Who We Are

The directors of TEC Associates are two senior international development consultants, Helen Olwen Herbison, and Philip Appleton, who both have over 25 years of experience of working on long-term and short assignments in developing countries for a range of international donors. Their work has been principally related to the provision of services related to training, education, communication, community development and institutional development. The approach they use focuses particularly on participatory capacity building with people, communities and organisations by taking existing knowledge, skills, behaviours and systems as the starting point for further development.

Olwen Herbison holds Masters degrees in both Training and Education for Sustainable Development. She is also a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, with a postgraduate qualification in business studies. She has professional experience in project identification and evaluation, training needs assessment, management of training and HRD programmes, development of curricula, training materials and methodologies, training of trainers, counterpart training and mentoring, lifelong learning, civil society strengthening, public sector reform and gender mainstreaming. Olwen has worked as a counsellor, a school teacher and as a personnel manager in the private sector. She is currently also a part time Associate Lecturer in International Development with the Open University, tutoring students based in Ireland. Her international experience includes work in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Barbados, Egypt, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam and Yemen.

Philip Appleton has Masters degrees in Mass Communication and in Applied Hydrobiology. He has an MBA in Education Management and is a qualified teacher also currently working as a part time Associate Lecturer with the Open University for the MSc. in Development Management course. Philip has professional experience as a team leader as well as a technical advisor and has worked in a number of sectors including water resources management, education and vocational training, communication and public awareness, institutional development, human resources development, civil society and public sector capacity building, governance, and rural development. His international experience includes work in Afghanistan, Albania, Bahrain, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malawi, Malaysia, Namibia, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Somalia, Samoa, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam.