Our Team

Here you can read about IMA International's Consultants and Trainers and Office team.

Consultants and Trainers

All our facilitators have extensive practical experience working as consultants in the field; they are also skilled facilitators in the classroom. You can request a consultant (or a group of consultants) for your short- or long-term input, or do a consultant search from 400 more consultants on our database.

Silvia Capezzuoli

Silvia Capezzuoli

Senior Associate Consultant

Silvia is a social development specialist and has been a senior consultant with IMA International since 2003. She specialises in monitoring and evaluation, participation, gender and communication and has extensive experience in training course design and delivery. Her overseas experience includes education training in Indonesia, and NGO project management in East Africa and West Africa. Before joining IMA, Silvia worked for the international NGO ACORD, managing projects, running participatory workshops with local partners and facilitating the development of numerous ACORD Africa-based policies. She has also worked as an adult education tutor for the University of Sussex in the UK.

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Giulio Ghirardo

Giulio Ghirardo

Lead Consultant and Strategy Advisor

Giulio comes from a programme management background. He worked in Kenya (2005-2010) mainly in Tharaka and Isiolo districts developing and managing health programmes in HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. During his work in Kenya he conducted a one year Participatory Action Research project studying the cultural perception of health of Borana pastoralist community in Merti Division (Kenya). His interest and skills include, health related issues, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Participatory Approaches , Capacity Development. His focus is mainly on local communities involvement in development programmes with particular interest in the way local communities are already solving their own problems.
He holds an MA in Participation, Power and Social Change from IDS.



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Chris Grose

Chris Grose

Managing Director

Chris Grose joined IMA International as a Senior Consultant in 1997 after 8 years working as a training and extension specialist in Nepal and Bangladesh. He became Managing Director of IMA in 2001 and has overseen a growing international team working on capacity development initiatives since that time.

Chris works in business development and strategic partnerships. When training and consulting, his interests lie in organisational assessment and development, particularly in post-conflict and fragile states, and works on our training of trainers (ToT) portfolio. Chris also has significant overseas experience in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, USA and Vietnam.

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Mick Howes

Mick Howes

Senior Consultant

Mick Howes is a former IDS Fellow and has worked in 21 countries. He is a Social Development specialist with a particular interest in rural and participatory development and NGOs. In addition to training on IMA’s open courses, he has recently run courses for the President’s Office in Botswana, SDC partners in Mongolia, OMV in Austria, and ROTA in Qatar.

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Ruth Jolly

Ruth Jolly

Senior Consultant

Ruth works as a facilitator, organisational development (OD) specialist and qualified coach - with partners, staff and boards of international development, human rights and environment organisations. Ruth has worked in this sector for 25 years – and has been a consultant with IMA International since June 2014.
Ruth has held operational and senior posts in grass-roots organisations, INGOs, training and research consultancies, UN agencies and advocacy coalitions. She was Head of Learning at VSO and led the Learning and Development function at Amnesty International. She has worked and lived in East Africa, South East Asia and the UK. In facilitation, training and 1-1 coaching, Ruth is dedicated to providing input and space to develop those “inner skills” which serve managers and leaders in challenging contexts. Ruth holds an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights (London University School of Advanced Studies) has lectured on the links between development and human rights and tutored on Wye College’s Masters programme on NGO Management. She has published, under INTRAC, papers on NGO management in conflict and NGO capacity building support organisations. She maintains a strong desire to support development practitioners relate, learn together and apply learning in the real world of programming and delivery.

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Daniel Guijarro

Daniel Guijarro

Senior Consultant

Daniel Guijarro has over 13 years’ experience in international development and human rights. He is a facilitator, action researcher and consultant interested in exploring ways aid practitioners and human rights activists, NGOs and other social collectives can learn and change to contribute to wider changes in mindsets, relations and identities towards more fair realities. With a background on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of development programs, he has extensive experience in facilitating evaluative, organisational learning/change and assessment and strategic planning processes in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East as well as the UK and Spain.
Dani’s approach to facilitation and evaluation is heavily informed by experience on the processes and flows of knowledge and learning from grassroots participatory processes into the organisational learning and decision making of INGOs. It also draws on experience in applying participatory and empowerment approaches to evaluation processes and promoting inclusive spaces where different stakeholders can engage in a constructive dialogue and all voices can be heard. Dani uses principles of Participatory Action Research and Power Analysis for facilitation, combined with Double Loop Learning theory to help stakeholders and organisations critically look at the assumptions, mindsets, values and relationships that guide their plans and actions.

