Our Governance Committee

We are still very early in our development and so our governance board for tiscreport.org is currently being grown. Once our terms of reference are finalised, we aim to be seriously adding to our governance board in the coming months, but as you can see, we have some hugely talented Do-ers on our board already. We have also a Data Strategy Board, focussing on technology solutions and the joining up of data sources. Working closely with this board, our Business Advisory Board will focus on best practice within sectors. Watch this space!

Board Member: Kay Clarke

A seasoned member of the NUJ, having sat on their Equality, New Media and Local Branch Committees Kay is a true veteran PR. She brings a wealth of experience in strategic communications Lobbying and PR for Social Justice campaigns with coverage ranged from Broadcast Media through to articles in National Local and Sector Specific publications, through to highly technical coverage for software companies and hardware manufacturers. She is technically incredibly savvy as well as powerfully articulate.

Board Member: Stephen Hilton

Stephen is a City Strategist with 20 years experience who is passionate about using digital technology, creativity and data to inspire a society that is smart, green, connected, open and inclusive.

As Director of Bristol Futures .Global Stephen lead on creating authentic public - private - people - partnerships to drive smart cities, environmental sustainability, urban resilience and international relationships where everyone can contribute and everyone can benefit.

Over the previous 6 years, he worked as a senior Director within Bristol City Council and created a high profile team that achieved many successes for Bristol and inspired many other cities by, securing the title of European Green Capital 2015; becoming the first UK Rockefeller Global 100 Resilient City and official designations as a UK Future City Demonstrator and a 'Gigabit' Super Connected City. Stephen also created and helped inspire many successful institutions and programmes including Bristol is Open, Engine Shed, Invest in Bristol and Bath, Playable City, Open Data, the Bristol API and Ask Bristol.

Previously, Stephen set up Connecting Bristol and became interested in Smart Cities through national work on technology and democracy and digital inclusion. He worked with Oxford Internet Institute and Napier University to evaluate the national impact of e-Democracy, winning a personal award as Government Innovator of the Year for this work.

Stephen is also a Fellow of the University of Bristol Cabot Institute and a Board Director of Bristol Pound CIC, the leading local currency.

Board member: James Sinclair

James is an international lawyer, social entrepreneur and academic researcher based in London. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from York University, a Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Vocational Qualification from the University of Law and a first class Masters degree in International Relations from King’s College London. He is currently undertaking research for a PhD at King’s. Having qualified as an English Barrister in 2001, James developed a practice focusing on international criminal and commercial work.

In 2006 he co-founded FSI Worldwide, a UN award winning ethical employment company, which protects South Asian and East African workers from exploitation and abuse. FSI now operates in 10 countries and has protected many thousands of people across multiple geographies and industry sectors from unlawful exploitation through its ethical recruitment and management systems, which are widely recognised as industry leading.

In 2011 James stepped down from the board of FSI and founded Lincoln Associates, a highly successful legal advisory practice focusing on human rights matters in the Middle East. In 2014 James was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and returned to the UK to focus on his research and the development of new strategies to combat human trafficking and forced labour.

James is also a consultant for the Clarkslegal LLP sustainable supply chain practice in London. He advises a number of multinational clients in relation to the Bribery and Modern Slavery Acts and the development of legally compliant an ethically sustainable value chain protocols.

James is a regular public speaker and writer on international human rights issues, with a focus on modern slavery and corruption. He has contributed to a number of high-level conference panels and is part of a broad network of political, legal, commercial and human rights change-agents. Amongst other appointments and pro-bono work, James is a member of the governance board of Tiscreport, the most comprehensive repository of Modern Slavery Act statements. In addition to his legal and commercial work, James is undertaking part-time PhD research at King’s College London. His thesis involves an analysis of government funded international value chains in post conflict environments and the potential for legal and technological solutions to reduce the harm caused by human trafficking and modern slavery.

In his spare time James is also a drummer and pianist. Between 2010 and 2013 he was a member of the band Juliana Down, which had a hit record with Empires and toured with a number of international stadium rock bands.

James is also a tutor for the Brilliant Club, which is an outreach program for academic researchers to teach children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Board Member: Gavin Starks

Gavin has been creating businesses for over 20 years, leading projects with organisations such as ArupCap Gemini and the World Bank. He has been recognised as one of the most influential people in data: winning awards for his innovation and expertise, and providing Parliamentary Select Committee evidence. He is a regular international speaker on the topic of the web of data and its impact on society.

In 2015, he co-chaired the development of an Open Banking Standard on behalf of HM Treasury, laying the foundations for regulation, and joined the Data, Science and Evidence advisory board of the Ministry of Justice.

In 2012, he joined the Open Data Institute as its founding CEO, working with Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Under his leadership: turnover grew to £5M/year (50:50 commercial matched to philanthropic); the team grew to 65 and its world-class board added Neelie Kroes and Dame Martha Lane-Fox; over 50 companies were incubated; franchises were launched across 20 countries; 6,000 people were trained; impact programmes delivered across commercial sectors; £60M of value was unlocked across its direct ecosystem.

His previous ventures include: organising the world’s environmental data and standards into an open web-service, AMEE, raising over $10M from leading VCs; building the world’s leading digital music distributor, CI, the first company to deliver digital products to iTunes, and sent Amazon 25% of its download store at launch; creating an award-winning streaming media company, Tornado, selling it in 2003; joining Branson’s Virgin Net as employee #5 in 1995 to deliver Virgin Net (now Virgin Media).
At Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory, Gavin developed systems designed to map and interpret the Universe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, created courses and lectured in Engineering and Music at Glasgow University, and has degrees in both Astronomy and in Electronic Music (including releasing his own album). He converted a historic ship to live aboard, and created a cooperative harbour on the Thames to put it on.

You can follow Gavin @agentGav or http://dgen.net

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