Founding Partners

Kathryn CorrickKathryn Corrick (@kcorrick)
Kathryn is a strategist and trainer, specialising in data and emerging technologies. She enables organisations to create strategies that combine business, legal, user and technology requirements and to build learning cultures for sustainable change.

She has run her own consultancy since 2006 working with startups, global organisations, public bodies and non-profits to enable them to adapt, grow and innovate. Recently, she worked as the technology compliance strategist for music social network Crowdmix, guiding their approach for content moderation, copyright, third-party APIs, data protection and preparation for GDPR. She is co-founder of online democracy platform where she created high open data and data protection standards. From 2012 to 2015, she was head of learning and content at the Open Data Institute, and was online manager for the New Statesman until 2006.

Frank WalesFrank Wales (@fcw)
Frank has over 25 years of professional software design and development experience, mostly in the private sector, but also for government and military projects. He co-founded one of the UK’s first Internet companies, Limitless, which is still in business today. For several years at Net-a-Porter, he built and ran the development teams responsible for the core customer, order and payment systems that underpinned the company’s world-class e-commerce service, and invented their real-time fraud analysis system. He also created their technical blog, and ran many internal hackathons that developed both the technical and communication skills of the IT team.

His broad knowledge of technologies, development techniques and business processes means he often bridges the gaps between systems, between teams, and between IT and business. Most recently, he has been helping organisations understand and simplify their evolving technical architectures in the run-up to the GDPR compliance deadline.

Who we work with

Sherree WestellSherree Westell
Sherree works for Woodroffes Solicitors and is our legal go-to person. An experienced solicitor, she has been a partner at a number of leading City law firms, and specialises in commercial contracts, primarily in the contexts of technology and intellectual property.



Emma ThwaitesEmma Thwaites (@emmathwaites)
Emma Thwaites is the founder and CEO of Thwaites Communications, with 25 years of strategic communications experience. During her career Emma has advised government Ministers and corporate directors but remains a very hands-on executive, recently leading on the delivery of projects for high-profile organisations including the Open Data Institute, the Web Foundation, The Open University, and FutureLearn Limited.

Emma had a ten-year spell at the heart of UK government, where she headed up the Cabinet Office’s strategic communications team.

David MeyerDavid Meyer (@superglaze)
David is a Berlin-based, freelance technology journalist and consultant specialising in technology policy, data protection and digital rights. He writes regularly for Fortune magazine, ZDNet, Privacy News Online, Privacy Advisor and Internet of Business. Formerly the author of Politico Europe’s Morning Tech newsletter, David now writes Connected Rights, a weekly digital rights and analysis email newsletter. His most recent book is Control Shift: How Technology Affects You and Your Rights.


 Mel Norman (@melmediasauce)
Mel is highly experienced business strategist, enabling companies to identify and commercialise new products and services whatever their sector or industry. She works with organisations to build new business models that will maintain their relevance and grow.

She has worked with Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, Centre for Process Innovation, Innovate UK, and was Theme Champion for Business Models and Growth for the Creative Industries.

Danny Shisler Danny Shisler (@dannyshisler)
Danny is founder and director of Evamber Ltd, providing software and technology consultancy to the retail, telecoms, financial services and digital media industries. He has worked with a number of start ups as CTO and enjoys finding, managing and motivating top-class technical talent and teams.


Paola Kathuria Paola Kathuria (@paolability)
Paola is an experienced consultant, with degrees in psychology and computing. She co-founded one of the UK’s first Internet companies, Limitless. She has over 25 years experience with a customer-centred focus. Her skills include usability audits, requirements definition, software development and user interface design. Clients include The Guardian,, Oxford University Press and the BBC. She likes to apply her natural organisational skills to the kinds of messy problems that other people try to avoid.


Ceri StanawayCeri Stanaway (@CeriStanaway)
A former investigative journalist and researcher for Which? Magazine, Ceri has more than 12 years’ experience delving into consumer expectations of and frustrations with the companies they deal with. Always interested in the evolution of data privacy issues, Ceri’s worked on a wide range of consumer-focused privacy-related features and advice features, helping consumers understand how their data is used and the rules around data protection. More recently, Ceri spent a year heading up the research team at Mapa Research (part of Informa), an agency which helps financial organisations understand how their competitors are developing their digital offerings – including how they are responding to new regulation.


Chris AdamsChris Adams(@mrchrisdams)
Chris, based in Berlin, is a technologist who has spent the last 15 years working a years as a user researcher, product manager, developer, sysadmin and UX specialist. Over this time he’s worked with clients ranging from scrappy startups making paper prototypes and building proof-of-concepts for personal data stores, to large government bodies, rolling out privacy-preserving city data platforms.

He is one of the organisers of ResearchOps, a community of design and research professionals working out how to scale user research across organisations in an ethical and effective fashion, and a co-convenor of the OMGDPR, a popular unconference for people designing digital products with user’s rights in mind.