Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox 

Businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant.

9 May, 2018

Martha Lane Fox is a founder and executive chair of, a charity fighting for a fairer internet and is also a non-executive director of Twitter. In 2017 she became a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy, having been Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the Government Digital Service from 2009 to 2013. Martha was appointed Chancellor of the Open University in 2014.

Having been awarded a CBE  in the 2013 New Year Honours for 'services to the digital economy and charity', she became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013, making her its youngest female member. In her maiden speech, she addressed the need for skills and understanding of the digital world in all parts of the UK economy. She has been listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.

In 1998. Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, with Brent Hoberman. They took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005. 

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A series of conversations with distinguished academics, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

This series aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent female professionals, who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to 'life', what tips do they wish they'd been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret? 

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