Parliamentary Officers


Chairs, Treasurer and Officers

Chi Onwurah MP – Co-Chair and Registered Contact [Labour] – 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.

  Vicky Ford – Co-Chair [Conservative] – Vicky was elected as the Member of Parliament for Chelmsford in 2017. Vicky was elected a Member of the European Parliament in 2009 and before being elected to parliament was the lead Conservative MEP for the East of England. From 2014 to 2017 Vicky chaired the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee (IMCO), focusing on digital policy and unlocking trade opportunities for services and goods.
Lord McNally image2 Rt. Hon. Lord McNally – Treasurer [Liberal Democrat] – The 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 [Labour] – Lord Toby Harris was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and is Chair of the Labour Peers. He has been Chair of the National Trading Standards Board, which is responsible for delivering national and cross-boundary consumer protection enforcement activity, since May 2013. He is also the UK Coordinator of the Electrical Infrastructure Security Council. In 2016, he conducted an Independent Review for the Mayor of London on London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Terrorist Attack. He is a non-executive director of Cybersecurity Challenge UK, and a number of other companies.


  Martyn Day MP – Officer [SNP] – First elected to Parliament in 2015, Martyn Day was a Councillor on West Lothian Council for 16 years. He held the Senior Councillor portfolio of Development and Transport on the Council Executive, and was a representative on over 40 committees and outside bodies.  He acted as the SNP spokesperson for Development and Transport on the Council, as well as being the group Whip.  He has been an active campaigner on a number of local campaigns, assisting in every election since 1992.
  Baroness Neville Rolfe DBE CMG – Officer [Conservative] – Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG is a former Minister, business woman and senior civil servant. Lucy’s main career was at Tesco from 1997 to 2013 and she served on the Main Board as an executive from 2006-2013, the year she joined the House of Lords. She was Minister for Intellectual Property from 2014-2016 during a period of major change. She was also the Lords Minister for BIS and DCMS. She represented the UK in Brussels and overseas on the Digital Single Market and other matters. From 2016-2017 she was a Minister of State in BEIS and then at the Treasury and in 2017 joined the House of Lords EU Committee. She is a former Non Executive director of ITV plc and PwC and served in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1994-6. Lucy is a Governor of the London Business School and an honorary fellow of Somerville College. She is married with 4 sons and likes the arts, cricket, racing and gardening.
Lord Cromwell – Officer [Crossbench] – Lord Cromwell joined the House of Lords in April 2014. His background is in a combination of financial services, business start-up/turnround/development and not-for-profit activities around the world. In recent years he has become increasingly engaged with the ways that social media and fintech are transforming the transactional world. He chairs the All Party Group of Banking and Finance and is a member of the EU Select Committee and EU Justice Sub-Committee.


The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP – Officer [Labour] – 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.


  Bob Blackman MP – Officer [Conservative] – Bob Blackman was elected the London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow in 2004 and was a member of Brent Council for nearly 24 years. During that time he led the Conservative Group for 20 years and the Council for 5 years. He was first elected MP in Harrow East in 2010 and was returned in the 2015 and 2017 elections. During his time as MP, Bob has been able to bring his extensive experience in Local Government to bear on many of the issues facing the Government today through his work on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. Last year, Bob was drawn in the Private Member’s Bill ballot which gives backbench MPs a chance to put forward a piece of primary legislation. With the support of the national charity Crisis, Bob put forward a Homelessness Reduction Bill.



Louise Haigh MP – Officer [Labour] – 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 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. She is currently Shadow Minister for Policing. 



James Heappey MP – Officer [Conservative] – James Heappey is the Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency in South West England and was first elected in 2015. He has recently been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport. James is the Chairman of the UK chapter of international climate change campaign group Globe and has also chaired cross party groups on Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Technology and the UK’s Events Industry. He is a vice-president of the Association for Decentralised Energy and sits on the advisory boards of the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and the Bright Blue think tank’s Green Conservatism project. He is also co-chairing a cross party enquiry into the future of the gas grid. James previously served on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee in the House of Commons. He is a committed campaigner on the rural economy – particularly broadband and fair funding for schools and local authorities.


