Leadership and advisory board
Founder of Icebreaker One, Gavin Starks has founded, funded and run over a dozen organisations including as CEO of the Open Data Institute, Co-Chair of the Open Banking Standard and CEO of global environmental intelligence company, AMEE.
Celeste Connors has twenty years’ experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy. She previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House where she helped shape the Administration’s climate and energy policies.
John Elkington is an award-winning world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable capitalism, a bestselling author and serial entrepreneur. John is the founder and chief-pollinator of Volans, which works with leaders to make sense of the emergent future to unlock the potential of their organisation.
Irene Graham is the CEO of the ScaleUp Institute. She is a former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank and was the Managing Director at the BBA responsible for Commercial Banking.
Founder and CEO of ds30, Volker Buscher is experienced in developing and implementing data and digital strategies. He supports organisations as non-executive director. He was one of 53 Arup Fellows (out of a global staff of 16,000) and the global Chief Data Officer prior to launching ds30.
Baroness Bryony Worthington is a life peer in the House of Lords—a leading expert on climate change and energy policy, and was instrumental to the adoption of the UK Climate Change Act. She was Executive Director for Environmental Defense Fund, Europe and many other initiatives.
Research, delivery and implementation teams
Kathryn Corrick — Development and Strategy Director
With a keen interest in innovating responsibly and the impact of technology on society, Kathryn brings together experience of data and digital development, communications and change management with a practical understanding of public policy and compliance. She enables organisations to consider business, regulatory and technology requirements and to build cultures for sustainable change. She is founding partner of Corrick, Wales & Partners LLP, co-founded democracy platform Represent.me, was head of learning and content at the Open Data Institute, has run her own consulting business and was online manager for the New Statesman until 2006.
Michelle Prescott — People Development
With extensive experience and expertise in building teams and delivering people management and organisation development services that enable organisations to meet their goals, Michelle believes that people and organisations accomplish so much more if workplaces are collaborative, open, ethical, safe, supportive and enjoyable places for everyone.
Laura Townshend – Head of Communications
Laura has 12 years of strategic communications experience with a focus on digital. She specialises in translating technical complexity into human language and using technology to scale up the impact of campaigns. As a consultant, she’s worked on a range of climate action projects that aim to engage both business and consumers – including work on a green recovery, a business climate pledge, financing for renewables technology, and the climate consequences of Brexit.
Caroline Fraser — Account Manager
Caroline is an environmental professional with experience in non-profits, government agencies, and the private sector focusing in resilience, environmental policy, and urban planning. She is passionate about finding innovative approaches to socio-environmental challenges and sustainable development, and its possibility to protect and enhance our current and future environmental, social, and economic well being.
Zoe Swiderski — Senior Project Manager
With a background in Computer Science, primarily focused on user experience, Zoe has worked in a variety of software development and test roles for small companies, as well as a large financial institution. For the last 12 years, she worked as a project manager on public sector projects and she is particularly interested in leading initiatives that can make a positive influence on everyday life.
Jakob Howard – Sales and Bid Coordinator
Jakob has experience in planning, managing, and delivering a wide range of projects. With a background in engineering, he is passionate about using technology to solve pressing social and environmental problems. He has previously worked as a commercial manager scaling an AI start-up from a niche university spin-out to an established player in the UK’s autonomous vehicle sector. He was project manager for an Innovate-UK funded consortium delivering a framework for establishing the safety of operating autonomous vehicles on public roads in the UK.
Jenna Ilic – Executive Assistant and HR Coordinator
Jenna has experience in administration, executive and business support, previously playing an integral part within senior management on building and growing a small-scale charity. She has 12 years’ experience within the Charity/ Third sector with a particular interest in Learning Disability and community-based organisations and projects.
Gea Mikic — Co-founder & Programme Director (all programmes)
Gea leads projects focused on systems-level interventions that reduce vulnerability to disasters and protect livelihoods from climate change by changing the cultural mechanics of data sharing. She has a background in disasters, urban resilience, and languages with a particular interest in how we view and communicate risk.
Michael Bird — Researcher
Michael is a researcher at Icebreaker One with a background in investigative, data and narrative journalism. He has specialised in the energy sector, with a particular focus on renewables and the transition from coal dependency. Other issues he has written about in-depth include: addiction, migration, conflict, the media and corruption.
Sheree Hellier – User Needs Researcher
Sheree has worked in Marketing, Insight, Research and Innovation in various sectors. She enjoys sharing and demonstrating the value of the consumer voice throughout the organisation and to stakeholders. She is passionate, enthusiastic and committed to enhancing the consumer experience through data and insight.
