Labour's Digital Government Review

Advisory Board

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+Tom Chatfield

Tom Chatfield (@TomChatfield) is a British author and technology theorist. The author of five books exploring digital culture – most recently How to Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) and Netymology (Quercus) – his work has appeared in over twenty territories and languages. He also creates and designs content for games, apps and interactive media, including the award-winning educational game The End. Italian think tank LSDP named him one of its 100 Top Global Thinkers for his work on technology.

As a consultant and designer, Tom is interested in improving our experiences of digital technology, and in better understanding its use in policy, education and engagement. Past collaborators include Google, the BBC, Channel 4 Education, Mind Candy, We Are What We Do, Flamingo London, Six to Start, Preloaded, Firefish, Future Lab, Sense Worldwide, SAGE Publications, Sugru, the BMJ, and Allianz.

Recent projects include collaboration with We Are What We Do on a game to improve young people's mental health, awarded funding through Google's global Impact Challenge; research for BMJ Learning on the value of digital pedagogy; and work with SAGE Publications on the nature of excellence in online learning.

Tom speaks and broadcast around the world on technology, the arts and media. Appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions Festival; authors@Google; the World Congress on Information Technology; Science Foo Camp; Intelligence Squared; the Houses of Parliament; Aspen Seminars for Leaders; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Googleplex.

A launch columnist for the BBC’s worldwide technology site, BBC Future, Tom writes and commentates widely in the international media, as well as guest lecturing at universities in the UK and Europe. He has a doctorate from St John's College, Oxford, and is an associate editor at Prospect magazine; a faculty member at London’s School of Life; a past guest faculty member at the Said Business School, Oxford; a Master's Committee member at the Economics Research Council; and a senior expert at the Global Governance Institute.

When not working, he plays jazz piano and drinks too much coffee.

+Eur Ing Peter Ingram BSc (Hons), Ceng, FIET

Peter Ingram is Managing Director of Touchstone Consulting Limited, his own company, established to provide strategic consulting in telecommunications, media and technology to a range of clients in the UK and around the world, including investors, operators, suppliers and governments/regulators.

He also acts as Programme Director for the Suffolk Better Broadband Programme, and is a member of the UK Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Framework Board. Until the end of 2009, Peter Ingram was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Ofcom, which is the regulator and competition authority for the UK's converged communications industry, where he played a leading role in Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Telecommunications (which led to the functional separation of BT Openreach), Ofcom’s strategy for Next Generation Access/Superfast Broadband, and Ofcom’s management of the radio spectrum.

Prior to joining Ofcom in 2004, Peter had been Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BT Retail. Peter had a long and varied career at BT, including working on the strategy and technology developments related to broadband.

+Stephen King

As a partner at Omidyar Network, Stephen brings exceptional experience in applying media and technology to create positive social impact. Stephen leads the global Government Transparency initiative and a portfolio that includes a broad range of national and global organizations. Many are innovators in the use of technology to help make governments more responsive and aid citizens in holding their governments to account. The portfolio includes: Sunlight Foundation, Global Voices, Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, mySociety, New Citizen, Janaagraha and Ushahidi, among others.

Prior to Omidyar Network, Stephen served as the chief executive of BBC Media Action, where he led a period of sustained growth that included building programs in more than 40 countries in the developing world. Stephen helped establish the organization’s international reputation as one of the largest and most successful organizations using media and communications to improve the lives of the world’s poor and promote better governance and transparency worldwide. Prior to the BBC, Stephen held executive positions at several non-profit organizations based in the United Kingdom and the developing world.

Stephen is based in London and is a board member of Ushahidi, Global Voices, and mySociety. He holds an MA in Oriental and African Studies from the University of London.

+Piers Linney

Piers Linney, Co-CEO of the world-leading Cloud Service Provider Outsourcery plc, is an entrepreneur with a blue chip background in venture capital law, corporate finance and fund management.

Starting at just 13 years old when he cut out his local newsagent by going direct to the wholesaler to start his own paper round, Piers’s career has spanned a range of businesses in the technology, media and communications sectors. He is inspired by the disruptive power of technology and the Internet, social business and the need for alternative financing options for growth businesses, and he firmly believes that business can be a force for good.

Outsourcery’s reseller partners include large telecommunications companies, systems integrators and value-added-resellers as well as many smaller IT and communications resellers with small and medium-sized business end-customers. Outsourcery was Microsoft’s worldwide Hosting Partner of the Year 2010, Microsoft’s worldwide Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year 2011, one of three finalists for the Microsoft worldwide Server Platform of the Year 2013 and recently winner of the UK Cloud Awards Collaboration Product of the Year 2014. Outsourcery provides cloud-based IT and communications solutions for commercial and public sector end-customers and has partnered with Microsoft and Dell to deploy the first Microsoft-validated IL3 accredited platform for the provision of services to central Government in line with its ‘cloud-first’ and SME procurement policies.

