OUR TEAM

Andrew Britton

Managing Director

Andrew is Kumi’s founder and leads the delivery of all of Kumi’s consulting assignments.

Growing up in Uganda and Kenya gave Andrew a passion for the environment and community development from an early age. Prior to founding Kumi in 2015, Andrew spent 13 years working for a number of sustainability and international development consulting firms. This included eight years in the sustainability practice of EY where he honed his skills with clients such as BP, BG Group, British American Tobacco, Shell and Vodafone.

Andrew has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and across many industry sectors, helping clients to develop and implement sustainability strategies, manage risks, improve their performance and report to their stakeholders. He has particular expertise in the natural resource and agricultural industries, sectors in which his work has shaped government policies and industry frameworks.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys hiking, cycling, and photography. However, as a father of three young children he doesn’t have any free time, so his indulgence of these pursuits is often restricted to daydreams.  


Martin Christie

Senior Advisor

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Martin has nearly 30 years’ experience in the energy and extractive industries and, as a Senior Advisor at Kumi, brings strategic insights and deep industry expertise to our work for clients.

Martin has global corporate responsibility and external affairs experience at both corporate and operational level - from policy development to project implementation. He has been involved in oil, gas, mining and renewables projects and businesses in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Most recently, he was the first Executive Director of the global supply chain initiative, Bettercoal. Martin was responsible for establishing Bettercoal as a non-profit company; leading the development of a new mining standard, the Bettercoal Code, and Audit Toolkit; and engaging with new members and external stakeholders globally.

Martin has been the head of Communication and Sustainability for BP Biofuels, the Vice President Corporate Responsibility for Katanga Mining, and the Vice President of Sustainability and External Affairs for BHP Billiton Petroleum. Between 1992 and 2001 he held several senior external affairs roles within Shell. 

With two grown-up sons entering the medical profession Martin is now finding more time to pursue his interests - cycling, hiking, gardening and watching sport.


Vittoria Franchini

Manager

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Vittoria is a Manager at Kumi. Prior to joining Kumi, Vittoria worked for the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman, the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s independent accountability mechanism. She carried out appraisals and audits of the environmental and social compliance of investments consistent with IFC’s Sustainability Policy and Performance Standards. Her experience includes conducting reviews and on-the-ground investigations of IFC’s environmental and social performance in Latin America and Africa, particularly in the mining, agribusiness, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

More recently, Vittoria was part of a core team leading the roll out of a new disaster risk reduction global program as part of the World Bank’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management practice.

An Italian and British national, Vittoria holds a BSc in Economics and Business Administration from Bocconi University and an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Outside of work, Vittoria likes to stay active by hiking, running and practicing yoga. But there is nothing she enjoys more than traveling and experiencing different cuisines from around the globe.


Tim Perkin

Consultant

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Tim is a Consultant at Kumi where he delivers research, analysis and broader project delivery support to Kumi’s work with clients. Prior to joining Kumi he worked in the business development unit at Itad, a Brighton-based consultancy firm that specialises in monitoring and evaluation of international development programmes.

Tim was awarded a Distinction for his Masters in Economic Anthropology and a First for his BA in Anthropology, both from the University of Sussex. During his studies he undertook research into working conditions in the global south, unemployment in Brighton, and the disposal of electronic goods.

An active volunteer, Tim has worked with people living on the streets in Brighton for over four years. He spent six months with Tearfund in Malawi, supporting projects on microfinance, climate-smart agriculture, and sexual and reproductive health.

In his spare time he enjoys exploring London, playing the piano, cycling, and swimming in Britain’s balmy seas!


John Abraham

Associate

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John is a specialist in local content and supplier development and supports Kumi’s work with clients in this area. He has over 20 years’ experience of supporting and developing local businesses to participate in the supply chains of international companies, particularly in the extractive industries.

He started his career at Rio Tinto in Laos and subsequently worked for a number of different organisations focusing primarily on local and indigenous supplier development and local content strategy.

John was responsible for delivering $50 million in service contracts for local and indigenous suppliers for Exxon’s LNG project in Papua New Guinea. He was the local content manager for BG Group’s $20 billion gas project in Queensland, Australia; a project that resulted in $13 billion in contracts being awarded to Queensland companies.

Being based in Australia’s Sunshine Coast, John has access to an enviable variety of outdoor pursuits. His preferred pastime is kite surfing.


Mike Turner

Associate

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Mike supports Kumi’s work on responsible mineral supply chains with smelters, refiners and manufacturing clients. Mike has over 40 years of industrial experience and has been working on responsible sourcing issues for over 15 years.

Prior to a move into consulting, Mike was the Global Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility Supplier Assurance manager at Hewlett-Packard. In this role he was responsible for ethical sourcing decisions based on supplier sustainability evaluations and EHS audits. He managed HP’s global audit team evaluating supplier’s compliance against HP’s code of conduct and also managed the company’s third party audit program. Subsequently he joined SGS where he was responsible for managing the firm’s conflict minerals programme, leading SGS audit teams globally.

Mike holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Washington. Outside work Mike is an avid sports enthusiast. He likes to travel and enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and skiing.