Co-Founders

Ernest Achtell

Ernest Achtell is a founding Director of ACG and has worked as a manager and technical advisor in the international development and humanitarian aid sectors for fifteen years. Ernest has experience with several organisations including UNDP, FAO, USAID, and the British Red Cross, as well as a number of international NGOs. Ernest has spent more than nine years living and working in developing countries, including Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Malawi, and has undertaken numerous short-term missions to Central Europe, the Middle East, sub- Saharan Africa, India and Haiti. Recent assignments include involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation of highly innovative cash-based responses to food insecurity, including the delivery of cash via "smart cards"; coordination of a national post-floods Early Recovery programme; and government capacity-building related to the prevention and control of Avian and Pandemic Influenza. Ernest has a B.Soc.Sci.(Hons.) in Political Science (Ottawa) and an M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration and International Development (Guelph). In addition to English, Ernest is a fluent French speaker. Ernest is currently based in Washington, D.C.

James Kinsley

James Kinsley is a founding Director of ACG and a consultant with over eighteen years experience in diverse areas including strategic planning, organisational development, performance improvement, privatisation and environmental consulting. James has successfully led a management consulting practice in the UK with 40 staff, turning around a loss- making position into a significant profit within one year. James was also Director of the largest education public/private partnership ever undertaken in the UK with a staff of 400. James has been involved in a number of privatisation projects internationally, including in Egypt and Bulgaria. He has also worked internationally in Zambia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan. James has been working in Malawi since 2004, and during this time has been actively involved in capacity building and management support in a number of Malawi-based institutions including the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the Body of Case Handling Institutions (BCHI) and the Malawi Safety Security and Access to Justice Programme (MaSSAJ). At the ACB, James has been involved in introducing modern management techniques primarily in the areas of financial management, strategic planning, human resource management and staff motivation. At MaSSAJ, he managed the programme during a challenging transitional period. A recent ACG contract in which James participated involved an assessment of the likely market response of maize traders to a cash transfer programme in the Dowa District north of Lilongwe. James has a BA in Geography (Oxford), an MBA (Cranfield School of Management) and has a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In addition to English, James has a good working knowledge of German.

Former Senior Consultants

Alex Millington-Hore

Alex Millington-Hore is a Director of ACG Ltd, Chartered Accountant (ACA) and full member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He has over five years of experience in business advisory services, including over two years experience as an Assistant Manager for KPMG. Alex's particular areas of expertise include external auditing under United Kingdom Auditing Standards (UKAS) and Sarbanes Oxley, development and review of business plans, financial modelling, financial assistance, management accounting and general business advisory services. In addition to his business advisory experience, Alex graduated from the University of Leicester in Mechanical Engineering and has particular experience in structural design verification, risk assessment and engineering design.

Former Associates

Roger Wilson CBE

Roger Wilson is a well-known international development professional, who is recently retired as a senior civil servant from DFID. He has extensive experience in international development policy and in country implementation. He is author of publications on both governance and fragile states. His key experience includes governance as Chief Governance Adviser, country programme management as head of progerammes in Malawi, Zambia & India; public service reform in UK and developing countries, and structuring project financing (with a merchant bank). Roger is now pursuing an active career in consulting, with a particular focus on governance, especially country assessments, political development and public service reform.

Vincent Langdon-Morris

Vincent Langdon-Morris is an Agriculturalist with a twenty-six year track record working as a senior manager in Africa, Europe and Asia in the commercial and humanitarian sectors. Vince is a qualified financial manager whose primary interest lies within the agricultural and small business sectors. Vince has successfully managed a commercial farm in Swaziland; worked extensively in business development projects (Sudan, Uganda); and lectured at university level in farm business management and farming systems (Ethiopia). He has also worked as a senior manager in both manufacturing (South Africa) and the tobacco industry (Cambodia) and was the owner of a business involved in the chemical industry (UK). As a humanitarian worker Vince has managed both development projects and emergency response operations at a senior level in national and international NGOs and in UN agencies (WFP, FAO) in several countries, including Malawi, where he has been based since 2003. Vince has a Diploma in Business Administration (Technikon, RSA), a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Agriculture (London) and an M.Sc. in Rural Resource Management (Wales). In addition to English, Vince is fluent in Afrikaans.

Sean de Cleene

Sean has fifteen years experience living and working in developing countries. Sean's main work is in the area of developing country business strategy and making markets work. He has facilitated strategy outcomes with a number of government ministries, company boards and senior management teams. Sean is a founding Executive Director of the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) and is a special advisor to the UNEP Finance Initiative and Chair of the Malawi Business Action Against Corruption. Sean recently chaired the Corporate Governance Consultations for the South African government as part of the African Peer Review Mechanism. Sean has written and presented widely on topics relating to sustainability and business as well as corporate governance. Sean works extensively in the international arena and sits on the board of several not for profit and for profit organisations specialising in the area of sustainability and business. Sean has a B.A. in Law (Sydney), M.Sc. (distinction) in International Development Practices (Oxford) and has completed the Senior Executive Development Programme at the Harvard Business School. In addition to English, Sean is a fluent French speaker and has a strong working knowledge of Chinese.

Rachel Forster

Rachel is a qualified lawyer with over nine years of development experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, as well as in China, Taiwan and Brazil. As Country Director of a relief and development NGO in Uganda, Rachel was involved in the design and implementation of country programmes and the drafting of appropriate documentation, including donor submissions. Rachel has undertaken consultancies with both donors and the NGO community in the areas of legal strategy and development. Rachel has coordinated extensive cross-cultural business research in both Asia and Africa, initially between the UK and China in relation to strategic planning and decision-making in large-scale business enterprises and more recently in Asia and Africa for a UK-based international NGO. Rachel has a B.A.(Hons.) in Chinese (Durham), a CPE and LPC from the College of Law (London) and qualified as a Solicitor in the City of London. Rachel also has a Diploma in Development Management (distinction) from the Open University, UK. In addition to English, Rachel speaks good French and Mandarin Chinese.

Michael Brewin

Michael Brewin has a BA and MSC in Development related fields, fifteen years experience in international relief and development and an extensive understanding of quantitative and qualitative social research. He has managed and evaluated programmes for a range of agencies including CARE, Concern, Action Against Hunger, the World Bank, IFDC, and the Government of Malawi. Recently he has focused particularly on the design and evaluation of food security and social protection interventions, particularly cash transfer programmes. He has significant experience of running surveys including designing questionnaires, training enumerators, data analysis and presentation. Mike is based in Nairobi, Kenya.