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.
Engagement and Relationship Manager
April Preston grew up in a council house in Stockport with her two Deaf and disabled parents. At the age of 10 she went into care under the local authority and now uses her life-experiences to champion forward thinking, focusing on how we help and seek to represent those in challenging circumstances.
As a young girl she witnessed the devastating outcomes which comes from the mishandling of disability, mental health, and is determined to counter this through all avenues of her work.
Her background is in Interactive Arts, holding a Masters in Visual Anthropology and also having taught degree students. As an educator with a keen interest in peer-to-peer learning she strives to make technology an option for all; regardless of socioeconomic background, or class – using it as an aide to negate disability and discrimination.
Having raised her child on her own throughout her time as a student she wants to help other parents at #techmums, creating a network of support, raising both the woman’s confidence in technology but also within themselves.
The #techmums Board
Dr. Sue Black, OBE
An award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011, it has been an Amazon UK bestseller.
Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Non-Exec Director & Interim Chair
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.
Non-Exec Director (Fundraising)
Changing how people work and changing lives since 2000. Successful strategic leader, qualified trainerand proud trustee of #techmums.
Non-Exec Director (Finance)
Curious, collaborative and highly analytical with a rewarding history of business partnering with incrediblytalented creatives in the media / tech space.