What is Engineers for Overseas Development?

Engineers for Overseas Development Ltd (EFOD) is a limited liability Charitable Company designed to assist in the development and training of young professionals in the Construction Industry by challenging members to plan and manage construction projectsto alleviate poverty in Sub Saharan Africa.

EFOD was established in Cardiff in 2000 by Ian Flower and currently works through four regional teams based in Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester, London and South West Wales, with volunteers spread across a much greater area.

There is currently a Board, with three members, and a committee in each region, comprising Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer.

Who is involved and what does EFOD do?

Young volunteers - including engineers, architects, project managers and qualified apprentices from the construction industry - are challenged to form
a team to design a solution to a problem, raise funds, and visit the country in pairs generally for two weeks, to hire labour, purchase materials,
supervise construction, and commission.

Teams of volunteers will travel to a country, usually for short periods of time, to help promote and provide adequate public health facilities.
They work in partnership with the local councils, organisations, local project managers and labour to provide development projects and to educate
and train the local workers in construction techniques and the need for adequate public health and sanitation.

How is it financed?

As well as carrying out design and managing site operations, EFOD has a proud reputation for raising funds to deliver each project,
to purchase materials, pay for labour and supervise construction.

Extensive fundraising is carried throughout each project and support is sought from those within the engineering industry
and other local organisations. Sponsorships are sought and fundraising events are undertaken regularly.

For schemes over £ 10,000 EFOD have partnered with other charities to ensure larger schemes can be undertaken.

All the volunteers who travel overseas on a project are expected to fund part of their own travel and accommodation.
In many cases individuals receive sponsorship from their employers or will obtain support from various individual fund raising events.

The Board




Ian Flower - Managing Director,   is a Chartered Civil engineer with over 40 years experience
in the Construction Industry. Challenged to help to solve the problem of inadequate sanitation in
down town areas of Banjol, the Gambia in 2000, Ian persuaded the Wales Branch of the Institution
of Civil Engineers ( ICE Wales ) to support a team of six young graduates to design a solution to the problem, raise funds, and visit site for two weeks in pairs to hire labour, buy materials and supervise
the construction of latrine blocks in down town areas of the city. EFOD was born.

Ian has run EFOD from its inception, initially as a subgroup of ICE Wales, and, more recently,
as an Independent Charitable Company, formally registered in 2011.

Ian has worked for Consultancies throughout his career, on major construction projects in the UK
and Trinidad, and managed an office in Cardiff for a UK based international Management
and Engineering consultancy for over twenty years.


Julian Howe - Director,   Julian has been designing bridges and structures for over 25 years.
He is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.
He has worked in many challenging areas of the world including Papua New Guinea, Ghana and Jamaica.
He is currently the Managing Director of Crouch Waterfall design consultancy which designs contractor focussed solutions
for all types of permanent and temporary civil and structural projects.

Julian has joined EFOD as a Director as he believes that understanding that engineers gain from designing and building in different conditions
is a great way of giving them the tools for successful career, making them more capable and producing better solutions to future challenges.



Jane Hodgson - Director,   Jane is a water engineer and project manager.
She first visited Uganda in 2012 and worked on post-project appraisals for EFOD.
On her return to the UK she joined EFOD North West and participated in the Mam Riang grain store and
Kathy's Centre projects. In part inspired by her work with EFOD, Jane undertook MSc Human Rights in 2015.
Committed to climate change and gender, she was nominated for the 2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability. Jane also brings her experience as a director of a UK women's aid charity.



Dave Cousins - Senior Manager,   Dave is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 15+ years' experience
with a mish-mash of jobs in bridge engineering including design, fabrication, installation
and presently in structural monitoring.





Steve Parry - Senior Manager,   Steve has a background in Mechanical Engineering, but is now retired after working for a number of years
in management, specifically Project Management. He has been responsible for a number of projects over the years from working for the MoD
on explosive ordnance, to working for a not for profit organisation visiting over 800 UK Secondary Schools on a mobile interactive PSHE initiative.

In 2007 Steve set up the charity - Acacia Partnership Trust. As the Chair of Trustees he was involved with activities in Burkina Faso,
specifically building and running a school, sponsoring children through High School education and well drilling. Steve joined EFOD in 2020.
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