Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE HonFREng
Co-Founder, Lastminute.com; Non-Executive Director, Twitter; Chancellor, The Open University; Founder and Executive Chair, Doteveryone
Co-Founder of Lastminute.com, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho was influential in starting the UK’s dot com boom in the late 1990s. Today she is a businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant, with many roles including Non-Executive Director of Twitter; Chancellor of the Open University; and Founder and Executive Chair of Doteveryone, a charity advocating for a fairer internet.
She has also been a crossbench peer in the House of Lords since March 2013, becoming its youngest female member at the time.
From 2009 until 2013, Baroness Lane-Fox was Digital Champion for the UK. Last year she was appointed as a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy. She serves as Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve and Just For Kids Law. She sits on the board of Chanel, The Donmar Waterhouse and The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
In 2013, Baroness Lane-Fox was named as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4. In 2016, she was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, by HRH The Duke of Kent, BCS's Patron.