The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to announce that Vanessa Barnett has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, and Helen Turvey has been appointed as Vice-Chair.

Vanessa Barnett said:

“It is a great honour to be appointed Chair of the Open Knowledge Foundation, at an incredibly exciting time for the organisation.

We’re returning to our founding principles and fighting for a fair, free and open future. Our mission is to create an open world, where all non-personal information is open, free for everyone to use, build on and share; and creators and innovators are fairly recognised and rewarded.

Our vision has never been more important, and I am excited to be supporting the organisation as Chair.”

Helen Turvey said:

“I’m delighted to be appointed Vice-Chair at a time when the Open Knowledge Foundation is going from strength-to-strength.

The world has changed dramatically since our organisation was launched 15 years ago, and we need champions for openness.

I’m looking forward to working closely with the great team involved in running the Foundation.”

Catherine Stihler, chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said:

“I’m pleased to welcome Vanessa and Helen as our new Chair and Vice-Chair, and look forward to working with them.

I would also like to thank Tim Hubbard for his work as outgoing chair of the board and all the members of the board who support everything we do to promote openness.

The Open Knowledge Foundation is uniquely placed to address the challenges of the digital age and work towards a fair, free and open future.”


About Vanessa Barnett

Vanessa Barnett is a lawyer who helps clients who are using technology and data to innovate or disrupt established ways of doing things, with particular expertise in Internet/platform based business models. She likes working with people who are changing the status quo. She has supported her clients from household-name global brands to nimble start-ups do this for over 15 years, first as a partner at two traditional City firms and now at disruptor law firm Keystone Law. She regularly advises boards on legal matters and strategy in her role as a lawyer. Vanessa has a specific interest in the cross over between technology, intellectual property and data, and right now is spending most of her working time advising on data related projects. She holds a degree in Law from Exeter University, is the founding author of the Internet section of Practical Commercial Precedents and sits on its editorial board. She is also on the editorial board of Digital Business Lawyer

About Helen Turvey

Helen has spent the past two decades working to make philanthropy better. She is honoured to have spent over half of that time working with the Shuttleworth Foundation, an organisation brave and nimble enough to be truly experimental in their approach to changing the world and its own DNA along with it. Having spent time at the beginning of her career travelling, learning and keynoting on most continents, Helen now spends her time working with the Fellows and Alumni of the Foundation, building, supporting, strengthening and enabling leaders who iterate towards a more open and equitable world. She is also on the board of several organisations that drive open ideals.

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