The Fellowship

This resource is for everyone in the Fellowship community, whether you are currently on a programme or have completed one.

Come here to find the latest updates on what is happening in the Fellowship, sign up to Discovery Sessions and Connections Events, and find out about events - organised by us as well as friends of the Institute. You can also access our latest set of materials to use with your team.



Upcoming Discovery Sessions


& Trust

Data Ethics and Data Privacy for Leaders

With Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology Policy and Innovation at the ICO

12th September

Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm
Address: 12a Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AX - This session is acessible remotely
Speaker: Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology Policy and Innovation at the ICO
Chair: Mikael Down, Cohort 2 Fellow, Banking Standards Board

"Just one visit to a website can trigger an auction among advertisers which involves our personal data and hundreds of interested bidders. It’s impressive; it’s hard to imagine the speed, scale and complexity of this real-time bidding. It’s also the stuff of data protection nightmares. And it’s what has been keeping me up at night recently. Our role at the ICO is to determine whether the use of personal data is compliant with the law. That’s why my team has prioritised our ongoing review of the adtech sector to learn more and firm up our thinking. From what we know so far, there’s a lot we’re concerned about. [...] We are not convinced current practices comply with the law." (Simon, McDougall, 11 July 2019)

Come and join us for our next discovery session on 12th September. Simon MacDougall, Executive Director of Technology Policy and Innovation at the Information Commissioner's Office, will discuss the decline in public's trust in all things digital, how the ICO is addressing it and what you can do with your organisation to regain public trust. Mikael Down, Executive Director - Assessment, Policy & Insights at the Banking Standards Board and Cohort 2 Fellow will be chairing the session.

Simon took up the position of Executive Director in October 2018. A member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for leading the work of the Technology Policy and Innovation Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity.

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Fellowship Drinks
27th November 2019
Fellowship Drinks

More information coming soon!

What's happening

Recent Fellowship activity

Leadership & collaboration
July 2019

Two of our Fellows, Natalie Black (Cohort 2016) and Kara Owen (Cohort 2017), both formerly working in London, are taking responsible leadership to Singapore...the movement is spreading!

If you're moving abroad and are wondering if you can find any Fellows around you, don't hesitate to ask Marie.

Go to Names & Faces to access contact details for Natalie and Kara.

Email Marie for more information

Knife crime
Tesco & Met Police
May 2019

To help reduce knife crime, Tesco have announced that they are stopping selling knives in all of their stores nationwide (apart from a handful of their superstores in which knives will be kept in a locked cabinet).

This is as a result of discussions between Ade Adelekan, Chief Superintendent on the Violent Crime Task Force from the Metroplitan Police and Tom Mackintosh, Technology Director for Europe, Tesco. Which all started with a text message from Ade to Tom.

Go to Names & Faces to access contact details for Tom Mackintosh and Ade Adelekan

Daily Mail coverage on story

Wales Online coverage on story

Email Marie for more information

Food waste
June 2019

Cohort 2015 Fellows, Michael Walsh, Daisy Llewellyn and David Kellett kicked off a food waste project in IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) back in 2015 as their Change Challenge.

Michael Cockcroft, from Cohort 2016, picked up the project and has been working to reduce food waste in IHG hotels since. His sustained efforts are now reaping results: IHG has publicly unveiled plans to reduce food waste in 50+ hotels in the EMEAA region, by installing Winnow Vision AI technology. Plans for rolling out to IHG’s Americas and Greater China regions are also underway too.

Go to Names & Faces to access contact details for Michael Cockcroft and the other Fellows involved
Business Traveller coverage on IHG food waste press release on food waste pledge
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Notifications & requests

Promotions in the Fellowship

Congratulations to Derek Tilstone for becoming Head of Customer Compliance Change at HMRC and to Matt Downie for being awarded a MBE!

Go to Names & Faces to access contact details for Derek & Matt

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Next up
27th November
Fellowship Drinks

Next in the Fellowship calendar: we invite you to the annual drinks and keynote speech on 27th November in London. Save the date! More information coming soon.

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Forward Institute Toolkit
Exercises to do with your team

Exercises from the programme have been pooled into this toolkit. As you experiment and use these with your team, please share any suggestions or alterations to the exercises so that we can share your learning with the broader community.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for the toolkit, please let Camilla Upson (Mills) know by selecting the option below.


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Family Focus
Discovery Session materials

A number of materials were shared in the Family Focus Discovery Session that are available for you to download and use. Please tell us if you use these with your team. These materials would be useful for anyone looking to create a better work/life balance in their organisation or for tackling gender imbalances in the workplace.

Family Focus Effective Communication exercise

Family Focus presentation slides

Family Focus workbook

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