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Dan Collison, Chief Executive

Dan Collison, Chief Executive

Dan Collison became Farm Africa's Chief Executive in May 2020. Dan has 25 years of experience gained in a range of humanitarian, emergency and development roles within organisations such as Save the Children and Christian Aid. He was most recently the Director of Programmes and Advocacy with War Child. 

Jenni Bright, Director of External Relations

Jenni Bright, Director of External Relations

Jenni leads the fundraising directorate at Farm Africa responsible for raising vital funds through a variety of channels. These include supporting and communicating with Farm Africa’s individual supporters as well as delivering corporate and events fundraising. Jenni is also responsible for driving forward Farm Africa’s ambitious digital strategy, finding new and innovative ways to engage with supporters online. Prior to joining Farm Africa in 2016, Jenni began her fundraising career at the RNLI before working at Shelter.

Nick Kempson, Director of Programme Quality

Nick Kempson, Director of Programme Quality

Nick leads the Programme Quality Unit at Farm Africa, which encompasses three teams - Technical Services; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; and Programme Support. The Programme Quality Team supports all Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa. Nick's previous experience includes work as an NGO programme director, consultant and development economist for a range of clients including national and provincial governments, private foundations, the World Bank and USAID with a particular focus on the agricultural and mining sectors. Nick is based in Dar Es Salaam.

Mary Batterman, Director, Tanzania

Mary Batterman, Director, Tanzania

Mary leads the team in Tanzania. She is an international development professional who has lived and worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for more than a decade. Mary’s career has focused on agriculture, market systems strengthening, supporting small and medium enterprises, private sector development and renewable energy. Before joining Farm Africa, Mary headed the Tanzanian office for the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), which has invested in over 70 agribusinesses and renewable energy companies throughout the country. Mary holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.

 

Tom Cadogan, Director, Kenya

Tom Cadogan, Director, Kenya

Tom has extensive experience of leading and managing development projects over the past 17 years in East and Southern Africa. Prior to joining Farm Africa in June 2016, he headed the Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture portfolio for Irish Aid in Tanzania, chairing the project investment committee of the Agricultural Marketing Development Trust and developing policy research on the food reserve agency and national input subsidies.  Before this he was Director in Zambia and Tanzania for the youth-led agency Restless Development. He holds a PhD from the University of London (SOAS).

Jane Doughty, Head of Human Resources

Jane Doughty, Head of Human Resources

Jane leads Farm Africa’s human resources function and has more than 16 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. Jane joined Farm Africa in 2003, working in a number of roles, before moving into human resources in 2008. Prior to taking up her role with Farm Africa, Jane worked in the retail and marketing sectors, working for a number of organisations including the British Parachute Association.

Libby Plumb, Head of Communications & Advocacy

Libby Plumb, Head of Communications & Advocacy

Libby leads the communications and advocacy team. Prior to joining Farm Africa in 2015 she worked for WaterAid America for eight years leading the communications team, and previously managed the communications services and community fundraising teams at WaterAid UK. She started her career at a design and event management company managing accounts for major TV and film companies. Libby holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Penny Ruszczynski, Head of Corporate Partnerships

Penny Ruszczynski, Head of Corporate Partnerships

Penny leads the corporate partnerships team as they engage with the private sector to build strategic and impactful relationships. Having worked in fostering charity-corporate partnerships for nearly a decade, Penny is a firm believer in the capacity of business to help deliver tangible and long-term change, and enjoys building links between a company’s motivations and Farm Africa’s aims. Previously Penny worked at organisations including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and The Connection at St Martin’s. She joined Farm Africa in 2014. Penny is currently on maternity leave.