What I’m currently doing
I'm currently the Head of Digital Grant Making at the Big Lottery Fund, where I head up a new £15 Million fund that aims to strengthen the social sector through digital. For the previous 3 years I was the Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone, where I led the Digital Society strand of work - looking at how the internet is changing society and 'strengthening and protecting what matters most'. I'm also the co-founder of Tech For Good Global, as well as founder of the Civic Shop.
Internationally, I'm the UK Ambassador for SIX (Social Innovation Exchange), a global network for social and civic innovation. In 2015 I was awarded a fellowship by the Personal Democracy Forum and Civic Hall in New York. I'm on the Advisory Board for Participatory City, the Good Lab, Atlas of the Future and Collectively (soon to become Vice Impact), and am a mentor for Year Here and Bethnal Green Ventures. I'm also a visiting fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL.
I hold an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and BA (Hons) 1st class in Design. I'm a trained CTI coach and a certified relationship and systems coach with ORSC.
I've spent the last 15 years working in and actively building the field of social innovation: I was an early service and social design practitioner working with organisations like thinkpublic, Participle, 00 and the Young Foundation, and in 2004I was awarded by Nesta as a Creative Pioneer.
I've developed network strategies for the British Council, Somerset House and Comic Relief, and have designed and delivered social innovation and systems change programmes for organisations like Nominet Trust, Lankelly Chase and Gulbenkian. My experience also extends to local and national Government (working for 12 months with Government Digital Service, with the social finance team in the Cabinet Office, and the Libraries Taskforce in DCMS). I have also worked with corporates like Co-op Digital, designing ways national brands can be useful for local, social infrastructure.
, in 2013 I won the Urban Prototyping Festival for DataStore which we went on to show at Digital Shoreditch and in 2015 we won an award from the British Council to create CENSUS, shown at Somerset House and the Southbank.
A long time ago I worked in Fashion, first at Marie Claire Magazine in New York, then with Danish designer Camilla Staerk, before setting up my own design company for which I was awarded by Nesta as a Creative Pioneer. And then somewhere between those two lives I also forayed into the world of intimacy and sexuality. I designed the Intimacy Lab, was awarded funding by the Pervasive Media Studio and REACT, and ran Labs at the Barbican, Watershed and the Royal Festival Hall. In 2008 my MSc in Applied Positive Psychology focussed on the relationship between sexual expression and eudaimonic wellbeing.