Our People.

“I am…delighted to accept the position as Chair of the Digital Poverty Alliance, a newly formed organisation committed to making sure that families don’t have to suffer the injustice of being excluded from digital life.

Our vision is to enable a world that enables everyone to have an equal + sufficient opportunity for the life-changing benefits that digital brings.

Over the coming months, we are creating a local + global community of organisations collaborating + uniting under a common cause. We’ll start in the UK, but quickly engage with global partners that share our values.”

Lord Jim Knight

Join the DPA Global Community Hub [BETA]

DPA Core Team

Paul Finnis

Paul Finnis

CEO

paul@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Paul is CEO of the Learning Foundation and the Digital Poverty Alliance.

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

COO

elizabeth@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Elizabeth leads the DPA’s operations and programmes, as well as those of the Learning Foundation.

Keelan Meade

Keelan Meade

Head of Research, Evaluation and Insights

keelan@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Keelan works with cross-sector partners to build the evidence base on digital poverty and evaluate our proof of concept projects.

Jen Gracie

Jen Gracie

Head of Policy and Communications

jennifer@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Jen leads on our work to advocate for solutions to digital poverty, as well as our communications work.

Kate Towey

Kate Towey

National Partnerships Lead

kate@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Kate focusses on new and established corporate partnerships, as well as fundraising opportunities across the UK.

Fiona Wong

Fiona Wong

Project Support Manager

fiona@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Fiona supports our programmes and activities, liaising with partners and driving activity across the team.

Ellie Crouch

Ellie Crouch

Head of Digital

ellie@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Ellie leads on our digital presence, website and marketing.

Natalie Jubb

Natalie Jubb

Administration and Policy Support

natalie@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Natalie provides key administration and policy research support.

Aisha Tarajia

Aisha Tarajia

Policy Research Volunteer

aisha@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Aisha works alongside Natalie to provide policy research and parliamentary monitoring support.

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 …

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 …

Paula Coughlan

Paula Coughlan

Chief People, Communications and Sustainability Officer at Currys

Paula is Currys’ Chief People Officer, a role she has held since 2019, when she joined with the ambition to…

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 …

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 …

Community board

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

Leigh Smyth

Co-Chair

Ingrid Abreu Scherer

Member representing

National Academy for Social Prescribing

Matthew Adam

Member representing

We are Digital

Julia Adamson FRSA CITP

Director of Education

BCS

Stephen Bethel

Member representing

British Retail Consortium

Gillian Churchill

Member representing

Movement for Work

Julian David

Member representing

Tech UK

Amanda Davis

Member representing

Ofcom

Helen Dobson

Member representing

Citizens Online

Matthew Evans

Member representing

Tech UK – Broadband Stakeholder Group

Catrin Hale

Member representing

Currys

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

Phillip Mind

Member representing

Digital and Data at UK Finance

Kate Mitchenall

Member representing

UK Regulators Network

Polly Morgan

Member representing

iDEA Foundation

Claire O'Meara

Member representing

UK Committee for UNICEF

Martyn Perry

Member representing

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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

Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors play a key role in helping to raise awareness and to support our small core team to deliver services for the DPA community.
Dr Kira Allmann

Dr Kira Allmann

Public Engagement Researcher

Chris Ashworth

Chris Ashworth

Head of Social Impact, Nominet

Matt Atkinson

Matt Atkinson

Managing Director, System88 and Chief Innovation Officer, Waymark

Hilary Bannister

Hilary Bannister

Principal Architect, Kainos

Andy Boucher

Andy Boucher

co-founder, Employers’ Social Mobility Alliance

Dan Brember

Dan Brember

Deputy Director for GOV.UK

Dan Brown

Dan Brown

Founder, Positive Transformation Group

Gary Brunskill

Gary Brunskill

Specialist Lead – Assistive Technology and Digital Inclusion, RNIB Technology for Life Team

Sally Caughey

Sally Caughey

Head of Digital Inclusion at Capgemini

Alfred Cardona

Alfred Cardona

Head of Learning and Quality, Croydon College

Ri Chakraborty FRSA

Ri Chakraborty FRSA

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts and Trustee for Norwich University of the Arts

Beverly Clarke

Beverly Clarke

National Community Manager at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Liam Cookson

