Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech, Conference Chair
Maggie Philbin is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award winning organisation helping young people understand more about opportunities in Science and Technology. She is keen to help improve the visibility of successful scientists and engineers, to encourage both young people and women to pursue careers and to reach top positions in these areas. In 2016, Maggie was voted Digital Leader of the Year at the DL100 awards and was named Computer Weekly's Most Influential Woman in UK IT.
Simon Leeming, Head of Digital Skills Partnership, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (Panellist)
Helen Milner, Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation
Helen Milner OBE is the Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, working with 5,000 hyper-local community partners to help people make the most of technology. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in online education. Since 2010, Good Things Foundation has helped almost 2 million people to learn basic digital skills using www.learnmyway.com.
Rachel Neaman, CEO, Corsham Institute (Panellist)
Rachel is CEO of Corsham Institute (Ci), a not-for-profit organisation working for a fair, inclusive, prosperous and creative society based on trust and security. A specialist in digital transformation, leadership, skills and inclusion, Rachel was previously Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone, the organisation founded by Baroness Martha Lane Fox to make the internet work for everyone. Before that, she was Chief Executive of the digital skills charity Go ON UK, which merged with Doteveryone in April 2016. Prior to joining Go ON UK, she was Digital Leader and Head of Profession for Digital at the Department of Health, responsible for digital strategy, policy and transformation. From 2013–16, Rachel was Chair of Digital Leaders, a global initiative for senior leaders promoting effective, long-term digital transformation She is now a non-executive member of the Advisory Board under the new Chair Lord Francis Maude. Rachel is also a non-executive member of the DigitalHealth.London Advisory Board and the UKCloud Health Advisory Board.
Matthew Ryder QC, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Great London Authority
As Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Matthew ensures that social mobility is central to the Mayor’s programmes. He leads the promotion of active citizenship across London and makes sure City Hall uses the best methods for measuring levels of social integration. He’s been Chair of the UK’s Black Cultural Archive, a governor of the University of the Arts in London, a national ‘Reach Role Model’ and has regularly been named as one of the most influential persons of African- Caribbean heritage in the UK by the annual ‘Powerlist’. A keen sportsman, Matthew created and ran an annual charity basketball tournament in Brixton to help young British players progress onto college scholarships in America.
Campbell Robb, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Campbell joined Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust as Chief Executive in January 2017. Before joining JRF and JRHT, Campbell was the Chief Executive of Shelter for seven years. As Chief Executive, he led the organisation through one of the most challenging periods in its history. This included building a sustainable, fundable model of integrated advice and support that is helping more clients than ever before, a growth in independent income and leading the organisation’s response to some of the biggest changes to housing and welfare policy in generations. Prior to joining Shelter, Campbell was the first Director General of the Office of the Third Sector, an adviser to The Treasury and was previously Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Campbell is a trustee of Care International UK.
Nicola Wallace Dean, Programme Lead, Starting Point Community Learning Partnership
Nicola is the Programme Lead for the Starting Point Community Learning Partnership in Stockport, a social enterprise focused on creating exceptional community learning spaces. She also has more than 10 years experience in developing and delivering IT training for organisations including IBM, Merseyside Police and the Ministry of Justice. She describes herself as ‘passionate about increasing social and digital inclusion by listening to people, working out what drives them and encouraging them to take positive action to bring about change’.
Liz Williams, Director of Tech Literacy at BT and Chair of Good Things Foundation's Board
Liz heads BT’s tech literacy programme which aims to help build a culture of tech literacy, where it is viewed as a cornerstone of modern education. The programme was launched in March 2015 alongside a first ambition to reach 5 million young people with better teaching in computing skills by 2020. To date, over 900,000 children have benefitted. Liz also leads the BT Group Education Strategy which helps young people, particularly those at risk of being disadvantaged, become work ready and get into jobs. Liz is Chair of the Good Things Foundation, a UK based charity which supports digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. Most recently, Liz chaired a review of digital skills on behalf of the UK Government. Liz represents BT on the Movement to Work employer coalition committed to tackling youth unemployment through high-quality vocational training and work experience. In 2016, Liz was named in Business Cloud Magazine’s inaugural ‘100 Women Role Models of Tech’ list.