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.

Dr 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.

 

 

James Bolton-Jones

Communications and Advocacy Advisor

James is a communications and advocacy advisor with private and public sector experience in investigative and policy research on corruption and financial crime. He read modern and medieval languages (French, Russian and Ukrainian) at the University of Cambridge, and has an MA in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics from UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Nigel Taylor

Finance and Operations Advisor

Nigel Taylor has worked with not-for-profit organisations for more than 30 years, with significant roles at Oxfam GB and Tearfund, and a focus in the past 15 years on supporting small, emerging organisations. He leads on financial and grant management, Human Resources and provides strategic thinking to the Spotlight on Corruption team and Board of Trustees. His passion for addressing corruption stems from following its devastating impact in South Africa over many years.

 

 

Our governance

Our Board

Eva van der Merwe
Interim Chair of the Board and Financial Crimes Barrister

Eva is a financial crimes barrister and co-chair of the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition, a common advocacy platform for UK-based economic justice NGOs. She formerly led ILP’s Anti-Corruption and Media Defence projects globally. Eva previously worked at Transparency International for several years, as TI UK’s legal counsel and for TI’s global Defence Program, where she managed anti-corruption projects in Ukraine, Georgia, Nigeria, Tunisia and Lebanon, among others. Eva managed the movement’s flagship Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index, TI’s largest ever international assessment, evaluating 136 countries’ governance controls.

After the Rose Revolution, she moved to Tbilisi to work for TI’s Rep. of Georgia chapter, where she also served as a member of the Rule of Law Subcommittee at the American Chamber of Commerce, advising on state asset misappropriation and monitoring court proceedings. Previously Eva worked for Goldman Sachs and UBS, advising on anti-money laundering, for the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s market abuse division and for PwC’s Forensic Investigations Team, where she specialised in asset tracing and seizure investigations.

A UK qualified barrister and Middle Temple Scholarship recipient, she worked as a lead researcher for ‘Insider Dealing: Law and Practice’, published by Oxford University Press. She holds a BPTC, a master’s degree in law, and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic and European Studies, with French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arabic.

 

 

Jon Date
Advocacy, Communications and Campaigning Expert

Jon Date has over 10 years’ experience in campaigning, advocacy and communications on a range of issues including corruption, international development and climate change. He currently works at di:ga Communications, providing media and strategic communications advice to not-for-profits. Before that, he was Head of Government Relations at Oxfam GB.

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.

Lloydette Bai-Marrow
Anti-corruption expert and economic crime lawyer

Lloydette Bai-Marrow is an anti-corruption expert and economic crime lawyer.

She is the Founding Partner of ParaMetric Global Consulting, a boutique white collar crime investigations consultancy. The practice focuses on helping clients with proactive projects such as risk reviews as well navigating through times of crises dealing with matters such as internal investigations, law enforcement/regulatory investigations or settlement negotiations.

A former Principal Investigative Lawyer within the U.K. Government’s Serious Fraud Office, she has provided leadership and legal advice on complex and high profile cases of fraud, bribery and corruption in the UK and abroad.

She has worked in U.K. government departments including the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). She is a Visiting Lecturer at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna, Austria.

Sam Eastwood
White-collar crime lawyer

Sam Eastwood is a Partner in Mayer Brown’s litigation practice in London and a member of the firm’s white collar defence and compliance practice. Sam advises corporates and financial institutions on ethics, anti-corruption, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering and human rights issues in the context of investigations, complex transactions and compliance programme development and testing. Sam’s investigation and compliance work has included mandates in China, South East Asia, Africa , Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, and throughout Europe (particularly the Nordic region). He has worked as a monitor or independent integrity compliance consultant reporting to the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Serious Fraud Office.

Sam sits on the management committee of the University College London’s Centre for Ethics and Law. He was a member of the Knowledge Partner Team supporting the Integrity & Compliance Taskforce for the 2020 G20/B20 initiative and was a member of the UK project team that developed the International Standards Institute (ISO) standard for anti-corruption management programmes. He is a founding member of the International Association for Independent Corporate Monitors. Sam is also a trustee for the prison charity Beating Time.

Angus Brown
Chartered  Accountant and Corruption Investigation Specialist

Angus Brown is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Expert Witness Institute with broad business and third sector experience at a senior level.  Before leaving at the end of 2021, Angus gained over 20 years’ experience as a Director in the Forensic Services team at a leading consultancy firm, where he successfully led teams on often high-profile corruption investigations and disputes across a variety of industries both in the UK and overseas. His work has focussed on dealing with issues of governance, finance, accountability and transparency on an almost daily basis.

Angus has also gained significant experience as a Trustee/Director at a range of third sector organisations, ranging from a charity operating Care homes across the United Kingdom to a local foodbank, and volunteers regularly in his local community.

Strategic input

Senior advisors

Professor Elizabeth David-Barrett

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 Cabinet Office on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. Liz was Spotlight’s inaugural Chair from July 2019 until stepping down in April 2022.

 

Cynthia Gabriel

Cynthia Gabriel is  recognized as a leading advocate of
good governance and anti-corruption in Malaysia. Combining her scientific and legal knowledge, she has led many platforms to advocate for good governance, anti-corruption and establish rights based frameworks. In recognition of her leading work on pushing for resolutions to the 1MDB financial crimes locally and globally, Cynthia was appointed into the prestigious Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum (WEF), on economic and anti- corruption issues for the term 2019-2020. She was elected board member of the UNCAC Coalition for 2 consecutive terms, and Vice President in her second term (2017-2021).

Oliver Bullough

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.

 

Tamlyn Edmonds

Tamlyn is a founding Partner of Edmonds Marshall McMahon, a specialist private prosecution law firm. She is an experienced prosecutor, formerly prosecuting for a Government department and since 2012 she has specialised in private prosecutions in cases of serious fraud, corruption, cross-border fraud and cyber-crime.  Tamlyn has extensive experience in asset recovery, having dealt with a number of confiscation cases over the years including the largest confiscation order ever to be awarded in a private prosecution. She also has experience in the area of extradition, both within and outside the EU.

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.

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.

Collaborations

Associates

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.  

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

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 currently have no full-time positions available. If you are interested in volunteering or collaborating with us, please get in touch at info@spotlightcorruption.org