Technologists, Human Resource leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs and academics are advancing our work.
Management and advisors
Wingham Rowan: our founder is the original inventor of this kind of technology. A former technology journalist he was producer/presenter of the UK’s longest running television series about the Internet: cyber.cafe on ITV. Wingham has overseen multiple implementations of new flexible workforce or volunteering tools for organisations including: Tesco, Cabinet Office, Department of Health and many local authorities.
Richard Tyrie: a former recruiter who joined the UK’s first employment website in 1996. He went on to set up Jobsgopublic.com, the UK’s first employment network for the public and third sector. He has supported the Beyond Jobs vision since 2006.
Lord Knight of Weymouth: former Minister of Employment and Welfare Reform, “Sharing Economy” advocate, trustee of Nominet Trust and MD of a global online learning provider.
Stephen Timms MP: former software executive who has been an East London MP since 1994. He has been Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Minister for Digital Britain, Minister for Pensions in the DWP and is currently Shadow Employment Minister.
Ian Taylor: former MP, Science Minister and chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee; now on the board of innovation driven businesses and charities including Living PlanIT SA. He chairs the Rainbow Seed Fund Advisory Board: the Fund invests on behalf of leading UK publicly funded research organisations.
Caroline Waters OBE: former Director of People and Policy for BT (British Telecom) and HR Director of the Year. Founder and Chair of Employers for Carers and Chair of the Lone Parents’ working group. Currently Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Vice President of CarersUK.
Chris Yapp: Chris is the former Head of Public Sector Innovation for Microsoft and has also worked for HP, Fujitsu and Honeywell. He now speaks and writes extensively on the future of IT and advises government bodies. He is the British Computer Society’s regular blogger on the Future of IT.
Tony Fish: entrepreneur and investor behind many successful start-ups. Advisor on innovation policy and founder of FabLab, Innovation Warehouse and AMF Ventures. Venture Capital advisor. Initiator of the Digital20 think tank. Author of My Digital Footprint (2009), Mobile web 2.0 (2007) and Open Gardens; the innovator’s guide to the mobile data industry (2004).
Brendan Martin: Managing Director of Public World. A former journalist, he has consulted for The World Bank, the International Labour Organisation and Public Services International and advised the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
US – Dr. Stephen Commins: formerly Senior Human Development Specialist at the World Bank where he worked on economic crisis, poverty and service delivery issues. Currently Lecturer in Regional and International Development, Department of Urban Planning, and Associate Director, Global Public Affairs, Luskin School, UCLA.
INDIA – Manas Pattnaik: India based investor and entrepreneur with long standing interest in public policy. Formerly in California, has worked for Microsoft and Qualcomm and consulted for organisations including SanDisk and Fannie Mae.
IRELAND – Mervyn Taylor: Pathfinder project and programme leader with background in citizens information services and NGOs and public policy engagement in Dublin and Brussels on innovative technology related initiatives.