Former staff

Ruth Coustick-Deal, Supporter Officer

Ruth was with ORG from 2012 to March 2016. She joined ORG as a member of staff after managing its online magazine, ORGzine for several months as an intern. Since then she has organised our national conference ORGCon several times, and is responsible for fundraising, supporter engagement and events.

Since graduating from her degree in English Literature she worked in a number of marketing and communications roles, before settling into her passion for human rights.

You can find her on Twitter at @Nesient

Lydia Snodin, Local Groups Co-ordinator

Lydia helps supporters set up and run local campaign groups across the UK. Get in touch with her if you would like to raise awareness of digital rights in your area.

With a background in grassroots community campaigns, she set up and ran a group to involve more young people in her local Labour Party. She went on to become a leader in ‘Home Sweet Home’, a campaign working with MPs, letting agents and national charities to empower tenants renting in Brighton and Hove.

In March 2010 she skipped a day of sixth form to protest the Digital Economy Bill with ORG and has been interested in keeping the internet free and open ever since.

Simon Barnes, Administrator

Simon runs ORG's office, including finance and supporter management. He is the person to contact for financial and administrative matters.

With a background in financial services and financial PR, Simon has previously worked for Consumers' Association as a campaigning journalist writing in Which? magazine, and as a website editor for a new online investment service.

In the past he has campaigned for gay equality, and recently volunteered with the Campaign for Better Transport.

Richard King, Project Manager

Richard manages ORG's technical projects and supports our community of technical volunteers. He joined ORG in 2006, founded the first local group in Sheffield in 2012 and was appointed to the Supporter Council in the same year, before joining the staff in 2014.

Richard has worked as a senior engineer specialising in the design and integration of complex, high-technology systems; a software consultant in the UK higher-education sector; and an analyst and Scrum product-owner designing student management systems for further education colleges. He lives in Tromsø, Norway, and works remotely thanks to the wonders of the internet. Twitter: @graphiclunarkid GPG public key

Elizabeth Knight, Legal Director

Elizabeth is a solicitor. She has experience of working for NGOs, as well as in the city and for the government. Most recently she spent four months at Amnesty International where she authored a major advocacy document and worked on issues around surveillance. Elizabeth holds a Masters degree in Human Rights.

She has undertaken an internship at the UN, working on international law and human rights. Elizabeth was also awarded a pro bono fellowship by her previous firm and worked at a human rights NGO in South Africa. She practises litigation, which has included human rights, judicial review and intellectual property work.

Peter Bradwell, Policy Director

Peter joined ORG in January 2011, initially working on copyright reform. Before this he worked at the think tank Demos for four years, where he focused primarily on technology policy and the relationship between technology and society.

He is the author of a number of Demos publications including Private Lives: A People's Inquiry into Personal InformationEdgeless University, and Video Republic.

He co-founded the music project Hometaping in 2009. You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterbradwell

Ben Zevenbergen, Researcher, 2013

Ben joined the Open Rights Group on a part-time basis, to help with campaigns and research. He has worked on legal, political and policy aspects of the information society for several years. Most recently he was a policy advisor to an MEP in the European Parliament, working on Europe's Digital Agenda. Previously Bendert worked as an ICT/IP lawyer and policy consultant in the Netherlands. Ben holds a degree in law, specialising in Information Law.

Nishma Doshi, Community and Events Officer, 2011 - 2012

Nishma joined us from a background of grassroots activism, specifically digital advocacy. An ardent 'internationalist', having grown up in numerous countries, Nishma is curious about the diversity of people who take part in technology and loves building strong networks. As a feminist, she is trying to dissuade the myth that technology is male-driven and work towards a much more female-friendly organisation. With a long term interest in civil rights, community organising and geekery, Nishma took on her role at Open Rights Group as the perfect mixture.

Jason Kitcat, November 2010 - June 2011

Prior to working as Systems Development Officer at ORG, Jason was ORG's Acting Assistant Executive Director for three months. Previously Jason was Head of Technology at Netmums, a leading grassroots parenting site. Jason is a Green councillor on Brighton & Hove City Council, and Cabinet Member for Finance. Jason has done research for ORG on voting, e-voting and e-democracy, having worked part-time for ORG as e-voting co-ordinator in 2007. On this subject he regularly speaks at conferences and is quoted in the media. He has worked with online communities since the early 1990s and has founded or co-founded a number of technology related companies. Jason blogs at

Florian Leppla, Campaigner, January 2010 - January 2011

Before Florian joined ORG he worked for a PR agency in Germany, before moving to London to join the League Against Cruel Sports in 2005. In the League's campaigns team he organised events and competitions to raise public awareness and also initiated the League's e-campaign. At ORG Florian worked on the copyright campaign, both on UK and European level, focussing on the Digital Economy Bill and ACTA.

Michael Holloway, Development Manager, 2006 - 2010

Despite his love for rhythm and business, working in record labels and recording artist management left Michael disillusioned with the music industry. He's now putting his law degree and cultural enthusiasm to better use in civil society. Michael admires and, increasingly, exhibits many geek characteristics. Michael is now pursuing his amibition to become a chef.

Katerina Maniadaki, Administrator, 2009 - 2010

Katerina is working on her PhD at the School of Law of King 's College London, researching on the application of the freedom of expression and EC competition law rules to the issue of network neutrality. She holds a BA in law and an LL.M. degree and has previously worked for the DG INFSO of the European Commission and the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in all aspects of ICT law and policy.

Katie Sutton, Grassroots Campaigner, 2009 - 2010

Katie got involved with politics whilst at university, and after giving two years to the NUS, she now does "real world politics" with the Liberal Democrats, Power2010 and various other grassroots organisations. She joined Open Rights Group as a supporter in 2008 and spends a large chunk of her spare time enthusing about civil liberties, freedom and human rights at anyone prepared to listen.

Becky Hogge, Executive Director, 2007 - 2009

Before joining Open Rights Group Becky was the managing editor, and then technology director and technology commissioning editor for During her time there she established the China environment website, along with editor Isabel Hilton. As a writer and commentator, she covers the global politics of technology, open source, and intellectual property rights. She writes a weekly technology column for the New Statesman and has also written for The Guardian, Index on Censorship, Dazed & Confused and The Face. Becky continues to contribute as a member of our Advisory Council.

Suw Charman, Executive Director, 2006 - 2007

Suw Charman is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK's best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.