Chief Executive Officer – Mrs. Jane Ngige
Mrs. Jane Ngige is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) since tail end of 2004. She is also the CEO for Kenya Horticultural Council. She is a MSc. Food and Agriculture Biotechnology Graduate from Reading University coupled with post graduate Certificates in International Food Laws from Michigan State University, Food Processing, and Systems approach to Quality Assurance & Marketing from Wageningen University – International Agricultural Centre.
She provides leadership to Kenya Flower Council in the core activities of industry representation in self-regulation, Lobbying and promotions. KFC administers self-regulation through an internationally accredited Certification Scheme on good agricultural practice, sustainability, social accountability, hygiene health and safety, capacity building, environmental protection and conservation, adherence to which is the backbone of all KFC activities. The Certification Scheme comprising the KFC Flowers and Ornamentals Sustainability Standard (FOSS) and Quality Management Systems is accredited by the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS), as a Certification Body (C49), in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065.
Principal Auditor – Mr. John Njenga
Mr. John Njenga is responsible for management and updates of the KFC Certification Scheme Quality System Regulation and Procedures. He is the company Management Representative (MR) responsible for ensuring KFC compliance to ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies (CB), Certifying Products, Processes and Services, covering the production and export process of cut flowers and ornamentals. He is required to ensure that registered producers are compliant with the Flowers and Ornamentals Sustainability Standard requirements which cover Social Management Systems; Environmental Protection and Conservation, Hygiene Health and Safety, Quality Good Agricultural Practice, Training, Maintenance and Servicing of farm equipments, and Social Accountability, systems at KFC since June 1999.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (Egerton University) and Master of Science in Horticulture (North Carolina State University). In addition to these, John has been trained on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Gender in Agriculture, IRCA Registered Lead Auditor courses on ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems, ISO14000 Environmental Management Systems and Risk Analysis, Food Safety Management Systems; ISO 22000, SA 8000 Social Accountability, Principles of Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Principles of Fertilizer use, TESCO Nurture Standard (TN10), Integrated Food Assurance General Regulation – Control Point and Compliance criteria – GLOBALG.A.P FO, and Business and Financial Management by CBI. The Principal auditor also possess’ knowledge in Research Management, from University of Missouri USA, and from his previous job as a research officer at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, KARI.
John has been a member of the GLOBALG.A.P Flowers and Ornamentals (FO) Technical Committee. He is also an approved Lead Expert (auditor) by the National Environmental Management Authority in Kenya. John benchmarked the KFC Certification Scheme Quality System Regulation and Procedures and Standard to ensure compliance and award of the Equivalence status to GLOBALG.A.P FO version 3 and 4, he has also completed the benchmarking of the certification scheme regulations and the standard to Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP). He is an approved auditor for Tesco Nurture standard TN10 and Flowers and Ornamental Sector; Social Auditor, by Tesco Supermarkets PLC.
Senior Lead Auditor – Loise Mukami
Loise Mukami is a Bachelor of Science (Horticulture) from Moi University, and currently pursuing a Masters Degree on Occupational Safety and Health from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
She is the KFC Senior Lead Auditor and assistant to the Head of Compliance Department, and has worked in the horticulture industry for more than 12 years.
She has achieved commendable experience and competency in the fields of Social and Ethical Audits, Safety and Health, Environment, Good Agricultural Practice, Quality, and carried out over 600 Audits.
She has audited farms in Kenya and Ethiopia on a number of standards including GLOBALG.A.P., Fair Flowers Fair Plants (FFP), Tesco Nurture 10, KFC Flowers & Ornamentals Sustainability Standard (Silver and Gold categories), and a registered EA/EIA Lead Expert by NEMA.
Loise has a wide experience in standards development and has participated in the review of the KFC Flowers & Ornamentals Sustainability Standard over the years in line with local and international requirements. She has been actively involved in the review of the Kenya Standard on Horticulture-KS 1758 with the Horticulture Committee at Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) where she is a member.
Loise is also a Member of the National Steering Committee on Social Responsibility at KEBS and a National Expert on ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility. She coordinates activities of the KFC Certification Committee, a member of the KFC Technical Committee, has attended many local and international conferences, seminars, trade fairs, and workshops representing the Council and as part of professional development.
Lead Auditor – Bernard Nyambega
Bernard has background education in agriculture with 12 years’ work experience in auditing based on good agricultural code of practices, social accountability, fire safety, risk assessment and environmental audits in accordance to National Environmental Management Authority regulations, HACCP, training on safe use of pesticides, food safety and hygiene, requirements of international standards relevant to product safety and management systems.
