Our Staff

Petter Matthews - Executive Director

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E mail: Petter Matthews

Petter is a senior international development specialist with over twenty year’s experience. He joined EAP in December 2002 and has led the development of our current programme. He holds a BA Development Studies and Politics (London) and an MSc Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries (London). After working as a construction manager in the UK, Petter first became involved in international development in 1989, when he worked as a Project Manager for the Government of Tuvalu. Since then he has worked for a number of NGO’s and community based organisations in Africa and Asia on issues related to the built environment. In his last position, he was the CEO of a Community Development Trust in South Africa.


John Hawkins - Head of Programmes 

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E mail: John Hawkins

John is a specialist in UK and international procurement policy and governance in the construction sector. He has extensive experience in researching the interaction between infrastructure procurement and social development, and in developing transparent procurement and contract policy for construction.  Before joining EAP in November 2011, John was responsible for knowledge creation and transfer in civil engineering best practice at the Institution of Civil Engineers which included the development of NEC3 Contracts. John was recently the British Standards Representative on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Construction Procurement Working Group. John holds an MSc in Public Policy and Management from Birkbeck College.

Jill Wells - Senior Policy Advisor

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E mail: Jill Wells

Jill joined EAP in September 2005 as a Programme Officer. Jill is a social scientist with a Ph.D. in development studies and more than 35 years experience in development work. Her expertise lies in economic, social and labour issues related to the development of the construction sector. She has had a very diverse career, working for International Organisations, Government, NGOs and the Private Sector. Until recently she was serving as Construction Specialist at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva. She also has spent considerable periods in Academia and has undertaken extensive research in Africa (Tanzania, Kenya) and Asia (Bangladesh, Vietnam, India). She has a long list of publications.


Soren Kirk Jensen - Senior Policy Advisor 

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E mail: Soren Kirk Jensen

Soren comes from a background in international development and public administration and has for many years worked on governance issues focusing on transparency and accountability in the management of public finances. More recently he has specialised in public investment management and infrastructure governance. Soren joined EAP on a part-time basis in September 2016 after having run his own consultancy specialising in research, policy analysis, technical assistance and training on public financial management issues for almost a decade. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Africa Programme. Geographically, Soren has worked extensively in Southern Africa, especially in the Portuguese speaking countries in the region and previously he had a strong focus on Central America. Soren has published widely on political economy, PFM and taxation issues especially linked to the countries where he is specialised.


Elizabeth Dykstra McCarthy - Programmes Administrator 

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E mail: Elizabeth Dykstra McCarthy

Elizabeth joined EAP in September 2017 and is the Programmes Administrator. Elizabeth supports a breadth of programmes delivered by EAP. With three years’ experience in international development programmes, her core areas of focus are monitoring, evaluation and learning, research and reporting, logistics and project management. Before joining EAP, Elizabeth was a refugee caseworker for Safe Passage UK and Amnesty International Israel. On the ground, she worked one-on-one with vulnerable refugees and led campaigns for the implementation of refugee status determination and access to legal routes to asylum; managing workshops, monitoring progress against project objectives, managing budgets and supervising volunteers. Elizabeth has worked in Israel, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Greece and France. She holds a BA in Classics from the University of Oxford. 

Charlotte Broyd - Communications Manager

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E mail: Charlotte Broyd

Charlotte joined EAP in October 2017 as Communications Manager. Charlotte has ten years’ experience working in communications related roles for a range of non-profits and with a focus on international development. Her primary role is to develop EAP’s communications strategies and communicate its programme output. Charlotte's background in international development covers child development and nutrition, climate change and promoting socio-economic rights. Her previous role involved managing a range of communications projects for the Equal Rights Trust, the Partnership for Child Development and Feedback Madagascar. Charlotte has worked on development projects in India, Kenya and Madagascar and holds a MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol.

Sean Henderson - Finance Officer and Company Secretary

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E mail: Sean Henderson

Sean joined the organisation in June 2016. He has worked in the not for profit sector in Belfast and London for over 13 years. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. Before joining EAP, Sean worked with The Ireland Funds as Financial Controller and Events Manager for six years.

Date Published: 9 December 2013
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