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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)

Before setting up Glitch, Seyi (pronounced Shay-ee) was elected as the youngest Black female Councillor in East London at age 23. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Seyi has spent 10 years working in politics, policy and the charity sector. Using her lived experience and expertise on the topic of online abuse, Seyi co-designs practical solutions with Governments, NGOs and tech companies to make the online space safer for all. Seyi sits on the Guardian Council of Yoti, 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. She has also given talks at the European Parliament, TEDx London and the United Nations.

Eva Okunbor – COO (she/her)

As our 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.)

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.

Gwen Taylor –  Programme Manager (they/them)

Prior to joining Glitch, Gwen worked in education – first as a Library Assistant then as an English teacher in Vietnam, where they developed training sessions for new teachers, teaching assistants and other staff. They recently completed an MA in Environment, Development and Policy, which saw them explore how intersectional identities are impacted by sustainable development programmes. Gwen is passionate about using education as a way to make change, and has an interest in social and environmental justice.

Rachel Grocott - Interim Head of Communications and Public Fundraising (she/her)

Rachel has worked in the charity sector, with organisations both huge and tiny, for fifteen years, and loves helping to channel the power of communications channels to achieve goals around tackling injustice. She also looks after communications and fundraising at Bloody Good Period.

Lauren - Facilitator

Lauren is a facilitator 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 - Facilitator

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 have changed their name to become inclusive of trans communities as well by removing the word woman. 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 form the Prime Minister.

Meet our trustees here.

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Awareness

As part of the #DrawTheLine campaign, Glitch provided training to upskill the BT, EE & BT Sport teams to become good digital citizens. We helped to develop an algorithmic abuse tool to track the levels of abuse on Twitter, as well as shape new research which sadly confirms how increasingly unsafe our online spaces are.

Glitch x BT Sport Draw the Line: Spot. Report. Support.
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Advocacy

We are campaigning to ensure that online abuse against women, and its disproportionate impact on racialised and minoritised communities, is reflected in the Online Safety Bill.

Our Campaigns
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Action

What's it like to work at Glitch? Interesting, innovative, impactful and more, that's what! Hear more from our team in our new blog.

What it’s like to work at Glitch