Meet the team

In addition to our staff, we have a fantastic team of around 40 volunteers who run each DigiLocal in partnership with their communities. We are also blessed to be working with some great community partners who help with venues and connections to the young people.

Without our volunteers & community partners this genuinely couldn’t happen, thank you all!

Trustees

DigiLocal is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. Our Trustees are drawn from the communities we support, and provide vital governance and oversight to the charity. Each Trustee also brings a unique mix of knowledge and insight into the day-to-day work that DigiLocal undertakes. We are hugely grateful for their time and contribution to DigiLocal. They are (alphabetically):

Abdullahi Farah – Abdullahi is the Manager for the Bristol Somali Resource Centre. The Somali Resource Centre (SRC) is a project that provides services for the local communities especially (the hard to reach) communities. Volunteers previously ran it but in February 2008, it received funding from CAH to continue its work. The centre has a management committee of 12 overseeing the staff.

The SRC offers support, advice and guidance to the Somali community in the area. It also offers a space for the community to meet and undertake training and to find out how to access mainstream services. It aims to get the voice of the Somali community heard in the area, promote community cohesion and reduce the isolation of Somali people.
 
Ali Hassan – Sayidali is an IT manager at local a housing association in Bristol, socially and culturally connected to many parents who send their children to the DigiLocal.

Three of Sayidali’s children attend Barton Hill DigiLocal, and he believe’s that all children to have the right education before they reach adult life.

“I can use my Information Technologies skills and relationships with the communities to contribute to a cause I really care about children education.
Everyone has Value. Everyone has the potential to give back. That’s why I am a Trustee of Digi Local.”
 
Angela Loveridge – Angela is the founder and CEO of Better Together. Angela delivers e-safety workshops that offer practical advice to parents and carers to protect children online. She holds an MSc Information Technology and worked in a High Street bank in various roles before becoming a financial crime analyst. More recently, she successfully achieved an EPICT Licence, which is an internationally recognised qualification that acknowledges the online safety expertise of professionals who work with children and young people.

Angela has received training on a Home Office endorsed course to raise awareness of the PREVENT initiative which is aimed at preventing individuals from getting involved in or supporting terrorism, in all its forms. Angela is also currently working on a new venture. Her vision is to identify the next generation of cyber security professionals.

Angela is also mother to two daughters that attend DigiLocal @ Barton Hill Settlement.

Angela is our Trustee Designated Safeguarding Lead, working closely with the CEO to ensure safeguarding is core to everything we do. Any safeguarding questions can be directed to the CEO, or to Angela via safeguarding@digilocal.org.uk

See also our Safeguarding page.
 
Bakoto Jobe – Bakoto was an attendee at DigiLocal for over a year when we started at Barton Hill Settlement. In addition to attending club sessions, she also helps out volunteering to mentor other young people that have just started with the club. She has continued developing her computing skills and has been given a lot of opportunities that support her career choices for the future.

Bakoto is currently in college studying Computer Science. She has completed work experience placements with Reach Robotic, Engine Shed and Kinneir Dufort through Babbasa thanks to links with DigiLocal.
 
Craig Oram – Craig is a Finance Manager with GIST and a Chartered Management Accountant with over 15 years experience. Progressing through the finance structure from clerk to management accountant, Craig learned about the leadership of individuals and how control along with accurate, timely reporting are the foundations of a successfully finance department. In particular he excelled at analysing, forecasting and providing insight into the activities of the company.

Craig is self-driven to generate data and reporting capabilities that have become an integral part of the daily business activities across all levels. He has a keen interest in the development of systems and the implementation and design of reporting structures.

Craig’s in-depth knowledge of the performance and cost drivers along with a good commercial acumen have led to responsibility for tender and presentation responses. He has expertise in liaising with individuals from major passenger vehicle manufacturers, winning a number of contracts along the way.

Craig is also father to a daughter who has attended DigiLocal @ Bradley Stoke since November 2017.
 
Heather Macdonald Tait – Heather is the founder and CEO of WhyCommunications Ltd. Heather helps leaders in technology companies to tell the world WHY they and their products are worth giving a damn about. She has over 15 years’ experience in corporate communications and technical product marketing, and can articulate a company’s value to customers, investors, employees, and media targets.

Heather has worked at the front line of the M&A process within the semiconductor industry including preparation of documentation for due diligence process and board communications. She has worked on rebranding with corporate and scale-up businesses, bringing her understanding of the subtle qualities of a great brand, where to spend and where to save. She has also built long-lasting contacts in key press and analyst communities leading to mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships.

