Global Offices

Since 1970, we have worked in more than 150 countries, from stable societies and high-growtheconomies to challenging environments racked by political or military conflict. At any one time we are likely to have active projects in 90 or more countries. This worldwide portfolio is supported from corporate offices in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

United Kingdom Management Team

Multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary to the core—global in outlook and approach—DAI’s staff are steeped in the challenges of delivering development solutions in the field. They are committed to sharing our innovation and experience to inform international development practices worldwide.

Christopher Lockett

Senior Vice President, DAI | [email protected]

Christopher Lockett

Christopher serves as Managing Director for DAI Europe, responsible for all of DAI’s operations in the United Kingdom. He started his career with Hewlett-Packard. Having completed his M.B.A., he joined P-E International—one of the predecessor firms of HTSPE Ltd.—in 1996. He moved to an Interim Management firm in 2002, to set up a public sector practice, before rejoining HTSPE in 2004, where he assumed the Managing Director role in 2007 and led the firm’s combination with DAI in 2013.


Polly Gillingham

Director, Business Development, Europe | [email protected]

Polly Gillingham

Polly is responsible for business development and competitive tendering processes within DAI’s European business, with a prime focus on the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID). Over the last 20 years, Polly has worked with a number of different donors, including DFID, the World Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation over a wide range of geographies. Polly began her career working for consultancy in Tanzania, working mainly on livelihoods and natural resource management programmes. She has maintained this technical focus since joining DAI in 2000, providing support to a variety of programmes, including the Evidence on Demand service.


Nate Bourns

Vice President, Technical Services | [email protected]

Nate Bourns

Nate helped develop and implement our portfolio of microfinance and enterprise development projects in Latin America for seven years, work that reinforced his commitment to view project beneficiaries first and foremost as clients. Before his current job, he was deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development Access to Rural Finance for Microenterprises project that helped 20,000 of Mexico’s underserved rural and urban people, particularly women, access financial services.


Erin Cerpa

Chief Finance and Administration Officer, Europe | [email protected]

Erin Cerpa

Erin Cerpa transitioned to our office in the United Kingdom in January 2017 in the role of Chief Finance and Administration Officer and is responsible for finance, commercial, and administration/facilities. Erin joined DAI in 2014 as Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, with responsibility for consolidated financial reporting, processes, systems, and recommendations supporting the company’s global strategy. She has more than 25 years of business experience, at both the operations and the corporate level. Prior to joining DAI, she was the deputy Chief Financial Officer for Vencore, Inc., with responsibility for project financial operations, financial planning and budgeting, and pricing.


Keith Smith

Commercial Director | [email protected]

Keith Smith

Keith is an experienced development professional who has worked over the past 15 years in Africa, Asia, and Europe. He has managed a range of development programmes focused on infrastructure, agriculture, health, reintegration of ex-combatants, grants management, and governance.


James Green

Project Management Advisor | [email protected]

James Green

For more than 30 years, Jim has worked widely in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China as a project director and rural development specialist. Jim has worked closely with all the major donor agencies, including the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. His recent experience includes overseeing land programmes in Mozambique and Rwanda, and the Global DFID Livelihoods Resource Programme. He also coordinates DAI’s Land Governance Team for business development and technical inputs on projects.


Amanda Page

Director, HR, Europe | [email protected]

Amanda Page

Amanda leads human resources (HR) management for DAI’s Europe business. Prior to joining DAI in January 2015, she spent 12 years working in the United Kingdom, followed by 10 years working and living in China and Singapore leading HR activities across Afghanistan, Africa, China, India, Southeast Asia, and the United States. She brings experience in global change management and shaping an organisation’s culture through partnering and working with clients and business units to develop human capital strategies and coaching senior leaders in dealing with key people management and development issues.


Jeremy Finch

Ethics and Compliance Officer and Head of Internal Audit, Europe | [email protected]

Jeremy Finch

Jeremy heads up both the Internal Audit and the ethics and compliance functions for our Europe offices. As such, he is the custodian of the control environment for the company and its complex network across the project portfolio as well as being the liaison for DAI Europe’s formidable ethics policy. With 25 years of experience auditing a number of pan-European businesses across the leisure sector, he has run an internal audit function for three medium-sized private-equity backed leisure operators.

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