Meet the Team
Robert joined Transparency International UK in 2008 and was appointed as Executive Director in 2013. His areas of expertise include the Bribery Act integrity in the private sector and corruption within the UK. Recent projects and publications include ‘Anti-Bribery Due Diligence for Transactions’, ‘Adequate Procedures & Guidance to the UK Bribery Act’ and ‘Corruption in the UK’. Read Robert’s full biography here.
Claire joined TI-UK in April 2014. She is assistant to Robert and supports the Board, Advisory Council and TI-UK members. Claire’s interest in TI stems from several years working in SE Asia in an environmental capacity, having witnessed the impact of corruption in this context. Claire likes all things tropical – travel, music, reading, and wildlife/environmental documentaries.
UK Advocacy and Research
Director of Policy
As Director of Policy, Duncan takes a strategic lead on UK focused work, building on TI-UK’s efforts to end the UK’s status as a “safe haven” for corrupt money, address corruption in the political sphere, as well as navigate new areas of work. He joins TI-UK after working on information security with Templar Executives, following 5 years as a Member of Parliament. He also serves on the board of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where he chairs their audit committee.
Rachel Davies Teka
Senior Advocacy Manager
Rachel is the Senior Advocacy Manager at Transparency International UK and focuses on the UK-related work on money laundering, political corruption, and open governance. Rachel is Co-Chair of the Bond Anti-Corruption Group, a collection of like-minded British NGOs who work on the issue of corruption, and sits on the steering group for the UK Open Governance Partnership Civil Society Network. Information on how we advocate can be found here.
Events and Public Engagement Officer
Alice became TI-UK’s Events & Engagement Officer in January 2016. She is responsible for running TI-UK’s events programme and driving TI-UK’s public engagement strategy. She previously worked in NGOs and local government in France, Madagascar, South Africa and New Zealand. Alice enjoys travelling, eating organic chocolate and pretending she can play guitar.
Senior Policy Officer
Jameela is TI-UK’s Senior Policy Officer, working closely on coordinating UK and international anti-corruption policies and collaborating with civil society organisations and policy experts around the world. Jameela was previously TI-UK’s Public Engagement Officer (2014-2016), and recently completed her MSc in Globalisation and Latin American Development at UCL. She is enthusiastic about issues of development, politics, race, gender, equality and diversity.
Senior Research Officer
Steve is Transparency International UK’s (TI-UK) Senior Research Officer. He is responsible for managing TI-UK’s research unit and is our specialist on lobbying accountability, party funding and open governance. Before joining TI-UK in May 2015, Steve worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Electoral Commission. He has over five years’ experience working on political finance regulation, legislation and data.
Ben became a research officer for TI-UK in January 2016. He is responsible for leading research into corrupt money entering the UK. He joined TI-UK as an intern in September 2015, helping support the work of the UK advocacy and research team. Ben holds an MA in Governance and Corruption from the University of Sussex.
Business Integrity Programme
Peter Van Veen
Peter joined TI-UK in July 2011 to head the Training & Advisory Services team. He has 20 years’ experience in advising companies and has worked for such diverse organisations as The Economist Group Royal Dutch Shell, Accenture, SRI International, Bertelsmann and SABMiller. He has consulted and spoken extensively on strategic risk management, corporate governance, resources-resources-business ethics and corruption.
Rory manages projects within the Business Integrity Programme and conducts research and advocacy on bribery and corruption risks in the private sector. Prior to joining TI-UK, Rory was a Research Manager at the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute. He holds a BA and postgraduate degrees in philosophy, specialising in ethics.
Senior Programme Officer
Alice joined TI-UK in June 2015. As Senior Programme Officer she contributes to research and coordination of projects under the Business Integrity Programme. Prior to joining TI-UK, Alice worked as a senior analyst and later assistant manager at Salamanca Group, where she specialised in resources-resources-business intelligence and investigations. She has a BA in English from Cambridge, an MA in International Studies from SOAS and is a Mandarin speaker.
Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Programme
Sophie joined Transparency International’s Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Programme as Programme Director in November 2015, setting the overall direction and strategy of the Programme. She has over fifteen years’ experience of working in public health, working for influential international NGOs such as the Red Cross and Marie Stopes International. Sophie has significant experience in the public health field, spanning both communicable and non-communicable diseases. She holds a Masters in Law from the Sorbonne University, a post-graduate degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University. She is currently completing an MSc in Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Sophie speaks English, French and Spanish
Senior Programme Officer
Sarah joined the Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Programme in January 2017. As Senior Programme Officer she manages a number of projects and supports the Programme’s advocacy activities. Sarah has a strong background in the area of public health and international development and has worked with UN and national development agencies in Europe, Southeast Asia and West Africa. Prior to joining TI-UK, Sarah was a consultant for the GIZ Access to Medicines project. She holds an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from York University and has studied at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Uppsala Universitet and LSHTM for her Dip. of International Public Health and MSc. in International Health. Sarah is fluent in English and German.
