantXiaolu is an Accounts Assistant in the Finance Division at Landell Mills. Xiaolu studied at the University of Bath where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Development and also a Master’s degree in International Development. She is currently studying for the professional accountant qualifications with both The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Xiaolu is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, as well as two Chinese local dialects from Hunan province. She also has basic language skills in Japanese.
Landell Mills Limited was founded in Bath, England, in 1975 by John Landell Mills and others to carry out research and to provide management services in the natural resource sectors. Some of the firm's early work included farm management in Zambia as well as advice on commodity trends and opportunities. In the 1980s and 1990s, the company provided technical assistance and advice in many aspects of agriculture, fisheries and rural development on contracts financed by the Asian Development Bank, European Commission and the World Bank - as well as the bilateral assistance programmes of the UK government. The 1990s was particularly active as demand for expertise increased dramatically in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union under the Phare and Tacis programmes of the EC in particular.
In recent years, the firm has widened its scope of activities to reflect the changing needs of beneficiaries and funding agencies as well as new opportunities and threats. We are active in a range of economic development and environmental programmes. A number of our assignments are in countries recovering from conflicts or natural disasters.
We estimate that we have completed over 700 projects on all continents - involving almost 150 countries. We operate in several languages and employ some four hundred people on our assignments at any one time. Our head office is in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, UK. We have two sister companies in Ireland - TDI Group Ltd. and TMS International Ltd.
We are an active member of our industry association, British Expertise, and a regular winner of their annual awards.