I have been a Member of the House of Lords since 2013 and am a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee.
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.
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, and under my own auspices a two year on Progress Report to assess how far the department had got with implementation.
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.