Forest Peoples Programme Supporting forest peoples’ rights

Staff and Board

FPP employs a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in land rights, environment and development, and indigenous affairs with high-level qualifications in social anthropology, human rights law, tropical forest ecology and environmental science. The team has longstanding and extensive experience working directly with indigenous peoples and forests in all corners of the globe. FPP structures its work via three programmes: Responsible Finance Programme (RFP), Environmental Governance Programme (EGP), and Legal and Human Rights Programme (LHRP).

Dr Marcus Colchester founded FPP in 1990, and was a dynamic Director, creating and growing an organisation with a reputation for being community grounded, rigorous in its analysis, and nationally and internationally effective. In 2013 he stepped down from that role to focus on community level work, and on specific interventions and innovations at the national and international levels, especially in relation to Indonesia and the impact of palm oil concessions on communities.

During 2015 FPP underwent an organisational review prompted by a period of growth during which we recognised the need to affirm our strategies and update our operational systems in order to maximise our effectiveness, whilst maintaining our uniquely potent and grounded contributions to the struggles of indigenous and forest peoples.

As a result of the review a small Coordination and Management Team (CMT) has been formed, answerable to FPPs Board of Trustees and taking the place of the Director. The CMT is responsible for the operational health of the organisation and includes Louise Henson (Managing Director), Tom Lomax (Strategy Lead), Fiona Cottrell (Finance Lead) and Helen Tugendhat (Projects and Operations Lead). This has allowed our previous Director Joji Cariño to move on and become a Senior Policy Advisor. We have also formed a Senior Strategy Group (SSG), with the primary role of supporting the development and renewal of FPP’s strategy, learning from past and present work, and enhancing our effectiveness to face complex challenges. Joji now joins other senior staff (see below) as a member of the SSG.

Coordination and Management Team (CMT)

All members of the CMT are also part of the SSG

Fiona CottrellFinance Lead
Louise HensonManaging Director
Tom LomaxLawyer, Strategy Lead, Legal and Human Rights Programme Coordinator
Helen TugendhatProjects and Operations Lead, Policy Advisor



Oda Forberg AlmasProject Officer
Patrick AndersonPolicy Advisor, Indonesia
Raissa BashongaAdmin and Finance, DRC
Viola BelohradProject Assistant, Community-based monitoring
Balla CamaraFinance and Monitoring Officer
Camilla CapassoPublications Officer
Joji CariñoSenior Policy Advisor & SSG member
Marcus ColchesterSenior Policy Advisor & SSG member
Valérie CouillardSenior Lawyer, LHRP
Emery Djonga LombotoFinance Officer, DRC
Valentina FaveroProject Officer, Africa Programme
Conrad FeatherProject Officer, RFP and EGP
Maurizio Farhan FerrariCoordinator, Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) & SSG member
Tom GriffithsCoordinator, Responsible Finance Programme (RFP) & SSG Member
James HarveyCommunications Adviser
Vanessa JiménezSenior Attorney, LHRP
Rick JonesAdministrative Assistant
Caroline de JongProject Officer, EGP
Justin KenrickAfrica Regional Coordinator, Policy Advisor & SSG member
Chris KiddProject Manager, LHRP
Patrick KipaluProject Coordinator, DRC
Emil KledenField Officer, Indonesia
Lassana KoneLawyer
Dico LuckyhartoProject Officer, Indonesia
Francesco MartonePolicy Advisor, RFP & SSG member
Fergus MacKaySenior Counsel, LHRP & SSG member
Frances MacleanFinance Assistant
Nadia MbanzidiLegal Assistant, DRC
Alancay Morales GarroProject Officer, LHRP
Stephen NounahLawyer, Cameroon
Julia OvertonLogistics and Administrative Officer
Anouska PerramLawyer
Chris PhillipsMapping and GIS Coordinator
Sarah RobertsInstitutional Finance Manager
Tom RowleyCommunity Mapping & Information Systems Designer
Lisken SitumorangProject Officer, Indonesia
Ailsa SpindlerProject Manager
Nadia StoneCommunications Coordinator
Messe VenantCameroon Programme Coordinator
Halkano WaqoFinance Officer
Viviane WeitznerPolicy Advisor
Clare WhitmoreDatabase and Technical Officer
Jake WillisProject Manager, Africa


Board of trustees

The Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is both registered as a UK Charity and a Dutch Stichting. The members of the Board of Trustees perform their duties without remuneration. FPP meets the Wijffels Code and remuneration follows the guidelines of the VFI. (Wijfels Code is a Dutch agreement to not pay salaries higher than that of the Dutch Prime Minister; VFI is a federation of fund raising organisations.

Paul Wolvekamp (Chair)Deputy Director, Both ENDS, NetherlandsCommunity development and livelihoods
Sarah MorrisonDirector, Renaisi Ltd; Trustee, Death Penalty ProjectCharity Accounts and Interim Finance
Chad DobsonExecutive Director, Bank Information CenterDevelopment policy and civil society
Séamus P Finn(Treasurer)OMI Director, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; Justice, Peace & Integrity of CreationEthics and international finance
Silas SiakorFormer Director of Sustainable Development Institute, LiberiaCommunity rights to land and resources, alternative and sustainable development in Liberia
Kate GearyLand Rights Policy Lead, Oxfam GBCommunity rights to land and resources, private sector, development
Carol YongIndependent researcher-consultantIndigenous peoples, dams, forced displacement, gender and development
Dr. Martua SiraitPolicy Director, Samdhana InstituteLand tenure, community rights, forest policy and legality