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 UK, empowering our community of volunteers in their use of data for social good.
Giselle has spent over a decade working in social change organisations: from Government (Cabinet Office and Treasury), to national charities and think tanks.
Highlights so far include being a leading contributor to a progressive change in childcare policy and later successfully campaigning for further childcare funding for working families. Prior to joining the team at DataKind UK, Giselle was a longtime core volunteer. Giselle believes that smart, responsible data collection and use can help the social sector tackle some of the UK’s biggest challenges.
With an undergraduate degree in Maths and Physics, Giselle is a lover of lifelong learning, having since gone on to study as a mature student and earn a Diploma in Economics and a Masters in Computational Journalism. Giselle is currently trying their hand at creative writing on the side.
giselle [at] datakind.org.uk
Data Science Lead
Dulcie oversees our data science support initiatives, providing technical oversight for our Office Hours, DataDive, and DataCorps programmes, and working directly with charities to understand their data science needs.
Before joining DataKind UK, Dulcie completed a PhD in medical biophysics and neuroscience at the University of Toronto, Canada and was most recently a scientific researcher at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at UCL.
She has over 10 years of experience designing and analysing data-focused projects and is excited to empower social change organisations to increase their impact using data!
dulcie [at] datakind.org.uk
Community Project Manager
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.
suzy [at] datakind.org.uk
Nicole is DataKind UK’s Communications Officer and ensures the world knows as much as possible about their work and impact.
She has been working as a charity communicator for more than six years, with a background in literature and journalism. Before joining DataKind she worked for homelessness fundraiser Church Homeless Trust, and also volunteers for Sunday Assembly London.
In her spare time she enjoys singing in a choir and cycling around London.
nicole [at] datakind.org.uk
Our Chapter Leaders
DataKind is a volunteer-led organisation and we rely on a team of incredible volunteers to lead our projects.
Vincent’s DataKind UK career peaked in 2018 when he won ‘Most Adorable Volunteer', but he has since been demoted to Chapter Leader, heading up the Programmes Committee in 2020. In his day job, Vincent is the Head of Data & Analytics at Trailmix, a small mobile gaming studio. When he’s not doing data, he can be found taking pictures while traveling around the world, or perfecting some of his favourite recipes -- including Dishoom’s black dahl, homemade pizza and pasta, and shashuka (the perfect brunch dish).
As a past committee member and having enjoyed it so much, Ruby is now heading up our Ethics Committee. She comes with a wealth of experience, having worked years as a Data Scientist to running PyData London, where she chaired the annual conference. Ruby graduated with a BSc in Maths from QMUL and a MSc in Computer Science from Imperial, and began her career in finance. But wanting to build meaningful products she decided to pursue a masters in Computing, leading to her becoming a Data Scientist. Day-to-day, Ruby is a Product Manager shaping the future of the Desktop. Ruby has a passion for AI and Ethics and aims for there to be more inclusive discussions concerning the future of technology.
Lindsay first volunteered for DataKind as a Data Ambassador back in 2018. She is now leading the Community Committee with the goal of growing a thriving and diverse community of volunteers. She is currently doing a PhD at King’s College London School of Biomedical Engineering applying computer vision to neuro-imaging.
Charlie has been trying to do data science for social good since he found out it was a thing in 2015. He’s volunteered with DataKind UK for 5 years on just about every type of programme going, and has been part of Office Hours since its inception. He works as a data science consultant specialising in the social sector. His recent projects have been with the GSMA, on their AI for Impact initiative using mobile phone data in international development, and with the Greater London Authority’s Civil Society team on how open data is used in government, funding, and charitable organisations in London. He has represented DataKind UK as a mentor for Google.org’s AI for Impact Challenge, and at conferences, awards ceremonies and events in London, Dublin, Edinburgh, San Francisco, and Ljubljana. A sample of other things he enjoys is: cycling, squash, yoga, cooking and eating, and singing badly.
Scoping, selection and impact committee
Antonio is a data scientist at the Wellcome Trust, responsible for developing data-driven tools to inform research funding decisions. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics and is a former researcher at Imperial College London. In 2020, he is leading Datakind UK’s Scoping & Impact Committee to ensure a consistent, measurable approach to impact assessment and project selection. On the rare occasions when he’s not geeking out on data, you can find him playing piano at South London’s train stations.
Duncan is our Chair of Trustees. He has been a data miner for far too long, and is Chief Data Officer for Times Higher Education. As part of this role he talks to people across the world about the joys of data science - which is why he got involved in DataKind. 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, 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 always been a bit of a geek, fascinated in how people learn, behave and develop and with an unquenchable desire to help as many young lives as is humanly possible. Hannah has led The Key since 2005, a North East charity which exists to inspire belief in young people facing challenging circumstances. 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 drive innovation, inform decision making and maximise the impact they make in society. Hannah is also a N.E.D for Livin (an excellent Social Housing Organisation based in Durham) and is a Member of Court for Newcastle University proving a link between the University and North East communities. When she's not trying to change the world, you’ll find Hannah chasing two mucky toddlers or renovating their old farmhouse in Northumberland.
Fran is a data and data science expert. She was cofounder of Mastodon C, who are data science specialists helping local and central government to realise the potential of their data. She is also a board member of the Ada Lovelace Institute and of Bethnal Green Ventures. Having spent a number of years working with big enterprises and government departments to help them get the most out of their data and using data science, she is doubly excited about the potential to bring better use of data in big and small ways to the charity sector!
Bethia is Chief Executive of the Centre for Youth Impact, and has been with the Centre since its launch in September 2014. Prior to joining the team to set up the Centre, Bethia 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. She has also worked in further and higher education as a teacher and trainer. Bethia is particularly interested in the relationship between quality and impact in youth work and provision for young people, and in the theory and practice of measurement, especially within collaboratives. Bethia is a 2012 Clore Social 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.