Tom Steinberg

Chief Digital Officer, Big Lottery Fund

Amy O’Donnell

Tom Steinberg leads on Digital for both the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. He focuses both on bringing user-centered design to funding application processes, and on helping ensure that funders are skilled up to make great grants in a highly digital age.

Prior to this, Tom was the founder of mySociety, an international social enterprise which aims to help citizens to become more powerful. Its online projects include WhatDoTheyKnow.com, a website that has helped Britons to make over half a million Freedom of Information requests to date, and which is visited by over four million people a year. Spin-offs of this service are run by activists, journalists and campaigners in over thirty countries. It is one of several such civic technology tools that Tom helped create whilst at mySociety, including TheyWorkForYou.com and FixMyStreet.com.

Tom has advised the governments of various countries on numerous digital issues. In 2007 he co-authored The Power of Information Review for the UK government, and from 2010-2012 he was a founding member of the Public Sector Transparency Board.

Tom is currently a board member of the International Centre for Investigative Journalism, a keen essayist on public interest technology issues, and an Ashoka fellow.