Our Trustees, Advisory Board, & Partners
Trustees of Code4000
We are proud to have the support and governance of our Board of Trustees, who bring a wealth of experience and talent to Code4000. We are also extremely grateful for their continued support and advice.
From an initial interest in computers at school and cars at home in the 1970's, Steve went on to study Engineering at Bath and started his career in an engineering consultancy, working on complex programs to analyse stress in engine components.
He has followed that introduction with many years commercial experience writing software, running projects, then building and leading software development teams, in both product and consultancy companies, and in a wide variety of commercial sectors. These have included at various times real-time process control, mobile phone networks and handsets, digital TV, and more recently on-line retail and mobile gaming.
He has been employed for the past 4 years by one of the most successful casual games companies in the world and has helped grow their core engineering teams from a handful of engineers to hundreds, whilst building marketing and advertising products that have kept the company at the forefront of the industry.
His interests include championing excellence in software engineering and continuous improvement of products, practices and staff skills. He's particularly keen on promoting software engineering as a career choice and encouraging a much wider diversity of people to enter and succeed in the software industry.
Andrew Dixon has a degree in International Politics from Aberystwyth University and holds an Executive MBA from London Business School. He started his professional life as an English teacher in Japan and then worked at Société Générale (Tokyo) and Goldman Sachs (Sydney) on commodity hedging strategies.
He left Goldman Sachs in 2000 to set up his angel investment business – ARC InterCapital. Andrew has invested in more than 30 early-stage companies, including Infinitesima (high-speed microscopes for the semiconductor industry), Gamesys (gaming software), Sonoma Partners (cost-effective wealth management), and Prosper4 (employment opportunities for ex-offenders).
He supports the Liberal Democrats and is the founder of the Liberal Democrats Entrepreneurs Network. Andrew is an Enterprise Fellow at the The Prince’s Trust and is the founder and Trustee of the Woodhaven Trust, which focuses on prison reform and various offender rehabilitation initiatives within the UK.
Duane Jackson is a London- and Brighton-based technology entrepreneur. He founded KashFlow Accounting Software, one of the first software-as-a-service businesses in the UK, in 2005.
He grew it to 40 staff and 20,000 customers without taking any significant external funding and eventually exited in 2013, selling to IRIS Software Group for £20m.
He’s since set up supdate.com, a tool for businesses to track and report their progress to external shareholders.
Having been a care-leaver and ex-offender himself, he is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship to those from a similar background. He’s a Patron of The Prince’s Trust, the charity that helped him start in business.
Throughout his journey, Duane was mentored by Lord Young of Graffham. Lord Young wrote the foreword to Duane’s autobiography, Four Thousand Days, which is available on Amazon.
While not a trustee, we are delighted to have computer scientist Dr. Sue Black as a special advisor to Code4000.
An award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011, it has been an Amazon UK bestseller.
Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Our Advisory Board support Code4000 at a strategic level, offering guidance on high-level partnerships, funding, and policy. We are privileged to have such a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to call upon for direction.
Prior to joining Catch22 to design radical public service models which are more human, local, and unlock current capacity in the private, public and charity sector, Pamela worked in education and justice reform at the highest level.
Serving as principal private secretary to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP in his role as secretary of state for education, and then again as his director of strategy at the Ministry of Justice, her particular interest in improving public services by changing the relationships between citizens, business and government.
Pamela has been a judge for the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition for three years, including for the 2016 and 2017 National Finals, and helped found Debating Matters Israel and Beyond Bars, the first ever debating competition of its kind in a UK prison.
She also set up and runs De Beauvoir Debates, a quarterly event programme in North London.
As Director of Strategy at the Ministry of Justice 2016-17 Pamela was instrumental in Code 4000’s early stage design and delivery, drawing on her experience and networks from her time as Director of Operations for Tech City UK.
Hedley is a part of the award winning Summit group of companies established in 1995. Graduating in Engineering from Nottingham University, he trained as a professional composer in Manchester before releasing the first-ever record from a British prison in 1995.
