Advisory Panel

Our Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) is made up of a select number of respected online safety experts who specialise in protecting children and families online.

The EAP advises on a range of issues and helps us to ensure that we provide the best and most relevant information and resources.

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Jonathan Baggaley

PSHE Association

Jonathan is Chief Executive of the PSHE Association and the former Head of Education at CEOP. He was responsible for the delivery of CEOP’s award-winning Thinkuknow online safety programme for young people, parents, carers, and educators.

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John Carr

Online Safety Expert

John is one of the world’s leading authorities on children and young people’s use of the internet and associated new technologies. He is currently a Senior Technical Adviser to global NGO, ECPAT International and a consultant to the Council of Europe.

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Martha Evans

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Martha is a Director and leads the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, supporting its members in all aspects of bullying prevention and response. She also coordinates Anti-Bullying Week each November. She worked at the National Children’s Bureau for over seven years.

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Will Gardner

Childnet International and UK Safer Internet Centre

Will joined Childnet in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2009. He has led the development of Childnet’s range of award-winning internet safety programmes and resources. He is a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) which organises Safer Internet Day in the UK. He is also a UK Council for Internet Safety Executive Board member and chairs their Early Warning Working Group.

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Dr Mark Griffiths

 Nottingham Trent University

Dr Mark is a Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at the Nottingham Trent University. He has spent 33 in the field and is internationally known for his work in gambling, gaming, and behavioural addictions. He has published over 1050 refereed research papers, six books, and won 22 national and international awards for his work.

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Dr Simon P Hammond

University of East Anglia

Dr Simon is an Applied Psychologist and Lecturer in Education interested in how digital technologies reshape everyday social possibilities for action and the implications of our increasingly online world for our mental health. His work explores how young people, particularly those labelled as vulnerable, experience digital inclusion, resilience, participation and equality.

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Emma James

Barnado’s

Emma is a Senior Policy Advisor and leads on policy and research affecting children who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual exploitation and abuse, criminal exploitation, serious youth violence and young carers. She has worked on issues impacting vulnerable children and young people for over 15 years, including working for a local authority running in depth reviews on Children’s Services and as Head of Public Affairs for the Holocaust Educational Trust.

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Professor Victoria Nash

Oxford Internet Institute

Dr Victoria is the Deputy Director and Senior Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, responsible for leading engagement in digital policy matters. Her most recent research project examined the concept of the ‘algorithmic child’ and the data risks posed to children by connected toys and the Internet of Things. She holds several digital policy advisory roles, including membership of UKCIS Evidence Group, OfCom’s Making Sense of Media Advisory Panel and the Advisory Board of COADEC.

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Dr Linda Papadopoulos

Psychologist & Internet Matters Ambassador

Dr Linda is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. As well as setting up successful post-graduate and Doctoral programmes in Psychology, she is also a researcher with a prolific publication record. Her work on the effects of sexualisation on young people and the impact of social media on mental and cognitive health has received recognition by policymakers and stakeholders.

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Alison Preston

Ofcom

Alison co-directs and leads the research components of Ofcom’s Making Sense of Media programme. The programme aims to help improve the online skills, knowledge and understanding of UK adults and children, through providing robust research and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. She was previously Head of Media Literacy Research at Ofcom.

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Lauren Seager-Smith

Kidscape

Lauren is CEO of Kidscape – a UK charity committed to keeping children safe from harm or abuse. Lauren has many years of experience providing expertise and guidance relating to all forms of bullying and has a background in providing education advocacy.

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Marie Smith

NCA-CEOP Command

Marie is Head of Education and manages the NCA CEOP Thinkuknow programme and all related activity, including its production of a wide range of educational resources for children and young people aged 4-18, their families and educators, alongside the NCA CEOP Ambassador training delivered by the Education team. Marie also Chairs the UKCIS Education Working Group which create resources to support schools and other child-focused organisations deliver high-quality education.

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Simone Vibert

Children’s Commissioner’s Office

Simone is a Senior Policy and Public Affairs Analyst and leads on digital policy at the Children’s Commissioner’s Office, which promotes and protects the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable, and stands up for their views and interests. She was previously a researcher at the think tank Demos.

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