Martha Lane-Fox joins visionary thinkers Simon Sinek and Peter Hinssen on the HR Tech World Congress Main Stage at London’s ExCeL.
Martha Lane-Fox co-founded Lastminute.com, Europe’s largest and most successful travel and leisure website, where she came to epitomise the new breed of Internet entrepreneurs in London. Martha is founder and executive chair of doteveryone.org.uk. Doteveryone is the first public value-creating organisation dedicated to making Britain brilliant in the networked age. Initially focused on three key areas; gender balance, digital leadership and building prototypes for public services.
Previously, a non-executive director at Marks & Spencer, MyDeco.com, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, In 2015 Martha joined the board of the Creative Industries Federation, the Scale Up Institute and the Open Data Institute and is current Chancellor of The Open University.
She was appointed the UK Government’s Digital Inclusion Champion. She launched the charity ‘Go ON UK’, to make Britain the most digitally skilled country in the world, and oversaw the move to a single domain for all government information on www.gov.uk, the award-winning website. She has argued “I don’t think you can be a proper citizen of our society in the future if you are not engaged online.” In 2010, the new Government asked Lane-Fox to expand her role as UK Digital Champion advising how online public services delivery can help to provide better, and more efficient services as well as getting more people online. David Cameron hosted an event at 10 Downing Street to celebrate her Manifesto for a Networked Nation – a challenge for people and organisations in every sector and every corner of the country to work together to inspire, encourage and support as many new people as possible to get online by the end of the Olympic year.
Martha remains a role model for entrepreneurs – not just in business, but also in her dealings in wider society. She is a trustee for Reprieve, a prison reform charity, patron of education pressure group CAMFED, and has set up her own charity, Antigone, a grant-making trust.
In 2013, Martha was made a CBE and she was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, becoming the youngest female member, taking the title Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho where she has championed the cause of impressing digital skills on private sector firms as well as within government. She has publicly advocated the creation of an independent body to examine the ethical and moral issues posed by the Internet. Have a peek at what is now a very exciting agenda on the Future of Work and Technology and join us. See you in London!