Tamsyn Barton

Dr Tamsyn Barton

Chief Commissioner of ICAI

Dr Tamsyn Barton is the Chief Commissioner of ICAI and has 25 years' experience working in international development. Tamsyn previously was Bond's chief executive 2017-2018. She has had a long and varied career in international development, beginning in the early 90s with a year of voluntary work in South India.

Tamsyn 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 time 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. 


UK and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament
15 March 2018
A new UK "non-paper" outlines, for the first time, specifics on potential future UK-EU development cooperation post-Brexit.
Copacabana, Bolivia
18 September 2017
SDG 17 - "strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development" - recognises that civil society, business and governments need to work together to achieve the SDGs.
Make Poverty History march
1 September 2017
Three changes to improve the Lobbying Act and lessen its negative impact on charities.
Gary Carroll and rescue dog Diesel in Chautara, Nepal
10 August 2017
Tamsyn Barton, Bond's CEO, digs deeper into the recent Conflict Stability and Security Fund annual report to find out what it tells us about how the fund is spending official development assistance.