Our non-executive directors give their time and expertise on a voluntary basis. Find out more about each board member below.
Mandy became our chair in January 2022, taking over from Jonathan Flowers. She is a consultant at Top 20 accountants Moore Kingston Smith, and has extensive experience, spanning over 30 years, in offering clients strategic advice and commercial support.
Mandy advises on a range of commercial and technical issues affecting entrepreneurial and growing businesses. She serves on the board of the Direct Marketing Association and is a director of the Telephone Preference Service. Mandy also holds other non-executive roles at other commercial and not for profit organisations.
As well as being our chair, Mandy also sits on the board of our parent charity mySociety as treasurer.
Cam Ross is CEO of Green Angel Syndicate, the UK’s largest network of investors funding early stage technology businesses which fight against the climate crisis, and for the sustainable use of resources.
Cam is an Aeronautical Engineer by training, and has experience in creating, commercialising and patenting new technology. He co-founded and jointly ran a contact centre payments business, and ultimately sold it to AIM-listed Eckoh.
Most recently, Cam served as Director of Payments Strategy for Eckoh, where his team focused on new and inventive security and payments products for the contact centre industry. He has more than a dozen granted patents in the fields of telecommunications, payments and customer authentication.
Ade Adewunmi is a data strategist at Cloudera Fast Forward Labs.
She spends her days advising clients on integrating machine learning into their business operations, including developing and executing on use cases through the application of machine learning.
Before joining Cloudera Fast Forward Labs, Ade worked as a senior consultant at Teradata, advising organisations on the development and delivery of their data strategies. Prior to that, she led the Government Digital Service’s Data Infrastructure programme.
Outside of work, Ade’s interests in the application and impact of data are broader – beyond the boundaries of corporate organisations; she volunteers with charities such as Datakind UK.
She blogs about the ways in which data can be made useful for organisations and wider society as well as the leadership and organisational cultures that make this possible. When she’s not advising, blogging or speaking about these things, she’s almost certainly watching too much TV and justifying (as if justification were needed!) it on the grounds of cultural engagement. The
truth is, she just likes it.
Steve is currently the Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Government of Jersey, working to turn the emerging theory of open policy making, participatory design and digital government into practice.
He is developing a new Jersey foresight capability, and leads on a range on long-term strategic challenges including the islands’ response to the climate emergency, sustainable development and impacts of technology.
Previously, Steve led on public service reform and policy for Stockport Council, where he created the award winning Digital by Design programme. He also worked as a Mayoral digital advisor and Chair of the GM Connect programme for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Head of Sales at Moore Kingston Smith, Francis Mainoo joined the SocietyWorks board as a non-executive director in 2022. With over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, Francis plays a key role in encouraging the growth of the organisation, fuelled by his passion for technology that helps to build and strengthen communities.
Francis is a big believer that we can be a more productive, happier and connected society if we engage – provided we have the right tools to engage with. For Francis, technology such as that built by SocietyWorks and our parent charity mySociety is essential, benefitting citizens by making them better connected and fulfilled, as the issues directly affecting them are addressed.
He also serves as an executive coach and mentor to senior leaders across a variety of dynamic businesses and charities, specialising in unlocking commercial opportunities and raising awareness of organisations’ stories.
Onyeka Onyekwelu was appointed to the SocietyWorks board in November 2022 as a non-executive director.
Onyeka specialises in strategic engagement on digital, data and innovation programmes. Most recently, she was one of seven new No.10 Innovation Fellows. Onyeka is a Deputy Director, currently concluding her project in Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to help experts unlock the power of data and emerging technologies to address humanitarian crises.
Prior to joining the No.10 Innovation Fellowship, she trained as a Barrister and specialised in public policy, before switching industries to tech and digital. She has worked with the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI), Greater London Authority (GLA), Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Bar Associations nationally and internationally. She uses user-centred design to develop projects exploring intelligent use of data, digitisation of public services.
Onyeka is passionate about all things arts and culture. In her down time, she sits on product testers’ panels for brands such as Lancome, Garnier, La Roche Posay and many others. Sharing her views on the diversity of their products, as well as what more can be done to cater to Black female consumers. She also loves books, and sits on a network of book-lovers who read and review advance copies for publishers. Her love for the arts doesn’t stop there – she also loves films. She spends an evening, every fortnight or so, attending pre-screenings and providing feedback before its release.