Composed by 12 members, the Board of Trustees is the foundation of PM4NGOs. From several different countries, backgrounds, and experience, the multidisciplinar group has been responsible for leading and guiding PM4NGOs. Below you will find profiles or all members.

Trevor Nelson (Chair)

Trevor K. Nelson is an accomplished Project and Program Manager, with over 20 years of experience managing multiple projects. He has managed over 500 projects in a variety of industries, including architecture (design), construction, non-profits, professional associations, religious organizations, training and software.

As president of Nelson Project Consulting, Mr. Nelson is recognized as an expert on overall project management, receiving requests for consultation and advice from around the world. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a Level C Certified Project Manager by asapm (IPMA-USA), and a PMD Pro 2 by PM4NGOs.

He is currently the Board Chair of PM4NGOs, and is a former Vice-President of asapm (IPMA-USA). In these capacities Mr. Nelson is active in promoting sound project management practices, enhancing the theory of project management, and developing and improving the competencies of Project Managers and organizations worldwide. In addition, he writes frequently on project management topics, and has contributed to several project management standards.

John Cropper (Vice-Chair)

John Cropper has worked in the NGO sector for over 20 years. He worked for the British Council in Spain and Vietnam and he worked for Oxfam GB for 10 years. During this time, he was the Regional Programme Manager for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean and later the Head of Programme and Project Management systems. His final job with Oxfam GB was managing ‘Raising Her Voice’, a global programme on gender and governance.

At the beginning of 2011, John joined LINGOs as the Director of Project Services for LINGOs. LINGOs is a US registered NGO that has over 80 member organisations – all of which are international NGOs. LINGOs focuses on developing the skills and capacities of people working in International development. John manages all LINGOs’ project management capacity building initiatives and, above all, works with NGOs to understand the centrality of effective program and project management. John was part of the working group which created PMD Pro and he has been involved with PMD Pro since its inception. He was one of the authors of the Guide and has been involved in all of the updates and translations.

John is currently the Vice-Chair of PM4NGOs. He is also the Chair of the Dalit Solidarity Network. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Association for Project Management. He is Prince 2 qualified and holds Masters Degrees in Education and Multimedia Communication as well as an MBA. John has lived and worked in China, Vietnam, Spain and Mexico and is speaks in English, Spanish and French.

Amanda Fleetwood (Secretary)

With over 10 years of management experience in the private and non-governmental sectors, Amanda diverse background, in both the domestic and international fields, grants her unique insight of the needs and processes necessary for successful implementation of projects and procedures for businesses, companies and organizations. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from York College of Pennsylvania in York, Pennsylvania (USA) and a Master of Science in International Public Service and Masters Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois (USA).

Amanda’s expertise is in international development with a concentration in women’s and gender studies. She has worked in Latin America and the Middle East and understands and navigates the cultural contexts of both regions. Amanda is well versed in the subjects of: monitoring and evaluation, proposal writing, refugees and human migration, human rights, women’s and gender issues, sustainable development, organizational development, writing and ethics. She has delivered needs assessments, trainings, research, and, monitoring and evaluations on a variety of development topics for non-governmental organizations in Jordan and the USA. 

In addition to her NGO experience, Ms. Fleetwood has substantial knowledge of the private sector.

Thomas Dente (Treasurer)

Thomas Dente is the President and CEO of Humentum, a leading membership association of over 325 international NGOs and their partners focuses upon improving the strategic organizational and operational capabilities of international NGOs and addressing the development needs of global operations professionals. Tom leads several efforts related to organizational and program strategy development and execution.

Before joining InsideNGO in 2011, Tom spent more than twenty years advising global institutions and their leaders on strategy, organizational development and performance improvement. Tom was a partner at both Bain & Company and A.T. Kearney, two leading global management consultancies, and began his professional career at Price Waterhouse. As a management consultant, Tom advised institutions ranging from start-up organizations to large global enterprises, including nonprofit entities across multiple domain areas.

He graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and received an MBA with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Brandy Westerman

Brandy Westerman has recently become the Vice President (Program Development) at Near East Foundation. In her previous position as the Director of Program Management at Mercy Corps, Brandy has led the adoption of minimum standards for Program Management at the organization, while engaging field and headquarters teams in learning and application of project management practice, utilizing Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro) as a foundation for this effort.

Brandy also served as Country Director and portfolio manager for Mercy Corps in Tajikistan. Brandy has worked in international development since 1998 designing, managing and evaluating programs and agency-wide initiatives from both headquarters and field positions. Certified as a PRINCE2 Practitioner as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, Brandy believes that the impact of international relief and development projects can be significantly improved through professional and intentional project management practice within NGOs and their key partners.

Don McPhee

Don McPhee is a skilled strategic thinker and planner with more than 30 years’ experience in the NGO sector. He has set up and managed large development programs in Asia, Africa and Haiti including adapting management processes to local contexts and is known for his ability to work in diverse cultural contexts and in conflict-affected environments.

In recent years Don has focused on developing and maintaining partnerships with other organisations, with emphasis on organisational development and capacity building of civil society organisations. Effective networking both within organisations and between organisations has been an area that he has given considerable attention, with notable success in Asia and Africa.

For the past three years Don has been involved in establishing the Plan Academy, a global learning and development initiative of Plan International. His initial role was as project manager and for the last year he has been the Head of the Plan Academy when Plan International decided to make a long-term commitment to the initiative. A recent external evaluation described the Plan Academy as a leader and innovator in the INGO sector in learning.

As a member of the Board of PM4NGOs and former Chair of the INGO Steering Committee in Sudan, Don recognises the importance of PMDPro in setting a common standard for project management in the NGO sector while allowing for local adaptation.

Lisa Robbins-Garland

Lisa Robbins-Garland has over 10 years of experience in international humanitarian and development work, with firsthand experience of how program management can make or break our ability to achieve positive change. As Senior Advisor for Program Management, she is currently managing revisions to Mercy Corps’ Program Management policy, minimum standards, manual, toolkit and global support model. This process incorporates findings from a recent review of the past 6 years of Mercy Corps program management learning, and will help institutionalize adaptive management.

Lisa has spent the last two and a half years creating a global program management capacity building model and communities of practice across the 40+ countries. She is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and is a member of the Bond Project Management group and the PM for Development cross-organization working group.

In addition to global roles, Lisa has held programmatic, operations and technical positions in West and Central Africa including: Deputy Country Director, Program Manager, Head of Office, Gender Specialist, and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. In her experience with Mercy Corps, Care International and the UN, Lisa has worked in a range of programmatic areas, including child protection, gender-based violence prevention and response, food security and resilience, youth employment, and international human rights law.

Peter Marlow

Peter is an experienced Project Manager, having delivered a wide range of ICT systems in both the public and private sectors in the UK. He is a graduate of Imperial College London and a Chartered Engineer (MIET). He is also a PRINCE 2 Practitioner and a Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM). He is qualified to PMD Pro Level 1.

Peter’s career moved from electronic hardware design into software development, and then into technical project management. He founded a business, Softcopy Limited, to provide electronic publishing solutions to industry and the media.

Peter is Director of Project Managers Against Poverty (PMAP), a not-for-profit organisation, which provides an e-mentoring network for project managers who work in international development. He is also a trustee of The Kambia Appeal, a UK-based charity that aims to improve the medical conditions in the Kambia district of Sierra Leone. Peter is co-chair of the Bond project management group.

Richard Pharro

Richard is the founder and CEO of APMG, one of the few privately owned international accreditation and certification bodies. Started in 1995, APMG has expanded its portfolio to over 40 products across the management spectrum and has offices in 12 countries.

Richard is a Chartered Director and Civil Engineer who, in his early career, worked on projects in Europe and the Middle East.