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Richard Bond

Richard Bond

Senior Consultant

Richard is a Rural Development Consultant, Chartered Environmentalist and former honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Policy and Management of the University of Manchester. He has experience of long-term projects in both Africa and Asia, university-based research and teaching, as well as short-term consultancy assignments. He has published in journals and books on; process approaches, integrated appraisal and livelihoods impact assessment. Provided intellectual leadership in a large livelihoods project and been active in several other livelihoods projects. Operationalised integrated process approaches at project and regional level, led review missions and developed Livelihood-based monitoring and impact assessment systems as well as Real-Time Results-Based M&E systems.

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Lesley Williams

Lesley Williams

Senior Associate Consultant

Lesley is based in Asia and has been with IMA since 2007. She is an international RBM&E and capacity development advisor, trainer, and consultant, and also has experience in women's empowerment and governance. She has worked on most major donor projects and for many INGOs, including DfID, ADB, IFAD, ILO, FAO, USAID, AusAID, Plan, Save Children, Oxfam and the ARC. Lesley is a former Director (BoD) of a government organisation and a former senior lecturer in New Zealand, Malaysia, and Indonesia in strategic planning and international marketing. She is currently an Monitoring and Evaluation and Climate Change Technical Advisory Board member for SEA Change CoP.

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Leigh Dowsett

Leigh Dowsett

Lead Consultant and Research Manager

Leigh Dowsett is a Lead Consultant and Research Manager at IMA. She oversees consultancy contracts as well as the open courses. Leigh has an MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development, as well as a first class degree in Anthropology, and her area of interest is in Common Property Resource use and environmental sustainability with a particular focus on perceptions of the interelationship between humans and the environment. Leigh has 10 years of experience in the agricultural sector and has been involved in many small scale sustainable agricultural projects and has extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative methodology and participatory techniques. Leigh also works for a UK based charity that aims to increase awareness of Climate Change issues among the public using the Arts as a means of communication and works to translate complex scientific information into an easy to understand format.



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John Cammack

John Cammack

Senior Consultant

John Cammack is a trainer, adviser, coach and writer. He has previously worked as head of international finance at Oxfam GB and senior lecturer in accounting and financial management at Oxford Brookes University. John has worked with international organisations in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is author of: Communicating financial management with non-finance people (Practical Action, 2012), Building financial management capacity for NGOs and community organizations (2014), Basic accounting for community organizations and small groups (2014) John is a qualified chartered public finance accountant and teacher. He has an MBA and an MSc in international development management.

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Office Team

Our office team manages all the logistics, finance, communications and quality control for all our services. From our base in Hurstpierpoint, the team takes care of all the details from applications to contracts to stationery to market research. They ensure that we provide clients with the professional and friendly service they rely on and meet our business objectives.

Orn-Anong Vasuratna

Orn-Anong Vasuratna

Country Representative, Thailand

Orn-Anong Vasuratna, based in Bangkok, has worked with us since 2005. Her background is in natural resources and environment, and she has worked in NGOs and public sector. When Orn is not working for IMA, she works as a freelance
translator and interpreter.

Clare Huggett

Clare Huggett

Finance Manager

Clare is the finance manager, responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all finance related matters. Working closely with the project management team to help with course fee payments through to analysing and monitoring IMA’s financial performance. She previously worked in finance in the travel sector and also in construction and pharmaceutical’s.

Hayley Friend

Hayley Friend

Country Representative, South Africa

Hayley is our South Africa Country Representative based in Cape Town. She is a teacher with many years experience working for NGOs which specialise in training community development.

Stuart MacLeod

Stuart MacLeod

Digital Communications Manager

Stuart has a BSc degree in international development. He has studied in Europe, Asia and Africa. Since graduating Stuart has combined his interests in film making with his education and produced promotional and educational films for various international charities. He joined IMA International in 2014 and is in charge of maintaining the social media websites and producing photographic content and videos.

Helen Valler

Helen Valler

Project Manager

Helen oversees consultancy contracts as well as the open training course enrolments, working closely with the Communications Manager. Previously Helen worked in banking and with American Express.

Md. Mamunur Rahman

Md. Mamunur Rahman

Country Representative, Bangladesh

Md. Mamunur Rahman is our Bangladesh Country Representative based in Dhaka. He is a Business Development and Communications Specialist with 24 years experience, including ten years with USAID projects. He is also the founder and CEO of EXPOPRO (Center for Business Development and Communications).

Mbabazi Bridget

Mbabazi Bridget

Country Representative, Uganda

A trained accountant and procurement specialist, Bridget is one of IMA's country representatives. Having attended IMA’s Leadership and Management training in Bangkok 2013, she used her new skills to take over and spearhead the growth of a kindergarten and daycare center in February 2014. As IMA's country representative she engages with Ugandan government agencies, organisations and individuals.

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