Meet the Glitch Team
We're a small but mighty team of passionate people who want to end online abuse for good. It's a huge and often tiring task, so we put self-care and wellbeing at the centre of our work to ensure that we're in the best place possible to take on the challenge.
Interested in joining the Glitch team? See our current vacancies and further info here.
Seyi Akiwowo – CEO + Founder (she/her)
Seyi is a multi award-winning founder and CEO. Before setting up Glitch, Seyi (pronounced Shay-ee) was elected as the youngest Black female Councillor in East London at age 23. It was when she experienced online abuse while in this position that Seyi decided to set up Glitch, to help support women and marginalised communities, and co-design practical solutions with Governments, NGOs and tech companies to make the online space safer for all. In true millennial style, Seyi is also a former TED speaker, respected consultant and writer within the political and tech space, and Penguin-published author of How To Stay Safe Online, a digital self-care toolkit for developing resilience and allyship.
Seyi sits on the Guardian Council of Yoti, TikTok Trust and Safety Council, is a Gates Foundation Global Goalkeeper, and, in 2020, she was appointed a Knight Fellow of the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics at George Washington University.
Eva – COO
As Glitch's Chief Operating Officer, Eva is second-in-command to our Founder, responsible for supporting the delivery of Glitch's charitable mandate, leading on strategic and sustainable development of the charity. An LSE graduate in International Relations, with ten years of experience, she has worked with some of the biggest international organisations on a number of issues including anti-corruption, human rights and freedom of speech. Eva has a broad knowledge base and skill set, including strategic development, programme management, advocacy, digital security, training and research. Eva is passionate about people and interested in the collective individual and social experience of life. Her aim is to do the best she can to close gaps in inequality that lead to conflict and curb the unfair treatment of people through the improvement of governance (the way people, governments and companies do things). A mental health champion, her motto is 'community care is self-care'. (Eng/Fr speaking.)
Dr Julia Slupska - Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns (Maternity Cover) (she/they)
Julia is Head of Policy, Research & Campaigns at Glitch (maternity cover). Prior to joining Glitch, she completed a PhD in Cybersecurity at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. Her research focused on online safety in the context of intimate partner violence and coercive control. As a part of this research, she co-founded re:configure, a feminist research collective which organised digital security workshops with groups like survivors of image-based sexual abuse, environmental activists, and migrant domestic workers. She is interested in how feminist theories and methods—such as participatory action research and the ethics of care—can improve cybersecurity. She also organises with No Tech for Tyrants, an organisation working to sever the links between higher education, violent technology, and hostile immigration environments. Julia speaks English, Polish, and Spanish.
Gabriela De Oliveira – Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns (Maternity Leave) (she/her)
Gabriela worked across campaigning, policy, research and innovation in the nonprofit sector prior to joining Glitch. Her work includes policy and advocacy work with children at risk of exclusion, participatory research with LGBTQ+ care experienced people and campaigning for disability rights with people with MS. Her passion lies in working with people with lived experience to bring attention to social issues, pushing us to work across sectors to bring about the change we need. Her interest in data and AI ethics is driven by practical experience working with data and decision making in different services and contexts. Her previous work on digital harms focused on online gender-based violence, with a particular focus on intimate image abuse. Her own experience of prolonged self-exclusion from the digital space gives her a deep understanding of how online harm can impact people's lives. Gabriela has a strong ethos of collaboration and speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, meaning she's always looking to collaborate across borders where possible.
Caitlin McCullough – Head of Communications & Public Fundraising (she/her)
With a background in feminist activism and charity sector work, and specific expertise around communications and fundraising in the Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) sector, Caitlin seeks to bring a feminist lens to all of her work. Having studied the impact of international online community building for activists as a Gender Studies MA, she believes in the extraordinary power of the internet to create positive change when we have the tools we need to use it safely. She is passionate about challenging the status quo in the workplace, the wider world and in herself, in order to build a better, kinder world for everyone. She is a fierce advocate of LGBTQ rights, and seeks to bring an intersectional approach to her work, recognising that multiple intersecting identities can significantly increase the likelihood of experiencing online abuse.
