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How technology and community can transform the lives of refugees

In this article we hear from the COO of Beam, Seb Barker, who co-founded the social enterprise back in 2017 as the first crowdfunding platform for homeless people. Seb shares the story of Kateryna, a refugee from Ukraine who was able to raise money through Beam to pursue her career in the UK.

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September

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Greening HMRC’s customs system: sustainable procurement, supply chains and data

This new trend, known as ‘green customs’, presents a major opportunity for the UK Government as it scopes out a vision for a new UK Single Trade Window. In the second article of our Single Trade Window blog series, we take a look at how the UK could make this a reality.

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September

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From Policy to Product: enabling One Health through technology

A One Health approach to health security is needed more than ever. In this blog, we explore the definition of One Health, why it is an invaluable concept for today’s interconnected world, and the practical challenges to implementing a ‘One Health’ approach. We also propose 4 initial steps for national governments to take to counter the global threats we all face.

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Can Tourism Ever Be Sustainable? Tech Innovations as Solutions

As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry is staging a comeback. In this article, we look at a number of startups whose solutions can be deployed to meet the public sector’s needs for sustainable tourism.

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Sharing data across supply chains: international reflections for the UK’s Single Trade Window

Building upon PUBLIC’s report on frictionless trade, this blog identifies key challenges that disrupt supply chain data sharing at the border. It then suggests actionable recommendations for the UK policy makers informed by international best practice.

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August

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Learning to trust PETs in the public sector

Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) help solve the trust problem in data collaboration. But how can governments learn to trust PETs?

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August

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Meet our Procurement and Business Systems GovStart cohort

‍In June we kicked off our brand new GovStart programme - taking on a cohort of 34 startups across a number of different sectors. In this blog post we delve into the solutions of our 7 Procurement and Business Systems startups spanning areas such as Public Procurement, financial management, Property Data and Payments. 

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August

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Making sustainable procurement a reality

Sustainable public procurement has never been more of a priority. In this blog, we dive into the challenges councils face in implementing it. We also outline some of the key steps councils can take to ensure sustainability is embedded in every step of the procurement process.

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August

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Gaming in the metaverse: online safety in another dimension

The metaverse is more than just a tech buzzword, it will likely have an impact on the way we socialise, play, work, and learn.

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Meet our Climate GovStart cohort

‍In June we launched our brand new GovStart programme - taking on a cohort of 34 startups across a number of different sectors. This week we delve into the solutions of our 7 climate startups.

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July

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Public Sector APIs and GovTech: 6 International Best Practices in API Management to Spark Better Collaboration

The UK’s public sector has been systematically fostering APIs for several years now. Yet, it is worth shedding light on international API best practices from other countries, in order to understand how APIs might further be leveraged to support innovation.

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Meet our Justice, Transport & Education GovStart cohort

This month we kicked off our brand new GovStart programme - taking on a cohort of 34 startups across a number of different sectors. This week we delve into the solutions of our 4 Justice, Transport & Education startups spanning areas such as illicit trade prevention, employment training and transport management.

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July

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GovTech Goes Global: Celebrating the In-Person Return of The GovTech Summit 2022

The GovTech Summit announces its return to a physical event this November 1st in partnership with The Hague for its fifth year anniversary special edition, with a mission to drive collective action toward sustaining the momentum of digital acceleration in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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June

September

Meet our Privacy, Security and Online Safety GovStart cohort

This month we kicked off our brand new GovStart programme - taking on a cohort of 34 startups across a number of different sectors. In this blog post we delve into the solutions of our 7 Privacy, Security and Online Safety startups spanning areas such as Disinformation detection, AI auditing and identity verification.

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June

June

AWS Defence Accelerator Spotlight: Rethinking Resilience in Cyber Warfare

In this blog post, we outline our response to the question posed in the AWS Defence Accelerator challenge area looking at how we can make defence more resilient to cyber threats and ensure its ability to deliver on mission demands. It will refer to the National Cyber Strategy 2022 and encourage startups in cyber to apply to the programme.

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June

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AWS Defence Accelerator Spotlight: Transforming Defence Towards a Greener Future

UK defence accounts for 50% of central government’s emissions, an enormous figure, but one that makes sense when you consider the human, infrastructural, and geographic footprint of the Ministry of Defence.

