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Our Speakers

Ahead of the Digital Familes 2018  conference, get to know all the speakers we have at the event. Learn their backgrounds and why their input is important to the Digital Resilience conversation.



Dave Coplin (KEYNOTE)

With over 25 years in the technology industry and former Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, Dave Coplin is at the forefront of conversations around how individuals and organisations can benefit from technology.

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.

Ultimately, his mission is to make people reconsider their relationship with technology and how it can help them work smarter, not harder.

Dr Liam Hackett

Dr. Liam Hackett is the Founder and CEO of Ditch the Label; one of the largest anti-bullying charities in the world. He has grown Ditch the Label into an organisation that helps thousands of people every month with a global reach of 1.1m in 2017 alone.

Liam sits on advisory boards across third sector and governmental departments and has contributed to various academic and government reports in the UK, EU and USA. Working across a multitude of countries and languages, Liam regularly speaks, debates and contributes articles throughout the press, radio and TV on a range of issues surrounding bullying, cyberbullying, equality, discrimination, gender, self-esteem, masculinity, digital technology and young people. He has spoken publicly at The White House, The United Nations, the European Parliament and the Houses of Parliament, in addition to live public events with audiences of up to 12,000. 

Vicki Shotbolt

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.

Marie Smith

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.