Advisory Panel

techUK Brexit Advisory Panel

It is crucial that Brexit is a success for the UK tech sector, not just for the tech industry but for the whole economy. In January 2017, techUK launched an independent Brexit Advisory Panel to help achieve this. 

techUK has brought together experts from across the fields of economics, politics, diplomacy and industry to provide it with a cross-cutting view of the implications and opportunities for UK tech from the UK leaving the EU.

Members of the techUK Brexit Advisory Panel are:

  • Tudor Aw, Partner (Technology Sector Head), KPMG LLP
  • Syed Kamall MEP, Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists
  • Ruth Boardman, co-head International Data Protection Practice, Bird & Bird LLP
  • Rachel Coldicutt, Chief Executive Officer, Doteveryone
  • Professor Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester
  • Tom Hulme, General Partner, GV
  • Lord O’Donnell, Chairman, Frontier Economics and former Head of UK Civil Service
  • Vicky Pryce, Board Member, Centre for Economic and Business Research

To learn more about techUK’s Brexit Advisory Panel members see their biographies below.

The Brexit Advisory Panel will help shape techUK’s work and Government thinking on the most important strategic issues now facing the UK’s digital economy. The Brexit Advisory Panel is independent of techUK but will contribute to techUK’s influential relationships with key policy-makers in the UK, EU and beyond as Government and Industry navigate a new path in a post-brexit world. The Brexit Advisory Panel will ensure techUK remains relevant to the issues facing UK tech and provide crucial analysis to reinforce the sector’s priorities.

The techUK Brexit Advisory Panel advises on an ad hoc and ongoing basis and participants have kindly agreed to sit on the panel on a pro bono basis.

techUK Brexit Advisory Panel Members Biographies.

Tudor Aw SQUARETudor Aw is a partner in KPMG’s London office and is Technology Sector Head for KPMG UK. He has over 25 years’ experience of working with clients in the technology, media and telecom industry where his main focus has been on audit and advisory engagements helping clients manage risk, evaluate strategic opportunities and achieve operational improvements which flow into the bottom line.

His clients range from Tech Start Ups to global listed entities and his advisory projects have included investment appraisals; strategic cost reduction; due diligence; organization design; digital risk reviews; large scale finance function transformations; shared service centres; re-engineering of Executive reports and KPIs; post-merger business integration; and system implementations. From 2003 to 2008, he worked in the US with KPMG’s offices in Washington DC and New York where he looked after SEC audit engagements as well as consulting projects in the TMT space.

RBRuth Boardman jointly heads Bird&Bird’s International Privacy and Data Protection Group and advises on data privacy, freedom of information, database rights and other information law issues. She is renowned for using her "encyclopaedic knowledge of data protection law” to provide real client solutions.

Ruth co-wrote Data Protection Strategy (the second edition of which was published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2012), has edited the Encyclopaedia of Data Protection (Sweet & Maxwell) and is on the editorial board of journal Data Protection Law & Policy and is a contributor to leading online data compliance tool She has also served on the European board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is currently a member of the IAPP's research board. Ruth also assists the Global Alliance on Responsible Genome and Clinical Data Sharing, where she is a member of the Security Expert Working Group.

PDCProfessor Diane Coyle is the author of numerous books, most recently GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History,The Economics of Enough, andThe Soulful Science(all Princeton University Press). She is the founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics, specialising in the economics of new technologies. Previously Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (to April 2015), a member of the Migration Advisory Committee (2007-2012) and the Competition Commission (2001-2009). Economics Editor of the Independent to 2001, with previous jobs in HM Treasury and DRI Europe. 

THTom Hulme is a general partner at Google Ventures. Previously, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe, where he founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform that has over 150,000 users from more than 170 countries.  Before IDEO, Tom was managing director of Marcos, a British sports car manufacturer. As a serial entrepreneur, Tom also founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup. Tom’s filter designs have been widely used in Formula One, Superbikes, JCB loaders, and central heating systems.

Tom has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has been featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers list every year since the list has been published. He has also been included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People.

SKSyed Kamall MEP is Leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, the third largest of the eight political groups in the European Parliament, making him the most senior elected British person in Brussels.

Regarded as a key figure in the Brexit process and with more than a decade of experience within the EU, Kamall advises the government and acts as a go between with the European Parliament and other EU institutions. He is a passionate supporter of tech and keen to make sure that Brexit works for the tech community and provides new opportunities. 

As part of his role for techUK's Brexit Advisory Panel, Syed Kamall MEP, Leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, wanted to find out what the view of the UK looked like from the US and why firms will continue to invest in the UK as a global base. Check out the video here. 

LODLord O’Donnell has been non-Executive Chairman of Frontier (Europe) since October 2013.  After joining the Treasury in 1979, Gus held various positions at the British Embassy in Washington, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.  From 2002 – 2005, he was Permanent Secretary at the Treasury and in 2005 became Cabinet Secretary on the retirement of Lord Turnbull.  He held this position until 2011, serving three Prime Ministers. Gus studied Economics at the University of Warwick, and gained an MPhil in Economics from Nuffield College, Oxford and went on to lecture in economics at the University of Glasgow.

Lord O’Donnell joined Frontier as Senior Advisor in 2012 and became Chairman in 2013. In his role at Frontier, Gus draws on his extensive experience to provide strategic advice on all aspects of Frontier’s work. Gus also takes a key role in shaping Frontier’s development of cutting edge behavioural economics to support public and private sector decision making.

VPVicky Pryce was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting (2010-2013), Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (2002-2010) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at London Economics and Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG after holding senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector.

She has held a number of academic posts, including Visiting Professorships at Queen Mary, University of London, Imperial College Business School and Cass Business School. She has also served on the Council of the Royal Economic Society, as Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, on the Council of the University of Kent and on the Court of the London School of Economics. She was also a trustee of the RSA. She is currently a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on BIS’ Panel for Monitoring the Economy, on the City AM’s shadow monetary policy committee and on the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF. She also co-founded GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility and in 2010-11 became the first female Master for the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants in the City of London.

>>> Read about the launch of the techUK Brexit Advisory Panel here  

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