Board of Directors

Giles Bolton, Chair

Giles Bolton is Responsible Sourcing Director at Tesco. He leads a team of 45 human rights and environmental experts around the world, responsible for ensuring good working conditions and sustainable sourcing across Tesco’s supply chain. Prior to joining Tesco, Giles worked for the UK Government’s Department for International Development for ten years, including roles in Kenya, Iraq and as head of the UK’s aid programme in Rwanda. In 2008 he wrote the activist bookAid and Other Dirty Business’, on how western aid, trade and globalisation affect Africa, published in the UK, US and Canada.  Giles is a Member Board Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative and of SEDEX, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange.

Claire Hickson, Vice Chair

Claire Hickson is managing director of Trio Policy Ltd and has over 15 years’ experience of working in policy, advocacy and communications for the public, private and voluntary sectors. Claire began her career in corporate public affairs, and spent several years working on international development and foreign policy for the UK government and voluntary sector. She was an adviser to the UK Department for International Development from 2000 to 2004. She has headed up advocacy and communications for international non-governmental organisation, Saferworld, managing teams in London, Brussels and New York.

Claire became an independent consultant in 2010 and set up Trio in 2011. She was a councillor in Southwark from May 2010 to May 2014 and Cabinet Member for Communities and Economic Development from May 2012 – May 2013. Claire is a trustee for Pancreatic Cancer UK and on the board of the Leathermarket Community Benefit Society.

Owen Barder

Owen Barder is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Director for Europe.  He established and leads the European program for CGD. Barder was a British civil servant from 1988 to 2010, during which time he worked in the UK Treasury, No.10 Downing Street and the Department for International Development. He was Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to the Prime Minister and previously Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.  In the Department for International Development he was variously Director of International Finance and Development Effectiveness, Director of Communications and Information, and head of Africa Policy Department.  During 2005-2007 Barder was a Senior Program Associate at CGD, where he worked on the Advance Markets Commitment for vaccines.

 Simon Gill, Treasurer

Simon Gill is the Director of the Budget Strengthening Initiative, part of the Overseas Development Institute which provides support to fragile states on public finance. The programme is developing innovative and adaptable forms of support in the areas of planning and budgeting, aid co-ordination and the design of systems to support service delivery.

Simon has extensive experience of public financial management reform and institutional development gained over the last 30 years. He has worked long term within a Ministry of Finance in Africa and in an implementing Ministry in South East Asia. In addition to the design, delivery and management of a range of technical co-operation programmes across Africa and Asia, Simon has also been directly involved in the delivery of a range of training programmes drawing on his experience as a Senior Lecturer in a UK Business school. Before joining ODI, Simon worked for the last 13 years with the UK Department for International Development, most recently as the Deputy Director responsible for the Finance function.

Paul Lenz

Paul Lenz is the Head of Finance and International Projects for mySociety and leads the international engagement team.

Paul’s role in mySociety covers overall operational management, but has specific focus on working with partner groups to use mySociety’s tools and open-source code base to drive democratic engagement and accountability around the world. This has included managing the re-launch of in Kenya and developing with the Parliamentary Monitoring Group in South Africa. Paul is also focused upon supporting and expanding the community of users of the Alaveteli Freedom of Information platform which is currently deployed in more than 20 countries. He leads the mySociety involvement with the Poplus project ( a federation founded by mySociety in partnership with Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente (FCI) in Chile to develop online tools that can be used by groups with little or no technical skills.

Paul has an MA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Decision Making from the Open University. Prior to joining mySociety Paul worked in the commercial sector for 15 years in a range of marketing and management roles, most recently with BT Group PLC.

Fran Perrin

Fran Perrin is the Founder and Director of ‘The Indigo Trust’ which she established in 1999 and now runs with her husband, William. The Indigo Trust aims to help the most disadvantaged with innovative solutions to social problems. The Trust focuses on the impact and potential of the internet in the developing world. Fran was formerly an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office. Fran is a Board Member for the Institute for Philanthropy and was named as Philanthropist of the Year 2012 by Spears. Fran is a member of DfID’s ‘International Development Sector Transparency Panel’. Read about Fran’s approach to philanthropy in the ‘Million Pound Donors‘ study by Kent University’s Centre for Philanthropy.

Eloise Todd

Eloise Todd is ONE’s Global Policy Director. Prior to that, Eloise set up ONE’s Brussels office and led the organisation’s work with the European Union institutions. In Eloise’s time at ONE she has led ONE’s efforts to enhance transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries and developed ONE’s strategies for advocacy engagement across the EU and with the G20.

Prior to working for ONE, Eloise worked for 7 years in the European Parliament as a political adviser on development and relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. In that time she prepared and participated in missions to Sudan (Darfur), Chad, Mauritania, Indonesia (Aceh post-tsunami), Mali, Kenya, Congo-Brazzaville and Ethiopia. She also worked as a short-term election observer in Liberia in 2005.

Founder and Patron

Karin Christiansen

Karin Christiansen is the founding CEO and Patron of Publish What You Fund. She was previously General Secretary of the Co-operative Party and currently also Chair of the Open Knowledge Foundation. Before setting up Publish What You Fund, Karin worked as a Policy Manager at ONE and Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). She joined ODI having worked as an Economist at the Rwandan Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture. Prior to that, Karin worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2011 Karin was named as one of the Devex London 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders.

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