Neil Bridgland – Managing Director
Neil co-conceived and managed the Sound and Fair campaign from 2009-2012, establishing the Sound and Fair brand and promoting the chain of custody for FSC® 100% African blackwood, primarily in the music instrument industry.
Since then, Neil has qualified as an FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody Lead Auditor and has overseen all company operations from harvesting and processing in liaison with contracted partners in Tanzania, to international sales and logistics.
Previously Neil worked in a wide variety of fundraising, marketing and communications roles, primarily for African environment NGOs, but also in the social enterprise sector. Neil has a Degree in Business and a Masters in Environment and Development from Kings College London.
James Laizer – Tanzania Director
James was one of the founders of the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative and, as a Director of Kilimanyika Ltd, has been central to the development of Sound and Fair.
James holds an Advanced Diploma in Wildlife Management from Mweka College of Wildlife Management in Moshi, and provides vital local Tanzanian knowledge and understanding, as well vast experience of working in African forestry and community-based natural resource management, having worked as a consultant for organisations including the United Nations, African Wildlife Foundation and WWF.
Paul Harrison – Strategic Director
Paul was one of the founders of the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative and, as a Director of Kilimanyika Ltd, has been central to the development of Sound and Fair.
A fluent Swahili speaker, Paul holds an MSc in Tourism, Environment and Development and a BA in African Language and Culture, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and provides wide-ranging experience having worked as a consultant for organisations including the United Nations, European Commission, Royal Norwegian Embassy and WWF.