Piers featured on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire in 2011 and is currently one of the Dragons on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den. Piers works extensively with charities in his role as a trustee of the Powerlist Foundation and the innovation charity, Nesta.

+Cho Oliver

After graduating in engineering from Imperial College, Cho spent the eighties learning the IT trade in investment banking in the City and Wall Street.

Looking for a change in the nineties, she co-founded and grew an innovative software consultancy to several hundred strong across offices in the UK, US and India. She advised blue chip clients across many industries, as well as a couple of UK government departments, on how to realise their business strategies through leveraging emerging technologies and the internet.

Following the dot com crash, Cho became CIO for European Oil Trading at BP during a time of significant IT investment and change. Wider group roles followed with responsibility for IT methods and best practice.

+William Perrin

William has experience of deploying leading edge digital technologies in deprived and isolated communities and national digital strategy.


founder of Talk About Local, working with people in their communities across the country to help them find a grass roots voice online that they own and run. TAL’s trainers worked in some of Britain’s most deprived and isolated communities to help modern digital technologies benefit people’s daily lives. In London’s Kings Cross, many years before regeneration, William realised that digital technologies could support and even augment traditional local community action and created as an online voice and organising tool for local activists. This site was based on William’s real world experience of working with local people in a tough environment to improve a challenging neighbourhood. William was a founder member of the Local Public Data Panel working with local government, CLG and citizens to open up local government data.


William was a senior civil servant prior to founding Talk About Local with a 15 year career that frequently involved national digital issues. William was technology policy advisor to Prime Minister Blair 2001-2004 and through commissioning and delivering the 2007 Power of Information Review for Ministers was partly responsible for the modern interest in open data. William was instrumental in publishing the Communications White Paper in 2000 that created OFCOM. And in the 1990s did much work on enabling digital TV. While in the Cabinet Office working on transformational government, William was also chair of the OECD expert group on ‘e-government’. In 2009 William was appointed to the selection panel for the Independently Financed News Consortia and from 2012-2014 served on the Government Digital Service’s Digital Advisory Board. William is a non-executive director of The Tinder Foundation, which exists to make good things happen with digital technology, with a focus on digital inclusion.


William is a trustee of The Indigo Trust, a grant making foundation that supports people, largely in Sub-Saharan Africa to create or find the information they need to make their lives better

+Vicki Shotbolt

Vicki Shotbolt is the founder and CEO of The Parent Zone which she set up in 2005 with a simple aim: to work with the companies and organisations real parents engage with on a daily basis to create practical approaches to making parenting less stressful. Vicki first became involved in creating parent-friendly initiatives when she joined the Family and Parenting Institute in 1999 having spent several years working for children’s charities.

Currently, Vicki serves on the board of Gingerbread, is the chair of FairFun and is on the executive board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety. She is a regular commentator on a wide range of parenting issues.

+Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. She originally trained as a psychologist and knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development from the University of Nottingham. She went on to work as an independent consultant and practitioner, specialising in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs, before joining the Open Data Institute in 2012. She was awarded an OBE for services to technology and open data in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Before joining the ODI, Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for, which pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector, set a new standard in the publication of legislation on the web, and formed the basis of The National Archives’ strategy for bringing the UK’s legislation up to date as open, public data.

Within the wider UK public sector, Jeni worked on the early linked data work on, helping to engineer new standards for the publication of statistics as linked data; building APIs for geographic, transport and education data; and supporting the publication of public sector organograms as open data. She continues her work within the UK’s public sector as a member of the UK Government Linked Data Group, the Open Data User Group, the Crime and Justice Transparency Sector Panel, the Education Data Transparency Group and the Open Standards Board.

Jeni has contributed to several international standards through the W3C, working on XSLT and XPath 2.0 within the XSL Working Group and on XProc within the XML Processing Working Group. She was appointed by Tim Berners-Lee to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group in 2011 and has since chaired the W3C’s HTML Data Task Force. In 2014 she started to co-chair the W3C’s CSV on the Web Working Group.

+Graham Walker

As CEO of Go ON UK, Graham is responsible for leading the UK’s Digital Skills Alliance, which aims to make the UK the most digitally skilled nation in the world. He sits on the organisation’s board of Founder Partners, chaired by Martha Lane Fox, with the CEOs of Age UK, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, EE, E.ON, Lloyds Banking Group, Post Office and TalkTalk.

Graham previously held the post of Director for Digital Delivery at the Cabinet Office, where he headed up the Government’s policy and strategy work on digital delivery in the public sector.

Graham was also a Director at Race Online 2012, supporting the policy and strategy work behind the office of the UK Digital Champion, working to deliver a 100% networked nation, and has previously been a Managing Partner at Gov3, as well as former Director of Strategy for the Office of e-Envoy at the Cabinet Office.