Meet the team
John Peter and Lindsey met for the first time in November 2015. Their first conversation was about how access to sanitation was a justice issue: without toilets, people cannot flourish and cities cannot thrive. Three weeks later, Gather was launched! Gather started as a research project to investigate what was stopping pioneering sanitation organisations from reaching their potential. Three years later, with the support of incredible people from around the world, Gather has grown into a pioneering force for change in the sanitation sector.
John Peter Archer leads on business development.
John Peter previously helped launch Health and Hope UK to support primary health care, education and food security in South East Asia. He is a trained historian and political scientist, and he has led multidimensional research projects in South Asia, Central Africa, the Middle East and the South Caucuses. John Peter also sits as an advisor for a safe house project in London.
Lindsey Noakes leads on programme strategy.
Lindsey has experience empowering young people at Restless Development, Making the Leap and her own small education start up. She is a trained geographer and has a Master’s degree in conflict studies from SOAS. Lindsey also sits on the Board of the United Nations Association for the UK (UNA-UK).
Fiona Watters is Gather’s operations and research assistant.
Fiona has worked on geospatial data projects at an environmental consultancy firm and contributed to the business development at the charity PEAS. A trained geographer, she is keen to develop her experience in sustainable development.
Panel of expert advisors
Our team is supported by a panel of industry specialists who scrutinise, shape and guide Gather's strategy:
Vera Bukachi leads on action research for KDI in Nairobi, Kenya. Vera applies her extensive expertise on how technology can improve sanitation provision in low income communities to help Gather with stakeholder engagement.
Esther Shaylor is a WASH innovation specialist at UNICEF. Esther helpins Gather improve our engagement and knowledge sharing with the UK and international sanitation sector.
Lars Schoebitz is an environmental data scientist at Biomass Controls. Lars supports Gather with his passion for open data science and his research background in urban sanitation.
Gemma is Business Director at Restless Development. She has a background in securing large-scale funding from across a broad range of donors, partners and income streams, and advises Gather on financial sustainability planning and specific fundraising approaches.