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.
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.
Glitch x BT Sport Draw the Line: Spot. Report. Support.
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.
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.
What it’s like to work at Glitch
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.