Making Wales an exemplar for Digital Inclusion | 14 June 2021 | 10am

ONLINE EVENT | #TechFest4SocialGood | Part of Digital Leaders Week (14-18 June 2021)

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Making Wales an exemplar for digital inclusion. 14th June 2021 10am

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For this year’s opening event for #TechFest4SocialGood we will be putting some of the Digital Inclusion Alliance for Wales’ (DIAW) highest profile members in the spotlight to ask what progress is being made on this pressing and urgent issue. What practical steps are being taken so that everyone in Wales, who needs and wants to, can access and benefit from the internet and digital technology?

The Digital Inclusion Alliance for Wales (DIAW) has set out five approaches which it feels are essential to making Wales an exemplar for digital inclusion. You can download their report here.


This session is aimed at social enterprises, co-operatives, charities, community groups and voluntary organisations and will explore digital solutions, ideas, innovations, and technologies that could help them work more efficiently and increase their impact.


Jennifer Jones

BBC Wales news presenter

BBC Wales news presenter, Jennifer Jones, was born and raised in Bangor. Jennifer was educated through the medium of Welsh. Other than acting, broadcast journalism was the only career Jennifer had ever considered. She worked for BBC Radio Cymru for two years, writing and reading news bulletins. Jennifer then moved to S4C presenting the nightly evening news before moving to BBC Wales Today.


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Hamish Laing

Chair, Digital Inclusion Alliance Wales

Hamish Laing is a Professor in School of Management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Swansea University and Director of the Value-Based Health and Care Academy, delivering Education, Research and Consultancy in VBHC with a global perspective. Also a Non-Executive Director Life Science Hub Wales Ltd. and Chair of the Digital Inclusion Alliance for Wales.

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Helena Herklots

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Heléna is the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, an independent statutory role established in law to protect and promote older people’s rights. She took up post in 2018 after 30 + years of working on ageing and older people’s issues. Starting her career working directly with older people and their families in day centres and care homes, she has influenced public policy, campaigned for change and developed and provided support services for older people.

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Nick Speed

BT Group Wales & South West Director

Nick Speed is BT Group’s Director in Wales. He lead's BT Group's relationships with Welsh policy makers and sits on BT’s board in Wales which brings together senior staff working across BT's business in the country.

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Derek Walker

Chief Executive, Wales Co-operative Centre

Derek Walker has been CEO of the Wales Co-operative Centre since 2011. During this time, the Wales Co-operative Centre has strengthened its position as a leading development body for social enterprises and co-operatives in the UK and helped to stimulate significant growth within the Welsh social economy. The Wales Co-operative Centre has also become a go-to organisation for tackling poverty and digital exclusion.

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Cath Fallon

Head of Enterprise and Community Animation, Monmouthshire County Council

Cath Fallon is Head of Enterprise and Community Animation for Monmouthshire County Council and has strategic oversight of several economic, social, digital and community development initiatives. Cath focuses much of her time agitating government bodies and digital infrastructure partners to improve digital connectivity across the county and principality.

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Sara Sellek

Assistant Director of Operations & Marketing, WCVA

WCVA is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector in Wales. As part of the senior management team Sara is responsible for the operational management of the development team, including Good Governance & Safeguarding, Diversity, Sustainable Funding, and the Knowledge Hub. Sara is also responsible for the Membership & Marketing team, providing strategic support for marketing communications, events, membership, learning & development, and translation.

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Dave Floyd

Director, Perago

A highly able, versatile and results driven programme, project and product leader with a background in successful transformational leadership; delivering innovation, transformation and business change. Significant experience of change management, business transformation and product strategy development.

Tech Fest For Social Good 14-18 June 2021

 Other events taking place on Day 1:

Day one inclusion 14th June 2021

Lets get serious about accessibility, 14th June 2021 1pm

Meeting the needs of people with disabilities in the digital age, 14th June 2021 3pm

What is Tech for Good?

Tech for Good describes a movement and a community of people who care about harnessing technology to effect positive social impact.

It’s about seeking technological solutions to make things better for people, society and the planet and at the heart of this lies the commitment to putting people first. The number of people and organisations thinking and operating in this space is increasing and the type of the activity they engage in is constantly evolving.

Who are we?

The Wales Co-operative Centre is a not-for-profit co-operative organisation that supports people in Wales to improve their lives and livelihoods.

For more than a decade we’ve been helping people to gain fundamental digital skills so that they can access information, services and jobs. As well as our work on digital inclusion, we are working with the charity and social business sector to help it harness digital technology for social good.

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