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Our Speakers

Ahead of the Digital Families 2018 conference, get to know all the speakers we have at the event.


Dave Coplin - Keynote 

Dave Coplin’s mission is to make people reconsider their relationship with technology and how it can help them work smarter, not harder. His clients range from Google and Vodafone, to charities and universities.

With over 25 years in the technology industry, and through his former role as chief envisioning officer at Microsoft, Dave is at the forefront of conversations on how individuals and organisations could benefit from the transformational potential that technology offers, rather than simply using it to do the same things, but only slightly better.

Bringing new and exciting thinking to the world of work, Dave’s books Business Reimagined and The Rise of the Humans discuss the need to rethink how we use technology to make it work for us, not against us.

Andy Przybylski - Oxford Internet Institute

Andy Przybylski is an experimental psychologist and director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII.)

Since 2005 his research focus has been on applying motivational theory to understand the universal aspects of video games and social media that draw people in. His research has found a “goldilocks” effect whereby a few hours of device use actually boosts mental wellbeing. He argues that how parents set rules about digital screen time and whether or not they are actively engaging in exploring the digital world with their child are more important than the screen time itself. Andy will be talking about his new research on parent motivation and cyber rule setting.

Vicki Shotbolt - Parent Zone 

Vicki is the founder and CEO of Parent Zone, the official parents’ representative on the government body for the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). She also co-chairs the UKCCIS working group on Digital Resilience with psychiatrist Dr. Richard Graham. 

She has delivered a range of projects for some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Internet Legends with Google and Digital Parenting magazine with Vodafone.

Vicki has pioneered a new approach to supporting parents in the digital age through Parent Zone’s Digital Parenting training for professionals, and its online course for parents, Parenting in the Digital Age. Vicki and her team also created the Home Office funded Resilient Families, an online course for parents concerned about online extremism and radicalisation. At this year's conference, Vicki will be talking about parents setting boundaries, understanding which ones matter and how we can encourage parents to support what schools are doing. 

Marie Smith - CEOP 

Marie is head of education of the child protection command (CEOP) of the National Crime Agency (NCA). Preventing children’s exposure and reducing their vulnerability to harm online is CEOP's key strategic aim. Marie has been developing and delivering CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme over the past seven years with the aim to empower children online through education. She manages the education team, the production of educational resources and delivers CEOP’s training courses to professionals working with children.

Marie also chairs the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Working Group.

Sonia Livingstone - Professor of Social Psychology, London School of Economics

Sonia Livingstone OBE is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics.

Her empirical work examines the opportunities and risks afforded by digital and online technologies, including for children and young people at home and school, with a recent focus on children’s rights in the digital age.

She serves on the Executive Board of the UK's Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), for which she is the Evidence Champion. She has served on the Department for Education's Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children, the Home Secretary’s Taskforce for Child Protection on the Internet and the boards of Voice of the Listener and Viewer and the Internet Watch Foundation.

Murray Perkins - British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)

Murray Perkins is head of the Digital Economy Act at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). He joined the BBFC as a film and video examiner in 2000 and was senior examiner responsible for the 18 and R18 categories from 2005, consulting with the Metropolitan police and Crown Prosecution Service on obscenity and extreme pornography. Prior to coming to the UK, Murray worked for the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification.

Martin Staniforth - Dove Self-Esteem Project

Martin Staniforth is the co-founder of Laughing Phoenix, a UK-based consultancy that helps brand-led organisations with their ‘purposeful positioning’.  He also co-leads Creative Beings CIC, a social enterprise using artistic processes for wellbeing.  He has facilitated the global Dove Self-Esteem Project since 2003, helping to create a range of body image resources for teachers, youth leaders, parents and young people.  Additionally, he has set up partnerships with educational organisations, facilitated external Advisory Boards, led global employee volunteering days and advised on communication programmes. 

In earlier life, Martin trained as an engineer then moved over to brand communications at Saatchi & Saatchi.  He is accredited to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tool and has been a speaker at several educational and foresight conferences.  He is curious about mankind’s impact on the world and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Chester King – British Esports Association

Chester King is the founder of the British Esports Association. He received authority from the UK Government to establish the association in January 2016.

Chester is a co-owner of the International Group and has over 24 years senior management experience within the healthcare, advertising, marketing, sports, esports and leisure industries. International Group owns Stoke Park, the UK’s leading Country Club, Spa and Hotel, and International Hospitals Group (IHG).

Chester also has a 23-year background in traditional sports, with Stoke Park running the pre-Wimbledon tennis event The Boodles, as well as working for the Football Association, Lord’s and the Rugby Football Union.

Dr Victoria Baines – Oxford Internet Institute

Victoria Baines is a leading author and speaker in the field of cybersecurity. Her areas of research include electronic surveillance and evidence gathering, the changing face of online identity, and the politics of cybersecurity. She has appeared on the BBC, CNN and other major broadcast media outlets as an authority on the misuse of emerging technologies, including Virtual Reality. She serves on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE).

Victoria spent a decade working for various government and international agencies investigating and analysing cybercrime and child exploitation before joining Facebook as Trust and Safety Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for several years. 

Victoria is a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford and holds a doctorate in classical literature. She is a Visiting Associate of the Oxford Internet Institute and a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University School of Computing.

David Miles - British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)

David Miles is the director of Outreach and Business Development, responsible for coordinating the BBFC's policy work, as well as communications, education and research programmes. The BBFC is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified films since 1912 and videos and DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984.

David is a member of the expert panel for UNICEF's Global Fund to End Violence Against Children. As part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This multi-donor trust fund supports those working to prevent, and respond to, violence and make societies safer for the world's children.

David is a freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company received its Royal Charter in 2010.

Holly Green - Stonewall

Holly Green is Education Programmes Manager at Stonewall. She oversees the delivery of teacher training programmes with a focus on supporting LGBT young people at school. Stonewall works with over 1500 schools and colleges across the UK, supporting thousands of teachers every year.

Previously, Holly has worked in schools and colleges across the UK in a variety of roles supporting positive outcomes for young people within and outside the classroom: most recently, she developed and delivered extra-curricular programmes with a focus on gender.

Dr Jo Twist OBE - Ukie

Jo is CEO of UK Interactive Entertainment. With a background in commissioning and journalism, she is also deputy chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, BAFTA Games Committee Chair, Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board ambassador, and Creative Industries Council member. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries. Jo is a vice president for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect and the government’s Sector Champion for Disabilities. 

Suzi Godson - MeeTwo

Suzi Godson is the co-CEO of MeeTwo, an app for teenagers that is a peer-to-peer support network, providing expert help and educational and creative resources. MeeTwo encourages young people to identify and express their feelings and promotes emotional resilience and wellbeing through positive feedback, advice and social support. Suzi is also a columnist with a weekly sex and relationships column in The Times and author of The Body Bible, Sex Counsel and award-winning The Sex Book. At Digital Families Suzi will be talking about mental health, peer-to-peer support and bullying.