Operations Team

The operations team are based in Cambridge UK, and oversee all project management, operational, administration and  HR functions.  The team are supported by Neil Shearer of CB1 associates.


Gary Beynon, IT and Cartographer

Gary is a cartographer and IT professional with an expertise in environmental applications of GIS and Remote Sensing. He has a naturally analytic, investigative and technical mind and provides cartography services for ELL clients. He also provides web programming, database and IT consultancy services and analytics including reports on visitor demography, social media, website behaviour, campaign tracking, traffic channel, keywords and referral information that helps drive marketing and search engine optimisation strategies.

Gary has applied his cartography skills for a number of ELL projects involving ASM. He has mapped great ape species in a project collaboration between ASM-PACE, The ARCUS Foundation and The Max Planck Institute. He has also provided a cartographical representation of artisanal and industrial mining sites and permits in and around Kahuzi-Biega National Park and Itombwe Nature Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo. In collaboration with the WWF the ASM-PACE project finds sustainable mining solutions for indigenous people whilst protecting from environmental and ecological degradation. He has also provided cartographic and 3D representation of an artisanal mining site for a company looking to relocate artisanal miners present on their land concession.

Gary works as a Conservation Data Manager at National Trust. Prior to that he worked as a Technical Infrastructure Analyst at Halifax and Bank of Scotland Ltd. and Lloyds Banking Group. Gary has a Masters of Science in Conservation & GIS from University of Glamorgan, a Post Graduate Certificate in Coastal Zone Management and a Bachelors Degree in Geography.

Gary is based in Wales, UK.

Theodora Panayides, Researcher and Project Assistant

As a Researcher and Project Assistant, Theodora supports a diverse team of staff and associates around the globe. She conducts research for projects with a special focus on environmental management and sustainability, provides project management assistance, and is spearheading ELL’s communications and rebranding strategy.

Prior to joining ELL, Theodora worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, focusing on conservation and building partnerships between NGOs and the private sector.

Theodora’s experience is grounded in the field, covering several continents and contexts: she worked as an environmental educator in Costa Rica; as a marine field researcher in Honduras; and in partnership with school administrators to invest funds for improving school infrastructure in Kenya.

Theodora has a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, with a specialisation in Environmental Resource Management.

She is based in ELL’s Cambridge office with professional fluency in English, Spanish, and Greek.

Kate MacLeod, Researcher and Project Assistant

Kate has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Chinese Studies at Cambridge University and graduated from a Masters of Law in International Relations at Peking University in 2016, which was both taught and assessed in Mandarin Chinese.  Kate’s Master’s thesis analysed China’s refugee policy, incorporating a legal and government perspective with Middle Eastern and African refugee case studies.

Kate lived in Beijing for three years and is fluent in Mandarin. While in Beijing Kate was Community Services intern at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees China office, conducting visits to refugees and asylum seekers, assisting in the establishment of informal education programmes, coordinating in kind donation shipments and meeting refugee basic needs.

Kate also interned with the Starfish Project, an organisation helping sex workers in Asia, conducting weekly outreach visits to brothels and engaging directly with beneficiaries as well as designing new documentation methods for outreach and holistic care programmes. In 2013 Kate conducted anthropological research on the impact of new smartphone technology on the social networks and lifestyle of sex workers. Kate has been an associate of academic community ThinkINChina since 2012, aimed at bringing western and Chinese scholars together in intellectual exchange and discussion.

Kate’s role at ELL is as Researcher and Projects Assistant, supporting the team and conducting research for a variety of clients. Kate is based in Cambridge, United Kingdom and can work in English and Mandarin.

Olivia Lyster, Researcher and Project Assistant

Olivia graduated from her BA in Arabic and French at Cambridge University this year.

While at Cambridge, she studied a range of subjects ranging from Arabic and French language to Anthropology, Politics and Islamic Theology.  As part of her degree, Olivia spent a year in Mafraq, northern Jordan, where she did refugee relief work, forming relationships with refugee families and sourcing funding for their needs. She also set up a programme for young Syrian women, encouraging resilience, which is still running today.  In 2010 she spent time with the Hyacinth Macaw Project in West Brazil, where she collected and analysed field data.

Olivia supports a global team of core staff and associates located across four continents and multiple time zones. Her role is to support research and project management tasks, as well as providing assistance in any other of ELL’s many activities.

Olivia is based in ELL’s Cambridge office and can work in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish or Arabic.

Anna Barker, Researcher and Project Assistant

Anna is currently studying for her MSc International Migration and Public Policy at LSE, working part-time for ELL alongside her studies. Throughout her time as Researcher for ELL, Anna has worked on a number of projects for a variety of clients, including research on coloured gemstones, child labour in the mineral sector, and initiatives in the industry. In this role, Anna has travelled to Senegal, where she spent one month working in Dakar, and undertaking research at a gold mine in Kedougou.

Anna has presented at International Jewellery London on the responsible sourcing of coloured gemstones, and helped organise the FLUX: Fair Luxury event at the Goldsmiths Centre in London in April 2016, a conference which brought together pioneers in the ethical jewellery industry. She works closely on communications, running the ELL Instagram account and writing numerous blogs.

Anna graduated from UCL with BA History (First Class Honours) in 2015. Anna is based in both London and Cambridge, and can work in English and French.

Allison Hilsdon, Finance Manager

Adam Rolfe, Projects Manager

Adam is an experienced Project Manager and development practitioner, having worked for over six years with civil society, development agencies, governments and the private sector with a focus on economic, social and cultural rights and harnessing the development potential of the small-scale mining sector in order to drive pro-poor development and to improve the livelihoods, working conditions and resilience of rural communities.

As Projects Manager, Adam leads on ELL’s business area on Mineral Sector Reform. Recent / current projects that Adam has led for ELL include: Design of the ICGLR Mineral Tracking Database; the development of a National Strategy and Action Plan for SAESSCAM in DRC;  the development of an Implementation Plan for the Independent Mineral Chain Auditor function of the ICGLR; baseline studies of Guinea’s diamond and gold ASM sectors; a needs assessment and the development of technical training modules for women artisanal miners in Ethiopia, and; ELL’s role in the development and implementation of the ICGLR Third Party Audits process.

Before joining Estelle Levin Ltd in early 2015, Adam worked as a freelance teacher in Toulouse, France where he taught English through political seminars at the world-renowned Grandes Ecoles of Sciences Po and SUPAERO.

Adam has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with First Class Honours in History and Politics from Queen Mary, University of London where he won a number of internal and external prizes for “academic excellence”. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. He is a native English speaker and has a strong professional competence in French.

Based in Cambridge, UK

Jane Barnett, Operations Manager and EA

Jane is the backbone of ELL, providing administrative and operational support for the team.  She runs the global operations and supports staff, associates and clients across four continents.  Jane uses her strong administrative and communication skills to manage finances, contracts, human resources, travel, and back-office functions.  She also serves as Estelle Levin’s Executive Assistant.

Jane has more than 25 years of experience in private sector operations, including twenty-two years with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where she supported senior-level staff in the Information Technology division.  In February 2014 she completed her Office Managers Diploma.

Jane is based in Cambridge, UK.