DigitalAgenda Power & Responsibility Summit

British Library – Thursday 4 October 2018

Oli Barrett MBE

Co-founder, StartUp Britain/Cospa, and summit chair

Oli Barrett co-founded the national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, schools competition Tenner, innovation agency Cospa and social enterprise Volunteer It Yourself. A regular MC and speaker, Oli has led trade missions to the US, India and Brazil, helping British companies to explore business opportunities. His entrepreneurial career started as a student and has included an events business and an international language practice website. He is international development director at the Marketing Academy and sits on the advisory boards of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, Tech London Advocates, One Million Mentors, The Inspire Movement and Founders4Schools.

Julian Blake

Director and editor, DigitalAgenda

A journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Julian Blake leads the DigitalAgenda editorial and events mission. He was previously editor of TechCityinsider, covering the UK tech startup scene, and has a writing and events career spanning private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Julian has worked for Shelter, the UK’s leading housing charity and co-founded environmental charity Trees for Cities, which has planted a million trees worldwide. He runs the annual Impact Awards programme, is a curator of the 2018 Power & Responsibility Summit and has hosted dozens of business networking dinners and charity fundraisers. He is active in his local community of Hackney.

Adam Thilthorpe

Director for professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Adam Thilthorpe joined BCS as a key account manager in 2005 and now leads the development of the institute’s ‘professionalism in IT’ initiative. He speaks regularly at BCS and industry seminars and conferences engaging with companies and organisations that employ IT practitioners. He raises awareness of the changes in the profession, addressing both challenges and opportunities. Adam gained his early experience in the City of London, with financial institutions JP Morgan Chase and Co and Georgeson Shareholder.

Eva Appelbaum

Co-founder and partner, Arc Group

Eva is a recognised leader in digital strategy and business transformation. She is a frequent speaker and was published in two books, Creating Digital Culture and Building the Agile Business. As digital director at BBC Earth, Eva was pivotal in changing the way the BBC worked across television and digital content and products. She was also responsible for setting up the BBC Marketing Lab. Previous roles include digital director for Amnesty International, digital advisory board member at ActionAid and director of social media and digital production at GroupM. She has been in Marketing Week’s Vision100 and the BIMA Hot100 list and is a regular judge of sector awards, including the CIM, Lovies and Festival of Marketing.

Jess Tyrrell

Digital advisor

Jess Tyrrell has a longstanding background in technology, public policy and business. She began work in external affairs at IPPR where she set up the digital society programme and worked with Tony Blair on his 2001 election campaign team. She then ran Germination, a pro-social production company responsible for tech for good events 2gether’08 and Reboot Britain. She co-founded the think tank Centre for London, producing the seminal 2012 report on Tech City, a programme on digital skills and co-authoring the 2016 Mayoral tech manifesto, which led to establishing London’s first chief digital officer. Most recently she has been working at digital design studio ustwo, managing work with tech for good clients Google DeepMind, Co-op Group and Babylon Health. Her product knowledge spans health, fintech, retail tech and mixed reality. She sits on the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards jury.

Mark McGinn

Director of brand and social purpose, Edelman

Across 15 years, Mark McGinn has worked across brand strategy and sustainability innovation, to help global companies define and deliver their purpose – transforming sustainability performance to maximise commercial brand value and social impact. Through customer-centric, values-driven innovation, Mark has helped develop brand solutions and campaigns, covering the circular economy, digital behaviour change, online safety and privacy, education and employability for brands including Apple, Nike, Starbucks, PlayStation, GAP, Converse and O2. Previously, he was head of sustainability marketing and propositions at O2 and head of international marketing and communications for (RED). Mark was awarded the Marketing Society excellence award for sustainability marketing and cause-related marketing.

Dom Hallas

Executive director, Coadec

Dom Hallas has been the executive director of Coadec, the Coalition for the Digital Economy, since January 2018. Founded by tech entrepreneurs, Coadec is a non-profit working with digital startups and policymakers to create better policy for the digital economy. It conducts research, hosts events and runs campaigns on behalf of the UK’s startup community. Dom is responsible for giving a voice to digital businesses on policy matters. He previously worked the Department for Exiting the European Union and for Bloomberg Philanthropies. Despite being a Newcastle United fan, Dom describes himself as a “semi-professional Yorkshireman”.