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Tackling Child Safety with Technology: What we know & hope to achieve

As part of our advisory work in online safety, PUBLIC is delivering a range of projects to improve child safety online. This blog outlines our view of the landscape, its challenges and potential solutions, through a Safety Tech lens.

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June

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How To Overcome Barriers Faced by SMEs in Public Procurement

This article by Nicola Villa, Executive Vice President, Strategic Growth at Mastercard outlines why supporting SME procurement is so important, and highlights some key takeaways from the Global SME Procurement Benchmark report!

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June

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Bringing in voices from the margins

Partnering with the Prison Reform Trust’s ‘Prisoner Policy Network’ to improve pathways to criminal justice transformation

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May

May

Procurement Bites: How can public authorities better collaborate on procurement?

In the second article in our series on procurement, we look at the topic of collaboration in procurement, and outline how technology and tools can help to make collaboration easier.

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A Safer Future: Enhancing Citizens’ Trust in a Digital World

As the digital lives of citizens become richer and more complex, forward-looking governments are navigating the challenges of protecting their citizens in the digital world by making the internet safer, making data more private and making networks more secure. PUBLIC is deeply invested in this mission, and supports the UK and international public sector across these areas through its Privacy, Security and Online Safety team.

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Better collaboration, bigger impact: How data-sharing accelerates innovation

Collaboration and information sharing across UK government can achieve meaningful transformation and improved services for citizens. This blog explores the Shared Outcomes Fund's role in accelerating this effort and encouraging closer collaboration between government departments

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May

Finalising Our Research with Nominet: The Opportunities We Identified

Nominet and PUBLIC partnered to research and tackle key illegal online harms faced by young people when using the internet. This blogpost provides a final update on the research, focusing on systemic opportunities, and outlines next steps for interested stakeholders.

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Web3 and Its Implications for Digital Public Services

A polarised discussion has emerged around Web3 over recent months.

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April

May

Strategic Interventions to Counter and Curb the Spread of Disinformation

The long-term societal impacts of false narratives propagated by foreign adversaries has yet to be completely understood and quantified, but now is an important moment to consider counter-disinformation interventions.

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Modern threats demand novel solutions: Are startups poised to help meet the moment?

Defence today is one of the largest markets in the world. Yet, at a time where startup innovation is seen everywhere from digital health to online safety, defence engagement with the startup ecosystem remains behind.

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Defeating Disinformation in the Digital Age

Disinformation has been a long standing phenomena of war, but the modern tools used to create & disseminate false narratives have transformed its ease of creation, speed of spread, and range of audiences.

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Tackling Illegal Harms Impacting Young People Online: Lessons from the Ecosystem

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A New Community Platform for GovTech Innovators: GovStart 2.0

Bringing together the startup ecosystem through our new and more accessible GovStart offer marks another important step forward for public sector transformation.

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March

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Upskill to innovate: How a focus on personnel keeps defence on the front-foot

To meet unforeseen threats with agile solutions, maintaining a digitally-literate workforce is essential in modern defence, but can we achieve this through training and culture alone?

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March

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World Sustainable Procurement Day: It's Time for Governments to Join the Movement

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Shoring up Local Councils for a Cyber-Resilient Future

PUBLIC, together with Daintta, is arming local councils with the learning tools they need to improve supply chain resilience and protect themselves against a growing number of cyber security threats.

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From Livestreaming to Education: Finding Priority Areas to Tackle Illegal Online Harms

In the first part of PUBLIC’s work with Nominet, we identified the trends and developments of the illegal online harms that young people face. We compiled these trends based on reports from academics, government and the third sector before testing them via interviews with key people and organisations in the space.

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The Return of Defence Disrupted: Innovation for a Safer Future

The world’s leading event for defence innovation and technology is back for its second annual edition, giving representatives a platform to connect and share knowledge about how to keep pace in their modern defence capability.

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Technical Solutions for Countering Online Violence Against Women and Girls

This International Women’s Day, we’re drawing attention to the problem of Online Harm Against Women and Girls.

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February

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A guide to e-procurement tools for government buyers

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February

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Reimagine and build with PUBLIC

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December

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PUBLIC’s Advancing Digital Health Series

Virtual panel launch on ‘Managing the digital health revolution’ | 10th February 2022

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November

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Making procurement greener and more sustainable: working on new guidance for global governments

With COP26 over, there has never been more interest in sustainability across the world - but nor has there probably been more frustration given all the lofty talk and little concrete action.