Richard believes APMG’s success is due to the organization’s focus on innovation and customer service, In 2012 APMG won a Queens Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category and was recognised as one of the most successful companies in the UK by the Sunday Times national paper.

Tikajit Rai

Tikajit Rai has worked in both development and commercial spaces for more than 16 years in driving projects and startups to sustainability. In Nepal, what he co-founded in 2004 as a social enterprise to help farming communities to adapt ICT through cooperatives has now become the most sustainable project in the country. While leading the enterprise, he also worked as a consultant for projects funded by World Bank, UNESCAP, the Asian Development Bank, UNDP, Practical Action, GIZ, and CECI that helped rural communities sustainably adopt ICT in the country.

Winner of 2013 Gold International Project Management Association (IPMA) Achievement Award and Runner-Up of Green Project Management the same year, he voluntarily serves as an Executive Director for Equality Foundation, a US based NGO that focuses on digital literacy. Also, he is an IPMA Achievement Award jury (for development projects), and a certified IPMA Project Excellence Assessor (for commercial projects).

As an avid Project Management practitioner and leader, he co-founded Project Management Association of Nepal (PMAN) and has been leading the organization while also serving as VP for the regional initiative: Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management. In addition to training in PM as a contribution towards PM discipline, he has contributed to both PMD Pro revision and development of PgMD PRO Guide and its certification exam. He currently works at Laureate Education Inc. and manages portfolio of higher education eLearning and digital transformation projects.

Oliver Filler: PM4NGOs Board MemberOliver Filler

A passionate advocate for promoting excellence in project and programme management, Oliver Filler has over 10 years of experience in humanitarian response and development programming.

As Project Cycle Management Programme Support Specialist, Oliver has been leading Plan International’s global project management strengthening initiative. This initiative utilises PMD Pro Level 1 as a core global project management standard. Through this roll out Plan has PMD Pro trained staff in all 54 country offices and has a growing pool of Regional and National Office trainers.

In this role, Oliver has co-authored Plan International’s global Programme and Influence Quality Policy and created Plan’s global project cycle procedures, tools, guidance, competencies, maturity model and standards. Oliver also provides direct project management support to Country Offices and Regions.

Oliver’s background is in programme quality, specifically in conflict and post conflict areas. He has worked with the Danish Refugee Council and Save the Children in senior management roles responding to the Syria conflict, South Sudan refugee response, Horn of Africa famine and Tsunami response, amongst others.

Oliver sees the professionalization of project management in the NGO sector as a critical element of ensuring that the sector remains relevant, adaptive and innovative.

Gabrielle Bielen

Gabrielle Bielen is a second generation development specialist. She grew up in the Middle East where she realized the privilege of her birth and began to consider ways to increase opportunity for others. She thinks expanding project management knowledge and skills is one way to promote health, economic growth, and prosperity. As Director of Project Management at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Gabrielle has embraced the power and simplicity of the PMD Pro Guide and toolkit. She’s built EGPAF’s project management team and systems from the ground up. Her goal is to provide supportive processes and tools to allow limited donor funding to have the biggest impact on EGPAF’s mission of ending pediatric AIDS. She is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and PMD Pro 2 with PM4NGOs. She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Colby College

2018 Board Meeting, Larnaca, Cyprus. Left-Right: Don McPhee, Amanda Fleetwood, Trevor Nelson, Richard Pharro, Brandy Westerman, Tikajit Rai, Lisa Robbins-Garland, Peter Marlow, Thomas Dente, John Cropper and Oliver Filler.


2017 Board Meeting, Washington DC, USA. Left-Right: Don McPhee, Amanda Fleetwood, Trevor Nelson, Thomas Dente, Brandy Westerman, John Cropper, Peter Marlow, Lisa Robbins-Garland.

PM4NGOs Board in 2015

2015 Board Meeting, London, UK. Left-Right: Trevor Nelson, Emily Fereday, John Cropper, Amanda Fleetwood, Richard Pharro, Leila Jazairi (former Board Member), Don McPhee, Brandy Westerman, Thomas Dente.