Louise Cathro

Principal Consultant, Programme Management

With over 15 years’ experience in international development and programme management, Louise has extensive knowledge of projects funded by bilateral and multilateral donors, working in extreme and challenging environments.

Louise is a versatile and target-driven programme manager and highly experienced implementer of development programmes, with over 15 years’ experience of working on development partner-funded projects, including those of DFID and the World Bank.

In addition to programme management, she specialises in project accounting and budgetary control, and her expertise has been acquired on many different projects in Asia and Africa.

At IMC, in addition to her role as Programme Manager on large, strategic IMC programmes, such the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT), she also improves project management practices within IMC’s PMU.

Prior to joining us, Louise was a Senior Project Manager for Crown Agents, where she successfully managed the DFID-funded project to provide Independent Parallel Bid Evaluation Services (IPBE) to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

Moreover, Louise managed engineers carrying out parallel independent evaluations of bids for civil works and services to serve as a benchmark for UNRA’s own evaluation and to support its Contracts Committee in the decision-making process, thereby increasing confidence, and improving the quality of UNRA’s procurement and disposal function.

Louise also successfully managed other DFID-funded projects in Bangladesh and Mozambique. The Joint Donor Technical Assistance Fund (JDTAF) is a £12.9m fund designed to provide more harmonised, higher-quality, better planned, demand-driven technical assistance to the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The programme to Support the Reform of Public Procurement in Mozambique is working with the Public Procurement Authority to implement transparent and effective public procurement systems in Mozambique and focuses on the implementation of a prioritised and sequenced set of reforms to public procurement processes.

Previously, Louise also managed projects in Afghanistan and Haiti.  She performs at an optimal level in dynamic teams, builds positive relationships with project stakeholders and displays an open, honest leadership style.


2015, Masters Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University

2012, Associates Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University

2008, BTech Level 5 Diploma in Management Studies at Carshalton College