Although our base is in the north of England, we draw on a core team of staff and close associates from around the world, each with different cultural backgrounds and distinctive areas of expertise.

Sarah Barlow
Associate Director
Sarah left her first career choice of marketing and customer communications in the early ‘90s. Since then, she has developed extensive experience in private sector development across sub Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

 

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Jon Burns
Director
Having played the saxophone on and off during his youth, Jon reacquainted himself with it on the beach in Accra and was further re-enthused when taking time out to get involved in the live jazz scene in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

 

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David Elliott
Director
As a youth growing up in Hong Kong, David’s teenage career aspirations as a rock singer and guitarist took a severe knock when a South China Morning Post review of his “gig” at the Hong Kong Fringe Club referred to tinny riffs and vocals mimicking a cat in pain.

 

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Kate Fogelberg
Senior Consultant
While counting cockles on a beach in New Zealand, Kate realized that the hard sciences were better left to others, and turned her focus towards the social sciences.

 

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Alan Gibson
Associate Director
His earlier football dreams fading and career options narrowing to those where he could at least talk ‘a good game’, international development beckoned for Alan – and in 1995 he founded the Springfield Centre!

 

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Jane Gisin
Consultant
After years of working in and for the Swiss legal system and enjoying occasional extended snowboard and surfing trips, it was clear Jane was going to become neither a lawyer, nor a professional athlete.

 

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Rob Hitchins
Director
Rob has been with the Springfield Centre since 1997. An economist by training, Rob worked for the accountancy and audit firm KPMG, before setting up his own tourism business in Indonesia.

 

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Jake Lomax
Senior Associate
Years of hard work paid off when Jake was crowned chess champion of his junior school. Perhaps he tasted success too early; a decade of decline followed and eventually he put down his chess set and joined the development set.

 

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Roger Oakeley
Acting Director
Roger’s ambitions to take on the family farm were brutally crushed by a Hmong rice farmer in northern Thailand pointing out such a career might not be the best choice given his inability with the basics (i.e. hand-threshing rice).

 

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Kevin Seely
Managing Consultant
Unsure whether to go full-time as a journalist or pursue an African fruit juice business, Kevin settled instead on Development. He hasn’t lost his thirst for action but now writes mostly with a red pen.

 

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Rachel Shah
Consultant
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Ben Taylor
Acting Director
Whilst awaiting the inevitable call from Bolton Wanderers, Ben has concentrated on other interests. Having completed his first degree, Ben moved to Ethiopia to pursue a career in journalism.

 

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Katie Whitehouse
Senior Consultant
Katie has nearly 10 years of experience in applying strategic and business thinking to the areas of sustainability, innovation, technology and development.

 

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Rachel Burns
Special Projects
Pursuits of derring-do at Silverstone Rally School and parachuting with the RAF did not result in Rachel achieving her day dream of becoming a stunt woman.

 

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Angela McGhin
Admin Team
Having an affinity for Excel spreadsheets, and a love of all things furry and four-legged (or in some cases, only three-legged), Angela has recently joined Springfield with the aim of organising our group of unruly consultants, a task which often been likened to herding cats.

 

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