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.

Nigel Taylor

Operations Advisor

Nigel Taylor has worked with not-for-profits for more than 25 years, including Oxfam GB, Tearfund, Christian Aid and UNICEF, in programme management and influencing. With a focus on emerging organisations, he has co-ordinated a large grant from Comic Relief to a social movement in South Africa. For Spotlight on Corruption, he brings his experience to lead on financial and grant management, and HR, and provides strategic thinking to Susan.

Alexander Clemens

Senior Legal Researcher

Alexander Clemens is a New York qualified lawyer with expertise in researching corporate environmental violations and cultural theft during war and conflict. As former deputy director of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe he traced and recovered artworks that were looted under the Nazi regime. Previously he worked in the intellectual property sector in Luxembourg and Chicago.

Tom Robinson

Research and Communications Officer

Tom Robinson is an investigative journalist and researcher. He has previously worked for Channel 4 Dispatches, The Guardian and VICE. He also worked as the Public Affairs and Communications Fellow at human rights charity, Rights & Security International. He holds an MA in Investigative Journalism from City, University of London.

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

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.

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 who is currently studying 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 (Access to Justice – Sub-Saharan Africa) – £25,000 for a year to work with African Legal Information Institute on putting UK court documents relating to Africa in their database

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

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 currently have no job vacancies. New positions will be advertised on Charity Job and Linkedin.