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Our speakers

Ahead of the Digital Familes 2017 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.



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. Marie 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.


Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic since 2008Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as a consultant psychiatrist in the field of addictions.

Henrietta was a member of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board from 2009-2016; advising on prevention, research, treatment and education.

Much of her time is spent lecturing at conferences and teaching medical students, magistrates, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and others about behavioural addictions and she works tirelessly on raising the profile of problem gambling.

Sonia Livingstone OBE

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 of 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.


Zoe Hilton 

Zoe is the Head of Safeguarding at the CEOP Command of the NCA.  In this role she has responsibility for the command’s specialist child protection team and takes the lead on safeguarding and child protection issues. She is also responsible for CEOPs ‘Thinkuknow’ education programme – and the Missing Persons teams (including missing children). Before joining CEOP she was the NSPCC's National Policy Adviser for Child Protection and worked as the society’s policy lead for sexual abuse and exploitation (including the internet and trafficking). Prior to that Zoe worked in a range of roles in the voluntary sector including around child participation and with vulnerable and excluded children. Zoe has a background in criminological research.  


Professor Andrew Przybylski

Andrew Przybylski is an experimental psychologist based 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 and how both draw people in.

In addition he has looked into the role of game structure and content on human aggression, and the factors that lead to successful versus unsuccessful self-regulation of gaming contexts and social media use.

 Dr Victoria Nash

Dr Victoria Nash is the Deputy Director and Senior Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII.) Her research draws on her background as a political theorist, focusing on the interests and rights of child and adult internet users. Recent projects include an analysis of age verification policies as a tool for balancing the interests of children and adults online, and a review of the risks and harms faced by children online.

Dr Elly Hanson

Dr Elly Hanson is an independent Clinical Psychologist whose work focuses on preventing child abuse and tackling its impact. She undertakes consultation, training and research with organisations such as CEOP, the NSPCC, the FA, and local police forces. She has recently collaborated on two pieces of research - one looking at the role of technology in young people's romantic relationships and the other exploring the impact of sexual abuse.

She has previously worked in an NHS drugs and alcohol service, an NSPCC service for young people with sexually harmful behaviour, and a company providing care to children who are looked after.

 Liam Hackett

Liam is the Founder and CEO of Ditch the Label, one of the largest anti-bullying charities in the world. In recent years the organisation has grown immensely and is believed to have helped over 1.5 million people across the world.

He sits on the advisory board of the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the Growing up Digital task force, led by the Children’s Commissioner for England and Wales. Liam’s key focus is around bullying, cyberbullying, equality, discrimination, gender, self-esteem, masculinity and digital technology, and he has contributed to discussions that have taken place at both the United Nations and the White House. 

 Helen Keevil

Helen is the Assistant Head in charge of pupil welfare at Epsom College, with a focus on e-safety & wellbeing. She uses IT in the classroom to deliver interactive lessons in French, German and Spanish, while promoting independent and collaborative learning.

She trains senior student cybermentors, peer mentors of various ages and delivers regular INSET to teachers, students, parents & matrons on pastoral issues, safeguarding and e-safety updates. 

Chris Martin

Chris is the Chief Executive Officer at The Mix. He is passionate about digital for social good and leads the growth of the charity’s ecosystem of information, support and community tools for young people.

Chris was the architect of the groundbreaking merger between YouthNet and the Get Connected Helpline that created The Mix in 2016. He leads a team of 44 staff and 180 volunteers based across three sites in London and Nottingham, and sits on a variety of sector and governmental advisory panels related to youth and the implementation of digital as a source for support.

 David Miles

As Policy Director, David is responsible for managing and leading on the British Board of Film Classification's (BBFC) policy work, public affairs effort, as well as communications, education and research programmes. The BBFC is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified films since 1912 as well as video 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 safe for the world's children.

John Carr

John is secretary of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety and has written extensively on children’s rights and online protection. A member of the Executive Board of the UK Council on Child internet Safety, he is also an expert adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online based in Rome and Senior Expert Adviser to ECPAT International, a global NGO based in Bangkok. 

Jonathan Baggaley

Jonathan is Chief Executive of the PSHE Association, the national body for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education leading efforts to ensure that every pupil receives high-quality provision.  As a passionate advocate for the subject he speaks nationally and internationally on the role of PSHE education in preparing children and young people for the challenges of the modern world.

He has played an integral role in online safety policy in the UK for many years, most recently, as Chair of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s (UKCCIS) Education Group where he led the production of national guidance for schools on responding to sexting.

Becky Foreman

Becky is the UK Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft where she leads the team responsible for delivering a regulatory and reputational environment in which the business can flourish. She is accountable for building and maintaining effective connections with policy-makers and influencers, making a contribution to Britain which meets the goals of both the business and society, improving the company’s reputation among policy-makers and driving the business’ wider policy goals. She is Vice Chair of the Board of the Internet Watch Foundation.

Becky was previously Head of Government Affairs at Microsoft and before that an Associate Director at Portland Communications where she managed a team of consultants servicing Portland’s media and technology clients including Google, Apple, Vodafone and Virgin Media.  Prior to this Becky worked at Ofcom, where she ran the Chairman’s private office and also established Ofcom’s outreach to the EU institutions.  

 Jane Lees

Jane has career-long involvement in Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) as a teacher, adviser, inspector and consultant. As Chair of the Sex Education Forum, she is constantly working to ensure all children and young people are entitled to quality SRE.


Beeban Kidron

Baroness Beeban Kidron is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords and a member of the House of Lords Communications Committee. Kidron sits on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying; Children’s Commissioner for England’s Taskforce Growing Up Digital, and is the founder of 5Rights; a campaign that delivers the established rights of children in the digital environment. She is involved with the design and build of technological solutions to support children and young people to be creative, safe and informed in the digital environment. Current partners include BT and Accenture. Kidron is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founded the educational charity IntoFilm, which uses film to educate children and has over 17,000 film clubs in UK schools.