Our Staff

Petter Matthews - Executive Director

Tel: +44 (0)203 206 0484

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 - Programme Manager

Tel: +44 (0)203 206 0489

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.


Bernadine Fernz - Policy and Research Advisor

Tel: +44 (0)20 3206 0446

E mail: Bernadine Fernz

Bernadine joined EAP in June 2012. Her development career began at Deloitte & Touché, where she worked on Iskandar Malaysia, a regional infrastructure and economic development initiative within Southern Johor.  Since then, she has worked extensively in the private sector across the climate change and environment, renewable and conventional energy spaces.  Before joining EAP, Bernadine worked with the Overseas Development Institute, researching global public climate finance architecture, instruments and delivery.  Prior to that, she collaborated on a study with Environmental Resources Management, assessing sustainable island development models, specifically distributed energy systems, sustainable water and waste management infrastructure in rural Malaysia.  Bernadine is a qualified barrister and holds an MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics.

Tendai Nyoka - Finance & Administration/Company Secretary

Tel: +44 (0)203 206 0488

Email: Tendai Nyoka

Tendai joined Engineers in 2009. She is responsible for the financial and administrative management of EAP. She has a degree in Business Administration and French from Aston University an MBA in Finance and is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA). Tendai has worked in Financial and Administrative positions in various industries including Design/Retail, Care Provision and Transport.

Tendai is also Engineers Against Poverty's Company Secretary.


EAP has a network of experienced professionals whose expertise we can draw on when required for the delivery of our programme and consulting activities.

Jill Wells - Associate

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.

Sue Cavill - Associate Programme Officer

Tel: +44 (0)203 206 0487

Email: Sue Cavill

Sue is a water supply and sanitation specialist with particular experience in policy-level research and analysis. Sue’s first degree was in development studies followed by a masters in community water supply and sanitation and a Ph.D. on accountability for urban water supply and sanitation services. In the urban water supply and sanitation sector her focus has been on the operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities, service provision and accountability to slum communities, the design of private sector participation in utility management to benefit the poor, and in the governance of service delivery. In the rural sector, her particular areas of interest are sanitation, community participation, and the design of hygiene education programs. 


Dave Prescott - Associate

Tel: +44 (0) 1497 831 194

Email: Dave Prescott

Dave Prescott is an independent consultant, undertaking writing, editing, research and analysis on sustainable development. He has worked across sectors for over ten years at both local and international levels, with a focus on the extractive sector, providing input at a policy and strategy level as well as developing operational guidance. Dave holds a postgraduate diploma in general journalism from the London School of Journalism (2001) and a bachelor’s degree in social and cultural studies from the University of Nottingham (1999). He is also a qualified permaculture designer and helped set up Transition Hay-on-Wye, a community-based response to peak oil and climate change. He lives in Herefordshire, UK, with his wife and two daughters.

Date Published: 9 December 2013
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