Jeremy Silver

Chief executive, Digital Catapult

As chief executive of Digital Catapult, Jeremy Silver leads the organisation’s push for the early adoption of digital technologies to make UK business more competitive and productive. He is an author and entrepreneur, specialising in digital media, big data, music and the creative industries, as well as a non-executive director of a number of early-stage companies in music and media. He is a member of the UK Creative Industries Council and was executive chairman of Semetric (acquired by Apple), chief executive of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid) and worldwide vice-president of new media for EMI Group in Los Angeles. He co-founded Uplister in San Francisco, the world’s first playlist-sharing music service.

Katie O’Donovan‏

Public policy and government relations manager, Google UK

Katie O’Donovan has worked on Google’s economic and digital skills programmes to ensure online opportunities can be realised by people across the UK, and is responsible for engagement with the UK government to support the UK as a world-leading digital economy. Before Google, Katie developed wide-ranging experience working in government and policy as a special advisor to prime minister Tony Blair in the No10 research and information unit, then as an advisor to David Miliband. She established the communications and policy team at Mumsnet. Katie is a board member of the Internet Watch Foundation and a policy fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Tom Kibasi‏

Director, IPPR

Tom Kibasi created the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice, to develop a new vision for the British economy in 2030 and the policies to achieve it. He also established the IPPR’s Progressive Brexit programme and its journal of ideas, the IPPR Progressive Review. He is an expert in health policy, having spent more than a decade at McKinsey and Company. He has helped governments with healthcare reform in more than a dozen countries across five continents, working with health secretaries, prime ministers and heads of state. He has also served international institutions including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and international foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chi Onwurah MP

MP, Labour industrial strategy, science and innovation spokesperson

Chi Onwurah is the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central. She was previously shadow minister for culture and the digital economy, shadow minister for cyber security, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government and transparency. She was also shadow minister for innovation, science and digital infrastructure. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM. Prior to her election in 2010 she worked as head of telecoms technology at the UK regulator Ofcom. Chi is a chartered engineer and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. She is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering; Technology and the City & Guilds of London Institute.

Oliver Buckley

Deputy director, digital charter and data ethics, DCMS

Before joining the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Ollie was deputy director for policy and international in the data group in the Government Digital Service, working to harness the opportunities advances in data-driven technologies present to improve policy making and public services. He led work to consider a new social contract between the citizen and state on data; and to advance the wider open data and open government agendas. Ollie joined the Cabinet Office in 2010 as senior policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he worked on social care policy and social action as part of the Big Society agenda.

Louise Marston

Managing director, Doteveryone

Louise Marston has worked in technology and innovation for 17 years, across software development, policy and futures. She was most recently director of innovation policy and futures at Nesta, where she developed a programme examining the potential social and systemic impact of technology. She has authored reports on industrial policy, venture capital, semiconductors and the biotech industry. She has advised the Number 10 policy unit, ministers and worked with departmental officials to influence policy. She was previously an investment analyst at Blenheim Chalcot and worked for pharmaceutical data company IMS Health. She is responsible for Doteveryone’s finance, operations and governance.

Matt Haworth

Co-founder and director, Reason Digital

A co-founder and director of Reason Digital, Matt Haworth brings a wealth of technical experience as well as a huge amount of thought leadership around using digital as a force to drive social good. He’s spent nearly 10 years getting results for not-for-profit organisations using digital, has worked on hundreds of projects and campaigns, and reached tens of thousands of people with his talks at national conferences, put on by the likes of the Media Trust, Institute of Fundraising and others. He was recently voted digital entrepreneur of the year at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards.

Carla Baker‏

Senior government affairs manager, Symantec

Carla Baker is responsible for driving Symantec’s public policy agenda in the UK and Ireland and representing the company before public authorities, industry associations and trade bodies. Before joining Symantec, she was a director at UK technology trade association Intellect, leading its cyber-security programme and informing the development of government policy, building relationships with government officials, ministers and MPs. She previously worked for the government’s health and transport departments and the Home Office and held a variety of different roles, from facilitating procurement contracts to shaping the development of mental health legislation through parliament.

