FPP employs a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in land rights, environment, 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) was formed, who act together with the Director to ensure the operational health of the organisation.
Coordination and Management Team
Fiona Cottrell: Finance Lead
Louise Henson: Managing Director
Helen Tugendhat: Projects and Operations Lead, Policy Advisor
Oda Forberg Almas: Project Officer
Patrick Anderson: Policy Advisor, Indonesia
Gordon Bennett: Senior Counsel
Vicki Brown: Communications and Media Officer
Joji Cariño: Senior Policy Advisor
Catherine Clarke: Project Officer, Cameroon
Marcus Colchester: Senior Policy Advisor
Tom Dixon: Communications and Media Manager
Sue Donaldson: Finance Officer
Conrad Feather: Policy Advisor
Gavin Fielding: Project Officer, Latin America
Maurizio Farhan Ferrari: Senior Policy Advisor
Tom Griffiths: Coordinator, Responsible Finance Programme (RFP)
Vanessa Jiménez: Senior Attorney
Caroline de Jong: Co-coordinator, Environmental Governance Programme (EGP)
Justin Kenrick: Senior Policy Advisor
Chris Kidd: Co-coordinator, Environmental Governance Programme (EGP)
Poppy Kohner: Project Officer
Lassana Kone: Lawyer
Tom Lomax: Lawyer, Coordinator, Legal and Human Rights Programme (LHRP)
Fergus MacKay: Senior Counsel
Clare McVeigh: Policy Advisor
Lan Mei: Legal Fellow
Chantelle Murtagh: Project Manager
Kate Newman: Administration Officer
Stephen Nounah: Lawyer, Cameroon
Macnight Nsioh: Project Officer, Cameroon
Julia Overton: Logistics and Administration Manager
Anouska Perram: Lawyer
Agata Pilarz: Project Manager, Central Africa
Brian Rault: Project Finance Officer
Sarah Roberts: Institutional Finance Manager & Charity Secretary
María del Rosario Arango Zambrano: Project Officer, Colombia
Tom Rowley: Community-based Mapping & Monitoring Officer
Miluska Elguera Solar: Project Officer, Peru
Hannah Storey: Project Officer
Bryony Timms: Head of Programme Engagement
Clare Whitmore: Database and Technical Officer
Peter Willis: Finance Manager
Tom Younger: Project Officer, Peru
Associates are experts in their field, and are invited, known and trusted allies and critical friends to FPP who the senior staff look to for input and strategic guidance. On occasion, associates represent FPP in their sphere of expertise, or carry out short consultancies when they are best placed to do so. The role is voluntary, and was agreed at the FPP Board meeting in 2018. The Associates were established by the board to complement and strengthen the role of strategic input and advice they offer to FPP as their governing body. Current Associates are:
Jérémie Gilbert is Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Roehampton Law School, London. He is a legal authority on territorial land rights of indigenous peoples.
Norman Jiwan is an indigenous Kerambai Dayak from West Kalimantan, Indonesia. He is a long term social justice advocate with a deep experience of the palm oil sector.
Helen Newing is a policy consultant and Senior Research Associate at Oxford University Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), with a focus on people-centred approaches to conservation and the environment.
Messe Venant is the founding Director of the community-based indigenous NGO, Okani, Cameroon.
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)
Kate Geary (Co-Chair), Co-Director, Bank Information Centre Europe. Expertise: Community rights to land and resources, private sector, development.
Michel Pimbert (Co-Chair), Professor of Agroecology and Food Politics and Director, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University.
Séamus P Finn (Treasurer), OMI Director, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation. Expertise: Ethics and international finance.
Sarah Morrison (Head of Audit Committee), Director, Renaisi Ltd; Trustee, Death Penalty Project. Expertise: Charity Accounts and Interim Finance.
Marie-Josee Artist, Association of Village Leaders in Suriname (VIDS). Expertise: Gender and women’s rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, international advocacy, climate change and indigenous peoples.
Cathal Doyle, Middlesex University London School of Law. Expertise: Free, prior and informed consent, indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights, corporate engagement.
Johan Frijns, Director, BankTrack, Netherlands. Expertise: International capital flows, safeguards, organisation and personnel management.
Silas Siakor, Former Director of Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia. Expertise: Community rights to land and resources, alternative and sustainable development in Liberia.
Barney Tallack, Former Strategy and Change Director, Oxfam International. Expertise: Strategy and Strategic Change.