About Us

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The work for the Digitally Left Behind Community is led by a small group of UK IT industry, academic and technical leaders. The following people are actively contributing to this work:


Dan Bailey

Chief Technology Officer for IBM UK & Ireland Services. He has over 24 years of experiences in the IT industry, having worked across the globe in numerous industries.


Richard Hopkins, FREng

Richard is President of IBM's Academy of Technology, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has an extensive history of delivering complex IT for the UK Government, including many systems that intersect with the Digitally Left Behind Community.


Dr Ian Nussey, OBE FREng

Ian spent over 50 years working for IBM in engineering leadership roles. Since retirement he has spent eight years on the Engineering Council, chairing the Academy and Royal Society's Science and Engineering Policy Studies Unit and serving as inaugural chair of the Proactive Membership Committee.


Dr Maurice Perks

Dr Maurice Perks is a retired IBM Fellow, with more than 40 years’ experience in IT systems across several sectors. He spends one day a week helping the DLBC at an IT walk-in centre.


Phil Smith, CBE FREng

Phil Smith is a systems engineer. At Philips Electronics, he led complex IT security and large network developments. At IBM, he built the company’s first-of-its-kind corporate network performance measurement system and designed its European TCP/IP network. At Cisco, he created some of the world’s biggest business-oriented IP networks. While its UK and Ireland Chief Executive and Chairman, he used some of the $1.5B inward investment he secured to create Innovation Centres and Technology Incubators.


Chris Winter

Independent IT consultant, IBM Fellow retired and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. His IT career began in 1969


Dr Maria Wolters

Maria's research focuses on supporting people with long-term conditions live rich and meaningful lives. She has a background in computational linguistics and speech science (PhD, 2000, University of Bonn), human-computer interaction, assistive technology, and eHealth, and a long-term interest in statistics.