Our staff

David Johnson – Chief Executive

David joined our team in July 2015 after eight years working in South Africa, where he brought together NGOs specialising in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and environmental conservation. David is passionate about environmental issues, is a qualified Game Ranger and prior to working for us, David advised our Population & Sustainability Network member, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, on integrating sexual and reproductive health actions within their conservation programmes. David is a former solicitor and has practised law in England & Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong and South Africa (where he ran his own practice and represented numerous trusts and NGOs on legal, strategic and fundraising issues). David has a particular focus promoting the importance of reproductive health and rights to the conservation sector, including work with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the IUCN National Committee UK, and a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy.

Carina Hirsch – Advocacy & Projects Manager 

Carina holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and Public Management. Prior to joining, Carina worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations carrying out research and implementing projects on women’s empowerment in agriculture and food security in several West African countries and India. Carina has also advocated for rural women and sustainability issues in various international policy making forums as Policy Officer at the World Farmers’ Organization.



Kathryn Lloyd – Programmes & Operations Manager

Kathryn holds a BSc in Human Geography and an MA in International Development from the University of Leeds. Prior to joining, Kathryn worked for CAFCASS in the quality improvement team, focusing on project and event management, data analysis, and content management. Kathryn volunteered for many years in the charity sector in the UK for organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Groundwork, and Women Working Worldwide. She also has experience working in Ethiopia on issues relating to women’s rights and empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and orphans and vulnerable children.  


Lydia Neu – Financial & Office Manager

Lydia joined our team in 2018. She has multi-disciplinary expertise in social, healthcare and the finance sectors. She has held various managerial roles and has experience in business development, business centre management and financial management. In each of her roles Lydia has been involved in client recruitment, retention and strategic planning. Her specialty is financial management and tax planning for SMEs. Lydia is Secretary of the EBFA school council at her daughter’s school, and has been volunteering for NGO Prison Outreach Network for the last 15 years.


Dr Chelsea Morroni – Sexual & Reproductive Health Consultant (South Africa projects)

Chelsea Morroni has lived and worked in southern Africa for nearly 20 years. She directs the Botswana Sexual and Reproductive Health Initiative, is a medical advisor to the Botswana Family Welfare Organisation, a special advisor to the Botswana Ministry of Health Family Planning Programme and provides family planning training and mentorship for the Network at our South African project sites. Chelsea has a BA in social anthropology from Harvard University, an MPH and medical degree from the University of Cape Town, an MPhil and PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare from the UK Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.