Casey Calista

Head of tech and digital, Lodestone

Casey Calista manages the provision of secretariat services for the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) all-party parliamentary group, alongside bringing her digital expertise to a range of clients and supporting the growth of Lodestone’s tech practice. Before joining Lodestone in 2016, Casey managed a digital startup that brought together some of the UK’s most well-read political blogs. She helped grow the sites in multiple ways, including raising readership, social media presence, influence, widening the fundraising base and business development. A US citizen, Casey has a background in political fundraising and campaigning in the US and UK, including a roll in the 2012 Obama re-election campaign.

Emma Prest

Executive director, Datakind UK

Emma Prest oversees the running of DataKind UK, leading the community of volunteers and building understanding about what data science can do in the charitable sector. She sits on the editorial advisory committee at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She was previously a programme coordinator at Tactical Tech, providing hands-on help for activists using data in campaigns. Emma holds an MA in public policy with a specialism in media, information and communications from the Central European University in Hungary and a degree in politics and geography from the University of Edinburgh.

Julie Dawson

Director of regulatory and policy, Yoti

Yoti is an identity checking system that allows organisations to verify who people are, online and in person. It is run by a team of 250 based in London, with over two million installs of the Yoti app, following its launch last November. Julie leads Yoti’s regulatory and government relations, steers its ethics framework liaising with a Guardians Council, and prepares Yoti for external accreditations such for ethics and transparency, such as BCorps and security – SOC2.

Adah Parris

Founder, Djembe Consulting

Adah Parris is fascinated by people, patterns and stories. As a futurist, consultant, public speaker and coach, she has over 20 years of experience in creating transformational change and people-centred immersive ecosystems. She believes that innovation should be systemic across a business and, to create an ethical culture of innovation, you first need to turn those ‘doing’ the innovating into philosophers of life, society and humanity. Adah works with clients through strategic consulting, public speaking and transformational coaching. In her spare time, she is a milliner and artist, creating wearable art and immersive multi-sensory environments.

Katz Kiely

Founder, Beep

Katz Kiely is a digital pioneer and serial entrepreneur who has led transformation projects for some of the world’s most complex and risk-averse organisations. She built the world’s first open innovation platform for HP, re-architected the way a UN agency does business and delivered a project with Intel that connected mobiles, big screens and data to change behaviour. She now heads up social impact startup beep, a ground-breaking software that harnesses neuroscience to encourage people to report, refine and collectively find solutions to shared challenges. She is a member of Vint Cerf’s I4J Global Leadership, Global Sustainability Network, 100% Human and ambassador for the Burning Man Foundation.

Pete Trainor

Co-founder and director of strategic design, Us Ai

Pete Trainor is an author, behavioural designer, technologist, accidental polymath, mental health campaigner and co-founder of Us. He talks internationally on creative and social technologies, data, artificial intelligence and the physiological and psychological effects on their audiences. Pete has helped to pioneer a new approach to Ai-focused services, looking at ‘self-evolving systems’ and ‘minimum viable personality’. His recently published book, Hippo – Human Focused Digital takes a philosophical look at technology and design, challenging us to look inwardly at the self. Pete chairs the Ai thinktank for the British Interactive Media Association. His simple philosophy is: don’t do things better, do better things.

Simon Gunning‏

Chief executive, Campaign Against Living Miserably

Simon Gunning has led the digital, marketing and commercial divisions of global organisations including Virgin Media TV, EMI Music, BBC, Bacardi Global Brands and BBH. He became CALM chief executive in 2017, pursuing a strategy to transform it into a purpose-driven commercial organisation. Suicide is the single largest killer of UK men under 45, with 12 men every day taking their own lives. CALM works to provide a positive influence that will allow men to enjoy life and embrace positive masculinity. CALM’s free crisis helpline handles nearly 9000 calls and chats a month and directly preventing 427 suicides in 2017.

