HTSPE has 50 full-time members of staff based in our offices in Hemel Hempstead, UK. From our head office we manage and implement up to 150 projects and programmes at any one time across Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the UK under the guidance of our Managing Director, Executive Chairman and Divisional Directors.
David joined HTSPE in 2007 as Executive Chairman having led a management buy- out from Genus plc where he was the previous Group Finance Director. In that role he became familiar with HTSPE's business and the management team. He is an economics graduate and a Chartered Accountant with extensive financial and commercial experience gained at Board level and in a multinational environment. David leads the Finance team which provides support and an audit function to the various projects and he is also responsible for finance and administration in our overseas offices.
Christopher was appointed Managing Director in 2007 and is responsible for all operational aspects of HTSPE, our Knowledge Management and Proposal team and the EU-funded Framework Contracts and LIFE Programme.
Christopher started his career in the computer industry with Hewlett Packard, initially in manufacturing control and later as an internal consultant. Having completed his MBA, he joined P-E International in 1996. He moved into an Interim Management firm in 2002, to set up a public sector practice, before rejoining HTSPE in 2004 as Director of the EU Division. He has worked as a management consultant across the public and private sectors and worked extensively with UK Government Departments.
James is our director responsible for the management of all HTSPE overseas programmes. For over 20 years he has worked widely in South East Asia and China as both a project director and a rural development specialist. James has worked closely with all the major donor agencies including DFID, EC, ADB and the World Bank. He is currently responsible for the large DFID Livelihoods Resource Programme and has overall responsibility for programme delivery on the large DECC funded Closed Nuclear Cities Programme in Russia and the former CIS.
Jeremy is the director responsible for our Business Development team. During the last 14 years he has built extensive experience in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has been responsible for undertaking programming missions for the European Commission and preparing Terms of Reference for consultancy assignments and evaluation of Tenders, working as technical expert, undertaking projects as team leader and directing projects.
Adam is the unit head of our Global division with responsibility for our business in Framework Contracts globally, and projects in the new EU Member States. A strong project manager and team leader, he was formerly a Task Manager at the EC in Brussels. He has extensive experience of programming, co-ordination, managing and evaluation of many EC aid programmes.
Within the organisation, Adam has worked with private, public and non-profit making organisations including DFID, the European Commission, EBRD, World Bank and UNIDO. His knowledge of international operations and his project management skills enable him to undertake, manage and direct projects throughout the world.
Adam is experienced throughout Western and Central Europe, the Gulf States, India, Bhutan, Thailand, Egypt, the Maghreb countries, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA.
Corin has recently joined our Business Development team. Corin is an international development specialist with substantial experience working with multi-disciplinary teams on a range of assignments throughout the world. His experience covers a range of activities including public communications, marketing and business development, programme management and strategic change management. Corin has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and South and Central Asia.
Polly is a member of our Proposal Development team and has over 15 years’ experience of development issues, working in both Africa and Asia. Her technical background is in rural livelihoods, with a particular interest in institutional aspects of natural resource management, from the community to national levels. Polly was the Livelihoods Advisor on the Programme for Advisory Support Services (PASS) to DFID, responsible for providing support on issues such as water management and food security.
Marika is a Project Director in HTSPE’s Proposal Development Unit (PDU) with responsibility for development of proposals for the European Union (EU) and for the development of the company’s wider EU portfolio. Marika is the Consortium Quality Coordinator for assignments delivered under the EU world-wide framework contracts and shares the management responsibility for the company’s contracts under the BENEF: Lot 1 (Rural Development), Lot 9 (Education, Social, Employment and Culture), Lot 10 (Economic Development) and COM 2011 Lot 1 (Technical Assistance in all thematic sectors). Marika has an extensive knowledge of development policies and tools, such as Project Cycle Management and logical frameworks. Over the past fifteen years she has been responsible for the management and preparation of projects in a broad-range of sectors, including in the fields of capacity building, institutional strengthening and good governance in various development countries. Marika is fluent in English, French and Slovak and has a good working knowledge of Russian and Italian.
