The team

We have expert local staff working on the ground in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, China, India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, and a London-based team:

Sarah-RobertsExecutive Director, Sarah Roberts is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation, its monitoring and capacity building programmes, relationships with certification schemes, stakeholder engagement and the development and expansion of the initiative.

Sarah has fifteen years experience of development and corporate responsibility work. Prior to joining ETP she worked on educational projects in South Africa, spent five years at the International Institute for Environment and Development  and worked on corporate responsibility issues for a range of not-for-profit and large-scale consultancy firms. Email Sarah

Ian-MidgleyIan Midgley was appointed chairman of The Ethical Tea Partnership in 2011, a role to which he brings long experience of the consumer products industry and development of sustainable supply chains. He also works as an advisor and coach to supply chain leadership in the consumer products industry.

Prior to these assignments, Ian enjoyed a 30 year executive career with Unilever where he held a number of senior supply chain roles culminating in his appointment as the company’s first Chief Supply Chain Officer in 2005. He led a series of transformation programmes focused on the delivery of the benefits of globalisation and operational excellence to the bottom line. As Chief Supply Chain Officer, Ian led important aspects of the Company’s CSR programme including health and safety, waste reduction, carbon effectiveness and environmental footprint reduction. He chaired the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Board from 2005-8. Ian lives in Kent, England, with his wife and three sons. Email Ian

Joseph-WagurahJoseph Wagurah is the Regional Manager for Africa and is responsible for coordinating ETP’s work programmes there. He has a first degree in Horticulture from Egerton University in Kenya. Wagurah joined ETP in August 2006 from Oserian, a major Kenyan exporter of fresh flowers, where he was Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. Wagurah brings to ETP the experiences gained in the flower sector to enrich the social and environmental practices in the tea industry in Africa. Email Wagurah

jane_croppedJane Nyambura
is the ETP Programme Manager for Africa and is responsible for supporting ETP’s work programmes there. Jane, who herself is a tea farmer, was previously employed by Africa Now as the Regional Manager for Ethical Business Services in East Africa.

Jane has a degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing, and a MBA in Strategic Management. Having worked for the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) for 7 years in charge of standards compliance, she has extensive first-hand experience of working with smallholder famers. Another significant part of her role at KTDA was helping tea and coffee factories to attain Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certification, while also monitoring ETP assessments. Email Jane

Janvier-AfrikaJanvier Afrika is Project Coordinator for Rwanda with seven years of experience managing agricultural projects in Rwanda. Previously he’s worked for VI- Agroforesty, a Swedish NGO promoting Agroforesty practices and climate change awareness, mitigation, and adaptation among farming communities within Victoria lake catchment.

Prior to joining ETP Janvier worked for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rwanda as Agriculture and Food Security Team Leader, where he promoted Farmer Field School (FFS) methodology among smallholder coffee farmers. He holds a Bachelors degree in Crop Production and Horticulture from the Faculty of Agriculture of the National University of Rwanda. Email Janvier


Mavuto Kambochola Banda is the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and Natural Resources Management Programme Officer for ETP Malawi. He is responsible for mobilising smallholder tea farmers into VSLAs and environmental and sustainable energy in Malawi.

Mavuto graduated in 2008 with a degree in Natural Resources Management from University of Malawi, a Diploma in Renewable Energies for Developing Countries from UNITAR, Certificate in Marketing from CIM. He has attended various trainings including Principles and Practice of VSLA. Soon after graduation he worked as a teacher in a government secondary school before joining Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi as a Project Manager for a nature-based enterprise development project. After that he joined University of Malawi, The Malawi Polytechnic as a Regional Development Officer in a community energy development project where he was responsible for mobilising communities to address various energy related challenges in their respective areas.


Nelia Latief is the Regional Manager for Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and is responsible for coordinating all of ETP’s work programmes in both regions. Nelia is based in Jakarta and has extensive experience of the Indonesian development sector. Previously she managed a United States Department of Agriculture funded project and a UNHCR project. In 2005 Nelia worked for Plan International Indonesia managing projects funded by DFID, CIDA, Ausaid, the Netherlands Government (Minbuza). After leaving she did consultancy work in the eastern part of Indonesia. Email Nelia

Ishan Rajasuriya is the Regional Manager for Sri Lanka and oversees all our work in Sri Lanka. He brings a wealth of experience from his roles at Unilever, Dilmah and other agricultural companies. As well as extensive supply chain and procurement experience, Ishan was also responsible for a range of sustainability programmes. Email Ishan

Vikram-SinghVikram Singh, Regional Manager for India, has more than seventeen years of experience working in the tea industry for large tea plantation companies. He has worked across many different geographical locations, from North and South India, to Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. Vikram started his career as a Management trainee at Harrisons Malayalam Ltd, one of the largest plantation companies in the world.

