The authors

John Cammack is a trainer, adviser, consultant, coach and writer. He has previously worked as head of international finance at Oxfam GB and senior lecturer in accounting and financial management at Oxford Brookes University. John has worked with many international organisations in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. His courses include training of financial trainers, improving communication between finance and non-finance people, developing management skills with finance staff, and financial skills for non-specialists. His advice and consultancy work includes financial management and programme reviews for European and southern organisations, ‘fit for funding’ assessments to meet the needs of international donors, and advising on financial systems to develop organisational capacity. He is author of Communicating financial management with non-finance people (Practical Action, 2012), Building financial management capacity for NGOs and community organizations (Practical Action, 2014), Basic accounting for community organizations and small groups (Practical Action, 2014) and Financial management for development (Intrac, 2000). John is a qualified accountant, manager and teacher specialising in the non-profit sector. He has an MBA and an MSc in international development management.

Tim Foster’s key competencies are in training, facilitation, organisational development, technical support and evaluation, all firmly based on extensive humanitarian field experience in needs assessment, programme design and management with the United Nations, Oxfam, MSF and CARE in the Balkans, Africa and Asia. Tim is currently working as an independent consultant based in Geneva. Recent and ongoing projects include: member of CARE’s shelter team; delivering training for RedR/UNHCR; developing and piloting training courses for UNICEF and WHO; and facilitating training courses and workshops for the Health, WASH and Emergency Shelter Clusters. Tim has been an active member of RedR since 1980 undertaking assignments, acting as a resource person, trainer and convener for training courses and contributing to the development of the organisation; he was the first Director of RedR International's Secretariat in Geneva and a Trustee of RedR UK for five years. Tim's mother tongue is English and he has a good working knowledge of French.

Simon Hale is a management consultant and manager. He has 30 years’ non-profit and business experience, predominantly in international development. He provides advice and conducts reviews, evaluations and workshops in organisational development, programme management, risk management, financial management and Value for Money. He has experience of both humanitarian and development work, as a manager or consultant, in 40 countries and is a skilled facilitator.