Lizzy Whitehead

MSc Forestry, people and participation. Centre for International Development and Training, Wolverhampton University, UK (2000).

BSc (hons) Tropical Environmental Science. Aberdeen University (1998).

Chartered Institute for Leadership and Management, level 1.

Lizzy leads LTS-NIRAS Business Development across the whole of NIRAS on agriculture, climate, land and forestry. She joined LTSI in February 2018. She started her career working on a USAID supported sustainable forestry programme in Bolivia in 1997 which gave her practical understanding of tropical forest management and community forestry. Lizzy’s interests in forestry have been centred on the way communities manage and thrive from natural resource management. She then worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as a Livelihoods and a Climate and Environment Advisor, both on policy work from the UK and then in Nepal on a Forestry and Livelihoods Programme.

She has spent a number of years working on forestry and environmental strategy in Scotland for charities and a local authority. A second phase of work at DFID gave Lizzy the opportunity to work on resource scarcity and transparency around oil, gas a mining. She then led the forestry and land use portfolio for DFID at the UK Climate Change Unit in Jakarta. Lizzy moved into evaluation roles, first with the INGO Practical Action – designing and rolling out an organisational level monitoring, evaluation and learning system. She then moved into consultancy, leading complex multi-country evaluations for a range of clients including DFID and the EU. Lizzy remains passionate about natural resource management and developing a strong portfolio of work which delivers benefits to those who are most vulnerable in developing countries.


  • Investments in Forests and Sustainable Land Use for Partnerships for Forests – Evaluation Manager