ETP Regional Teams

The 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. sarah.roberts@ethicalteapartnership.org

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. ian.midgley@ethicalteapartnership.org

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. joseph.wagurah@ethicalteapartnership.org

Jane NyamburaJane Nyambura is the ETP Programme Coordinator 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. jane.nyambura@ethicalteapartnership.org

Gracious MnjengezuluGracious Mnjengezulu is the ETP Country Project Manager for Malawi. He has a degree in Irrigation Engineering from University of Malawi. He Joined ETP in Feb 2013 to coordinate and manage ETP work in in Malawi. Gracious has a very strong passion for smallholder farmers having been brought up amongst them and knowing their plight. Since he joined ETP, he has been involved in piloting the first three Farmer Field Schools aimed at increasing smallholder farmers’ productivity and household incomes through Good Agriculture Practices, Business Skills, and Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation training in Malawi. He has also been involved in coordinating and conducting the first living wage study in the tea industry in Malawi using the Anker method.

He previously worked with Concern Universal as Agriculture Coordinator for 3 years supporting smallholder farmers with different agriculture integrated agriculture interventions including supporting smallholder tea farmers with tea plants in order to increase productivity and household incomes.

Bernard NjorogeBernard Njoroge  is the ETP Special Programme Coordinator for Africa. He has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Egerton University. He Joined ETP in Nov 2013 to coordinate and facilitate Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation programs in small and large scale farmers in Africa. Bernard will as well facilitate Farmer Field Schools and Social & Gender programs in Kenya and other tea growing regions in Africa. He previously worked with Sustainable Management Services Ltd (Affiliate Company to ECOM Agro-Industrial Corporation Ltd) for 6 years as project supervisor.

Bernard has vast experience in helping farmers, producer organisations and processing units to develop strategies to adapt and mitigate climate change. He helped to develop and test the 4C climate change Standard with 4C and GIZ, to develop Adaptation and Mitigation manuals with ETP, RA, FLO & ITC, to implement the SAN climate Module, RA, FLO & Utz standards with smallholder farmers and training coffee and tea farmers on Sustainable & Good Agricultural Practices.

Bernard also worked with 2 large tea estates as a field supervisor for 3 years. bernard.njoroge@ethicalteapartnership.org

Nelia LatiefNelia 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. nelia.latief@ethicalteapartnership.org

Dushy PereraDushy Perera is the Regional Manager for Sri Lanka and is responsible for coordinating ETP’s programmes there. He is also providing technical and agronomical expertise on the Indonesian Smallholder project.  Dushy has worked in tea for more than 35 years starting as a tea planter, then as a plantation administrator and finally as a consultant and adviser. While the majority of his time was sent in Sri Lanka he was also based in Indonesia and Rwanda. Dushy Is a Fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management (FIPM) and holds a diploma from the same institute. dushy.perera@ethicalteapartnership.org

Vikram ChauhanVikram 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. vikram.singh@ethicalteapartnership.org

Diya SharmaDiya Sharma is the Programme Manager for India. Having initially joined ETP in the UK while studying, Diya is now based in Kolkata 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. diya.sharma@ethicalteapartnership.org

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. john.qin@ethicalteapartnership.org

Heleen BulckensProgramme Manager, Heleen Bulckens is responsible for the ETP programme in Asia. This includes the monitoring programme and project work. In addition, she manages some of the work in Africa as well as 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 the supply chain, 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. heleen.bulckens@ethicalteapartnership.org

Amanda PennAmanda 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.  amanda.penn@ethicalteapartnership.org

Jon CoppingJon Copping is the Communications Manager for ETP and is responsible for all print and online communications. He liaises directly with members about marketing and is responsible for communication strategy,  brand management, member acquisitions and the production of marketing materials. Jon has a Masters degree in Marketing and an Honours degree in Environmental Science. Previously Jon worked for EDF Energy as a Marketing Campaign Executive and has over 7 years’ marketing experience. jon.copping@ethicalteapartnership.org

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. anu.huhtisaari@ethicalteapartnership.org

Rachel CracknellProject 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.cracknell@ethicalteapartnership.org

Sara HoweSara Howe is a Strategic Communication Advisor to the ETP. She is responsible for ensuring our communication and stakeholder engagement work creates great value for members and builds the ETP’s reputation and credibility in the outside world.  Sara brings over 30 years’ experience in tea and time as a former Board Director of the ETP to her role. As an executive with the Tetley Group, now part of Tata Global Beverages, she held a range of marketing, business development and communication roles in the UK and abroad, before finding the career love of her life…sustainability. She created and directed the Tetley/Tata Global Beverages global sustainability programme for 10 years and developed a particular interest in sustainable sourcing, the role of brands in promoting sustainability, and opportunities for business to collaborate with the Third and educational sectors to deliver sustainable outcomes. Sara is now working and volunteering independently on a range of initiatives to help create a more sustainable world. sara.howe@ethicalteapartnership.org

Liz SmedleyLiz Smedley is a China Advisor and works with Regional Manager John Qin to formulate strategy and deliver projects. Liz was previously a member of the FLO Certification Committee for 3 years, a body which awards the Fairtrade Mark to producers worldwide. She has commercial experience working for a shoe exporter based in Taiwan, and also worked for Traidcraft to expand market opportunities for fair trade suppliers. She has also undertaken research contracts for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Liz has an MA in Environment, Development and Policy (Sussex) and a BA in Chinese and Management Studies (Durham). liz.smedley@ethicalteapartnership.org