Introducing Doteveryone’s new Trustees and Advisory Council

Hannah Kitcher

As Doteveryone grows it’s important we have people to support and challenge our work.  

We are therefore pleased to announce that Doteveryone has appointed new members to our Board of Trustees and is setting up an Advisory Council. 

Doteveryone’s Trustees

Like all charities, Doteveryone has a board of trustees who have overall control and are responsible for ensuring that everything Doteveryone does is helping to achieve our vision for a stronger society where responsible technology is the new normal.

We have appointed three new Trustees, James Wise, partner at Balderton Capital, Mel Exon, former Group CEO of Sunshine and Managing Director of BBH, and Sarah Hunter, Director of Public Policy at X.  They join Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego, Richard Lackmann and our founder and Executive Chair Martha Lane Fox.

We say goodbye to Dido Harding and Tom Wright who have been trustees of Doteveryone, and our predecessor organisation Go On UK for many years and have been pivotal in helping Doteveryone get to where we are today.  We are enormously grateful for their hard work and support. 

Find out more about all the Doteveryone team and Trustees.

James Wise, Partner at Balderton Capital

James Wise Doteveryone Trustee speaking

James has a background in technology, social enterprise and policy. He is a partner at the venture capital firm Balderton, where he works with tech companies in fields as diverse as genomics, quantum computing and automated manufacturing. 

Prior to joining Balderton, James worked at the charity the Social Business Trust, which supports entrepreneurs building social enterprises to tackle some of the UK’s most pressing issues from financial inclusion to early years education. He previously worked with a leading fintech start-up and the consultancy McKinsey & Co.

While I believe new technology companies have an incredible opportunity to have a very positive impact on society, we haven’t yet built the tools and skills to help this new generation of businesses make sure they are scaling in a way which is responsible and accountable to their users, employees and society as a whole. 

Doteveryone is one of the very few groups that have set out to help build the missing guide-rails for tech companies, and I hope that my experience in working both with fast scaling businesses and with charities means I can support the exceptional work already being done by the charity.

Mel Exon, ex Group CEO of Sunshine and Managing Director of BBH currently taking a year out of the workplace to finish a book

Mel Exon Trustee

Mel is a proven business leader with 25 years’ experience working in the UK creative industries, most recently as Group CEO of the brand and entertainment company, Sunshine. Mel was previously Managing Director of the creative agency, BBH, and co-founder of its global innovation arm, BBH Labs. She is best known for her progressive thinking and empathetic leadership, with significant expertise in technology-driven marketing communications and a long held, passionate commitment to fostering egalitarian cultures, both inside and outside the workplace. Mel is currently taking a year out of the workplace to finish a book.

I was impressed by Doteveryone’s purpose and intent from the start. We’ve all seen up close how powerful and positive an agent for change technology can be at scale and the importance of its responsible use by industry, society and policymakers alike. In a world that only seems to become more binary with every byte and where hot takes and polarisation all too often seem to pay, I was looking for a trustee role where I could help champion a more balanced approach to how technology is designed, regulated and used. Being on the board of trustees at Doteveryone immediately felt like the place where I could best do that. 

Sarah Hunter, Director of Global Public Policy at X the Moonshot Factory

Sarah Hunter Trustee

Sarah has spent 10 years working in politics and 10 years in technology and so hopes to bring to Doteveryone a unique ability to bridge the divide between policy and technology.

I’ve long admired the work of the organisation. In my own job, I work on ways to bring lasting innovation into the world and I think Doteveryone’s product-focussed, practical approach to the same task is unique and inspiring.

Sarah is the Director of Global Public Policy at X the Moonshot Factory. X – formerly Google X – is a diverse group of inventors and entrepreneurs who build and launch technologies that aim to improve the lives of millions of people. 

Prior to joining X, Sarah ran the UK Public Policy team for Google. But long before the internet was invented, Sarah was a policy wonk. She was a Special Adviser for two of Ministers of Culture and eventually joined Prime Minister Blair in Downing Street, working for 4 years as his Senior Policy Adviser on Culture, Media and Sport.

The Doteveryone Advisory Council

One of Doteveryone’s values is that we welcome both support and challenge.  We wanted a way to make sure we get this on a regular basis and so are setting up an advisory council who – unlike the trustees – won’t have a governance role but will offer input into our projects and strategy.

Dr Jack Stilgoe, Associate Professor, Science & Technology Studies at UCL

Jack is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London, where he teaches and researches science policy, responsible research and innovation and the governance of emerging technologies. He is a fellow of the Turing Institute.

Among other publications, he is the author of ‘Experiment Earth: Responsible innovation in geoengineering” (2015, Routledge) and ‘Who’s Driving Innovation: New technologies and the collaborative state (2019, Palgrave). He previously worked in science and technology policy at the Royal Society and the think tank Demos.