Previous roles include: Head of Operations, Makandi Tea and Coffee Ltd (Malawi); General Manager, Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd; and General Manager Uganda Tea Corporation. Vikram also spent just under a decade as a Manager for the Goodricke Group Ltd – one of the biggest tea producers in the world. During his executive career Vikram was responsible for the implementation of policies as required by Rainforest Alliance, Ethical Tea Partnership, and HACCP. Having undertaken the HACCP Lead Auditors Course Vikram also compiled HACCP training manuals for tea factories to improve health and safety standards, and is well versed in SQF 2000 procedures. Email Vikram

Diya-SharmaDiya Sharma is the Programme Manager for India. Having initially joined ETP in the UK while studying, Diya is now based in Mumbai where she supports ETP’s monitoring and certification programme, and producer support projects. Diya has a masters degree in Anthropology of Food from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Prior to joining ETP she worked with Riverford Organics, an organic food collective in London, and spent two years working on biodiversity and farmer’s rights with Navdanya, an NGO in India. Email Diya


Payal Sirsat  is the Programme Officer based in India. She joined ETP as an intern in 2014. As Programme Officer, she is responsible for the daily management and delivery of the ETP global monitoring programme. She works closely with Regional and Programme Managers in India and the UK to ensure efficient and effective operation of ETP’s core activities in both regions. Prior to joining ETP, Payal worked with a bank focusing on mainstreaming sustainability in the finance sector. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and a BA in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. Email Payal

John-QinJohn Qin is the Regional Manager for China and is responsible for coordinating ETP’s programmes there. John previously worked as an ethical compliance manager for Sainsburys, Marks and Spencers and Walmart, during which time he measured the performance of over 1,000 factories against the Ethical Trading Initiative base code. He holds an MBA from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and holds various training qualifications including SEDEX, health and safety and ISO9000. Email John

Jame-YuJame Yu is the Programme Officer for China. He helps implement ETP’s programmes there with a focus on providing farmer-level support. Jame has more than 8 years of experience of tea (Camellia sinensis) including time as a student at the Hunan Agricultural University where he majored in Tea Science. During his time at university he gained a professional knowledge of tea processing and cultivation. He obtained a Masters Degree from the Tea Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in June 2015, during which time he gained in depth knowledge about integrated pest management. Email Jame

HB_croppedHeleen Bulckens is a Programme Manager. She is responsible for ETP’s work in Malawi and also oversees projects in Kenya and Uganda. In addition, she manages ETP’s relationship with the certification schemes that operate in the tea sector. Heleen has a Masters degree in US Studies from the University of London.

She previously worked as a researcher with an ethical investment research organisation, specialising in human rights and labour rights in corporate supply chains, and before that, volunteered with Amnesty International Thailand. While living in Thailand, she also did an internship with the Office of the Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Email Heleen

Amanda-PennAmanda Penn has worked for ETP as a programme manager since 2007.  Over this time she has coordinated the monitoring programmes for various regions and is currently responsible for Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and China. Amanda is also responsible for managing various training programmes and sustainability projects.

Prior to joining the ETP Amanda worked as a researcher for Ethical Investment Research Services and EIRIS, a sustainable development officer for the US Department of Agriculture, and as an English teacher in Japan.  She holds an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University, Washington, DC. Email Amanda

Anu-HuhtisaariAnu Huhtisaari is a Programme Manager and is responsible for the monitoring programme in Africa and Latin America. She is also in charge of the financial administration of ETP. Anu has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies. Prior to joining ETP Anu did an internship in a development consultancy and volunteered in Rwanda teaching English and working with street children. Email Anu

Rachel-CraknellProject Manager and Climate Change Expert, Rachel Cracknell is responsible for managing ETP’s strategic sustainability projects and is developing ETP’s approach to addressing climate change. Rachel has over eight years’ of experience in climate change and sustainability working in a variety of different sectors. Prior to ETP she worked as a sustainability consultant for a large international consultancy and has also worked as a research associate for SEI, an international environmental research institute. Rachel brings to ETP a passion for sustainability and reducing the impacts of climate change, a love of tea and extensive experience in developing and managing successful multi-partner projects. Rachel is currently on maternity leave, please contact the team with any climate change queries