Gerry is a Founding Director of SRA. He is a well-known global expert in land management, land access, resettlement, livelihood restoration, stakeholder engagement and community negotiations, social impact assessment, and participatory community planning and development.
Gerry has successfully planned and implemented a wide variety of projects over the course of his 25-year career. He has worked with mining, energy, renewables and engineering companies, lending institutions, conservation bodies, local and regional governments, the United Nations, and international NGOs in over 30 countries.
His work has covered planning, implementation and review of projects in the mining, energy, infrastructure, conservation, and post-disaster / conflict sectors, and focuses on creating win-win outcomes for communities and project proponents, based on practical application of international best practice tailored to the local context. He has also undertaken social due diligence reviews, training of corporate personnel, and benchmarking of projects worldwide.
Gerry is thoroughly familiar with the policies and standards of international lending institutions, and has developed policies, guidance documents and training courses for corporations, institutions and professional events.
He has a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Edinburgh, a Diploma in Environmental Resource Management from Dublin Institute of Technology, and an MSc in Climate Change Management from the University of Edinburgh, including a thesis on Resettlement and Climate Change. He is co-author of Land Access and Resettlement: A Guide to Best Practice, published by Greenleaf (2015), SRA’s Insights Series on the Land Access & Resettlement Process (2017), and, with Anglo American, an Insight Series on Mining, Climate Change and Land Access & Resettlement (2022).