Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, is a leading entrepreneur and champion of digital inclusion. Her latest initiative – Dot Everyone – aims to develop a new national institution to make Britain the most digital nation on the planet, by helping people understand, and take full advantage of, the transformative power of the Internet.
Martha worked for a year as business development manager of Carlton Communication’s initiatives in pay TV and digital channels before co-founding lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman. They floated the business in 2000 and she remained on the board until the company was purchased by Sabre Holdings in 2005 for £577 million. It is currently still Europe’s largest travel and leisure website.
Martha is also founder of the karaoke bar chain Lucky Voice, which currently has seven bars and a rapidly growing online community. She is also founder and Chair of Antigone.org.uk, her own grant giving foundation which supports charities involved with criminal justice, health and education.
In 2009 she was appointed the UK Government’s Digital Inclusion Champion to head a two-year campaign to make the British public more computer literate. This role expanded in 2010 to advise the government on how online public services delivery could help to provide better and more efficient services, as well as getting more people online.
Martha is a Non-Executive Director at Marks & Spencer plc, Channel 4 Television, Mydeco and chairs the board of the digital skills charity, Go ON UK. She joined the House of Lords as a crossbencher in 2013, becoming its youngest female member. Martha was also appointed as Chancellor of the Open University as of March 2014.
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