He is able to carry out Re-certification and certification farm audits to assess compliance with the Kenya Flower Council Standards applicable within the Kenya Flower Council certification scheme and also maintain the competency and knowledge of the standard.
He is able to produce timely and accurate audit reports on such inspections in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065, Kenya Flower Council auditing procedures and GLOBALG.A.P timelines and system requirements.
Bernard Participates actively in the Quality Management System, QMS, establishment, implementation, maintenance.
He has previously worked as Senior Consultant at (Millenium Management Consultants) assigned tasks on risk assessment, fire safety, social audits, HACCP documentation and implementation, NEMA audits, ISO 9001 quality management system implementation assessment and internal audits. Also assist in documentation of food safety & quality management system, EUREPGAP/Global gap Implementation
Bernard is registered with the following organizations/ bodies
- UTZ Certified/Coffee Support Network (CSN) – Agronomist & Technical Assistant
- COLEACP/Pesticide Initiative Programme (PIP)
- KOAN (Kenya Organic Agriculture Network)
- National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA)
Lead Auditor – Carol Jebet Cheruiyot
Carol Jebet Cheruiyot carries out farm audits to ensure member’s compliance with the Code of Practice requirements on the Environmental, Quality, Social Accountability, and Good Agricultural Practice Management Systems since April 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Moi University. She has received training on IRCA Registered Lead Auditor/Internal Auditor courses on ISO 9000 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems), ISO 22000 (Food Safety) and SA 8000 on Social Accountability.
Carol has also undertaken various trainings on Supply chain Management in the Floriculture industry, Increased productivity and sustainability management i.e. social and economic sustainability, climate change, Agricultural biodiversity and training on Water stewardship under WWF integrated water Resource Management Plan Programme (IWRAP)
Carol is also an approved Auditor for GlobalG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Flowers and Ornamentals and propagation material.
So far She has carried out over 400 audits covering, Social accountability, Environment, Good Agricultural Practices, Quality Management and Healthy and Safety in flower growing and exporting companies.
Finance/Administration Manager – Evans Gichuhi
Evans heads the finance and administration portfolio and also doubles up as the project officer at the Kenya Flower Council. He holds a Masters degree (MBA- Finance) from Moi University and is a CPA-K. He has worked for Kenya Flower Council for the last 8 years, having joined the council in the year 2008. He has over 13 years of experience in the accounting field while working the horticulture and commercial world.
Communication Officer – Winnie Muya
Winnie Muya holds a Diploma in Journalism from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. She handles all the aspects of the Council’s Communication, compiling and disseminating information on KFC activities and industry related information. She also represents KFC in different sectoral committees from time to time. She has attended other courses such as National Cluster Facilitators Training of Trainers and Web 2.0 Online Presence Management Training. She is an advanced user in several designing packages and IT support.
She has worked with the Kenya Flower Council for more than 6 years achieving commendable experience and competency. She has a wealth of experience in office administration, customer care, news gathering, feature writing, editing, reporting, public relations, marketing, organizing local and international events/meetings and also photography.
Lobby/Advocacy Officer – Johnstone Mulary
Johnstone Mulary is the Advocacy/Lobby Officer having previously worked with WWF-World Wide fund for Nature and Central Agricultural Bureaux International (CABI) as a communication specialist. He provides support in the realm of industry lobby, representation and promotion. His roles include creating an enabling environment for horticulture business to flourish by positively influencing policy development and formulation.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree-Sociology-from Kenyatta University and a post graduate diploma in Mass Communication-University of Nairobi. He is also skilled in animation and motion graphics inter alia. He has more than 10 years experience in the field of advocacy and communication.
Auditor Trainee-Salome Muhia
Salome Muhia is a graduate of Kenyatta University in BSC Environmental Studies(Community Development). She has worked in the Ministry of Agriculture with the extension officer as an intern. Currently she is undergoing training under KFC.
Driver – Mr. Samuel Gitau Kimani
Mr. Samuel Gitau Kimani is the Kenya Flower Council Driver since 2011. He is a trained Mechanic and a driver with a wealth of experience of over 20 years on long distance travel (Class A, B, C, E and i special type), all round mechanical repairs and vehicle maintenance.
Office Assistant – Mr. Joseph Akoyo Okoth
Mr. Joseph Akoyo Okoth is the office assistant and has been with the Kenya Flower Council since 2004.