Chairs, Treasurer and Vice-Chairs
|Chi Onwurah MP – Co-Chair – Chi Onwurah MP is Co-Chair of Pictfor and MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central. She graduated from Imperial College and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. She is a Chartered Engineer and the former head of Telecoms Technology for Ofcom, and currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy.|
|Matt Warman MP – Co-Chair – Matt Warman MP was first elected as the MP for Boston and Skegness in May 2015. Prior to entering Parliament, he was Technology Editor for the Telegraph, where he worked for over a decade. Matt is currently a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, and Co-Chairs the APPG For Broadband and Digital Connectivity.|
|Rt. Hon. Lord McNally – Treasurer – Rt. Hon. Lord McNally was Chairman of the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales, 2014 –17 and served as Minister of State for Justice with responsibility for data protection and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 2010 -2013. He was Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords 2004 to 2013. Tom was educated at University College London where he obtained a B.Sc. (econ) in economics and social history. He was made a Fellow of UCL in 1995 and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010. He was member of Parliament for Stockport South 1979 to 1983 and served on the Select Committee on Industry and Trade. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the Parliament/ Industry Trust and the Royal Society of Arts.|
|Lord Harris of Haringey – Officer – Lord Harris of Haringey is a Labour peer who was appointed to the House of Lords in 1998. He was the Treasurer of Pictfor for many years and was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee that reported on “Personal Internet Security” in 2007. He currently sits on the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy, which is reviewing the Government’s cyber strategy.|
|Stephen Timms MP – Officer – The Rt Hon Stephen Timms is currently the Member of Parliament for East Ham. He is also the Labour Party’s Faith Envoy, and sits on the Exiting the European Union Select Committee. Stephen entered Parliament in 1994 and held a number of ministerial posts under the previous Labour Government including Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. In Opposition, he was Shadow Minister for Employment from 2010 to 2015. Before entering Parliament, Stephen worked in the telecommunications industry for fifteen years, first for Logica and then for Ovum. He managed Ovum’s telecommunications reports business until his election in 1994.
|Louise Haigh MP – Officer – Louise was born and brought up in Sheffield and started her working life in Sheffield in a job at Meadowhall and as a local call centre worker. She went on to study at the University of Nottingham where she worked for the Local Authority’s Youth Service, helping train youth workers on issues such as teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol misuse and child protection. Prior to entering Parliament to represent Sheffield Heeley, Louise worked in Corporate Governance in the City of London and for a small digital start-up also based in London. Elected in May 2015, she was appointed a Shadow Cabinet Office Minister in September of that year before being promoted in the most recent reshuffle to Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy where she has made digital inclusion & skills, digital resilience and workers’ rights in the burgeoning digital economy key themes.|
|James Heappey MP – Officer – James Heappey is the Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency in South West England. He is the Chairman of the UK chapter of international climate change campaign group Globe as well as chairing cross party groups on Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Technology and the UK’s Events Industry. He previously served on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee in the House of Commons.|
|Stephen McPartland MP – Officer- Stephen McPartland MP is most interested in education, health and science and technology. Before his appointment as Conservative MP for Stevenage, he studied for an MSc in Technology Management and was the Director of Membership for British American Business. He was a member of the Science and Technology Committee until 2012.|
|Carol Monaghan MP – Officer – Carol Monaghan MP is a Scottish National Party MP and was appointed SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Public Services and Education. She is also a member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.|
|Calum Kerr MP – Officer – Calum Kerr MP is a Scottish National Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk since the May 2015 general election, and is the SNP spokesperson in the House of Commons for both Environment and Rural Affairs and Digital.|
|Neil Carmichael MP – Officer – Neil was elected to Parliament in 2010 and serves as MP for Stroud. He was elected to Chair of the Education Select Committee in June 2015, having served as a member of the Education Select Committee between 2010 and 2015. He was also a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and established three All Parliamentary Party Groups: Governance and Leadership in Education, Meningitis and Vascular Diseases. Neil founded Festomane, Stroud’s Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering, which is now in its fifth year of inspiring young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering with the help of local businesses. Neil introduced the Antarctic Bill in June 2012, its primary aim is to improve the protection of the Antarctic environment. The Bill received royal assent in 2013. He is also Chair of Modern Europe.|
|Nigel Huddleston MP – Officer – Nigel Huddleston MP is a Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire and he has a particular interest in tourism and the digital economy, and sits on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.|
|Kevin Hollinrake MP – Officer – Kevin Hollinrake MP is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the MP for Thirsk and Malton. In 2008 he founded Vizzihome and the search engine Shoptility.com, based in London, where he was the Chairman from November 2013.|
|Lord Teverson – Officer – Lord (Robin) Teverson spent the first years of his business life in the freight business before becoming a Liberal Democrat MEP in the late 1990s. He then moved into the financial services sector before becoming a member of the House of Lords in 2006. He speaks on energy and climate change issues and is chair of the Lords EU select sub-committee on Energy and Environment. He is also a board member of the Marine Management Organisation. Robin lives in Cornwall.
|Scott Mann MP – Officer – Scott Mann MP is the Member of Parliament for North Cornwall where he has lived and worked all his life. Raised and educated in the town of Wadebridge, Scott worked as a postman for nearly 20 years and served as a District and then Cornwall Councillor for the seat of Wadebridge West for seven years. He has been very pro-active in campaigning for better broadband in North Cornwall where many of his constituents live in hard-to-reach rural areas. Scott takes a keen interest in technology and is in the process of developing a mental health app to help people find the assistance they need when in crisis as well as to be an educational tool so people can better identify mental illnesses and assist those who need help and support.
|Lord Mackenzie – Officer – Lord (Brian) Mackenzie was a chief superintendent in the Durham Constabulary and is a former president of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, which post he held for three years. He was vice president for the previous two years. He was awarded the OBE in the 1998 New Years Honours for services to the Police Service and the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales. He initiated campaigns successfully on issues such as the setting up of the national paedophile register, modification of the law on the ‘right to silence’ and the groundbreaking change in the ancient law on ‘double jeopardy’. Lord Mackenzie was a special advisor on policing issues to the then home secretary, Jack Straw, from 1998 to 2001. As well as being patron of several charities, Lord Mackenzie was appointed president of the Joint Security Industry Council (JSIC) from 2000 to 2005. He is also a former president of the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers (APPSS) and former Vice President of the Defence Manufacturers Association [DMA].|
|Lord Cotter – Officer – In 1997, Lord Cotter was elected Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare. Throughout his time in Parliament he served as Small Business Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. In April 2006, it was announced that Cotter would be created a life peer to join the Liberal Democrat ranks in the House of Lords, and on 30 May he was created Baron Cotter, of Congresbury in the County of Somerset. He delivered his maiden speech in the Lords on 29 June. He takes an interest in a number of areas, and on various issues as they arise. Specifically, before the coalition government was elected he led for the Liberal Democrats on Small Business issues and vocational education, specifically apprenticeships. Within the coalition he still concentrates on business and vocational training issues.|
|Lord Patel KT – Officer – Former obstetrician, Patel received a knighthood in the 1997 Queen’s Birthday Honours, and was created a life peer on 1 March 1999, as Baron Patel, of Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross. He has served as Vice-President of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity Services since 2002 and of the group on Infertility Services since 2003, as well as being Chairman of the Stem Cell Steering Committee since 2003. He has been a member of the Science and Technology committee since his elevation. In 2006, Lord Patel was appointed Chancellor of the University of Dundee.|
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