Since our launch in 2012, Makers has been on a mission to transform lives and the software industry through disruptive tech education and recruitment. Diversity has always underpinned that mission; 40% of our students are women and 40% from underrepresented ethnic groups (2022).
To empower our journey, grow and optimise our performance, we have formed the Makers Advisory Board - A panel of industry experts that will challenge our thinking, provide diversity of thought and a wealth of experience so we continue to disrupt the industry, create change for good and provide the best tech educational/career experience.
Gi Fernando MBE
Working at the edge of digital transformation
Gi is an engineer, social impact entrepreneur and investor. He founded Freeformers in 2012, a pioneering tech transformation organisation that has modernised practice across the British corporate landscape through its networks of change agents.
Prior to that he built a set of successful technology businesses, including Techlightenment (sold to Experian Plc) and Subak.org and NewAutoMotive.org and Re-Generate.org in the last few years.
The father-of-three, Gi received an MBE in the 2017 New Year Honors for services to the Digital Economy. He is a thought-leader on the Future of Work, Behavioural Change and the impact of Automation and AI on employment and society, Gi holds positions on various boards, including Duke of York IDEA and Craft.co. He also invests in innovative start-ups such as Technology Will Save Us, BookingBug, Citymapper and Playmob.
In September 2017 Gi was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Achievers Awards.
Developing networks of leaders and change agents
Diane is Head of Talent at Zinc, a platform that builds and scales commercial ventures solving the most important societal problems faced by the developed world.
Diane drives talent sourcing working across broad ecosystems, spotting great talent, opening doors, connecting people and celebrating the success of great people making a positive impact on the world.
Diane was Global Managing Director of Trilogy Education, a workforce accelerator partnering with universities & companies to bridge the digital skills gap, which was acquired by 2U. Former Associate Dean of Imperial College and London Business School, she is a Columbia Business School MBA and an advisor and investor to startups in education, talent and tech.
Tessy Ojo CBE
Expert youth leadership, social equity and social justice
Tessy is a passionate Civil Society Leader who has spent over two decades driving change for children and young people in the areas of social justice, youth leadership and social equity.
In 2020, Tessy was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with a CBE – Commander of The British Empire for her services to children and young people. She is the Chief Executive of The Diana Award – the only charity that bears the name of Diana, Princess of Wales and through it has developed internationally recognised programmes that give young people skills to thrive and create positive change in their communities globally.
Tessy has had the honour of working with Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex for over 20 years, who both support the Charity. She was also privileged to be a Chapel guest at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
She has been married to her husband Stephen for 25 years and they have two children together.
Scaling businesses with purpose
Jamie is an entrepreneur, a serial CEO and Non Executive Chairman. Over a 30 year career, Jamie has run some of the UK's best known entrepreneurial businesses, including Innocent drinks and Tom Dixon. He has founded several new ventures, and has been actively investing in start-ups for over 20 years.
Jamie has lectured on Entrepreneurship at London Business School, and developed government policy for both the Treasury and the Labour Party on enterprise, entrepreneurship and education.
Currently managing a portfolio of non-executive and pro bono roles, Jamie recently founded a social enterprise, All Together, which provides pro bono advice and support to small business owners and CEOs from some of the UK’s most successful business leaders.
Re-thinking the future of education
Ed is the Chief Executive of The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS), which offers a completely new kind of undergraduate degree to a diverse group of outstanding students. LIS opened in 2021 in Whitechapel, London, and is the first new institution since the 1960s to hold full degree-awarding powers in the United Kingdom. Before that Ed co-founded School 21, an innovative 4 – 18 school in Stratford, East London, designed for children from all starting points and backgrounds (achieved Outstanding Ofsted in 2014).
Ed has advised leaders at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, ARK Schools, Teach First, and Eton College and is has also worked for McKinsey as a consultant. He holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.
Digital transformation on a global scale
Dan is the CEO of customer data science and analytics firm Dunnhumby. He has 30+ years of experience leading global digital organisations and a proven track record leading product teams across industries like healthcare, financial services, digital media, life sciences and digital marketing.
Most recently, Dan served as Global EVP and CTO of Elsevier – the science, technology and healthcare division of RELX. In this role he oversaw the digital transformation of numerous business areas and helped the company become a multi-billion dollar information and analytics provider.
Before joining RELX’s Reed Business Information division in 2004, Dan held numerous other leadership roles at IBM, WPP, and GMAC. He serves on the PLC board of Hargreaves Lansdown and is the industrial advisory board of Imperial College London. Dan was one of TechRepublic’s ‘The top 50 CIOs”, was inducted into the CIO hall of fame in 2017 and has been featured in CIO Magazine, EY Insights and Boardroom Insider.
Enabling growth through digital transformation
Danny is a delivery driven Technology Leader who is passionate about using digital transformation to enable organisations achieve their strategic objectives. He is currently Chief Digital & Information Officer at London Business School. Prior to that, he was Chief Digital & Information Officer at Antony Nolan.
Danny is highly experienced in taking advantage of new technologies to deliver business outcomes, project delivery and organisational transformation with an inclusive, supportive engagement style. He is commercially astute with experience spanning retail, agency and the third sector.
In 2020 he was named CIO of the year, at the top of the CIO 100. The judges were all hugely impressed by the work Danny had been doing at Anthony Nolan over four years. Scott Carey, Group Editor for Enterprise at the technology publisher IDG and a member of the CIO 100 judging panel said. "His ability to modernise the IT function at the charity is starting to pay dividends in the form of truly lifesaving advances both in the laboratory setting and the way Anthony Nolan finds donors and raises funds, making this accolade truly well-deserved."
Guiding organisations with insight and innovation
Helen is a partner based in McKinsey's Sydney office and a leader of QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey. She has guided global organisations on analytics journeys, advising top executives and leaders on the potential for insight and innovation through advanced analytics. In Asia Pacific, she is scaling the company and its impact as she helps clients do the same.