Hilary Watson – Policy + Campaigns Manager (she/her)
Having spent her career in the third sector, Hilary has worked for causes including the prevention of violence against women and gender equality. She has two degrees from the University of Warwick, and, in 2017, she took part in the European Women’s Lobby summer school for young feminists. Our lead on policy, advocacy and campaigns, Hilary has a particular focus on women and their intersecting identities, ensuring that decision-makers and technology companies make online spaces safe and inclusive for all.
Zahabiya Husain – Senior Team Coordinator (she/her)
After spending her youth in Yorkshire, Zahabiya moved to London to earn a law degree from SOAS, University of London. After a short stint in event management, she has worked in development, policy and legal research in Sri Lanka since 2015. Her work has covered UNHRC Resolutions, military profits, environmental public-interest-litigation and wider transitional justice concerns. More recently she has focused on assisting refugees to rebuild their lives and writing about a range of topics for an array of media outlets. Zahabiya is passionate about innovative solutions for social and environmental justice issues and has just completed a postgraduate fellowship in social innovation. She has a particular interest in the intersection of racism, sexism and climate injustice.
Olivia Andrews - Fundraising and Partnerships Manager (she/they)
Olivia is a passionate fundraiser, and self-described “outspoken Black, lesbian, intersectional feminist” who is driven by an innate desire to end injustice. She has been engaged in fundraising for almost 10 years, having volunteered through sixth form and university, and joining the charity sector full-time after graduating. Since then, they have developed and secured a range of high value partnerships for charities across the sector. As a fundraiser, they are committed to being an ethical storyteller and inspired by discussions on anti-racism, decolonisation, and how we begin dismantling harmful systems. Outside of Glitch, Olivia serves as Fundraising Lead on the Board of Trustees for London Friend - the UK's oldest LGBT charity, and occasionally engages in public speaking and writing about her areas of interest.
Noemie Benazet – Head of Finance and Operations (she/her)
After getting involved in different volunteering and fundraising projects whilst working in the travel industry, Noemie decided to dedicate her career to the charity sector in 2006. Since then, she has worked in admin, supporter care roles and fundraising, before specialising in charity finance in 2017. She has both fundraising and accountancy qualifications and is a life-long learner. She has worked in a variety of organisations, from large national to small local projects, both as staff and as a trustee.
Noemie joined in late April 2023. She is fluent in English and French.
Ellen Liptrot - Executive Assistant
Prior to joining Glitch, Ellen was an Associate Tutor at Edge Hill University, Lancashire, facilitating undergraduate modules in Sociology and Working with Children and Young People. More recently, Ellen has been involved in working within third-sector organisations to support asylum-seeking and refugee families, particularly with women and children that have faced Gender-Based Violence. Having studied a Teaching, Learning + Child Development degree, and upholding a Masters by Research in Social Sciences that focused on the educational experiences of asylum-seeking and refugee children during the pandemic, she is interested in how governmental decision making and socio-economic factors contribute to inequity in the UK. Ellen is particularly passionate about autonomy and agency within decision making processes.
Lauren - Trainer
Lauren is a trainer for Glitch, originally joining Glitch to support with communications in 2019. Lauren enjoys conveying the importance of digital self-care in particular from her own experiences. Lauren is passionate about making the world a better place, especially for marginalised communities.
Neelam - Trainer
Neelam Heera, a Tedx speaker, founded Cysters after facing her own battles around diagnosis and care and wanting to address the health inequalities faced by those from communities of colour and the LGBT community. Most recently the organisation has changed its name to become inclusive of trans communities. Due to this Neelam was faced with weeks of online abuse for having inclusive values, hence why she joined Glitch. Neelam’s work has been recognised by the Pride of Britain and Point of Light awards from the Prime Minister.
Get connected with the Download
We are using media, social media, campaigns and collaborations with partners to keep online abuse in the public spotlight.
We are campaigning to influence governments and tech companies to make meaningful change to online abuse.
We offer workshops and consultancy to help people understand online abuse, how to prevent it and how to bring big tech companies to account.