Global Offices

Since 1970, we have worked in more than 150 countries, 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 Europe, Nigeria, 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.

Polly Gillingham

Director of New Business | [email protected]

Polly Gillingham

Polly is responsible for business development and competitive tendering processes, with a primary focus on British government clients. Over the past 20 years, Polly has worked with various donors, including the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the World Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, covering a wide range of geographies. Polly began her career 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 projects, including the Evidence on Demand service.


Donald Lunan

Global Director, Climate | [email protected]

Donald Lunan

Prior to leading the Climate Business, Donald was the Director of Delivery for DAI’s U.K. portfolio, overseeing the implementation of programmes with multilateral and U.K. bilateral donors. Donald has more than 19 years of international development experience, working across rural development, natural resource management, and climate change policy. Since joining DAI in 2005, Donald has been involved in some of our most high-profile programmes in this sector, most recently acting as technical director on the Voluntary Partnership Agreement Support Unit in Liberia, and on the StARCK+ programme in Kenya.


Erin Cerpa

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

Erin Cerpa

Erin moved from the United States to the U.K. office in January 2017 and is responsible for finance, commercial, and administration/facilities. Erin joined DAI in 2014 as Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, responsible for consolidated financial reporting, processes, systems, and supporting the company’s global strategy. She has 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., overseeing project financial operations, financial planning and budgeting, and pricing.


Keith Smith

Senior Vice President | [email protected]

Keith Smith

Keith is an experienced development executive who has worked over the past 20 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. Keith was named to lead DAI’s HMG Business Unit in 2019.


Amanda Page

Director, Human Resources, Europe | [email protected]

Amanda Page

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


James Montgomerie

Director, Projects and Operations, Europe | [email protected]

James Montgomerie

James has advised major international development companies on project management and delivery for nearly 20 years. This included responsibility over £90m of U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) projects in Tanzania, Rwanda, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan focused on economic growth and innovation. Before joining DAI, James held a range of positions at Palladium, including Managing Director of the company's Europe, Middle East, and Africa business unit. He oversaw the growth of Palladium UK to become a key FCDO supplier and was responsible for building and maintaining that client relationship. At DAI, James leads the HMG Business Unit's Senior Delivery Team, overseeing the delivery of projects across five portfolios.


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 European offices. As such, he is the custodian of the control environment for the company and its network across the project portfolio as well as being the liaison for ethics issues and policy in Europe. He has 25 years of experience auditing pan-European businesses.


Chris Gibbins

Director, Financial Management | [email protected]

Chris Gibbins

Chris leads the U.K.'s HMG business partnering team, which provides financial operations and support to all programs within the HMG business unit. Chris has more than eight years of experience in DAI's project finance team. Throughout his tenure, he has worked across several programs in Africa, Europe, and North America and with a variety of clients relevant to the U.K. government.

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