Team

UK Aid Direct is managed by a consortium of partners, led by MannionDaniels.

UK Aid Direct has a multidisciplinary team, with experience in delivering effective grant management.

Led by the Fund Director, the team is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all fund management activities, communicating with grant holders and liaising with the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The UK Aid Direct team aims to be accessible and responsive, so please contact us directly if you think there are ways UK Aid Direct can improve. We can be contacted at: ukaiddirect@manniondaniels.com or via the Contact Form on the website.

David Daniels

David Daniels

Fund Director

David leads the UK Aid Direct fund management consortium. David works closely with DFID and the fund’s consortium partners to ensure that UK Aid Direct is transparent, accessible and supportive to potential and actual fund recipients and responds to the UK Government’s priority to support the Global Goals.

Aska Pickering

Aska Pickering

Deputy Fund Director

Aska is responsible for the effective delivery of UK Aid Direct, working closely with the Fund Director, DFID and the consortium partners. Aska oversees the fund management team and is responsible for the fund performance, quality and risk management, and effective systems and support for grant holders.

Karen Stephenson

Karen Stephenson

Technical Lead

Karen is responsible for monitoring and supporting the quality and approach of UK Aid Direct projects. In addition she is the lead on generating learning and evidence from within the fund for dissemination and analysis for future strategic approaches.

Tari Masamvu

Tari Masamvu

Performance and Risk Manager

Tari is responsible for monitoring the performance and management of risk for a portfolio of UK Aid Direct grants as well as supporting learning across the fund. Tari is based at the MannionDaniels office in London.

Nicky Daniel

Nicky Daniel

Performance and Risk Manager

Nicky is responsible for monitoring the performance and management of risk for a portfolio of UK AID Direct grants as well as supporting learning across the fund. Nicky is based at the Educational Development Trust office in Reading.

 

Judy Amoke

Judy Amoke

Performance and Risk Manager

Judy is responsible for monitoring the performance and management of risk for a portfolio of UK Aid Direct grants as well as supporting learning across the fund. Judy is based at the MannionDaniels Africa office in Nairobi.

Charley Barber

Charley Barber

Project Manager

Charley is responsible for overseeing the management of the fund, coordinating team inputs and ensuring high-quality deliverables and project milestones are delivered to DFID.

David Bailes

David Bailes

Senior Fiduciary Risk Manager

David is responsible for monitoring the financial performance of grantees, setting financial reporting frameworks and conducting oversight through periodic audits. The fiduciary risk team also manages the due diligence requirement for all new UK Aid Direct grant holders.

Alexandra Hall

Alexandra Hall

Communications Manager

Alexandra is responsible for overseeing the external communications for UK Aid Direct. This includes ensuring high-quality delivery of the fund’s identity throughout all material and online communications.

Technical Partners

The UK Aid Direct consortium partners have formed a specialist technical unit, which provides technical guidance to inform the overall strategy of the fund, targeted inputs to the Theory of Change and logframe and technical quality assurance for emerging issues across the sectors of focus.

Mike Naylor

Mike Naylor

OPM Principal Consultant, Social Policy Programme

Mike Naylor is a Principal Consultant for OPM’s Social Policy Programme. Mike is a highly experienced health professional with over 30 years’ experience advising donors, governments and health service providers on how to make health services work for the poor. He has worked extensively with senior management, identifying innovative ways to address organisational issues and has managed several large and complex technical assistance projects for DFID and other donors, both as a technical assistance provider and a procurement manager.

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Kevin Sansom

Kevin Sansom

WEDC Advisor, WASH Specialist

Kevin Sansom is a lecturer and programme manager at WEDC, and has been responsible for a substantial portfolio of strategic consultancy, research, and capacity development projects in the management of water and sanitation in Africa and Asia, for both the urban and rural sectors. Kevin has had considerable experience in the development and evaluation of water and sanitation projects, funded by bilateral and international agencies and extensive experience in recent years of working with NGOs.

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Rolla Khadduri

Rolla Khadduri

Head of Learning

Rolla is a health specialist and has worked on SRHR and maternal & child health issues over the last 15 years. Rolla has worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and with Save the Children in Pakistan and Afghanistan running community-based reproductive and maternal health programmes. Rolla provides technical assistance and advice to clients including DFID, Danida, the Dutch government, IPPF, FP2020, the Hewlett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, UNFPA, and UNHCR.

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Egbert Sondorp

Egbert Sondorp

KIT Advisor, Fragile States & Public Health Specialist

Egbert Sondorp is a Public Health Specialist, with specific expertise in fragile states, health policy & planning, evaluation, health system research, and disease control. He has 30 years of experience in international health, as field practitioner, manager and academic. A specific area of interest is health in fragile and conflict-affected areas, post-conflict health reconstruction and capacity building.

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Michael Latham

Michael Latham

Education Development Trust Advisor, Education Specialist

Michael Latham has worked with Education Development Trust since 1982 and his current role is a Principal International Advisor. Over the past three decades he has worked in Asia, Africa and the USA/Caribbean in a technical, operational and business development capacity. One of his key areas of work and interest is in the role of the ‘Non state sector in Partnerships in Education’ and the role of partnership in increasing equitable access to quality education and training ecosystems.

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