Bond, the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development, has appointed Tamsyn Barton, formerly of DFID and the European Investment Bank, as its new Chief Executive.
“I believe that the role that civil society and Bond members can play in improving the lives of people living in poverty is enormously important, particularly in this period of huge change for the sector. I am really looking forward to working with members and helping them to increase the impact of the work they do," said Barton on the appointment.
Tim Wainwright, Chair of Bond, said that Barton would bring a wealth of experience to the role: “I am delighted with the appointment. Tamsyn has worked at a senior level in government, NGOs and in international financial institutions, and I believe this diverse experience will be invaluable in continuing Bond’s work of transforming the landscape for international development in the years ahead.”
Barton comes to Bond after a long and varied career in international development which began in the early 90s with a year of voluntary work in South India. She spent 13 years working for ODA/DFID, starting as a social development adviser, initially focusing on water and sanitation projects in India, and later on a variety of policy and management roles in London. Between her stints in India and London (1998-2001), she was head of technology at ITDG (later Practical Action).
She was the lead drafter of DFID policy papers on infrastructure, trade and conflict prevention as well as working (with a Bond secondee) to draft the paper on DFID’s work with the EU. From 2007-2010 she was head of the EU Department, which became from 2008, the Europe Department as it took on the management of the UK bilateral aid programmes in the Western Balkans and Moldova.
In 2010 she moved to the European Investment Bank (EIB) as director-general, responsible for lending operations outside the EU and candidate countries, during which tie she brought in a results framework and got the EIB signed up to the International Aid Transparency Initiative, both key demands of CONCORD and its members. From 2014-16, she represented the EIB on the Board of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.
Before her development career, Tamsyn spent a period in academia. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge, was a recipient of a number of scholarships, and her publications include an award-winning book on the history of astrology in the ancient world. She is currently a trustee of the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is married with two sons