Daniel Zeichner MP – Officer [Labour] -Daniel was first elected to Parliament as MP for Cambridge in May 2015. He served on the Opposition frontbench as Shadow Transport Minister from September 2015 – June 2017, and is now a member of the Transport Select Committee. Throughout his time in Parliament, he has been an executive member of Labour’s national environmental campaigning group, SERA. Daniel founded and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics, and is vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Life Sciences and for Medical Research amongst others.

  matt warman   Matt Warman MP – Officer [Conservative] – 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 was appointed PPS to the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in June 2017 and was previously a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, and Co-Chaired the APPG For Broadband and Digital Connectivity.
  Carol Monaghan MP – Officer [SNP]  Carol was born and brought up in Glasgow North West, graduating from Strathclyde University with a BSc (Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics in 1993.  She trained as a teacher, gaining a PGCE in Physics and Mathematics. Carol has worked in many Glasgow schools, including 14 years at Hyndland Secondary, as Head of Physics and Head of Science.  She spent two years as a Glasgow University lecturer training future teachers.  An SQA consultant, Carol has been involved in developing physics qualifications at a national level. After being re-elected in 2017, Carol was appointed as the SNP Spokesperson on Education, Armed Forces and Veterans.
  Bim Afolami MP – Officer [Conservative] – Bim Afolami was elected to represent Hitchin & Harpenden in 2017. Prior to this he spent ten years in the City – first as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, then as a Senior Executive at HSBC. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Ditchley Foundation.
   Darren Jones MP – Officer [Labour] – Darren Jones is the Member of Parliament for Bristol North West and a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee. A technology and telecoms lawyer by training, Darren was most recently legal counsel at BT Group plc.
  Kevin Hollinrake MP – Officer [Conservative] – 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, based in London, where he was the Chairman from November 2013. After being re-elected in 2017, he was appointed PPS to Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
Lord Teverson – Officer [Liberal Democrat] – Robin is the chair of the House of Lords EU select sub-committee on Energy and Environment and speaks especially on climate change, energy, European and marine issues.  He started his career in the freight industry and later became the Member of the European Parliament for Cornwall and Plymouth.  Following his time in Brussels and Strasbourg he ran a regional business finance organisation in the South West.  He has a strong personal interest in technology.  Robin lives in Cornwall.


  Lord Goddard – Officer [Liberal Democrat] – Lord Goddard was born in Stockport and has lived and worked there all his life. He was first elected to Stockport Council in 1990 with a majority of over 4,000 votes, a position he held for twenty-two consecutive years. In 2002 he became a full-time councillor and was given the responsibility for Regeneration Housing and Tourism.  He then took the Transportation Portfolio before being elected Leader of Stockport Council in May 2007. He was raised to peerage in 2014. Lord Goddard is a member of the Secondary Legislation Committee and a member of a number of All Party Parliamentary groups, of which he is a vice chair of several.


Scott Mann MP – Officer [Conservative]  Scott Mann is the Member of Parliament for North Cornwall, having been first elected in May 2015 and then re-elected in June 2017. 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. He has also taken a very active interest in Parliament on new digital technology and I has a particular passion for computer programming and coding. One of the areas he is most interested in is the use of digital to provide social care and NHS services from home. He believes that the job of Members Of Parliament is to build a grid for innovation, and he is open to working with anyone who wishes to push the boundaries of the possible


Lord Mackenzie – Officer [Non-affiliated]  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 [Liberal Democrat] – 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 [Crossbench]-  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 and is now its Chair. In 2006, Lord Patel was appointed Chancellor of the University of Dundee. 

This page was updated after the Inaugural Meeting of the 2017 Parliament on 11th July 2017.