Meet the team
DataKind UK has three core teams - a small staff team, a volunteer network of data experts who sit on our five committees who help us to run the organisation, scope and staff projects, and our board of trustees.
Our staff team
Giselle oversees the running of DataKind, empowering the community of volunteers in their use of data for social good. After graduating in Maths and Physics, Giselle worked as a data scientist and public policy analyst in the UK Government, a national charity and think tanks, before returning to study a masters in Computational Journalism. Prior to joining the team at DataKind UK, Giselle was a longtime core volunteer. She believes that smart, responsible data collection and use can help the social sector tackle some of the UK's biggest challenges - and change the world!
Suzy is in charge of making sure DataKind UK events go off without a hitch, and ensuring that our thriving UK community of volunteer data scientists is happy and engaged. New to the Data for Good movement, Suzy has previously dabbled in data in the adtech industry. More recently she worked with food and farming charity Sustain, campaigning for a fairer food system (avoid mentioning food waste or recycling around her unless you have a few hours to spare). She studied languages at university and has spent time working or studying in France, Spain, Chile and Brazil.
Our chapter leaders
As Chapter Lead for the Programme's Committee, Joe's focus is instilling a rigorous delivery approach to ensure DataKind's UK's output is both top notch and on schedule. He built his career in consulting roles and traveled the world to embed analytical approaches within major retailers. Joe is a freelance data scientist, sports fan and maths-lover. He's also the founder of White Ball Analytics, a company that specializes in applying and communicating data science to change the game of cricket.
Christine Henry is a contract Product Manager and Data Ethics Consultant. Currently a Product Manager at Amnesty International, Christine has over eight years of experience in data analysis, forecasting, and market access, as well as knowledge of machine learning and data science. She holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the Australian National University, and a law degree. Christine is passionate about making tech with users in mind, and investigating the ethical and social impacts of new technologies and data. She has volunteered with DataKind UK since 2017, and in 2019 is heading up the new Ethics working Group.
A long-time DataKind volunteer himself, Matt is leading Community Committee in 2019 to build and expand a thriving community of engaged volunteers. When he’s not in front of a computer, you might find him planning his trip to Everest base camp, having caught the travel bug backpacking through South America. He currently does all things data for uber trendy startup, Sofar Sounds.
Simon discovered DataKind through a DataDive partnership with the Office for National Statistics where he was working at the time, and has been a part of the community ever since! In 2019 Simon is leading the Office Hours team, advising all manner of nonprofits on their data challenges.
Scoping, selection and impact committee
Tom is heading up the Selection, Scoping and Impact Committee in 2019, making sure we pick the best charity partners and projects to work on, and overseeing impact assessment. By day, Tom is a data scientist at charity focused-agency, Raising IT. He brings with him a wealth of social sector experience, having previously worked on a variety of issue areas, including global poverty, international development, and UK homelessness.
Duncan is our Chair of Trustees. He 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-founder 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.
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 honoured 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.
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!
Bethia is the Director of the Centre for Youth Impact where she works to improve impact measurement in youth work. She previously worked at the Dartington Social Research Unit, the Young Foundation, the National Youth Agency and NIACE (now the Learning and Work Institute), in a variety of policy and research roles. Bethia is a Clore Fellow and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University.
Jake is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He founded DataKind™ in the hopes of creating a world in which every social organisation has access to data capacity to better serve humanity. He was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.
Ed Anderton has had a varied career in the social sector, ranging through performing arts, education, conflict resolution, grant-making and a stint in Whitehall. He's passionate about making better use of the information we have in the social sector so we can direct resources to the people and organisations who can make best use of them. A longtime supporter of DataKind UK, he had the pleasure of joining his first DataJam while at Access Foundation. Ed plays in a variety of bands, teaches guitar at the mighty Hackney School of Folk, and aspires one day to be a competent drummer.
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.