Welcome and Conference Chair

Rachel Neaman
Advisory Board Member, Digital Leaders

Rachel is member of the Digital Leaders Advisory Board and Chair of the DL100 judging panel. Until April 2016, Rachel was Chief Executive of Go ON UK, the cross-sector digital skills charity chaired by Baroness Martha Lane Fox, working to ensure all individuals, small businesses and charities in the UK have the basic digital skills they need. On 1 April 2016, Go ON UK merged with Doteveryone, a new kind of digital organisation founded by Martha Lane Fox to show what's possible: tech that does good, at scale, for everyone. Rachel is responsible for developing Doteveryone’s networks and partnerships working with organisations including the BBC, BT, Google, Home Retail Group, Lloyds Banking Group, Nominet and Sage Group.

Rachel has extensive senior leadership experience in government and in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and internationally. She is a regular public speaker at conferences and seminars, a frequent judge of digital awards and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Rachel has been shortlisted as one of Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in IT 2016.

Mark Thompson
Strategy Director at Methods Digital

Mark Thompson has 22 years’ experience in public sector ICT. He is Strategy Director at Methods Group, specialists in digitally-enabled public services, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Cambridge Judge Business School, Visiting Professor at Surrey Business School, Board Member of Digital Leaders, panel member of CBI C21 Public Services Group, and recent Board Member of Intellect/Tech UK. He has published in several top-tier IS and organisation journals, and is a reviewer for over 16 journals. Mark is acknowledged as one of the architects of government’s shift towards Open systems, and is a frequent contributor to columns and/or chair of panels and conferences on Digital public services.