Defence and Security Programme
Katherine Dixon joined the Transparency International UK Defence & Programme as Programme Director in March 2015. In her role she sets the overall direction and strategy of the programme and meets with government decision-makers, defence companies and civil society members to ensure ethics and anti-corruption are at the top of the agenda in the global defence and security sector.
Programme Manager & Deputy Director
Tobias Bock joined the Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) in February 2010. He is the Programme Manager and Deputy to Director Katherine Dixon. Tobias led on TI-DSP’s successful efforts to ensure strong anti-corruption measures in the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as well as on securing funding that enabled TI-DSP to more than double in size and on the introduction of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning system which has been recognised as good practice in the sector.
Project Manager - Networks
Amira is responsible for building and coordinating the network of TI chapters and other organisations working on defence anti-corruption. She is currently driving TI-DSP’s campaign for global standards for responsible defence and security governance. Previously, she ran TI DSP’s Africa Programme and before that was a member of the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin. Prior to joining TI, Amira worked at children’s rights organisations in London and Cairo. She holds an MA in Globalisation and Development Studies from Maastricht University and speaks German, Arabic, French and Spanish.
Senior Legal Research Officer
Eva is a specialist financial crimes lawyer and investigator, she joined TI Defence & Security from TI Rep. of Georgia where she monitored NATO Defence Reforms, public procurement and government investment funds. Eva served as a member of the Rule of Law Subcommittee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Tbilisi, advising on state asset misappropriation and monitoring court proceedings. Previously Eva worked for Goldman Sachs, advising on AML controls, for the Financial Conduct Authority’s market abuse division and for PwC’s Forensic Investigations Division. A scholar of Middle Temple, she is a qualified Barrister and worked as a lead researcher for ‘Insider Dealing: Law and Practice’, published by Blackstones, Oxford University Press in 2013.
Head of Industry Integrity
Andy joined Transparency International in November 2016 as the Head of Industry Integrity, for the Defence and Security Programme. His team works with industry and policymakers to address corruption risks within the international arms trade. Andy has a law enforcement background, having spent nearly a decade as a Scotland Yard detective. During this time, he specialised in the investigation of bribery, corruption and organised crime. He has worked with a variety of industry partners and international law enforcement agencies; and has advised on the Bribery Act and corruption proofing. Prior to his career in the police, Andy was a producer for a defence conferencing company, working with industry and international militaries. Andy has a degree in War Studies from King’s College London.
Eléonore Vidal de la Blache
Africa Programme Lead
Eléonore joined Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) in September 2013 as Project Officer and is the main contact for our work in Africa. She will also be contributing to the Government and Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Indices
Civil Society Lead
Leah Wawro joined TI-UK’s Defence and Security Programme as a Project Officer in November 2010. Leah currently works on liaison between the Defence and Security Programme and Transparency International’s National Chapters and local civil society organisations. She is also part of the team working on an index to measure levels of integrity in government defence and security establishments worldwide.
Research and Policy Officer
Karolina joined TI-UK DSP in August 2014 and is the main point of contact on research and policy issues. She earned her PhD at the Department of War Studies King’s College London, and has extensive research and university teaching experience in security and defence issues. Prior to joining TI-UK DSP, she worked at the House of Commons, managing inquiries for the Environmental Audit Committee.
Programme Management Officer
Eva joined DSP in November 2015. She works to ensure the smooth running of the programme, involved in all aspects of the work from admin to research, advocacy and comms. Eva has a background in human rights and international development. She graduated from the London School of Economics in 2012 with a BSc in International Relations and before joining TI gained experience working with NGOs, UK government and private business.
Research & Advocacy Officer
Hilary joined TI UK’s Defence & Security Programme in September 2015 as Project Officer for the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index. Prior to joining TI she worked principally on defence and security issues at Chatham House, RUSI, and Foreign Policy. A 2013 Marshall Scholar, she completed an MPhil in International Relations & Politics at Cambridge University and an MA in Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) at King’s College London. She is proficient in Spanish, German, Russian, and French and hopes to begin learning Turkish this Fall.
Dominic became TI-UK’s Communications Manager in September 2015 after joining TI-UK in April 2015 following 4 years of working with a Middle East based NGO, promoting human rights and democracy in the region. As M=manager of the Communications team, his responsibilities include working with the media to deliver TI-UK’s message in ending corruption. Dominic completed his Masters in International Journalism, at City University’s Journalism School and was elected as Students’ Union President during his undergraduate studies at the University of Essex. Dominic enjoys flying his drone at the weekends, international politics and watching Manchester United win
Philip became TI-UK’s Communications Officer in April 2015 having joined the organisation in October 2014. He is responsible for leading on communications for the Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Programme, updating the website, publication branding and distribution, as well as managing the TI-UK blog. Prior to joining TI-UK, Philip completed his MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics where his dissertation researched the establishment of patronage networks between politicians and drug cartels in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. He enjoys books, boxing, photography, football, and has gardening knowledge to rival Alan Titchmarsh.
