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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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 - Senior Policy Advisor

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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.


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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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.


Eleanor Morgan - Communications Manager

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E mail: Eleanor Morgan

Eleanor joined EAP in October 2015 as the Communications Manager. With five years’ experience in international development programmes, her primary role is to develop EAP’s communications strategies and communicate its programme output. Eleanor is an experienced bilingual communications professional, with a diverse background in international development covering infrastructure, enterprise, legal aid and healthcare. Her previous role involved leading multi-stakeholder communications for Euclid Network, the European community of civil society leaders and social entrepreneurs. Eleanor has also worked in France and holds a BA in French Studies from the University of Sheffield.


Mia Jeannot - Programme Officer

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E mail: Mia Jeannot

Mia joined EAP in October 2015 and is the Programme Officer. With three years’ experience in international development programmes, her core areas of focus are monitoring, evaluation and learning, donor reporting, event coordination and work package management. Before joining EAP, Mia was a team leader on the International Citizenship Service (ICS) programme for Restless Development Zambia. On the ground, she led the implementation of Restless Developments strategy in rural communities, overseeing volunteers, monitoring progress against project objectives and managing budgets. Mia has also worked in Brazil and India and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York.


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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