Chief executive officer
Julian is a passionate advocate for technologies that build stronger communities, encourage new forms of economic activity and give people a stake in decision-making.
He’s spent more than a decade creating projects that prove the benefits of open and accessible data. While working at FutureEverything, Julian co-developed Manchester’s Open Data Cities programme, and he’s been involved with many local, national and international initiatives. He is a co-author of the Open Data Handbook, The Open Book and other papers.
Kirsty is a journalist, campaigner, researcher and performer. In 2019, she became the first PhD candidate supported by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, where she’s looking at the environmental impact of the media.
She’s brought civictech stories to millions through business and consumer media, including working as an editor for the New Statesman, created a public speaker training scheme for women in tech in the North and launched a British Podcast Award-winning podcast for the New Economics Foundation. She also helped open the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning local investigation files.
Recent work includes the Standup For Journalism comedy training and performance night, offering journalists a new way to talk about the public interest, and acting as a selection advisor for Nesta’s government-backed Future News Pilot Fund in early 2020.
Programme and events manager
He has 10 years of experience working in startups, specialising in digital learning, including Code Club and ReadingWise. In 2011, he co-founded Time/Image Online, responsible for the digitisation and cataloguing of the British Council’s film archive.
Sam also spent time volunteering teaching English to asylum seekers in London, and is passionate about using education and good faciliation to empower citiizens. He’s a member of IAF and can sometimes be heard co-hosting the Tech For Good Live podcast.