Finance Fundraising and Resources
Director of Finance & Resources
Joe joined TI-UK in March 2016. A qualified chartered accountant with an MBA from London Business School, his most recent role was with the humanitarian medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) where he managed the finance department in the UK, had a brief spell as interim Chief Executive, and was on the Board of MSF in India. His previous roles include that of Finance Director of Somerset House Trust and managing the finances of the water and sanitation NGO, WaterAid. Joe is passionate about running and managing the back office of charities and businesses. He enjoys playing tennis and supports Arsenal football club.
Natasha joined TI-UK in July 2016 as HR Manager. She is CIPD qualified and is responsible for supporting and advising the organisation on all HR matters, including policy & procedures, reward & remuneration and employee satisfaction. Prior to joining TI-UK she was in a similar generalist role at the British Red Cross, supporting their UK Operations.
Assistant Management Accountant
Annita Joined TI-UK in October 2015, She is responsible for reporting on income and expenditure by project, reporting expenditure to donors, raising invoices to clients and grant instalment invoices to donors, and preparation of the monthly Management Accounts, she has worked for several years in the private sector and over 5 years’ in the charity sector, Currently working towards he Chartered Accountant Qualification She plays Volleyball, enjoys playing the piano and painting in her spare time.
Cornelia joined TI-UK in January 2016. As Office Administrator she is responsible for ensuring a smooth running operation of TI-UK as well as assisting the finance team and is currently studying for her AAT qualification. She enjoys attending festivals and is a regular at Glastonbury, baking, music, reading and movie days.
Louise is responsible for developing partnerships with individuals and organisations such as charitable trusts to further TI-UK’s work. She has eight years’ experience in development fundraising and project management roles, with a focus on social justice and citizen empowerment. Louise is keen to hear from organisations interested in collaborating in the fight against corruption, at home and abroad.
Mo joined TI-UK in May 2015 as part of the fundraising team. Previously she worked for a microfinance NGO generating new funds from trusts and foundations events and corporate givers. Mo qualified as a solicitor having trained with one of the Magic Circle law firms and is currently undertaking a Masters in Development Studies.
Senior Development Officer
Hannah joined Transparency International – Defence and Security Programme in November 2015. Prior to taking up the role as Senior Development Officer, she was a project manager with TI Georgia – managing the Business of Government Programme. She was a programme and policy officer with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and later with the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She has experience in international development across Eastern Europe; Central, East and South-East Asia.
Jeremy Carver Senior Adviser
Jeremy Carver [CBE] is an international lawyer who became involved with the work of Transparency International almost from its birth. He has had more than 40 years’ experience as a practicing lawyer, representing and advising states and governments in boundary disputes, treaties, investments and development.
Laurence Cockcroft Senior Adviser
Laurence Cockcroft is a development economist who has worked for governments international organizations, and private- and public-sector entities. He is a founding member of Transparency International and was formerly chairman of its UK chapter. He is the author of ‘Global Corruption: Money, Power, and Ethics in the Modern World’.
John Drysdale Senior Adviser
John Drysdale is a Senior Advisor to Transparency International UK having served as a trustee for many years. Educated at Oxford University he qualified as a Scottish chartered accountant. Having worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, he then had a career as a merchant banker, working for thirty years with Robert Fleming. He became a director of the Bank with special interests in the Far East and Middle East. Having retired in 1996, he joined the board of Transparency International UK and was chairman 2008 to 2012. He was chairman of the Open University Foundation, retiring in 2006. He has doctorates in musicology from Oxford University and Southampton University and an honorary doctorate from the Open University. He has been a director of Garsington Opera since its inception in 1989 and became president of the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2014.
Shalni Arora Senior Adviser
Shalni Arora is a Chartered Accountant and until 2007 was the Finance Director of a successful Biotechnology Company. Having exited the resources-resources-business Shalni completed a Masters in International Development at the University of Manchester and became CEO of Savannah Wisdom, a charitable foundation. She also holds a degree in Genetics from Cambridge University and commenced her career at Arthur Andersen before moving to AstraZeneca, where she left in 2000 to found DxS, a venture capital backed company specialising in cancer diagnostics.
Peter Lloyd Senior Adviser
Stella Bland Senior Adviser
Stella Bland is a communications and marketing strategist with experience in the not-for-profit, private and public sector. She has a track record in shaping reputation through brand campaigns and stakeholder management. Stella works for a leading design and environment consultancy, LDA Design, who masterplanned the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Stella has headed up communications for CABE, the Government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space, and campaigned for social justice with Citizens Advice.
Senior Advisers assist TI-UK in a pro bono capacity. They do not receive payment for their work. Expenses are reimbursable under TI-UK’s standard reimbursement policy.