Transparency International UK

Chief Operating Officer

From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International (TI) gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. They work together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. As a global movement with one vision, they want a world free of corruption. Through chapters in more than 100 countries and an international secretariat in Berlin, TI is leading the fight against corruption to turn this vision into reality. Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is the UK chapter of TI. They fight corruption by promoting changes in values, attitudes and behaviour at home and abroad, through programmes that draw on the UK’s unique position as a global political and business centre.


Having grown ten-fold in the past decade, and doubled in size over the past two years, Transparency International UK is embarking on a major project to invest more in their finance, HR, IT and operations, to make sure that their ‘back office’ is able to support as fully as possible their mission and organisational aspirations.

As this was a newly created position, this was the first time the organisation sought to appoint a COO and Allen Lane’s nous and experienced was relied upon to support the recruitment. TI-UK sought an exceptional individual to become the figure-head for the Finance, IT, HR and Programme Delivery teams during a thoroughly exciting period of change and growth. Operationally, TI-UK are present in a number of countries overseas as well as the UK, and the candidate was to play an important role in understanding and managing the related risks and opportunities, as well as being responsible for thinking ahead strategically about their funding and operations.


Our client was looking to attract the very best candidates for this critical post. They needed to be a fully qualified accountant with a proactive approach, a flexible communication style and a genuine passion for the fantastic work Transparency International UK do. Given the breadth of the role, we needed to target impressive finance professionals with operational and programmatic delivery experience from the international charity finance sector.


With a wealth of experience within the INGO sector, the successful incumbent started in August 2019 and is off to a flying start..

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