Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Marcia Marini

Non-Executive Director

Marcia joined our Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2015, having previously worked with us as a management consultant and acting as our interim MD in 2014/15.  Marcia is an experienced Project Manager and represents SDDirect – in a senior project management role - in our partnership with PwC to deliver DFID's £300m Girls Education Challenge Fund.

Marcia has been a Board member of HLSP Consulting (as chair for 6 years) and Cambridge Education (2 years), both firms operating in consultancy and project management in international development.  In addition to SDDirect, she recently joined the Board of SuccessFlow – a fast expanding digital marketing business.

She is the founder of Ancora Consulting – a management consultancy firm helping business work smarter and grow.  Her commitment and passion is to support small and medium size businesses to build solid and sustainable growth with well managed, engaged and motivated staff. Her particular interest is on the people side of organisations. She is well acquainted with the challenges that face businesses as they grow and with helping senior managers respond to them. She has worked in some 15 countries globally and has strong managerial and commercial background - with 25 years in senior roles in small, medium and large businesses, in a wide range of industries, both private and the not-for profit sectors.  She has several long-term mentoring and coaching relationships with successful executives.

Marcia’s family roots are in Italy, she was born in Brazil and relocated to the UK over 20 years ago.  She has a Masters in Computer Science from Bristol University and an MBA from City University.