MEET THE PARLIAMENTARIANS

Meet the MPs supporting our efforts!

Damian Collins MP

Damian Collins MP

MP for Folkestone and Hythe

Damian has been the MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010, having previously worked in the advertising industry. From 2016 to 2019, he was Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, leading inquiries on addictive and immersive technologies, reality TV, and disinformation and ‘fake news’. He also founded, with fellow parliamentarians from around the world, the International Grand Committee on disinformation and data privacy. He recently co-founded Infotagion, an independent COVID-19 fact-checking service to combat health disinformation.

Damian says:

“Social media and digital infrastructure have transformed our lives over the last decade- connecting people, creating jobs, and facilitating access to information. But we need to make sure that Government keeps up with the challenges of the digital market – be they disinformation, anti-competitiveness, or foreign-state influence. Digital Tories is a great opportunity to raise awareness of these issues in the Party and Parliament.”

Ruth Edwards MP

Ruth Edwards MP

MP for Rushcliffe

Ruth has been the serving MP for Rushcliffe since December 2019. After beginning her early career working in the office of Crispin Blunt MP, Ruth went on to lead on strategy and public policy for BT’s cyber security business. Ruth has worked for TechUK and Deloitte, advising Government departments and FTSE 100 companies. Ruth has been recognised by the industry with a Europe-wide ISG Paragon ‘Women in Technology’ award for helping more young women into technology careers.

As an active member of the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR), she works hard to help shape the future of the UK’s digital economy and unlock the potential for the growth of innovation and skilled jobs.

Ruth says:

“Digital change impacts every single one of us, good and bad. We must make sure we keep our country safe online and ensure every one of us has the right skills to keep pace with evolving technology. As a Digital Tory, I see huge opportunity in the future digital agenda, with the potential for meaningful impact on how we all live and work together.”

MEET THE TEAM

Meet the people behind the Digital Tories initiative – ratcheting the tech agenda up the political ladder!

Donna Gavin

Donna Gavin

Founder

Digital Donna sounds like a very dodgy movie, so we’ll move past that.

10 years in the British Army’s digital and cyber branch means she knows her stuff about tech. Her interest in how tech impacts society and its role in politics stems from working on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and cyber skills agenda as a consultant.

Contact: donna@digitaltories.uk

Alice Hopkin

Alice Hopkin

Executive Director

Alice currently works in Parliament and has an interest in digital campaigning, online harms and preparing young people for the tech jobs of the future. She graduated with a Geography degree from Royal Holloway, before studying Politics & Communications at London School of Economics.

Contact: alice.hopkin@digitaltories.uk

Patrick Timms

Patrick Timms

Head of Digital

Patrick has a 15-year background in tech, mainly in the public sector. He now works as a freelance translator. He is a Digital Tory because he wants to raise awareness of important tech issues across the political sphere.

His main experience in IT has been in the education sector, where he campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of issues facing ‘ed-tech’ specialists working in education.

Contact: patrick.timms@digitaltories.uk

Pierre Andrews

Pierre Andrews

Head of Policy

Pierre is Branch Chair of the Bloomsbury, Kings Cross, and Holborn & Covent Garden wards at Holborn & St Pancras Conservatives.

He studied Politics & Communications at the London School of Economics, and now works in Westminster for a Conservative Member of Parliament.

Contact: pierre.andrews@digitaltories.uk

Christine Wallace

Christine Wallace

Head of Communications and External Affairs

Christine currently works as a Chief of Staff in Westminster. She studied Politics and International Relations at university and wrote her dissertation on ‘How would Machiavelli Solve the Issue of Cyber Security?’

She has an interest in environmental tech, online safety, digital skills and education, the digital economy and the ethics of AI. She is also the Co-Chair of Conservative Friends of Cycling and a Vice-President at Conservative Young Women.

Contact: christine.wallace@digitaltories.uk

Toby Byfield

Toby Byfield

Head of Membership

Toby is the Head of Customer Success at political technology startup PoliMonitor. It’s first employee, he has taken a keen interest in how the intersectionality of politics and technology can help to grow businesses and foster innovation both in the UK and abroad.

Prior to PoliMonitor he worked in the not-for-profit sector, having graduated with a degree in Politics & International Relations from the University of Exeter.

Contact: toby.byfield@digitaltories.uk

Sarah-Jane Sewell

Sarah-Jane Sewell

Head of Events

Sarah-Jane currently works in Westminster with a new “Red Wall MP” and formerly worked for Digital Minister Matt Warman. She is a Freeman of the Company of Communicators and holds the Freedom of the City of London.

She graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a degree in Politics and International Relations. Her dissertation investigated the impact of social media on political participation in the UK.

Contact: sarah-jane.sewell@digitaltories.uk

Luke Willmoth

Luke Willmoth

Head of Graphics

Luke, a tech-loving teen from London, has a rooted interest in full-stack development, cyber security and politics.

Derived from his love of talking and conversing, Luke is passionate about digital communications and marketing – creating strategy and content for SEO, Social Media and Advertising Campaigns.

Contact: luke@digitaltories.uk

Joe Reeve

Joe Reeve

Partner

Joe is a political technologist who works with organisations in the politics and news industries. He founded ToryTechs.uk and HackThePress.org, and has consulted internationally with businesses and charities.

Joe’s focus is on building and developing communities of domain-specific experts in the civic-tech space.

Contact: joe@torytechs.uk