Heather also has experience in HR management in fast-growing organisations, with a special interest in internal communications, growing and nurturing of company culture.
 
Michael Bartley – Mike is the founder and CEO of Test & Verification Solutions Ltd (TVS). Mike has a PhD in Mathematics from Bristol University, an MSc in Software Engineering, and an MBA from the Open University, and over 25 years of experience in software testing and hardware verification. He has built and managed state-of-the-art test and verification teams in a number of companies (including STMicroelectronics, Infineon and Elixent/Panasonic) who still use the methodologies he established.

Dr. Bartley is currently Chair of the Bristol branch of the British Computer Society and Chair of the High Tech Sector Group of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is a Technical Advisor to the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), Chair of the Industrial Advisory Panel for University of Bristol Computer Science, and holds a PGCE. He has had over 20 articles published on the subject of verification and outsourcing.
 
Nicholas Flaherty – Nick Flaherty is a Bristol-based freelance technology writer, analyst and consultant who has covered the semiconductor and electronics markets for over 20 years, the last 15 in Bristol. He writes the Startup Blog for Electronics Weekly and blogs at The Embedded Blog and Portable Multimedia.

He has worked for Electronics Times and Electronic Engineering, edited MicroTechnology Europe and Electronic Product Design and started Automotive Electronics, as well as writing for many multinational semiconductor companies. He contributed to the NESTA report on the SW electronics industry, Chips With Everything.

He is also a member of the SouthWest Microelectronics Leadership Group, and sits on the the High Tech Sector Group of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Patrons

Patrons are hugely important for any charity and we are very honoured to be working with some fantastic individuals that value what we are doing and want to help. Their support helps to raise the profile of DigiLocal, our communities, and the achievements of our young people.

John Manley is the current High Sheriff of Bristol (2020/2021).

John led research groups at HP Labs in Bristol on large‐ and massive‐scale systems ranging from the management of global telecommunications networks to grid/utility/cloud computing. As Lab Director of Utility/Cloud Computing research he had a focus on autonomic Cloud services in high‐performance computing (CGI‐rendering, Computational Fluid Mechanics and Monte‐Carlo Simulations) and next‐generation ERP systems.

John has sat on various advisory boards including CERN Grid OpenLab, Science City Bristol, DTI Grid Computing Working Group and the UK Large‐scale Complex IT Systems Initiative. He is a Trustee of St George’s Bristol Music Trust, where he chairs the Education Committee. He chairs the International Advisory Board for TOUCAN (Software‐Defined Networks) and sits on the Engine Shed Advisory Board.

He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England.

Staff

John Bradford – John is the CEO of DigiLocal. John has been volunteering with young people for over 30 years, often on off-shore tall ships, culminating in a couple of years as a Skipper with The Rona Sailing Project. He’s also been a Business Mentor for Young Enterprise and most recently can be found helping out DigiLocal clubs as emergency cover for volunteers. He holds a PhD in manufacturing systems redesign, and a BEng Mechanical Engineering. Most of his professional career has been working for Universities on innovation projects, usually translating technical requirements between small engineering firms, large aerospace primes, and research academics.

John developed DigiLocal from an original idea while running High Tech Bristol & Bath CIC (HBB) for 5 years from its inception. With the successful application for Charitable status, John transferred full-time to DigiLocal where he is now leading it’s growth and development.

John was a Nominated Mentor of the Year at the BAFTA Young Games Designer 2018. He’s particularly humbled that, while he didn’t win the award, he did win the only collective ‘Awww’ from the BAFTA audience for the heartfelt testimonial of the young people that nominated him.

When he’s not running the Charity, he can be found tinkering with Scratch and Python games, or sipping a dark rum while playing Dwarf Fortress.

John is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for DigiLocal.

Interns

We are really excited to have been working with City of Bristol College and their T-Level Internship programme. We have hosted 4 interns who have been helping in two key areas for DigiLocal.

Graphics – producing original graphics for Scratch. Our two interns (Elisabetta and Jeff) have produced a range of new characters and backgrounds for Scratch. These uniquely reflect Bristol and it’s diverse communities. They made their (very) public debut as part of our young person’s parade with St Pauls Carnival 2020 Spirit Up! You can view the full movie featuring all the artwork (and edits provided by the young people) on our YouTube channel.

Tech – extending DigiLocal online. Our two interns (Lyall and Rubio) have been working on a number of projects around DigiLocal’s technology provision. They have contributed to our cyber security and online coding provision. Most impressively they helped commission our remote configuration management system. This allows us to maintain +40 laptops without having to visit the household, something that has been critical during the COVID-19 crisis.