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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.

Seyi Akiwowo – CEO + Founder

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.

Kiran Chalke – Operations Director

With more than 14 years in the corporate and charity sectors, Kiran is our in-house expert on operations management. She has two post-graduate degrees—a Masters in Business Management and Administration, as well as a Masters in Psychology. Her focus is on implementing our strategy and development plan, while making us a more financially sustainable organisation. Outside of Glitch, Kiran works at Support Through Court: a charity that helps vulnerable people with legal paperwork.

Hilary Watson – Policy + Campaigns Manager

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

Prior to joining Glitch, Gwen worked in eduction – first as a Library Assistant then as an English teacher in Vietnam, where she developed training sessions for new teachers, teaching assistants and other staff. She recently completed an MA in Environment, Development and Policy, which saw her 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.