MEET THE TEAM
Mark Pyman has led Transparency International's defence work since January 2004. Working with a team of anti-corruption experts and former senior military officers, Mark facilitates anti-corruption discussions with the Ministries of Defence (MODs) and military leadership, helps develop anti-corruption plans and training courses, and works with defence companies worldwide to strengthen anti-bribery measures.
ExperienceOutside of Transparency International, he is one of the leading independent advisors to the UK Government on the management of major projects and contracts. Mark was previously Chief Financial Officer of major Shell companies in West Africa and China, and of Shell’s global IT operations. He was Director of Major Change Programmes for Shell across Europe, and later advised on Shell’s global anti-corruption compliance, monitoring and reporting systems.
Prior to joining Shell, he was a founding shareholder and director of Technica, a market-leading consultancy specialising in technical risk assessment. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia, an MSc degree from the University of Bath, England, and a first class honours BSc from Birmingham University, England. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Associated of Certified Accountants.
Programme Manager & Deputy Director
RoleTobias joined the Transparency International Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) in February 2010. He is the Programme Manager and Deputy to Director Mark Pyman. Tobias manages TI-DSP’s staff and budget. He led on TI-DSP's successful efforts to ensure strong anti-corruption measures in the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He also led on securing funding that enabled TI-DSP to more than double in size, as well as on the introduction of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning system which has been recognised as good practice in the sector.
ExperienceTobias studied in Osnabrück, Oslo, and Birmingham and holds an MA in Security Studies (with Distinction) and a BA in European Studies [Political Science / Public, Private, and International Law / Modern and Contemporary History].
Prior to joining TI-DSP, Tobias worked for Haus Rissen - International Institute for Politics and Economics in Hamburg. He also worked with a think tank, an NGO, and a political party.
Project Lead - Indices
RoleOliver Cover joined Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme in May 2011. He leads on the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) and the Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index (CI).
ExperienceHe has a doctorate from the University of Oxford on the topic of how corruption influences citizens’ political behaviour in countries across the globe, which also featured analysis of how British citizens were able to discriminate between corrupt and non-corrupt behaviour.
RoleMaria Gili joined as our Communications Officer in April 2011. She is responsible for our publications, website and engagement with our different communities of interest.
ExperienceShe has a MA in Journalism from City University, and an MSc in Political Science and International Relations from Universidad Católica de Chile. Before joining TI, Maria worked as a communications officer for several projects and institutions in Chile, and as a journalist for Latin American media.
RoleHiruy joined Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) in April 2013. He is responsible for fundraising and anti-corruption training activities and projects in Africa. He also contributes to our anti-corruption undertakings in peacekeeping and stabilisation missions.
ExperienceHiruy has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London, and a MA in International Relations from Addis Ababa University. Prior to joining TI, Hiruy worked with a number of international organisations in Ethiopia including the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), UNICEF, OXFAM GB, and Heinrich Böll Stiftung as researcher/ consultant and as manager of various development and humanitarian projects.
RoleIda joined Transparency International’s Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) in July 2013, primarily to support our director Mark Pyman but also to assist the rest of the TI-DSP team.
ExperienceShe studied in Lund, Lyon and The Hague, and has a LL.M with specialisation in international public law. Prior to joining TI-DSP, she worked at the Embassy of Sweden in The Hague, and was a trainee with the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, mainly focusing on migration and cross border organised crime.
RoleMichelle joined Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP) in August 2013 as Programme Administrator. Michelle manages the programme’s budget and spending and supports monitoring and evaluation activities.
ExperienceMichelle holds an MA in International Studies with a focus on global anti-corruption strategies. She has worked for not-for-profits on education policy, social mobility and grassroots advocacy, as well as in the financial sector.
RoleSaad leads on the research within the team. Apart from carrying out original research work on integrity building and counter-corruption reform in defence and security, Saad also encourages others to carry out research in this race, through collaboration with researchers, universities, and relevant think tanks and academies. Currently, he is authoring an interview-based study to ascertain why anti-corruption efforts did not gain traction in Afghanistan.
ExperienceSaad is a co-author of the 2013 Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index (CI) assessing 129 leading defence companies’ exposure to corruption risk. He has also authored reports on single-source procurement in Ministries of Defence, and on the phenomenon of military-owned businesses around the world. Saad graduated from Aston University in 2005 with a BSc (hons) in Economics and Management, and subsequently obtained a distinction in his postgraduate degree in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Eléonore Vidal de la Blache
RoleEléonore 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.
ExperienceShe has an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy from SOAS and a BA in European Social & Political Studies with Spanish Language from UCL. She has previously worked for the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna (European External Action Service) as well as for the French Permanent Missions to the UN in New York and Geneva.
Project Lead - Civil Society
RoleLeah Wawro joined TI-DSP as a Project Officer in November 2010. Leah currently works on liaison between TI DSP and TI'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. Leah previously worked on defence budget transparency and the TI-DSP website.
ExperienceShe holds an MA in International Relations and Arabic from the University of St Andrews. Prior to joining TI-DSP, she worked with War Child (UK), Armadillo at Large, Air America Media, and volunteered with UNRWA and the Iraqi Student Project in Syria.
Our Expert Consultants
Air Commodore Alan Waldron CBE AFC SLJ MIDAlan Waldron provides defence, aviation and military contracting advice to Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme and leads on the development and implementation of our Training Programme and Defence Integrity Pacts. He has wide operational experience of most major theatres and has also been seconded for tours with a range of organisations including a US Headquarters in the Gulf, the United Nations, the Sultan of Brunei’s Air Force and the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force. A former Director of Training he was also the Director of Air Operations in the UK Ministry of Defence. Outside of TI work, he has interests in animal and countryside matters.
