Citizens Online delivers projects at a local level to promote social inclusion, as well as working at a strategic level to influence policy and create partnerships to affect change. The experience and knowledge gained is shared through expert consultancy services offered by Digitopian, its consultancy division, with all profits retained by COL to support its charitable objectives.
COL has an extensive network of contacts in this sector and is one of the UK’s leading organisation for promoting ICT to excluded audiences. The charity has sat on a number of national Government boards and advises the Governments on policy development.
COL is leading a national partnership, Get IT Together, with BT and the Nominet Trust, building from the highly successful EverybodyOnline model. There are 25 national partners in total (bringing in related agendas such as home school access for children and internet safety) and a variety of local partners, including a key partner of Local Government in each location.
John Fisher MBA: Chief Executive of Citizens Online
John Fisher: Chief Executive of Citizens Online since 2000.
- Has supervised all the research projects undertaken to date. Former Chief Community & Leisure Services Officer with Swindon Unitary Council with specific responsibility for funding and partnering with the voluntary and community sectors.
- Reference panel member for National Audit Office – e-Services for Older People, Adviser to UK Government ministers Stephen Timms and Margaret Hodge, for EU Summits on e-Inclusion (Crete 2003, Riga 2006, Lisbon 2007).
- Member of No 10 Digital Inclusion Panel. Judge for AOL Innovation in the Community Awards and Microsoft Community Learning Awards.
- Chair of Judges for Internet Service Providers Awards.
- Panel Member Oxford Internet Institute.
- Digital Challenge board member.
- UK Government Digital Inclusion Strategy steering group member.
- Regular conference and press roundtable speaker on issues of ICT and disadvantage.
- Member of EU Youth Protection Round table on online safety.
- Member of Digital Challenge 10 Independent Living Workstream.
- Established key national partnership for UK digital inclusion, involving BT and the Nominet Trust.
- Supporting the development of a commercial offering for Housing Associations on e-inclusion.
Dr Gail Bradbrook: Director of Programmes and lead consultant
Director of Strategy at Citizens Online (2003-2005) returned to work following maternity leave to lead the development of “Digitopian” the consultancy division of Citizens Online, with all profits pledged to the work of the charity.
- Formerly Director of comm.unity, Business in the Community’s campaign focusing on digital inclusion and corporate responsibility for the ICT sector.
- Digital Inclusion Adviser to the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit, Communities2.0 across Wales and London Connects.
- Advisor to Swindon Borough Council on a Digital Strategy for their Local Area Agreement.
- Digital Challenge judge. Set up and judged Microsoft community learning awards.
- Attended Number 10 dinner to brainstorm on digital inclusion.
- Finalist in Blackberry Women in Technology Awards 2005 for “Best woman in technology- Public or not for profit sector”.
- Led review of evidence of the benefits of ICT for disadvanatged young people and mapping of FE and Skills sector’s use of ICT.
- Led communications and strategy review for the EC as part of e-inclusion awards work.
- Led review of BT and Glasgow Housing Associations e-inclusion strategies.
- Overseeing the establishment of 15, three year long e-inclusion projects (Get IT Together).
- Founder of the web / software accessibility crowdsourcing project – Fix the Web. Nominet Internet Awards Judge 2011.
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