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Our senior staff

Nigel Harris, chief executive

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 Allan, head of programme quality and impact 

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.

Ngaio Bowthorpe, head of communications

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 Clayton, director of resources

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.

Ellie Fujioka, head of programme funding 

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 Martinez, director, Kenya and South Sudan

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 programs supported by USAID in East and Southern Africa. She is a native Spanish and English speaker with an MA from the School of International Service at the American University, USA.

George Mkanza, director, Tanzania and Uganda

George Mkanza has substantial experience in providing leadership and management for INGOs working with the poor and marginalised people in emergency relief, rehabilitation and long term sustainable development programmes in various countries in Africa. 

George Strunden, director of programmes

George Strunden is an international agricultural development expert with more than 20 years’ experience of delivering strategies, managing bilateral and multi-lateral grant projects and relationships with governments. He has spent more than 15 years living in Africa, working closely with community-based organisations and government representatives, including extensive experience with The Jane Goodall Institute.

Pam Williams-Jones, director of fundraising and communications

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.

Edward Watkiss, head of operations

Edward started out in development as a teacher in Zimbabwe followed by 10 years in a large international development and relief NGO. As programme manager for Zimbabwe and Zambia based in Harare he worked with partner organisations on issues from HIV and governance to land reform and livelihoods. From his experience in southern Africa Ed strongly believes that the key step for the poor in most cases is an improved approach to small-scale agriculture in production and marketing by farmers themselves, government and importantly private sector - to turn rural subsistence to rural enterprise.

Cathy Wentworth, head of corporate & community fundraising

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.

Michelle Winthrop, director, Ethiopia

Michelle has substantial field and policy experience in international development, many with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). She has worked in eastern Indonesia on livestock health and in Central America on small enterprise development. She has also managed large DFID programmes in Latin America. Michelle spent three years working in Ethiopia with the World Bank, with a strong emphasis on food security, agriculture and pastoral area development.


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