Liam Cookson

Technical Lead, Code Nation

Fiona Dawson

Fiona Dawson

Director, Mayden and Bath Bridge,

Kat Dixon

Kat Dixon

Director of Partnerships, Catch22

Dave Donaghy

Dave Donaghy

Trustee at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Elena Dumitrana

Elena Dumitrana

Product Lead

Dr Karen Elliott

Dr Karen Elliott

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Newcastle University Business School

Angela Fairs

Angela Fairs

CEO, Full Circle Educational Consultancy

Alistair Forbes

Alistair Forbes

Founding Director and CEO, Scottish Tech Army

Mick Goulding

Mick Goulding

Commercial Director, Cellnex UK

Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Founder and CEO, Thebes Group

Fiona Hopkinson

Fiona Hopkinson

Head of Strategic Communications at EY Foundation

Sean Houlston

Sean Houlston

Parliamentary Office Manager

Ebru Ilhan

Ebru Ilhan

Head of Sustainability Engagement and Capability Philip Morris International

Dr Sadia Jamil

Dr Sadia Jamil

Asian Media Information Communication Centre, UAE

Dhammaratna Jawale

Dhammaratna Jawale

Asia-Pacific Youth Ambassador, UNESCO-GAPMIL

Prof. Kerensa Jennings

Prof. Kerensa Jennings

Digital Impact Specialist

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

President at Open University Students Association

Savraj Kaur

Savraj Kaur

Chair & Co-Founder Ready Tech Go

Richard Knowlton

Richard Knowlton

Director of Security Studies, Oxford Cyber Academy

Al Kingsley

Al Kingsley

Group CEO, NetSupport Limited

James Lee Burgess

James Lee Burgess

Founder CEO, UrbanXR

Kamran Mallick

Kamran Mallick

CEO, Disability Rights UK

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason

Managing Director, Global & Speciality, AON UK Ltd

Kirsty McIntosh

Kirsty McIntosh

Head of Partnerships, Scottish Tech Army

Prof. Michael John Miller

Prof. Michael John Miller

WHO Digital Health Technical Advisory Group (DHTAG) Roster of Experts

Stuart Milligan

Stuart Milligan

Deputy Director - Enablement, National Deaf Children's Society

Shakeeb Niazi

Shakeeb Niazi

Founder of S.E.E.D.

Sian Nicholas

Sian Nicholas

Head of Sustainable Communities, Monmouthshire Housing

Ray O'Sullivan

Ray O'Sullivan

Chief Revenue Officer, Claxon Agency

Alison Owen

Alison Owen

Senior Lawyer - Digital Media, AdTech, Data Governance, Data Privacy, Data Ethics

Freddie Quek

Freddie Quek

Chief Technology Officer, The community of tech leaders

Massimo Ragnedda

Massimo Ragnedda

Associate Professor in Media and Communication at Northumbria University

Andrea Ravnik

Andrea Ravnik

Head of Amazon in the Community for Amazon UK

Catherine Ann Reid

Catherine Ann Reid

CEO and Founder, Doqit Technologies

David Richards

David Richards

Founder, CEO and chairman of WANdisco plc

Maria Laura Ruiu (PhD)

Maria Laura Ruiu (PhD)

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Northumbria University (UK)

Paul Russell

Paul Russell

Creative Thinking

Issi Saumtally

Issi Saumtally

Chief Data Officer, Brunswick Group

Prof. Sam Shah

Prof. Sam Shah

Chief Medical Strategy Officer, Numan

Cat Smith

Cat Smith

Chief Operating Officer at Community TechAid

Phil	Smith

Phil Smith

Chairman IQE PLC

Louise Stokes

Louise Stokes

Digital Communities

Revd Gail Thompson

Revd Gail Thompson

CEO founder, Millennium Community Solutions

Samantha Tilley

Samantha Tilley

Digital Strategy & Innovation Manager at Wigan Council

Julia Von Klonowski

Julia Von Klonowski

Digital Director, Career Colleges

Catherine Tryfona

Catherine Tryfona

Associate Dean Partnerships, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Andy Wake

Andy Wake

Board Member at Town and Community Limited

Charlotte Walshe

Charlotte Walshe

Partnerships and Impact Director at In Kind Direct

Chris Winter

Chris Winter

IBM Fellow (Retired)

Chris Wong

Chris Wong

Digital Technologies Leader, Mars

Emma Wright

Emma Wright

Lawyer

Prof. Simeon Yates

Prof. Simeon Yates

Professor of Digital Culture

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