Who we are

Our team

Dr Susan Hawley

Executive Director

Dr Susan Hawley is an anti-corruption specialist who has worked on anti-corruption issues in the UK for nearly two decades. She has expertise in policy and research in UK anti-corruption enforcement.

Previously she was a founder and Policy Director of Corruption Watch UK, where she led the work on monitoring court trials, tracking UK enforcement and pushing for greater court transparency.

George Havenhand

Senior Legal Researcher

George is a UK-qualified solicitor and investigative researcher. After working as a litigator at a London-based firm, he joined legal action charity Reprieve to focus on the death penalty, drug policy, fair trial standards and British complicity in human rights abuses overseas. George held previous roles at the Charity Commission, NHS and Cafcass, and as chair of a mental health charity.

Tom Robinson

Research and Communications Officer

Tom Robinson is an investigative journalist and researcher. His work has appeared on Channel 4 Dispatches and he has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Camden New Journal and Brighton & Hove News. He previously worked for the human rights charity, Rights & Security International. He holds an MA in Investigative Journalism from City, University of London.



Marilyn Vaux

Finance and Operations Advisor

Marilyn Vaux has worked with not-for-profit organisations for over  20 years, including at the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, The Blue Cross, YMCA Training, Anchor Trust and Young Enterprise. She leads on financial and grant management, Human Resources and provides strategic thinking to the Spotlight on Corruption team and Board of Trustees.

Helen Taylor

Legal Researcher

Dr Helen Taylor is a legal researcher with specialist expertise in comparative constitutional law and human rights. She previously worked at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in South Africa, and also clerked at the South African Constitutional Court. Helen read for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford, and is a research associate at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Human Rights, Public and International Law at the University of Johannesburg.



Our governance

Our Board

Professor Elizabeth David-Barrett
Chair of Board

Professor Elizabeth David-Barrett is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption (CSC), at the University of Sussex. She engages widely with anti-corruption practitioners in government, the private sector and NGOs. Her research focuses on corruption risks at the interface between government and business, including in lobbying, the revolving door, and public procurement. She has written a number of research reports for Transparency International UK, given evidence on corruption risks to parliamentary select committees and advised the UK Department for International Development on its international anti-corruption strategy and the UK Cabinet Office on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

Oliver Bullough 
Investigative journalist

Oliver Bullough is an award-winning investigative journalist specialising in the area of corruption. He is the author of Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back. His previous books include Last Man in Russia: the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation and Let Our Fame Be Great. Oliver has written extensively in newspapers on issues of financial transparency and corruption. He is currently on the board of the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC) in Ukraine.

Jeff Kaye
Tri-sector board expert / author

Jeff Kaye was a CEO in high technology companies for over twenty years. He has been a Director at Global Witness, CEO of a health-related charity and a Trustee and Treasurer at Transparency International-UK. His book, All the People, a story of the fight for survival and the vote in early nineteenth-century England, is due for publication in 2020. Jeff is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Benevolent Fund Committee (he is a qualified accountant, FCMA, CGMA) and is a Senior Advisor to the Tax Justice Network.

Eva van der Merwe
Financial crimes barrister

Eva van der Merwe is a financial crimes barrister and co-head of the International Lawyers Project, where she leads the global Anti-Corruption and Bribery programme. Previously Eva worked at Transparency International’s global Defence and Security Program, at Transparency International UK and Transparency International Republic of Georgia.

Policies and governance documents

Our Board meets three times a year to develop strategy, ensure financial stability, approve and monitor plans and policies.

Articles of Association

Safeguarding Policy

Anti-Bribery Policy

Strategic input

Senior advisors

Jon Benton

Jon Benton is a former senior detective who led the Metropolitan Police’s Proceeds of Corruption Unit and was latterly joint-head of the International Corruption Unit, NCA from 2009 and 2016. He started tracing assets in 1998 and served for 25 years.  He is the founder and director of Intelligent Sanctuary, a fast-paced tech start up using language and data platforms to revolutionise asset tracing.

Dr Nicholas Lord

Dr Nicholas Lord is Professor of Criminology at Manchester University who has research expertise in white collar and corporate crimes, as well as the organisation of serious crime for financial gain.

Helena Wood

Helena Wood is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies and a consultant on anti-money laundering and asset confiscation in the UK. Prior to entering consultancy, Helena held positions in the National Crime Agency, HM Treasury and the Charity Commission.



Dr Daniel Beizsley

Dr Daniel Beizsley is a criminologist whose PhD is in the role of international financial institutions’ role in corruption in Europe and the developing world. His journalism on the role of the UK’s export credit agency in financing companies under investigation for corruption, and on party financing has been published in the Independent and Open Democracy.

Megan Davis

Megan Davis worked as a corporate and commercial lawyer at major international law firms including Clifford Chance, SJ Berwin, and Allens, Australia, and has had extensive experience in-house as a media lawyer in the film and TV industry. She has had personal experience as whistleblower in the financial services sector, and subsequently worked as an adviser to a UK charity providing support for public interest whistleblowers.

Joseph Sinclair

Joseph Sinclair is an immigration lawyer with a public and human rights law background. He holds an MA in corruption and governance at the University of Sussex. He completed the bar professional training course with a scholarship from the Middle Temple and hopes to practise as a barrister.  Joseph originally joined Spotlight on Corruption as an intern in February 2020.  

Funders & partners

Who funds us?

We are currently funded by the following donors:

  • Joffe Charitable Trust – £90,000 over three years

  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (Governance and Accountability Programme) – £80,000 over two years

  • Open Society Policy Centre (through a sub-grant from Transparency International UK) – £6,852 to February 2020

  • The Indigo Trust – £15,000 for one year

  • David and Elaine Potter Foundation – £20,000 for one year

  • John Ellerman Foundation – £90,000 over three years

  • Luminate – $15,000 towards our audit reform work.

academic partnerships

We are participating with legal research project, VIRTEU, as an impact partner. We advise on how to enhance the impact of VIRTEU’s reserach and focus on how to mitigate the adverse effects of tax crimes and tax corruption.

VIRTEU explores the interconnections between tax crimes and corruption to unravel the intimate relationships that exist between fraudulent and corrupt practices in the area of taxation.


Who do we work with?

We work closely with other organisations that share our mission of ending corruption. We are an active member of the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition which we currently co-chair. We believe strongly in the power of cooperation and coordination of civil society to achieve change.

Work with us

We are always interested in working with organisations and individuals who share our vision in order to meet our mission of ending corruption.

We are open to applications from lawyers for volunteer opportunities. In particular, we are keen to hear from any experienced and enthusiastic lawyers either who would be interested in helping us with our court monitoring work of trials relating to the UK’s anti-corruption laws.

We are currently hiring for a Communications and Advocacy Adviser, closing date 21st November: Apply here