Who We Are


Emer Coleman

Emer has a wealth of experience spanning technology, open data, social media, communications and engagement and organizational change. She has worked extensively with local, regional and central government variously as Director of Strategy, Assistant Chief Executive, and Director of Digital Projects (City Hall London) where she established the London Datastore. Before founding Disruption Ltd she was Deputy Director of Digital Engagement, Government Digital Service (Cabinet Office) described by Tim O’Reilly as “one of the best teams working in digital government in the world”. She is also part of transportAPI a start up that is powering change and innovation in transport. She is a contributor to Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation published by Code for America in October 2013.


Dominique Lazanski 

Dominique is a London-based digital policy and strategy consultant and currently is a senior international policy consultant for the GSMA. She has spent over 13 years in the Internet industry with many of those years working in Silicon Valley for the likes of Yahoo!, eBay and Apple. She has a long held interest in Internet governance and recently attended the ITU’s WCIT as part of the official UK delegation. She has written and spoken on digital issues over the years from a free market and entrepreneurial perspective. She holds degrees from Cornell University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Bath. She sits on the Open Data User Group board in the Cabinet Office, the Tax Transparency Board in HMRC and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance across Whitehall.


Marketa Mach

Marketa is a Digital Consultant who has lead strategy development for a wide range of global brands and provided advisory to digital tech start-ups. She is the former CEO of Go ON UK, UK Government Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox’s digital skills building charity, where she led the foundation laying of this radical cross-sector partnership committed to boosting the digital capability of SMEs, charities and the UK’s over 7 million offline citizens. She joined from Apple where she was Head of Digital for EMEA. She believes passionately that the point of origin for digital transformation needs to be grounded in an understanding of the customer.

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Anne McCrossan

Anne is a Digital Consultant with substantial experience in social business design, strategic marketing, organisational change, brand and identity management. Her work with public and private sectors includes managing strategic change projects for The Work Foundation, Thames Valley Housing and Macmillan Cancer Support. She has a long standing interest in open data business modelling and developing networked cultures and for the past three years has written and produced the Social Charity Index, recognised as a benchmark study of social organisation for the next generation of non-profits.


Dr Sue Black

Sue is a visionary leader and radical thinker who excels at bringing people together to solve complex issues. She is well known for taking a lead in both online and offline activism especially around women in tech and spearheading a campaign to save Bletchley Park. An inspirational public speaker, media savvy and a social media-holic Sue believes that technology is the future and enjoys helping anyone and everyone understand what opportunities technology can provide for them. An accomplished academic manager and researcher Sue has authored more than 40 publications and has a PhD in software engineering. Sue was named one of the Top Ten Women in Tech by The Guardian in October 2013.


Meri Williams

Meri is a geek, a manager and a manager of geeks. She has led technology teams ranging in size from 30 to 300 and with teams all over the world. She previously led the delivery team at the Government Digital Service and worked in Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Services organisation for 10 years starting out as a developer, moving on to product management and finally programme and Engineering/Operations Management. She is a published author, speaker and previous winner of the BCS Young IT Professional of the Year in the UK IT Industry Awards. She helps organisations get more agile and with creating excellent environments where top class digital professionals can thrive.

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Rebecca Kemp

Rebecca Kemp is a consultant on digital strategy, digital transformation and agile working. Previously Rebecca was Head of the Assisted Digital Delivery Programme at the Government Digital Service. In this role she co-authored the Government Digital Strategy and led the government’s work to get digital services to people who aren’t online. Before life in the public sector Rebecca worked in the technology sector, at Trampoline and Autonomy. 

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Katz Kiely

Katz is an award winning communications, engagement and innovation strategist who specializes in co-creation, open innovation and multi platform interventions. She has designed, directed and delivered multi channel strategies for a wide range of public, private and research clients including the UN, Westfield Global over the Olympics, Ogilvy and Mather, BECTA and Florida University.