These are some of people in Cerno's network. We also draw on wider range of consultants to meet your needs.
Michele Law is an experienced mediator, access to justice (rule of law) and conflict expert. She is also a human rights lawyer with modern slavery and gender expertise. Michele has written on how development and humanitarian agencies can improve their responses to modern slavery, assessed and advised how state judicial and non-judicial systems can improve access to justice for forced labourers and migrant workers, and provides ongoing advisory services on access to remedy and remediation issues. She has also undertaken innovative analysis to learn lesson from how governments address remedies for forced labourers to inform how companies might design effective remedy strategies and operational grievance mechanisms. Michele was formally in the NZ foreign service, worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat as legal adviser to the Secretary General, and for the United Nations in Baghdad and Afghanistan on constitution making and rule of law programming, including designing the stakeholder consultation process for the 2005 Constitution and the grievance mechanism for 2005 Election, both fraught as in war time. Michele is on the United Nations Rule of Law Roster, is a UK HMG Stabilisation Unit Deployable Civilian Expert focussed conflict, access to justice and modern slavery issues, and an International Security Sector Reform Advisory Team Expert. She is Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, a CEDR Mediator and a member of the International Association of Facilitators.
Paul Garlick is a Queen Counsel, mediator and judge with significant experience resolving the most complex and serious international and domestic disputes relating to human rights, bribery, corruption and money laundering. He has advised and acted for Governments, Inter-Governmental Organisations and private clients on all these issues at the highest level. Paul has worked for the British Government, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Paul is currently a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Advisory Board dealing with violations by corporations on human rights and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. He is a visiting lecturer in international law at the University of The Hague. Paul is engaged with Cerno because he could see that his adversarial experience of how corporates have been impacted by legislation relating to bribery, corruption and money laundering, enabled him unique insight to be able to advise companies on the sort of preventative action needed to ethically comply with human rights and modern slavery non-finacial reporting. Paul uses his role as trusted adviser, mediator and trainer in a preventative way to resolve issues relating to human rights, modern slavery, and conflict.
Alexis Martin is a senior international development executive and researcher with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict countries on issues of governance, small business development in fractured societies, public relations and media, political inclusion, and gender empowerment. She has managed multi-million dollar projects for USAID and the UN and has worked on projects for the EU, SIDA, CIDA and DFID. Alexis has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia and Central Asia and understands the difficulties of working in complex insecure environments. In Cerno Alexis leads our work on innovation. We innovate through our programming, research and advisory services. Alexis's experience as a researcher has influenced Cerno's programme design methodology to include a heavy bias in favour of monitoring and evaluation to generate evidence of what works and what doesn't work. In turn, her awareness that any programming needs to have real impact means that when we undertake innovative research, we don't confine it to 'blue-sky thinking', but always look to ensure research leads to practical new ways of working for our clients.
Lucy Carter is a highly experienced strategic adviser with more than 20 years’ experience of governance and change management delivery. She has held senior roles in national and international NGOs and in a global consultancy firm. During her career Lucy has designed, managed, monitored and evaluated complex governance and change management programmes for HMG throughout Africa and for the Government of Afghanistan. Lucy is an accredited PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments) practitioner, which is the renowned process-based method for effective project management used by the UK government. Lucy has brought her change management and programme design experience into Cerno to help MSA and NFRR compliance. Lucy is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators so she has a solid understanding of corporate governance, corporate law, corporate secretarial practice and financial reporting. She knows how to situate your modern slavery and human rights compliance obligations within the suite of your other compliance obligations. Borrowing from the development community Cerno has developed an 'adaptive programming' methodology to companies comply ethically with the MSA and the NFRR. She can help you do this.
Carl Reyolds is an expert facilitator and mediator. Carl has been facilitating complex multi-stakeholder processes for twenty years. He has helped Governments, companies, and NGOs address diverse complex issues such as Celtic Seas trans-boundary issues; marine monitoring; the use of data science by the UK Government; flood and flood risk; and nuclear security issues on civil and military sites. Carl can use his expertise as a facilitator to help facilitate human rights/modern slavery risk assessments, design changes to business practice needed to manage these risks and ensure compliance with the law. In addition to his skills as a facilitator, Carl was a pioneer of the use of mediation in the UK in the 1990s, in community and workplace settings; co-authoring The Workplace Mediation Manual (1997). Carl can also provide our clients with tailored mediation services to resolve conflict with stakeholders, and can work with you and your stakeholders to design operational grievance mechanisms, in response to the UN Guiding Principles and OECD Guidelines.
Kathryn is a Senior Social Development Consultant with 17 years’ experience of working towards gender equality, empowering women and girls, and tackling Gender Based Violence (GBV) in development, fragile and conflict settings. Earlier in her career, Kathryn established and Chaired the Anti Trafficking Alliance; which undertook a variety of awareness raising activities in the UK to prevent and respond to trafficking into sexual slavery, including a London-based campaign that reached over 1 million people. Kathryn is an experienced writer, trainer, researcher, team leader and programme manager with a proven track record in successfully managing complex programmes of work, including effective team and partnership management. Kathryn runs trainings and has produced a range of guidance notes for the UK government to support staff integrate gender and GBV into their programming. Over the course of her career, Kathryn has worked with grassroots NGOs, INGOs, government and multilaterals to provide technical advice, support capacity building, train staff and to review, develop and assess new policies and innovative programmes to support vulnerable women and girls. Her international development career began in central Asia and she has since worked extensively in South and central Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. She has undertaken work in fragile and conflict-affected states including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. Kathryn ensures Cerno’s engagement on modern slavery and human rights with donors and businesses integrates gender issues – incredibly important given the impact these issues have on women and girls.
Abinaya Dhivya Mohan is researcher for CERNO and a graduate of International Relations and History from the London School of Economics. Abinaya’s degree had specific focus on politics and international development in the Southeast Asian, South Asian and Latin American regions help add depth to her work as researcher in CERNO. She is especially interested in research encompassing sexual and gender based violence in extremist cultures, the role of modern day slavery in development programs and humanitarian crisis management. Growing up in Malaysia and India with knowledge of local languages and understanding of the social, economic and political structures means that she has familiarity with local issues and access to comprehensive research to resolve them.
Muneera Lula works as a researcher for CERNO. Her areas of interest and expertise include gender equality and the rights of women and girls in the developing world. Originally from leafy West Yorkshire, she has recently completed a degree in Modern History and Politics at the University of Manchester, with a focus on gender politics, colonial history, and race relations. Her previous work with the UK Civil Service allows for an insight into the workings of HMG. This helps keep her research relevant and practical and enables her better access to government when organising meetings and looking for insight for our clients. Muneera has grown up multi-lingual and is able to bring cultural sensitivity and knowledge to our international client base.