Nigel has a strong background in finance, relief and development. Before joining Farm Africa, he was chief of staff at Save the Children UK. A former chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital, he has also worked for Tearfund and the Department for International Development.
He spent the earlier part of his career as an investment banker for Schroders.
Claire leads our impact measurement and learning function. Responsible for ensuring tools, systems and skills are in place to measure our impact on the ground, Claire's work is instrumental in obtaining robust evidence of what drives success in different contexts, helping us to expand our future impact. Claire has a background in development economics and previously worked as an economist and policy analyst in the governments of Scotland and South Sudan. She believes that a strong evidence base, grounded in practical experience, will be vital to achieving our ambitions of stimulating macro level change for smallholder farmers.
Steve Ball has a background in community forestry and over ten years experience working in Tanzania where he founded the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative to conserve endangered forests in East Africa by promoting the sustainable and equitable harvesting of valuable timber trees. His particular interest is in rural development that has sustainable long term positive impacts on both people and the environment.
Rachel has over ten years’ fundraising experience at UK and international organisations. Prior to this she spent the early part of her career working as a volunteer in Malawi and working within the private sector. Alongside her marketing role Rachel also manages the running of Farm Africa USA Inc. and is a trustee of Project Harar.
Ngaio leads the communications team and is responsible for Farm Africa’s communications strategy and media relations activity. Ngaio has a background in public relations in the private and public sector. Prior to working at Farm Africa she worked at the charity Sense, Film London, the British Film Institute and Premier Public Relations.
Natasha had 10 years’ experience in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before joining the charity sector. She has worked in Tanzania as programme director for Trade Aid, and has also had roles at Save the Children, PwC Australia and Diabetes UK. Natasha is also a trustee of the Pesticide Action Network.
Mark leads our UK finance function and has over 20 years experience in the charity and not-for-profit sector. Before joining Farm Africa he spent eight years at WaterAid, where he led the finance assurance team. Prior to moving to the international development sector Mark worked for film, media and arts organisations in England and Scotland.
Ellie has a background in environment, development and policy. Before Farm Africa she was head of fundraising and communications at Womankind Worldwide and has also worked for Y Care International and the Institute of Development Studies, researching gender and health equity. She lived in Japan for five years, including a year teaching at Waseda University.
Nadia has 15 years of international development experience focusing on policy, economic interventions, and capacity building of local NGOs. She has worked in several countries in Latin America and Africa, and has managed large donor funded projects. Before joining Farm Africa, Nadia worked at Fintrac Inc, where she was responsible for management and compliance of multi-year, multi-million dollar agriculture programmes supported by USAID in East and Southern Africa.
John has many years experience in overseas development as a senior manager, including working for Plan International, the International Red Cross and Save the Children. He has worked across Southern and Eastern Africa, South Asia and Central America in both country and regional roles, including in Kenya, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Guatemala. Most recently he was Director of Strategy and Resources for the legal action charity Reprieve.
Cathy leads the Corporate & Community Fundraising team which is responsible for encouraging and supporting a wide range of fundraising activities and events from volunteer-led fundraising, corporate partnerships, schools and faith group fundraising and our portfolio of challenge and sporting events. Cathy started her fundraising career at Dementia UK and before joining Farm Africa, she worked for five years in WaterAid’s Community Fundraising team.
Cathy is currently on maternity leave. Ciaran Biggins is managing the role in her absence.
Pam has held senior roles with GAP Activity Projects, ORBIS UK, Sense International and the Fred Hollows Foundation in New Zealand. Pam also has a commercial background with Unilever and Yoplait. She is a trustee of Vision 4 Children.
Prior to her appointment as Director of Programmes, Michelle led our programme work in Ethiopia. Before that, Michelle was at the Department for International Development (DFID), most recently as climate change advisor. Other work experience includes two years as technical lead for the UK on UN gender reforms and three years in Ethiopia seconded to the World Bank working on rural livelihoods, as well as leading programmes in Nicaragua, Central America and Indonesia.
Michelle is currently on maternity leave. Yvan Biot is managing the role in her absence. Yvan has over 20 years experience in agriculture and natural resources management and in excess of 10 yeas policy experience with DFID. His main areas of interest are natural resource and environmental management, forestry preservation and climate change. He has a Phd in soil and water conservation