Ben Pollard


Ben began his career documenting and supporting displaced communities in Bangladesh, East Africa and Zimbabwe before training as a community organiser in Washington DC and London where he co-founded the Citizens UK campaign to increase Syrian refugee resettlement.


Irina Bolychevsky


Irina is a digital strategist and expert on open data, data platforms, data standards, privacy and decentralised technology. She led the ckan open source open data platform to international adoption, served on Open Knowledge’s senior management team and now as a board member and developed the personal data infrastructure programme within the UK’s Government Digital Service. She is the founder and director of

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Will Myddelton


Will is a user-centred designer who has moved into product roles over the last few years. Most recently he worked for the Government Digital Service (GDS) and Home Office. Before that he worked at cxpartners and other user-centred design agencies. He is interested in making good products in teams that are rewarding to work with.


Andrew Chaplin


Andrew is a graduate of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He also has three years' experience in the voluntary sector, including managing campaign groups with SPEAK Network and working alongside refugees in the West Bank and South Africa.


Claire Brown


Claire began her career as a journalist before making the leap into the worlds of marketing, communications and funding. She's spent the past 10 years having fun in education and the third sector, where she's specialised in developing programmes and campaigns to engage young people and adults experiencing poverty and disadvantage.


Eliot Fineberg


Eliot has spent more than 10 years working at the intersection of service design, technology and delivery. He has been Deputy Director at the Ministry of Justice, Products Lead at FutureGov and has a background in product management and digital strategy. He thinks interesting things happen when the creative, passionate and analytical people work together.


Celia Mellow


Celia recently graduated from the University of Derby where she studied Global Development with Sociology (BSc). Celia first met Local Welcome as a committee member of Student Action for Refugees (STAR National), a Student Union society. After taking on the role of Primary Leader for Derby’s first Local Welcome group, Celia was offered a voluntary internship to fit alongside her studies. This eventually became a graduate role!


Efe Harut


Efe studied Architecture in Turkey and recently completed an MA in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins focused on human centred design methodologies. He loves creating things that are useful and have impact.


Helen Brown


Helen spent more than thirty years working in the financial sector including fifteen years as personal assistant to bank directors and ten years as a human resources consultant specialising in dispute resolution. She is an accredited workplace Mediator, experienced in Team Issue Resolution as well as two party mediation. Helen is now semi-retired and assists Ben Pollard.





Alice Newton-Rex

Alice is VP of Product at WorldRemit, a fintech start-up that helps migrants send money back to friends and family in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before that she was a product manager on GOV.UK, and co-wrote the first digital strategy for the Ministry of Justice.


Dr. Ella Fitzsimmons

Ella is a digital strategist and writer. She helps digital teams work out what they do and how they talk about it. She's Swedish and American and has worked in 3 continents, most recently at the Government Digital Services (GDS), Doteveryone and now the Co-op Digital. She recently finished her PhD thesis about how new communities of Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women are emerging online.


Nick Gretton

Nick is an experienced finance director and board member who loves to help organisations make an impact. He has worked for a number of technology businesses and has helped many non-profit organisations, in the fields of education, sustainability and faith-based projects.


James Darling

James has over 10 years of experience in the digital sector. He has been Technical Architect of the Labour Party, Head of Software Development at Ministry of Justice, Technical Lead at GOV.UK and Creative Technologist at design consultancy BERG. James also co-founded Rewired State.


Martin Dittus

Martin has a decade of experience in community organisations and social computing. He is currently completing a PhD at UCL, researching community engagement for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. He was a director and trustee at the London Hackspace, organiser and facilitator at Occupy London, Hack the Barbican, Electromagnetic Field, the Air Quality Egg DIY sensing community and others, and was a software developer for



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Beadie Finzi

Beadie is Foundation Director of Doc Society. In addition to executive producing a number of films, Beadie is responsible for the global Good Pitch programme and helping develop tools for the field such as the Impact Field Guide and the Doc Impact Award. Beadie is also an experienced filmmaker. Titles include Only When I Dance, released theatrically in the UK and US. She produced Unknown White Male in 2005, which played at Sundance Film Festival and was Oscar shortlisted.


Lindsey Boswell

Since 2010 Lindsey has been CEO of FareShare the UK's largest charity fighting hunger and food waste . FareShare is a network of amazing people, volunteers and staff, who work hard to source surplus food from the food industry and redistribute it to charities. Since 2010 we have gone from 3,600 tonnes passed to 700 charities feeding 35,500 people per day and saving the charities nearly £8 million to now 13,552 tonnes to 7,000 charities, feeding 500,000 people per week and providing more than 28.6 million meals a year.. All done with in date, fit to retail food that is surplus in the food industries supply chain.


Tom Baker

Tom is Head of Mobilisation at Save the Children UK, and previously worked at Bond - the UK network for organisations working in international development, Tearfund and Chrisitan Aid, where he led campaigns on a range of aid and development topics, as well as supporting campaigning organisations across the world. He blogs at Thoughtful Campaigner and is a keen observer of the rapidly changing trends in advocacy in the UK and beyond. Away from work he's a keen runner and triathlete.


Teem Khan

Teem Khan has 10 years experience as a retail operations manager and is an active campaigner in the LGBTQ & refugee community. He is also a member of the Gay Man dance Company (GMDC). He is currently seeking sanctuary in the UK.