Welcome Go ON UK

It’s been a busy time here at UK online centres, and so apologies for not posting more regularly over the last few weeks. You’ll be pleased to know that there will be a lot to share over the next month or so, as we embark on some exciting new projects. I’ll also be attending and speaking at ND2012 at the end of May, and am looking forward to meeting and catching up with lots of like-minded people. ND2012 will also mark a year since I first started blogging – doesn’t time fly!

I wanted to blog quickly to mark the launch of Go ON UK, a brand new charity set up by Martha Lane Fox, which took place on 24 April. Unfortunately, I was still stateside so couldn’t make the launch, but our Chairman Jim Knight, board members Will Perrin and Roger Darlington and our very own Director of Operations Kevin McLean all attended, and were very impressed by the enthusiasm shared by the charity’s broad range of partners. Go ON UK’s mission is to bring the benefits of the internet to every organisation and every individual in the country, and they’ve got some pretty impressive founder partners in the form of Age UK, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, E.ON, Lloyds Banking Group, Post Office and TalkTalk,  who will be helping them. They also have lots of other expert partners helping them, including Childnet, One Voice, e-Skills UK and us here at UK online centres, who will all be on the executive group.

I’d like to welcome new CEO Marketa Mach, who brings lots of great experience of working in the digital arena (including for Apple), and who I’m sure will do a great job heading up the charity.  I’m sure there will be lots more to share about Go ON UK and how we’re working together in the future, but for now congratulations to all involved, and I’m looking forward to working with you!

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