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Simon Lawry-White

Simon has 35 years’ experience working in the humanitarian and development sector, with short and long-term experience in 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. He has more than 15 years’ experience as a management consultant in evaluation, strategy development, process redesign, organisational development, and performance management. Simon has worked with and for international NGOs, United Nations agencies, Red Cross Red Crescent, and governments of both developing and developed countries.

He is a former head of the secretariat of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. He is the founder and a Director of Vine Management Consulting Ltd, which has successfully completed more than 100 assignments for donors, the UN, and NGOs, including more than 40 evaluations and management reviews. Simon is a member of the Independent Review Panel of Accountable Now and also volunteers locally as a community mediator. He holds Masters degrees in Business Administration, Soil and Water Engineering, and Natural Sciences.

English (mother tongue), French (moderate), Swahili (basic)

Independence, rigour, quality

Since the mid-1990s, I have been an observer and sometimes a contributor to the gradual development of accountability in the humanitarian sector, leading finally to the birth of the Core Humanitarian Standard. As an evaluator of humanitarian programmes and organisations for almost 25 years, it is important to me that the humanitarian sector holds itself to the highest standards. By adding audit skills to my evaluation experience and knowledge of the sector, I hope to contribute still further to humanitarian organisations improving their performance in meeting the basic rights of those caught up in crisis and disaster.