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Is gamification the solution to sustainable behaviour change?

In this article, Jessica Taylor explains how governments can adopt methods of 'Gamification' to engage individuals, organisations and communities in sustainable behavioural change. ‍

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September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022

GovTech in Focus

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Zixuan Fu

Associate

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September 29, 2022

September 22, 2022

London

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Henry Taylor

Associate, Public Affairs

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September 16, 2022

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London

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Zixuan Fu

Associate

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September 7, 2022

August 26, 2022

London

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Sarah Alkhedheiri

Senior Associate

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September 16, 2022

August 26, 2022

London

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Daniel Fitter

Lead, Privacy, Security & Safety

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September 7, 2022

August 25, 2022

London

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Joe Cardwell

Senior Associate

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September 7, 2022

August 17, 2022

London

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Leyre Villaizan

Associate

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August 12, 2022

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James Katz

Senior Associate

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Marco Iovino

Associate

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September 29, 2022

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London

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Moritz Kleinaltenkamp

Senior Associate

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July 21, 2022

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Sorcha Killian

Programme Manager

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September 29, 2022

July 14, 2022

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Lucy Huckle

Lead, Ecosystem

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July 6, 2022

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Matthew Long

Programme Manager

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June 27, 2022

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Matthew Long

Programme Manager

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Maya Daver-Massion

Senior Associate

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London

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Kwame Sekyere

Senior Associate

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James Katz

Senior Associate

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September 29, 2022

June 4, 2022

London

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Daniel Ben-Shaul

Associate

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September 16, 2022

June 1, 2022

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Johnny Hugill

Lead, Procurement & Business Systems

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May 12, 2022

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Matt Tang

Associate, Growth

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May 11, 2022

April 27, 2022

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Sam Mingoia

Associate, Marketing

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April 20, 2022

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Matt Tang

Associate, Growth

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April 13, 2022

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By 

Alexander de Carvalho

CIO & Co-Founder

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May 11, 2022

April 6, 2022

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Gabriel Furey

Associate, Ecosystem Events

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March 25, 2022

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Marco Iovino

Associate

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March 24, 2022

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Leyre Villaizan

Associate

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March 21, 2022

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Andrew Cole

Senior Associate

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March 21, 2022

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Daniel Korski

CEO & Co-Founder

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March 15, 2022

London, Blog Post

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Jess Taylor

Associate

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March 10, 2022

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Marco Iovino

Associate

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February 22, 2022

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Johnny Hugill

Lead, Procurement & Business Systems

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February 22, 2022

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Daniel Korski

CEO & Co-Founder

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May 11, 2022

February 13, 2022

London

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Adam Sticca

Associate, Ecosystem Events

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May 11, 2022

December 16, 2021

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Johnny Hugill

Lead, Procurement & Business Systems

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November 24, 2021

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Jess Taylor

Associate

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November 8, 2021

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Gemma Osei-Antwi

Associate, Marketing

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November 5, 2021

Interview

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Gemma Osei-Antwi

Associate, Marketing

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May 11, 2022

October 29, 2021

Interview

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Natasha Wren

Head of Communications

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May 11, 2022

October 28, 2021

Interview

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Natasha Wren

Head of Communications

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October 25, 2021

Interview

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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October 21, 2021

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Daniel Korski

CEO & Co-Founder

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October 20, 2021

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Johnny Hugill

Lead, Procurement & Business Systems

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October 18, 2021

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Gemma Osei-Antwi

Associate, Marketing

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September 16, 2021

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Jess Taylor

Associate

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August 25, 2021

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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August 4, 2021

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Jess Taylor

Associate

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July 14, 2021

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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June 9, 2021

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Chiara Carlini

Lead, Startup & Challenge Programmes

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May 26, 2021

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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January 27, 2021

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Andy Richardson

CTO

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December 15, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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October 20, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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October 6, 2020

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August 15, 2020

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July 6, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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June 29, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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June 24, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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June 22, 2020

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Johnny Hugill

Lead, Procurement & Business Systems

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June 17, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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June 15, 2020

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Edward Elliott

Head of Growth

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May 27, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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March 18, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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February 24, 2020

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February 19, 2020

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Imogen Granger

Senior Associate, Marketing

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February 12, 2020

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Maya Daver-Massion

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Senior Associate

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Maya Daver-Massion

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Lead, Data Services

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Daniel Fitter

Lead, Privacy, Security & Safety

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