Below I share some specifics about my skills and experiences. Check out the home page for my brief bio.
What can I help you with?
I am fully competent in writing up WASH interventions to disseminate across the sector. In Zimbabwe, I undertook a fact-finding mission on the real-time national WASH monitoring system supported by UNICEF. I was interviewing government staff at national and sub-national levels, community health workers and community leaders, along with multiple site visits to peri-urban and rural areas.
I have extensive experience in podcasting. I have delivered multiple workshops to train non-profit teams in strategy, planning and execution to ensure the highest quality audio product is delivered on a routine basis. This is delivered through my podcast agency which is active in producing podcasts for numerous clients.
I have experience in conducting desk and field-based market-analysis for clients. For a UNICEF contract, I was responsible for extensive data collection activities (focus groups, interviews, observations, household surveys) in rural Kenya and comprehensive report writing.
I have extensive experience in evaluating WASH programmes. In Mozambique, I designed and delivered a multi-city evaluation of a 7-year urban sanitation intervention, interviewing government staff at national, district and municipal levels, business owners and community leaders. The consultancy required two trips to Mozambique, coordination with implementation teams and extensive report writing.
Training & Education
I have created online and in-person workshops for my clients as well as for my own business. For UNICEF, I worked with WHO colleagues to design and deliver three 2hr virtual workshop sessions with staff from 72 countries on safely managed sanitation. This included preparing scripts for all speakers, writing notes for moderators and testing slides to ensure maximum understanding.
Utility Innovation / Design Thinking
I have experience leading teams from water and sanitation utilities in Kenya and Zambia on innovation projects aimed at rolling out faecal sludge managed services. I was in a team to design an aspirational sanitation service for low-income areas of Kumasi, Ghana and a water business in Kenya. All involved consumer research, ideation, prototype and testing, and constant iteration, with constant engagement and consultation with government stakeholders.
2017 – present
I have undertaken a range of assignments for clients such as Unilever, UNICEF, IRC and Grand Challenges Canada. The ‘What can I help you with?” section above gives a sample of my work.
Deputy CEO at Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)
2009 – 2015
I set up and recruited a new team in Nairobi to create new business models in water and sanitation services. I worked with IDEO.org and Unilever to create Clean Team, a sanitation social enterprise in Ghana. I was Chief of Party for the USAID-funded African Cities for the Future program in 5 countries.
Research at Cranfield University
2004 – 2005
Assisted Dr Richard Franceys with a DFID Knowledge & Research grant into service and pricing differentiation in water utility PPPs across Africa and Asia with a focus on the poor. I analysed numerous PPP contracts on specific clauses related to serving low-income areas.
Deputy Director at Evidence Action
2015 – 2017
I led strategy, financing and fundraising for the at-scale Dispensers for Safe programme serving over 4.5M people across Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. This included running the carbon crediting process with South Pole Group.
Project Engineer at Halcrow Group Ltd
2005 – 2009
I project managed the design and construction of a number of infrastructure projects across the UK for the UK’s Environment Agency. These included a £5M tidal lock project in Lincoln, the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, and the River Nene Flood Risk Management Scheme.
Field Engineer at COMENSA
2003 – 2004
I worked with a team of local masons to design and build water supply schemes and construct school handwashing facilities for urban and rural communities across Guatemala.
Education & Qualifications
- Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng) 2008
- Member Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) 2008
- Cranfield University (MSc) 2003
- Exeter University (MEng) 1998