Our Associates


Dr Cathryn MacCallum


Cathryn is an experienced and skilled socio-economist with a PhD in sustainable livelihoods and global learning. For more than 25 years she has developed integrated approaches to diversifying sustainable livelihoods and has provided extensive technical support and advice to poverty reduction and education projects across Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and MENA. This has involved facilitation of multi-sectoral partnerships, managing and co-ordinating DFID, EU, UNDP, UNESCO and FAO-supported initiatives, as well as corporate social development initiatives. She has demonstrated abilities in all aspects of social analysis, engagement, curriculum planning and management, together with critical application of International Finance Corporation (IFC) standards and Equator Principles to social risk governance economic resettlement, livelihoods restoration and indigenous peoples plans. She is fluent in English and Kiswahili and able to converse in French.

Dr Ian Clegg


Ian has been working in development since 1981, predominantly overseas as consultant to DFID-funded projects in Jordan (with the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development). In this role he had specific responsibility for children’s rights and child protection. He has also evaluated policy and provided technical advice to DFID for their support policies to developing countries. Within the UK and EU, Ian is an expert in criminal justice systems, children’s rights and juvenile justice.

Lisa Farr


Lisa is a communications specialist, and has worked for the past decade in advertising and communications in London, where she is currently based. She specialises in public sector, international and NGO activity, and was central to the development of the Make Poverty History brand and strategy in 2005/6. She lived for fifteen years in East and West Africa, and works increasingly as a consultant on development projects on that continent.

Marilyn James


Marilyn has been working in the field of education for the last three decades, and alongside her work on Sazani education projects, she works freelance as a PSE and ESDGC adviser. She previously taught and worked in secondary education as curriculum co-ordinator in PSE and Geography, and has a wealth of experience in curriculum development projects, school linking and educational resource production for use with modern technologies. Marilyn is a National Quality Award assessor for the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme.

Mark Proctor


One of the founding directors of Sazani, Mark is currently writing his PhD on social risk and the energy sector. He is a former UK Civil Servant, qualified UK Social Worker and Social Forester with an MSc in planning. Mark specialises in managing conflict, engagement and community regeneration in urban and rural settings and has significant experience of providing solutions to “Wicked Problems”. With over 20 years of experience in developing and managing large European Union funded projects and in bridging the gap between community, State and corporate needs, Mark has worked extensively in Northern Ireland, Europe and Africa. Bridging the conceptual and communication gap between stakeholders and designing solutions involving Foundations, new knowledge and new forms of communication using Participatory Methodologies is at the heart of his work.

Other Staff

Ada Civitani

Ada specialises in the development and management of education and capacity building needs assessments, primarily in the fields of formal/ informal education, women, youth, and migrants. She has planned and monitored research activities in West Africa and Latin America. Fluent in Italian, French and Spanish, she has coordinated a range of international advocacy networks and sits on EU and UN policy advisory groups related to food security and rural development.

Anne Breivik

Anne specialises in social science research, public policy and education projects. She has extensive experience with project management, training and facilitating after nearly a decade of work with the UNESCO and the UK voluntary sector. Anne has a MA in International Relations from Durham University and has worked, lived and studied in the UK, Australia, Tanzania and the US as well as her native Norway.

Bob Griffiths

Bob is a qualified UK teacher, marine biologist and former senior civil servant who is a specialist in Project Management, Community Development, Education and Environmental Management. He has significant experience of working with NGOs, Charities, agencies, local and national governments and bridging the gap between government and communities. He has considerable experience of designing and delivering volunteer programmes for groups and in managing environmental, community and Citizen Science projects. He has has supported the set up of numerous social enterprises and delivered and facilitated hundred of community based programmes. In former lives Bob worked in both mountain rescue and as a qualified bus driver.

Dr Matthew Richmond

Matthew is a marine scientist based between Wales and Tanzania. He specialises in Environmental Impact and Strategic Environmental Assessment to the oil and gas industry, project research design and development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coastal/aquatic resource analysis. He has also produced a number of scientific and educational publications linked to sustainable livelihoods and marine ecology. He is fluent in Kiswahili, Spanish and Portuguese.

Jaye Coombes

Jaye manages Sazani Belize. She is an expert in socio-economic development, and the delivery of social and environmental programmes throughout the region (Belize, Central America and the Caribbean). She has worked on a number of UN and World Bank Social Fund projects. She is fluent in Creole and Spanish (as well as English) and she has particular expertise working with young people in the areas of HIV prevention and awareness, and in disaster management.

John Heffernan

After graduating with a B.Sc in Criminology John has spent 15 years working primarily in the third sector co-coordinating and managing youth projects and organisations. He has a proven track record of raising funds and delivery an eclectic range of formal, informal and non formal learning opportunities and working with young people of all abilities and backgrounds from the hardest to reach communities of West Wales. He has also taken on representative and advisory roles as a member of the Youth Alliance, as an Executive Committee member of the Council of Wales of voluntary Youth Services and member of the Welsh Government Youth Work Ministerial Reference Group. John is now working towards a M.Res at Swansea University researching attitudes of young people from rural, urban and ethnic backgrounds into extremism and radicalisation.