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Development Works

Youth advocates attend a meeting on ending child marriage
Youth advocates attend a meeting on ending child marriage

What does Development Works do?

Development Works delivers programmes that draw on Plan International’s technical expertise and network of over 50 country offices, including in many fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Development Works combines the experience and ethical standards of an NGO with the operating procedures typical to those of a private sector supplier. Our areas of technical focus include education, sexual and reproductive health rights, youth economic empowerment, resilience building and social development. 

Why partner with Development Works?

We look to work with institutional donors and international and national private sector suppliers and NGOs. We choose projects that can use Plan International’s experience, and tailor our expertise to meet the needs of the project and cost the work with full transparency. Development Works is run by a team with experience in winning, setting up and delivering development projects.

The Development Works team

Tim Samaranayake

Tim Samaranayake is a Senior Manager with 18 years’ experience in securing and successfully delivering projects in international development and the private sector. Starting his career in corporate sector management consulting, he transitioned to international development consulting eight years ago. During this time, Tim has worked at two of the largest UK international development implementers, firstly in a programme assurance role managing EBRD and DFID projects in Europe, Asia and Africa across a wide range of technical areas. More recently, Tim has run business development and strategic partnerships teams to secure new contracts by shaping responsive programmes that answer to donor and beneficiary needs. 

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Aimee Neaverson

Aimee Neaverson has worked for international NGOs, the UK’s DFID, research institutes, and one of DFID’s top private sector suppliers. She has extensive business development experience and is also an experienced project manager. In particular, she has managed complex consortium-based projects, including a multi-sectoral, multi-country, flagship resilience building project for DFID, and has overseen a large portfolio of evaluations, research and policy work. Aimee has both headquarters and field experience, working to support a range of contexts, primarily focusing on programming in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

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Hannah Byrne

Hannah Byrne has come from a private sector top ten DFID supplier, where she worked on both business development and project delivery. In business development, Hannah is an accomplished Bid Manager and writer, with experience of designing, forming and convening consortia in response to complex multi-million-pound contracts. She has also gained field experience through Project Management in Nepal and Myanmar and has the capacity to design and oversee payment by results programming. Hannah also has communications experience having contributed to both internal and external communications strategies.

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The Development Works Board

To set the direction of Development Works and deliver our offer of private sector efficiency combined with NGO presence and depth, our Board comprises directors from the Plan International UK executive team and NEDs with commercial experience.

Jane French (Chair)

Jane French is Global Head of Compliance for Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank, before which she was a Managing Director at Citi, having held a variety of roles in investment, corporate and private banking across global and emerging markets. Jane is an avid supporter of equality and diversity through education and empowerment. Besides being a long-standing trustee of Plan International UK, she is also a trustee of the New College (Oxford) development fund and a director of Goodenough College, which provides a unique bursary-based collegiate residence in London for international MA and PHD students.

Tanya Barron

Tanya Barron is a highly experienced international development professional. Tanya joined VSO in 1989 and became their Head of Programmes for Eastern Europe and the CIS. She was seconded to the European Commission to manage a grant-making facility, and for six years was Chair of the UNICEF NGO Committee for CEEC/CIS in Geneva, followed by her appointment as CEO of Home-Start International. Tanya went on to be the International Director of Leonard Cheshire Disability for eight years, until taking up the post of CEO of Plan International UK in 2013. In 2016, she was made an OBE for helping to provide safe education for girls internationally.

John Kerr

John Kerr served as the CEO of Deloitte Global Consulting from 2011 to 2015, making him the leader of the Global Consulting and Executive Team at a time when Deloitte achieved and retained its status of the leading management consulting firm in the world. In this role, John identified and executed key acquisition targets and created a global business strategy. In 2012, John created Deloitte Digital, the first dedicated digital consulting business in the industry which has now become a $4bn business.


To find out how we can support your next project, contact the Development Works team.