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February 13, 2024

Announcing our new trustees, and new IFOW leadership

With a fast-changing world, the future of work policy space has never been more important and IFOW is growing and evolving to step up to the challenge of helping innovation and social good advance together. As we respond to this, we are expanding our team and recruiting in both research and communications. We are also consolidating our senior leadership, and are pleased to announce that Dr Abby Gilbert will now be working alongside Anna Thomas as Co-Director of IFOW.

After several years of excellent stewardship, Naomi Climer CBE is moving on from her role as Chair. Naomi co-founded the Institute some five years ago, alongside Anna Thomas & Professor Sir Chris Pissarides; we truly value her commitment and hard work over these years and are delighted that she will be remaining a trustee.

We are delighted to announce that our new Co-Chair is Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE. Anne-Marie has sat on the IFOW Board for some years now and with her background in both the tech industry and in promoting STEM careers, brings huge experience and influence to the role.

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

Anne-Marie said, ‘I've always been fully behind our mission, the organisation and our people. I'm grateful for the opportunity to take on this stewardship role in the latest phase of IFOW. Here's to long-lasting change and prevalence of Good Work in this industrial revolution.’

We are also delighted to share that Professor Sana Khareghani, Professor Gina Neff and Professor Sue Black OBE are joining our board of trustees - three stand-out leaders in the fields of responsible AI and automation impacts.

Professor Sana Khareghani

Sana is Professor of Practice in AI at King's College London and AI Policy lead for Responsible AI UK. A graduate of MIT, she is the former Head of the UK Government Office for AI. She has over 25 years experience in technology and business across the private and public sectors, has worked as a software engineer in big corporations and start-ups, and a management consultant advising senior officials throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Professor Gina Neff

Gina is Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy at the University of Cambridge, and chair of the strategy group for Responsible AI UK. Her academic research has won both engineering and social sciences awards. Professor Neff led the team that won the 2021 Webby for the best educational website on the Internet, for the A to Z of AI, which has reached over 1 million people in 17 different languages.

Professor Sue Black OBE

Sue is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a speaker and writer, and an advisor to the UK government. A multi-award-winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, she was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to technology. Passionate about technology as an enabler Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

These appointments reflect IFOW’s continued growth and leadership in the future of work space, and will allow us to widen our reach and impact across industry, academia and politics. To keep abreast of all that we are doing during this exciting new phase, do sign up to our newsletter using the form below, and have a read of our latest publications.


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