About us.

Our vision.

To live in a world which enables everyone to access the life changing benefits that digital brings.

Our mission.

To end digital poverty once and for all by 2030

What we do…

We convene, compel and inspire collaboration for the UK community to lead sustainable action against digital poverty

 

Co-design for
co-delivery

Aggregate,
never duplicate

Community
data-based decision making

Owning little but inspiring much

Our structure and governance.

Board

Core Partners + invited members
Responsible for Governance & Leadership

Lord Knight

Lord Knight

DPA Board Co-Chair

Jim Knight works in education, digital technology + as a legislator. Jim is a director of Suklaa Ltd, providing …

Baroness Mcgregor-Smith CBE

Baroness Mcgregor-Smith CBE

DPA Board Co-Chair

Ruby McGregor-Smith, Baroness McGregor-Smith, CBE (née Ahmad; born 22 February 1963) is a British ….

Alex Baldock

Alex Baldock

CEO, Currys Plc

Alex has been CEO since 2018, and is leading an ambitious transformation to build a Currys that helps …

David Burrows

David Burrows

Trustee, The Learning Foundation

David Burrows has worked in IT for over 35 years, initially for Olivetti and Digital Equipment Corporation before …
Nigel Fine

Nigel Fine

Chief Executive and Secretary, CES, IET

Nigel Fine was appointed Chief Executive + Secretary of the Institution of Engineering + Technology (IET) …

Paul Finnis

Paul Finnis

CEO The Learning Foundation

Paul Finnis is the CEO of the Learning Foundation. Paul has worked within the charity/NGO sector for 35 years.

Danielle George MBE

Danielle George MBE

Past President, IET

Danielle George MBE CEng FIET was born on 27th January 1976 and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and …
Assad Malic

Assad Malic

Group Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director, Currys Plc

Assad joined Currys Plc as Group Strategy and Corporate …

Niel Mclean

Niel Mclean

Chair, The Learning Foundation

Neil started as a teacher + local authority adviser developing the use of technology in the classroom.

Michelle Richmond MBE CEng

Michelle Richmond MBE CEng

Director of Membership and Professional Development, IET

Michelle Richmond was appointed IET Director of Membership + ….

Leigh Smyth

Leigh Smyth

Co-Chair, DPA Community Board

As a firm believer in equality of opportunity + using corporate scale, tech + data for good, Leigh has led …

Moira Thomas

Moira Thomas

Group Director of Sustainability and ESG, Currys Plc

Moira joined Currys Plc as Group Director of Sustainability and ESG …

Ambassadors

Dr Kira Allmann

Dr Kira Allmann

Dr Kira Allmann is a Public Engagement Researcher at the Ada Lovelace Institute …

Dan Brown

Dan Brown

Founder & CEO Positive Transformation Group (PTG), Keynote Speaker and Aspiring Author

Sally Caughey

Sally Caughey

Sally leads Capgemini UK’s Digital Inclusion activity which focuses on sharing the expertise and skills …

Jo Dalton

Jo Dalton

Jo is an Account Director at Lodestone Communications, specialising in public affairs and campaigns across …

Dave Donaghy

Dave Donaghy

Dave is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and …

Dr Karen Elliott

Dr Karen Elliott

Ethics

Karen Elliott is an Associate Professor in Enterprise/Innovation (FinTech), named as ‘Standout #35 Women in FinTech …

Prof. Kerensa Jennings

Prof. Kerensa Jennings

Digital Impact Specialist

Professor Kerensa Jennings FRSA is a digital impact specialist, senior adviser at BT, a Trustee and Company …

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason

Managing Director, Global & Speciality, AON UK Ltd

Michelle has more than 25 year’s experience across business and …

Prof. Michael John Miller

Prof. Michael John Miller

C.Eng, CITP, FBCS, FEDIPLdgPra

Michael is a respected international consultant in eHealth, Digital Transformation and Telemedicine …

Phil Smith CBE FREng

Phil Smith CBE FREng

Chair Digital Skills Partnership

Phil is a Chairman and Director as well as an advisor, mentor and speaker. As former Chief Executive and Chairman …

Louise Stokes

Louise Stokes

Louise is an experienced community and communications specialist.  …

Tristan Wilkinson

Tristan Wilkinson

Tristan has worked within the technology sector for over twenty years in a variety of leadership roles …

Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Chris Winter is a former IBM Fellow with over 50 years of experience in the IT industry. He was a co-author …

Emma Wright

Emma Wright

Emma Wright is a lawyer who has focussed on digital law and policy for the last 20 years …

Prof. Simeon Yates

Prof. Simeon Yates

Simeon is Professor of Digital Culture and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research Environment and Postgraduate Research. …

Paul Russell

Paul Russell

Creative Thinking

Paul Russell is an experienced advocate for the importance of digital diversity and inclusion. He has over 35 years’ …

Community board

We are asking expert cross sector partners + aggregators to drive and inspire collective action.

Leigh Smyth

Co-Chair

Matthew Adam

Member representing

We are Digital

Julian David

Member representing

Tech UK

Amanda Davis

Member representing

Ofcom

Tim Dumbleton

Member representing

Department for Education

Matthew Evans

Member representing

Tech UK – Broadband Stakeholder Group

Russell Hobby

Member representing

Teach First

Rachel Huggins

Member representing

Internet Matters

Robin Knowles

Member representing

Digital Leaders

Mark Livesey

Member representing

Local Enterprise Partnerships

Jocelle Lovell

Member representing

Digital Inclusion Wales

Amy Low

Member representing

AbilityNet

Adam Micklethwaite

Member representing

Good Things Foundation

Jonathan Middleton

Member representing

Digital and Data at UK Finance

Anja Neilson

Member representing

UK Committee for UNICEF

Sam Olsen

Member representing

Movement for Work

Sarah Poretta

Member representing

Money and Pensions Services

Freddie Quek

Member representing

The community of tech leaders communities called #joiningthedots #uktechleaders

Jason Scott-Taggart

Member representing

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

David Scurr

Member representing

CAST / Catalyst

Aaron Slater

Member representing

Scottish Council of voluntary organisations

Andrew van Doorn

Member representing

Housing Association Charitable Trust

Emma Weston

Member representing

CEO Digital Unite

The DPA Peoples Parliament

We are driven by the thoughts, needs and aspirations of those people and organisations we are aiming to support. We are actively engaging with people and other organisations able to enhance our understanding through existing networks of people to ensure we respond to what they need and not what others think they need.

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