Jamie Bartlett

Director for the centre for the analysis of social media, Demos

Jamie Bartlett’s work focuses on the social media and modern communications and technology are changing political and social movements, with a special emphasis on terrorism and radical political movements. The Centre for the Analysis of Social media, a collaboration between Demos and the University of Sussex, combines automated data extraction and sentiment analysis with social science statistics, analysis and ethics, to produce insightful and robust policy research. Jamie’s 2014 book, The Dark Net, looked at hidden internet subcultures, while 2017’s Radicals took us inside the worlds of the innovators, disruptors, idealists and extremists who think society is broken, and believe they know how to fix it.

Sonia Livingstone OBE

Chair of the truth, trust and technology commission, LSE

Sonia Livingstone is professor of social psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Her research examines how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action. She has published 20 books on media audiences, literacy and regulation, with a focus on digital media use in the everyday lives of children and young people. Sonia has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe and other national and international organisations on children’s rights, risks and safety in the digital age. Sonia was awarded an OBE in 2014 ‘for services to children and child internet safety.’

Nick Taylor

Clinical psychologist and chief executive, Unmind

Nick started his journey in mental health as a support worker for Mind and volunteer Samaritan, both of which instilled a lifelong passion for supporting others and the field of mental health. After qualifying as a clinical psychologist Nick worked in a variety of frontline NHS services whilst part time lecturing at a number of leading UK universities. At the end of 2016 Nick co-founded Unmind as a workplace mental health solution that empowers employees, via a digital platform, to take positive and proactive steps towards managing and improving their mental health. Unmind’s platform is now available to over 100,000 employees across a wide range of household name clients including and John Lewis Partnership.

Kajal Odedra

Executive director, UK

Kajal Odedra is the UK director at, a website that allows individuals and groups to start petitions and other social change movements. She joined in 2013 as a campaigner, taking on roles as associate director of campaigns, and director of campaigns, communications and engagement. She became the company’s UK director in 2017. Her work has been published in a variety of British media, including the Huffington Post and The Guardian. She has many years of experience in NGOs and charities, having previously worked for Macmillan Cancer Support and the homelessness charity Crisis.

Andrew Keen

Chief unhappiness officer, Sogeti

Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best-known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. His latest book, How To Fix The Future, has been called “the most significant work so far in an emerging body of literature…in which technology’s smartest thinkers are raising alarm bells about the state of the internet, and laying groundwork for how to fix it” by Fortune Magazine. Andrew is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast and an acclaimed public speaker around the world. He is the host of TechCrunch chat show Keen On.

Sue Daley

Head of cloud, data analytics and AI, techUK

Before joining techUK in 2015, Sue Daley was responsible for Symantec’s government relations in the UK and Ireland. She was previously senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). She has spoken at the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety and has been recognised in the UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving forward the big data agenda. In addition to being a regular industry speaker, Sue is also a judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.

Jonnie Penn

Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center for Society and Internet, Harvard University

Jonnie Penn is a bestselling author, technologist, and historian. He is the co-founder of The Buried Life, a popular youth movement and TV series that asks, “What do you want to do before you die?”. He is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge studying varieties of intelligence in 20th century AI research. Jonnie is a visiting researcher at MIT and an assembly fellow at the MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Kline Centre. He volunteers on the IEEE’s working group on a standard for child and student data governance (IEEE P7004). He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and McGill University.

Rob McCargow

Director of Ai, PwC

Rob McCargow works with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, startups and other stakeholders to drive innovation within PwC and develop new services for clients. He is an evangelist for responsible technology and promotes awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI. He is an advisory board member of the all-party parliamentary group on AI, an adviser to the IEEE global initiative for ethical considerations in AI and autonomous systems, and a TEDx speaker. He focuses on the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda and ensuring that the benefits of AI are equitably spread across society.

Imogen Parker

Strategy lead, Ada Lovelace Institute
Imogen is head of the Nuffield Foundation’s programmes on justice, rights and digital society, with a mission to improve social wellbeing through research and innovation in social policy. She is the strategic lead in the development of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and ethics body to ensure data and AI support people and society. She is a policy fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Science and Policy and has first-class masters degrees from both Oxford and London. Formerly she was acting head of policy research for Citizens and Democracy, at Citizens Advice, and research fellow in economic, family and work at the Institute for Public Policy Research.