Sir Stewart Eldon KCMG OBESenior Adviser on Defence & Security Issues for Transparency International's Defence and Security team, and former UK Permanent Representative to NATO. Sir Stewart Eldon spent nearly thirty-five years in the British Diplomatic Service, serving as UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York from 1998-2002 and as British Ambassador to Ireland from 2003-06. He retired as UK Permanent Representative to NATO in March 2010.
During his diplomatic career, he specialized in security policy and multilateral negotiation. He served as Deputy Crisis Manager for the 1990-91 Gulf War, for which he was awarded an OBE in 1991. He contributed to a study on the UN Security Council published by the International Peace Academy in New York in 2004, and was a Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs in 1993-94.
He now advises Transparency International UK on counter-corruption issues in Defence and Security (focusing on the linkages between conflict, corruption and organized crime), and works with NATO as a Subject Matter Expert on Building Integrity. He is also an Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and a member of the Parole Board for England & Wales. More information on Stewart Eldon and his work is available on his website.
Nick SeymourNick is a Senior Adviser on Africa. He served in the UK Army with operational experience in tours in various parts of the world including Kuwait / Iraq and the Former Yugoslavia. Subsequently he served as Military Advisor in the UK Permanent Mission in New York before migrating across the road to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations where he was Chief Military Plans, responsible for developing concepts for peacekeeping missions. Subsequently he moved to the political side with a focus on supporting the African Union and assisting it to develop capacity for peacekeeping. On leaving DPKO in June 2011 he moved back to the UK and joined Transparency International (UK)’s Defence and Security Programme as a senior consultant. He also works as an independent consultant on other peacekeeping and training projects.
Sir Ian AndrewsA former Second Permanent Secretary (2nd PUS) of the UK Ministry of Defence who retired after 34 years in the civil service in 2009, Sir Ian Andrews is a Senior Adviser to Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme. From 2009-2013, he was Non-Executive Chairman of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) – now part of the National Crime Agency – and he is a Non-Executive Director of the Health and Social Care Information Centre for England. For much of the last twenty years Ian has been closely involved in the leadership of transformational change in large and complex organisations in the national security space. His appointments have included a Managing Director of a major Ministry of Defence Trading Fund (the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency) and Chief Executive of the then Defence Estates Agency. He continues to pursue a range of wider national security interests, including providing support to defence diplomacy, particularly in Latin America, and contributing to various public sector and academic leadership initiatives.
Avgustina TzvetkovaAvgustina is the former Deputy Defence Minister of Bulgaria. She has a degree in History from Sofia University, and began her professional career as a journalist with the Bulgarian National Radio and the Bulgarian National Television. Avgustina was Secretary General of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, Secretary General of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders and Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association. From 2004 to 2009 she chaired the Euro-Atlantic Education Initiative Foundation implementing projects in the area of defence and security. From 2009 to 2010 she was a political advisor to the Minister of Defence and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Avgustina was appointed Deputy Defence Minister in March 2010 and left the office with the resignation of the Government in March 2013. In her capacity as a Deputy Minister she chaired the South-Eastern Defence Ministers process (SEDM) and she was responsible for Building Integrity and Female Leaders in Security and Defence Projects.
Louise FlukerFormer General Counsel & Company Secretary of De La Rue plc, a UK listed public company, Louise Fluker now provides business consultancy advice on corporate governance particularly to the voluntary sector including Transparency International in addition to various non executive roles.
Rob WrightRob Wright is a consultant working with the Defence and Security Programme on securing appropriate anti-corruption language in the international Arms Trade Treaty being negotiated through the UN (UN Arms Trade Treaty). He was from 2004-2007 the Director of Export Control and Non-Proliferation in the then Department of Trade and Industry, in which role he oversaw the UK's Export Control Organisation and represented the UK on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency and on the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He has since 2007 been working as an independent consultant on policy and programme issues with a wide range of government departments. He is an Independent Board member of the Civil Nuclear Policy Authority and a member of the Cabinet Office's Security Vetting Appeal Panel.
Hugh EdelstonHugh Edleston is a military consultant for Transparency International's Defence and Security Programme (TI DSP). He joined the project in early 2004 and together with Mark Pyman, programme director, has been actively involved with defence ministries, defence companies and defence bodies such as NATO, including industry associations. He has organised and spoken at key international conferences for government and defence company senior representatives, as well as taking part in anti-corruption forums in Europe, Asia and the USA. Hugh works closely with the principal European and US defence organisations, NATO, and the European Union’s procurement and arms control organisations. He engages with senior defence officials in arms exporting countries including the USA, UK, France and Italy. A recently retired Rear Admiral with the UK Royal Navy, Hugh Edleston has extensive operational command experience within the UK and overseas as well as spending several years in senior posts within policy directorates in the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Most recently he served in Bosnia and Herzegovina as military advisor to the International Community’s High Representative (Lord Paddy Ashdown) for two years, dealing with a wide variety of nation and institution building issues, including corruption issues and State governance.
Gareth SomersetGareth is an oceanographer by qualification, a marine engineer by background and an engineering manager and consultant by trade. His 35+ years in both corporate and small business environments have given him a wide ranging industrial experience within both the defence and commercial sectors. In 1988, after his early years at Plessey and STC, Gareth co-founded Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA). The company grew over the following 20 years to a company of 250 staff. SEA was bought in 2007 and Gareth left the organisation in 2008.
Gareth’s experience has spanned direct engineering, consultancy to industry, academia and MoD, senior technical and business management, executive directorship and, latterly, board observation. Gareth was awarded an MBE for services to the defence industry in 2000. He joined Transparency International UK in September 2010 with the principal remit of anti-corruption in the global defence industrial sector, both in terms of corruption assessment and monitoring, and in terms of providing anti-corruption consultancy directly to business.
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