He is Principal Investigator for an ESRC project on responsible innovation for self-driving cars entitled “Driverless Futures?

Dawn Duhaney, Wellcome Trust Data Labs, previously GDS and ODI

Dawn Duhaney

Dawn has worked at the heart of digital, data and technology across roles at the Wellcome Trust, Government Digital Service and Open Data Institute. 

She currently works on partnerships and product at Wellcome Data Labs, bringing data science to the funding, research and health sectors.

Dawn has previously designed and led programmes to increase data and digital literacy in policy professions, built communities of technologists and set recommendations for how government can make better use of data in decision making.

Dawn has also set the agenda for conversations about the role of people of colour in the AI ethics debate and the need for a wider cultural change towards openness and inclusivity in major tech companies.

Rikesh Shah, Head of Commercial Innovation at Transport for London, previously TfL Open Data strategy

Rikesh Shah

Rikesh leads Transport for London’s market innovation activity to create new value for London by working with start-ups, corporates, academia, accelerators and venture capitalists. He was responsible for creating TfL’s first Innovation Hub, which is charged with setting out the organisation’s key problem statements, bringing in the best innovators from across the world, piloting and scaling innovative solutions, as well as establishing the right culture in the company.  

Rikesh was previously responsible for TfL’s world leading open data programme which has 17,000 registered users, 700 TfL data-powered apps used by 42% of Londoners. An independent review stated that it’s worth to London is £130m per annum. 

Rikesh also sits on the Smart London Board to deliver the Mayor of London’s vision to make London the smartest city in the world.

Jason Kitcat, Interim COO, Open Rights Group, previously Essex County Council, Corporate Development

Jason Kitcat

Jason is a champion for digital transformation and passionate about local government and public policy. He is currently Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Open Rights Group. Previously, he was Executive Director, Corporate Development at Essex County Council. 

Prior to that he was Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the fintech accounting firm Crunch and was previously the award-winning Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council. He has a long background in building digital services having been Head of Technology for Netmums, general manager at The Open Knowledge Foundation and before that led his own digital agency for a decade.

Andrew Eland, founder Diagonal, ex-DeepMind and Google

Andrew Eland

Andrew is the founder of Diagonal, which aims to build responsible technology to improve urban life. Previously, Andrew built and led the engineering organisation at DeepMind Health, deploying software to the NHS and researching the use of machine learning for healthcare. He has also been responsible for the engineering organisations behind Google Maps Mobile, and Google’s philanthropic efforts for elections, crisis response and the support for non-profits. He graduated from the Department of Computing at Imperial College in 2001 with a Masters degree in Software Engineering.

Liz Wilson, COO at Karmarama, part of Accenture Interactive

Liz Wilson

Liz leads the day-to-day operation of Karmarama’s unique agency offering, which includes brand strategy, design and advertising; data-driven digital marketing and content; digital products and platforms, film and digital production. She specialises in integrating these disciplines, along with the capabilities of Accenture Interactive, to create growth and value for client and agency businesses. 

Her previous experience spans modern digitally integrated marketing agency-side at Albion and Stack; advertising at Havas, TBWA and Lowe’ and strategic brand consultancy and innovation at Brandhouse. Her client category experience includes FMCG, luxury goods, internet businesses, automotive and retail. 

Liz is a Fellow of the IPA, a Member of the IPA Council and a former Chair of the IPA Commercial Leadership Group and Business Growth Conference 2015-2018). She is a member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications London) the network of senior female leaders in marketing, media and communications, and a member of the committee that organises Gather, WACL’s flagship annual learning and fundraising event for women in the industry.

Tracey Follows, CEO Futuremade, futures & foresight consultancy

Tracey Follows

Tracey is a professional futurist. Also the CEO and Founder of Futuremade, a strategic foresight and futures consultancy helping clients grow business, design product and make decisions with the future in mind.

A regular commentator, moderator and keynote speaker on innovation and emerging trends affecting businesses, brands and culture across the world, she advises clients such as Google, Diageo, Virgin, BT, Sky, EY and KPMG. She has appeared on BBC Business Matters, at Sky’s Tech Summit, on BBC regional radio stations, and Good Morning Scotland and has been quoted in The Guardian, The Times, The Mail and the FT.

She features in a list of the top female futurists around the world, is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, the World Future Studies Federation and a Fellow of the RSA. She has spoken at UN HQ in New York on the future of gender in an automated world, and spoken on Future Thinking at Tedx Whitehall Women, alongside Jo Swinson and others. She is currently researching her forthcoming book on the future of identity.

Navprit Rai, Greater London Assembly

Nav currently works for the Greater London Authority, where she leads teams of researchers to investigate the issues that affect the lives of Londoners. She has held a number of senior roles in the fields of policy and communications and has expertise in behavioural science.

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