Landell Mills has its roots in both Ireland and the UK. The Irish company evolved out of the Irish Trade Promotion Board, as TDI Group, in the late 1980s and subsequently grew rapidly as a facilitator of trade, investment and private sector development, acquiring other Irish companies providing services in agriculture, the environment and economic development.
The UK company was founded by John Landell Mills, with others, in 1975, to carry out research and to provide management services in the agricultural sector. Some of the company’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 on 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 were particularly active as demand for expertise increased dramatically in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The company then also diversified into other areas including trade and private sector development, regional integration, and natural resources management (including water resources management, forestry and marine protection).
In 1998, the Irish entity purchased the UK entity and, following a management buyout in 2009, all group companies are now consolidated under the Landell Mills trading name with the following group structure.
Landell Mills is working or has worked in almost all developing and emerging economies for and on behalf of various national, bilateral and multilateral agencies. We employ almost 50 staff at our offices in Blackrock, Ireland; Trowbridge, UK; and Kabul, Afghanistan. We engage substantial numbers of additional project personnel throughout the world.
We are a participant to the UN Global Compact and are active members of industry associations, including the European Federation of Management Consultancies Associations (FEACO) Procurement Committee and British Expertise International. We are members of technical associations or societies, such as the Tropical Agricultural Association, the Irrigation and Water Forum (part of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage), and the Evaluation Society.