I have been a Member of the House of Lords since 2013.
My core policy focus is on digital technology for the public good, with a particular interest in technologies such as AI and Blockchain, and areas of application such as: FinTech, GovTech, RegTech, Assistive Tech and EdTech. Other key policy areas are social mobility, employment, education, skills and culture, media and sports.
You can access all my speeches in Parliament here.
I am a firm believer in the benefits of diversity and inclusion and have campaigned for more accessible environments for disabled people. I have also advised the government on diversity and inclusion including conducting an independent review on improving access to public appointments for the Cabinet Office.
Technology and inclusion are the ‘golden threads’ that run through everything I do. The opportunity provided by emerging technologies and the value of genuine inclusion provide both the practical and philosophical underpins to my work across the public and private sector; including in current roles as Chancellor at BPP University and Deputy Chair at Channel 4.
I also used to swim and have been described as ‘Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer’ winning a total of 9 gold, 5 silvers and 1 bronze. I was honoured to continue my involvement with the Games as Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for the organisation of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.