Bert is a member of our Business Development team. He has extensive experience in rural and community-based development, institutional development, change management and high-level policy advice in the natural resources management sector, especially the agriculture and forestry sectors. Bert has 20 years of working experience in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Benin, Burkina Faso and Ghana).
Donald Lunan has been an employee at HTSPE since 2005. Working within Operations, he is responsible for Environment and Climate Change work across the company, from business development and proposal writing to project implementation. He is currently the Regional Coordinator for the UK and Ireland LIFE Monitoring team, providing technical monitoring and evaluation support to the EC and LIFE project beneficiaries on biodiversity, conservation and environmental technology. Donald continues to provide short-term technical assistance to a range of donors in the fields of climate change and natural resource management in Africa and South Asia.
Peter has been a permanent member of HTSPE staff for 20 years. He is a member of our Project Management team and is responsible for planning and managing our current major long-term DFID-funded Programmes in Nigeria.
Peter has 30 years’ experience of planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating Rural Development programmes in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Horn of Africa, West and Southern Africa. This has included work in agricultural extension, small-scale irrigation development, governance and institutional change.
Ruth is a member of our Proposal Development team and has a specific interest in rural livelihoods and community development. She has worked with Non-Governmental Organisations and the public sector in Swaziland, the Kyrgyz Republic, Bangladesh, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Ruth was a Livelihoods Co-ordinator for the Programme of Advisory Support Services to DFID and, prior to maternity leave, managed the DFID Livelihoods Resource Centre (LRC). She continues to provide technical support to the LRC and HTSPE programmes.
Daniel is a member of our Proposal Development team and Project Director for Performance Management and Evaluation. His brief is to build capacity and integrate this practice area across the company and this is based on a balanced portfolio of experience derived from both long and short term assignments with a range of development partners and southern institutions in private sector development, public service reform and food security. His main skills lie in the areas of developing country strategies, establishing performance management systems using mixed approaches – such as value for money, logical frameworks, theory of change and the balanced scorecard - and team leading programme design and evaluation.
Alexis is a member of our Proposal Development team. He has worked in both the private and public sector as an international development specialist. Over the past twelve years Alexis has worked with a range of donor agencies, development institutes and international consulting firms. He has used his skills in a number of different roles including working on policy issues with DFID; managing teams of consultants on projects; and as a contracted international development consultant. His areas of speciality include good governance, public sector reform, public policy, public sector management, rural development and project management. Alexis has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Far-East Asia, and Eastern Europe.
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Chris is the Director of Human Resources, responsible for overall HR management and direction for the company, ensuring the efficient operation of the administration team and providing head office support to our overseas projects.
Chris has an excellent understanding of the business having been with HTSPE since 1997. In addition she brings over 11 years’ experience of working at senior management level in a range of private sector companies in the UK and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She has an excellent overview of management strategies and practice with particular emphasis on HR. Chris is also familiar with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and is the company’s representative ensuring our accreditation to this rigorous international standard.
Gary joined HTSPE in 2008 as Financial Controller. He is a qualified accountant and has 13 years of experience in senior finance roles, both with blue chip companies and SMEs. Gary has a diverse background having worked in the construction, oil and automotive industries. His recent career has been within the project management arena, encompassing high-value engineering, construction and management consultancy projects.
Zahid has recently joined the team as Director of our branch office in Islamabad. An economist by profession, Zahid has worked for the Asia Foundation, CIDA, the World Bank and other development organisations and NGOs where he has held senior managerial positions. Zahid’s early career was spent working in various roles for the Government of NWFP. He specialises in community development, micro-finance, institutional development and governance issues with a focus on support to local government. Zahid also brings considerable entrepreneurial experience having established a food processing business, founded an NGO and established two daily newspapers. Zahid will be managing the existing project work-load and further developing HTSPE business in the region.