Directors

The Board of Directors oversees Open Rights Group's work, which includes staffing, fundraising and responsibility for policy. Please note that the newly elected Board member Brian Parkinson will appear here shortly.

Owen Blacker

Owen Blacker

Owen is a technologist at an ad agency by day and by night works for a handful of Internet-related groups pressing for social and political change. In addition, Owen is a director of mySociety and a trustee of the charity that runs it. He helped found NO2ID and FaxYourMP and used to co-ordinate Stand.org.uk. He can usually be found wasting what he laughably calls “free time” contributing to the Wikipedia projects, which might explain why he still hasn't got round to making himself a website, though he does now have a a poorly-maintained blog and occasionally writes on Medium.

James Cronin

James Cronin

James is a technologist. He has worked on the UK Internet scene since before the web was invented as developer, systems administrator, technical director or CTO for a number of top UK ISPs, service providers and media companies. James is recognized as an e-democracy pioneer having co-founded the UK's most successful e-democracy project, volunteer-run service: FaxYourMP. He is the co-founder of mySociety.org and TheyWorkForYou.com and serves as the Chairman and director of their parent registered charity: UK Citizens Online Democracy. James has been active in numerous multi award-winning online campaigning organisations, such as the anti internet snooping bill project: Stand. He volunteers for Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and is a board member of the NO2ID campaign. Currently for a day job James is Executive Director and Chief Architect of the e-commerce software as a service company, Venda, which he co-founded. Here he provides market leading on-demand, global e-commerce capabilities on a fully managed basis to more than 200 of the world's most significant and successful retailers. For fun, he runs the UK's finest boutique chocolate shop, Paul A Young Fine Chocolates, with his business partner.

John Elliott

John Elliott

John is an information security / governance, risk and compliance specialist. He is interested in the intersection of information security with information law and in particular how information security is regulated. He works in payment security and maintains an archive of regulatory action related to data breaches at BreachWatch.

Tom de Grunwald

Tom de Grunwald

Tom works with digital media and film to help empower citizens when they vote, and to help companies and charities communicate effectively. A proud ORG member since 2009, he's long been passionate about how the Internet and social media enable diverse creative voices: freedoms he has joined the board to help defend.

Tom co-founded Swap my Vote as a direct, practical response to the UK's iniquitous electoral system. In his day job, he has managed creative teams at award-winning agencies, producing and/or devising social and digital strategy for projects including Downton Abbey, Magnum Photos, and Unreported World; working with Channel 4 to producing Shorts with Scope aimed at shifting attitudes towards disability.

Tom sat on the board of Blurrt as Director of Media and led the social media startup's offering to the media industries. He is currently consulting for clients including teams at the BBC, Viacom, and Westminster City Council, providing training on digital engagement strategy and skills.

Alec Muffett

Alec Muffett

Alec Muffett is a technologist, blogger and all-round geek. He is a computer and network security consultant who has been working in that field almost constantly since 1988. Find out more about him here

Brian Parkinson

Brian Parkinson

Brian is a retired IT professional and was previously Head of IT development at Lloyds TSB Plc. Brian’s interests lie in the nature of personal data, how it could be categorised, and the issues faced in retrieval for individuals. Following his masters in human rights, Brian has recently completed a Phd at the University of Southampton in the web science department, where Brian worked to develop a new model for categorisation of personal data. Brian Parkinson has been a supporter and member since ORG’s conception and in early 2018 Brian joined Open Rights Group’s board.

Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps is a technologist, writer and digital rights advocate. He is the founder of Europe's first public open source project incubator, Public Software CIC, and of open source policy and practice consultancy Meshed Insights Ltd. He volunteers widely on digital rights matters, including as a director of The Document Foundation (home of the LibreOffice software suite). He was previously head of open source and standards at Sun Microsystems and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit, among other industry roles. He has been involved in a number of standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow. Find more at his personal web page.

Christi Scarborough

Christi Scarborough

Christi Scarborough has been a supporter and member since ORG’s conception and in early 2018 Christi joined Open Rights Group’s board. Christi is a barrister at 42 Bedford Row where she has a broad practice in both civil and family law. Before being called to the Bar, Christi worked within Citizens’ Advice Bureau.