My first career was in industrial design, architecture and planning. During the 1980s I brought the technical and management skills from these disciplines to the international development sector as co-founder of a small UK INGO working in India, which I directed and successfully developed over a period of 12 years until 1997.
Since then I have worked as a freelance consultant to a wide range of international non-government organisations, development education
and other non-profit organisations – see Clients
– initially with a focus on appropriate technology
and environmental regeneration
. I have a broad knowledge of low cost, low impact, building technologies (ferrocement
and stabilised compressed earth blocks
), water and sanitation
, renewable energy sources (windpower
, solar systems
, fuel-efficient smokeless cookstoves
), water harvesting
, integrated agroforestry, shared forest management, environmental education
and building community resilience to climate change.
From more recent work as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups I have developed an experiential dimension to social inclusion
initiatives and capacity building with project staff, southern partners and community groups.