Gavin is the Executive Director of the Open Contracting Partnership, a silo-busting collaboration between governments, businesses, civil society and technologists, spun out of the World Bank at the start of 2015.

OCP works across sectors and along the whole process of government contracting to use the power of open data to save governments money and time, deliver better goods and services to citizens, prevent corruption, and create a better business environment for all.

Before that, Gavin was Director of Campaigns and then Executive Director of Global Witness. He oversaw the organisation’s groundbreaking and award-winning investigative, campaigning and advocacy work uncovering secret deals, corruption and conflict around the world. He helped create the international Publish What You Pay campaign and helped negotiate the intergovernmental Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative that brings together oil and mining companies, home- and host-governments and civil society to improve disclosure and oversight of over $1 trillion dollars of oil and mining money.

He is an expert on illicit financial flows, and helped lead global efforts to end the abuse of anonymous shell companies for money laundering and financial crime, including working with the British government’s recent presidency of the G8 and the Open Government Partnership. He has a Doctorate from the University of Reading and has worked with Chatham House in London and the United National Environmental Programme in the past on analysing and investigating global environmental crime.