The Team

Lauren Allison


Lauren specialises in the nexus between social responsibility, public diplomacy, public policy, and technology. Trained as a public diplomacy professional at the University of Southern California (USC) as a UK Fulbright Postgraduate Award Recipient, Lauren is also the Executive Director of Sulby Media working as an international strategic communications and technology consultant.

Prior to Sulby Media, Lauren worked on the foundation and operation of the first-ever public responsibility department at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Lauren has held research and writing positions at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and in the Northern Ireland Assembly for Chris Lyttle MLA and Anna Lo MLA.


The #techmums Board

Dr. Sue Black, OBE


A Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Sue was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is now a UK government advisor, thought leader, Honorary Professor of Computer Science at UCL, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Her current social enterprise #techmums is changing lives. #techmums teaches mums tech skills and builds their confidence encouraging them into education, entrepreneurship and employment. Sue now has 4 children and has recently become a grandmother.


Nilufar Anwar

Chair of the Board

Nilufar is passionate about tech, diversity and igniting potential in women. Her mission is to apply private sector innovation, regulation and tech to the third sector enabling charities to be sustainable and reach more beneficiaries while modeling good governance. She is currently corporate counsel for Salesforce, a visionary tech company. At Salesforce, she’s gained a deep understanding of how essential tech skills change lives and communities and likewise enables businesses to rapidly scale and disrupt entire industries.
Nilufar is a diversity and inclusion champion and speaker advising businesses on actions to achieve gender equality. She previously led a 900-member Women’s Network for EDF Energy, rolling out initiatives to attract, develop and retain female talent. She is founder of London Legal Ladies, a women’s development network which runs a behavioural change programme; and Trustee of Cruse Bereavement.


Nicholas Cresswell

Non-Exec Director

For over twenty years, Nicholas has helped global organisations identify, develop and deploy a truly diverse group of employees and build cultures where everyone can thrive. He currently leads talent and development for a group of over 5000 technologists at Thomson Reuters, where over 27% of the employees are female. He’s worked at Thomson Reuters since 2009, and before that worked at Google, Korn/Ferry and United Biscuits.

Nick’s passion for diversity stems from two things. First, his desire to bring more women and under-represented groups into technology – so they can build stuff that is relevant to everyone. Second, from the fact that he is gay, so has benefited from the sea-change in acceptance for LGBT+ people in many workplaces during the course of his career. That said, he knows how far there still is to travel to build opportunity for all, so is part of #techmums in order to help make that happen.

Carrie-Anne Adams

Non-Exec Director (Fundraising)

Changing how people work and changing lives since 2000. Successful strategic leader, qualified trainerand proud trustee of #techmums.

Sharleen Kelly

Non-Exec Director (Finance)

Curious, collaborative and highly analytical with a rewarding history of business partnering with incrediblytalented creatives in the media / tech space.