The Sound and Fair Team

Neil, James & Paul, members of Sound and Fair

Neil, James & Paul

James & Neil

Neil Bridgland – Managing Director, Sound and Fair Ltd

Neil manages the UK business and the international trading, sales and marketing elements of the Sound and Fair group. He also supports technical input for the log harvesting and sawmill operations, creating the link between production and end users that is essential for customer satisfaction. Previously, Neil managed the Sound and Fair campaign promoting the chain of custody for FSC® 100% African blackwood. He also trained in wood processing and successfully ran his own wood business, sourcing specialist timbers, primarily for musical instrument makers. Prior to involvement in the wood business, Neil worked in a wide variety of fundraising, marketing and communications roles, primarily for African wildlife and environmental NGOs. Neil studied business as an undergraduate, has a Masters in Environment and Development and is a qualified FSC® Forest Management and Chain of Custody Lead Auditor.

James Laizer – Managing Director, Sound and Fair Tanzania Ltd

James is responsible for the management of the Tanzanian business as well as providing input on the international elements of the Sound and Fair group. This Managing Director role is the culmination of 20 years commitment to community-based forestry management in Tanzania via his director role at Kilimanyika Ltd, a natural resource consultancy company, and through MCDI. James was a founder member of MCDI, the NGO that oversees the establishment and management of FSC® certified forest reserves in Tanzania, and was until recently a board member. James has also worked as a corporate social responsibility manager for a mining operation in Southern Tanzania. James holds an Advanced Diploma in Wildlife Management from Mweka College of Wildlife Management in Moshi, Tanzania.

Paul Harrison – Executive Chairman, Sound and Fair Group

Paul Harrison is Executive Chairman of the Sound and Fair Group, steering and coordinating the companies and managing all partner relations. He helped set up and found the Sound and Fair group of companies from the outset. Paul is a nature conservationist, geographer and dedicated environment sector professional, bringing unique political, financing and technical strengths to the nature conservation sector through his broad professional experience. His work experience in Africa, Asia and the UK in field conservation, project and programme management, conservation finance and policy stems back to the late 1990s. Alongside his support to Sound and Fair, he has worked variously as a UN official, as managing director of a highly regarded conservation consulting company, a land manager of a field based agribusiness in Tanzania and as a UK strategy consultant.