DataKind UK

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10 Portfleet Place, London N1 5SZ

DataKind UK launched in April 2013 as DataKind's first Chapter and is its own independently-run charity that upholds DataKind's vision of using data in the service of humanity.  The UK data-for-good community is poised to make a big impact, with enthusiastic data scientists ready to give, a government deeply invested in using data to drive innovation and a vibrant charitable sector ready to embrace data to advance its work. Huge thanks to DataKind UK supporters, Nesta, Teradata, Mozilla Science Foundation, M&S, DataShaka, Pivotal, Expedia Affiliates Network and Harvey Bayer.
DataKind UK is a charity registered in England & Wales (No. 1154213)

Company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales (No. 08462148)

Meet the Team

  • Emma Prest, General Manager

    Emma handles the day-to-day operations of DataKind UK, supporting the influx of volunteers and building understanding about what data science can do in the charitable sector. Emma sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She was previously a programme coordinator at Tactical Tech, providing hands-on help for activists using data in evidence-based campaigns. Emma holds an MA in Public Policy with a specialism in Media, Information & Communications from Central European University in Hungary and a degree in Politics and Geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Duncan Ross, Chair of Trustees

    Duncan has been a data miner for far too long, and is the Data and Analytics Director for TES Global. As part of this role he talks to customers and prospects across the world about the joys of data science - which is why he got involved in DataKind. If companies could do this, then why not charities? He twisted Jake's arm to let him set up DataKind UK with Fran, Kaitlin and Hannah. He is a serial volunteer, having been a City Councillor, chair of trustees of a national charity, founder of a farmers' market, press officer for a historic building on reality TV, co-counder of the Society of Data Miners, and one of the first UK Data Ambassadors when DataKind came calling. He lives in a town designed to caused severe pronunciation problems in the US: Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire.   

  • Fran Bennett, Trustee

    Fran runs a startup called Mastodon C, which is made up of big data technology specialists. She spends her days talking to big enterprises and governments about the exciting potential of making better use of data. For the past seven years, she was also a trustee of a mental health charity in Hackney, East London, which makes her doubly excited about the potential to bring better use of data to the charity sector!

  • Kaitlin Thaney, Trustee

    Kaitlin Thaney is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, an open science initiative of the Mozilla Foundation focused on innovation, best practice and skills training for research. Prior to Mozilla, Kaitlin served as the Manager of External Partnerships at Digital Science, a technology company that works to make research more efficient through better use of technology. Kaitlin also advises the UK government on infrastructure for data intensive science and business and is the founding co-chair for the Strata Conference series in London on big data. 

  • Hannah Underwood, Trustee

    Hannah has long been a science boffin, fascinated in how people learn, behave and develop. For almost 10 years, Hannah has led The Key, a charity which empowers young people to unlock their potential. After The Key was lucky enough to benefit from the UK’s first-ever DataDive, Hannah was hooked. She continued to drive a data agenda through the heart of her small charity and was honored to become a Director of DataKind UK. Hannah wants more charities to understand the importance and power of data and to how it can be used to maximise the impact they make in society. Hannah also brews beer, competes at ten-pin bowling, loves smashing up old houses and is a Trustee for a 78 year old boutique cinema.

  • Alexandra Rehak, Trustee

    Alexandra Rehak is an independent strategy consultant and analyst with over 20 years of experience in the telecoms, media and technology sector, focusing on the Internet of Things, digital health and big data. She’s currently an Associate Partner with STL Partners where she helps companies find the best ways to analyse and interpret data. After volunteering for DataKind UK in early 2015 to support a children’s health charity, Auditory Verbal, she was hooked on the idea of data for good! Alexandra is a born-and-bred New Yorker, but now lives with her family in Cambridge. She dreams of someday introducing real bagels to the UK.

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