Paul Johnston – Data Solutions Analyst
Paul is an experienced technologist and consultant with experience working for both UK Government as an expert consultant on projects such as One Login, and tech firms including AWS as a speaker and Senior Developer Advocate. A strategic consultant, he has experience as a keynote speaker and has been involved in setting up global conference series. Paul is a Director of Wolverton Community Energy, a community benefit society in his home town of Milton Keynes, which has provided him with experience and insight into the complexities of how to deliver renewables onto the grid.
Frank Wales — CTO & Delivery Manager
Frank has over 25 years of software development, management and innovation experience. From his start as a software engineer for mission-critical systems, he has developed products for many organisations including Hewlett-Packard, Oxford University Press, and the BBC. At Net-a-Porter, he built and ran the teams responsible for the customer, order and payment systems behind their world-class e-commerce service, invented their real-time fraud analysis system, and fostered innovation across the business. He co-founded one of the UK’s first Internet companies, Limitless, is a founding partner at data protection consultancy Corrick, Wales & partners, and is Head of Data at The Floor.
Chris Pointon – Product Manager
An internet entrepreneur and technologist, Chris has led the design and development of large-scale data products in areas including marketing, social media, cybersecurity and personal data management. He has been technical co-founder of six companies. Two exited, two are still operating, and two were “learning experiences”. Chris has a BEng in Computer & Electronic Engineering and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Emmanuel Coker – Business Data Analyst
Emmanuel brings more than 13 years of expertise in the fields of Banking, Fintech, and Climatetech. He has held numerous positions in Business, Operations, and Data, and has demonstrated exceptional performance in executing several projects. Emmanuel is a member of the Open Data Institute and an IEMA-certified Carbon Management Professional. He is keen on contributing his skills to projects that enhance people’s lives while having a positive impact on the environment and society as a whole.
Kip Parker- API/Back-end Developer
Kip is a software developer who has built a wide range of web platforms and other digital things, from ecommerce sites to streaming platforms to social networks. For the last few years he has focused on projects working with data specialists. He likes finding simple ways to do complex things.
Membership and Community
Julia Higginbottom – Community and Events Manager
Julia is a digital specialist with passion for community, open source data, and working in the open to the benefit of a wider sociocracy. She has experience of data and digital development, communications through technology, and event management. She enables organisations and communities through prototyping and experimentation. She has also worked to disrupt storytelling over the past 2 decades, experimenting with contracting, equity and creative commons attribution in her role as a tv and film producer.
Tom de Grunwald – Membership and Supporter Manager
Tom works with people and technologies to create connections and better enable positive outcomes for society and the planet. A background in media and music, his communications consultancy Microclimate works with diverse clients including Wellcome Trust, Good Law Project, Channel 4, BBC Academy, and Magnum Photos. Tom is a recent board member of the digital civil liberties organisation, Open Rights Group and sits on its Advisory Council; he founded the democracy movement startup Forward Democracy which powers initiatives such as the website Swap My Vote.
We convene domain experts into the team based on the specific work required. These Icebreakers are part of our broader network and we recognise all of their contributions.
Tim Werkhoven – Customer Development Manager
Jeremy Hindle — Insurance and Financial Products Lead (SERI)
Emily Judson – Research Associate (Open Energy)
Trevor Hinkle – Interaction Designer (Open Energy)
Ross Crear- Researcher
Ed Dowding- UX/Web Developer (Open Energy)
Adrian Philpott – Creative Lead
Zoe Philpott – Experience Director
Ceri Stanaway – User Researcher (Open Energy)
Srini Sundaram – Product Innovation (Co-chair) / Agriculture Cluster Lead (SERI)
Nick Tyrone – Legal and Regulatory Lead (SERI)
Tom Hukins- API Developer
Tom Oinn- Information Architect (Open Energy)
Ann Edimo – Communications Team
Kasia Kulma- Data Scientist (Open Energy)
Chris Adams – Developer
Lily Zhang — Researcher (SERI)
Vichi Chandra — Open Engagement Manager (SERI, Open Energy)
Miles Cheetham — Data Infrastructure Lead (Open Energy)
Jennifer Cassidy- Researcher
Alpesh Doshi- Commercial Development Manager
Charlotte Hillenbrand- Product Strategist
Gary Lake- Front end/ UX Developer
Stefan Hasselwimmer- Development Services
Siobhan McVeigh – Executive Assistant
Manu Di Biase- Executive Assistant
The Icebreaker One Constellation
Icebreaker One engages a trusted network of domain experts across Climate, Environment, Finance, Infrastructure and Data (aka ‘CEFID‘).
They include dozens of peer-recommended domain experts in disaster risk modelling, insurance, investment, financial instruments, ecosystems, risk analysis, communications, design innovation, urban infrastructure and systems design. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.
Collectively they are the Icebreaker One Constellation.