Hedley went on to establish Summit Arts, a charitable arts organisation specialising in music, drama, film and digital media that created two ground-breaking rock operas, and won a BAFTA award.
In 2000, Hedley was nominated for a Creative Briton award for his work in developing arts in prisons. In the same year, he co-founded Summit to better develop Summit’s creative ideas and strategy through the Internet, and to give retailers a competitive advantage online.
Insider Media listed Hedley as one of Yorkshire’s top ‘Under 42’ young entrepreneurs – the ones to watch, in 2008.
A keen polo player and founder of the White Rose Polo Club , Hedley is also a qualified pilot and water-ski instructor.
He loves sailing and competes at Cowes Week and other sailing regattas.
Alex was the founding Director of Big Brother Watch, a privacy-focused campaigning think tank in Westminster, and is a former Chief of Staff to David Cameron.
A non-practising barrister, Alex spent several years working in criminal law and has seen the benefits of prison education at first hand.
A Cambridge graduate and World Universities Debating Champion, Alex is the author, co-author or editor of several books and pamphlets about law and politics.
In 2004-2005 Alex was Chief of Staff to Tim Collins and David Cameron during their periods as Shadow Secretaries of State for Education, and worked in the Party's Headquarters.
In 2007, Alex served as an adviser to the Liberal Party's campaign for re-election at the federal polls under John Howard.
Alex’s work encompasses all aspects of the privacy and data security agenda, and he has advised clients such as Microsoft and EE on electronic privacy and data security issues.
In addition to his role with Code4000 Alex also serves on the Advisory Council for Privacy International, Palantir’s International Panel of Advisers on Privacy and Civil Liberties, and on the Advisory Board of Big Brother Watch.
Baillie is the Founder and CEO of Spark Inside, a London-based charity pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons to promote rehabilitation and desistance from crime.
Spark Inside has coached over 600 participants through its two programmes, The Hero’s Journey and systems coaching.
In 2016, Spark Inside was shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards Best New Charity.
Previously, Baillie founded the US non-profit Venturing Out, providing entrepreneurship education to people in prison.
Baillie holds a BA from Harvard College and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. She is a four-time TEDx speaker, UK Ministry of Justice Policy Fellow ‘At Large’, 2017 Global Good Fellow, Women of the Future finalist, JA Boston Business Hall of Fame inductee, and member of the World Economic Forum community of Global Shapers. She is also a co-active life coach.
Nevyn is an avid programmer, and has been writing code for many different platforms, but has focused on Mac and iOS since the 90's. This passion led him to Spotify, where he was one of the first employees and built their iPhone and iPad apps.
After years of writing internal tools at Spotify in his spare time, one of them—a user experience research tool—got very popular, so he quit Spotify and co-founded Lookback, Inc to further empathy in product design. The platform is now helping companies like Facebook, Netflix and Ebay build more empathetic software.
His combined passion for programming and teaching/helping has led to many public lectures at Cocoaheads, open source work, and involvement in Bridge Foundary, CoderDojo and other volunteer-based code schools. He strongly believes anybody can write code, and knowing the fundamentals should be as common as knowing math or history.
Other interests include game development, VR, and other cutting-edge technology.
Simon is passionate about helping people and businesses reach their potential. His businesses have supported over 6000 entry level candidates into successful tech careers since 2001, through a combination of relevant training and focused career and recruitment support.
Just IT Training is a leading provider of apprenticeships working closely through the sector reforms to help create solutions that fill the skills gap in the tech industry.
Academically Simon studied biology, but from the age of 13 his interest in entrepreneurism was expressed through his first business - which involved the growing and selling of vegetables from his back garden.
Initially his career was based around working for large international companies, but he was soon drawn to the SME sector, where in his words "small is beautiful".
His companies now employ over 135 people and this year will help about 1500 people - both entry level and experienced – into tech jobs.
He is passionate about the benefits of good career advice in school and inspiring people to build great careers around technology.
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