Warm welcomes and fond farewells

We’re hugely excited to be warmly welcoming an incredible set of new trustees onto the mySociety Board. We’re delighted to have six new board members round our table:

Ally Tibbitt, Trustee at mySociety Alastair Tibbitt is a journalist and digital audience specialist with decades of experience in digital media and developing new models for public interest news. He currently works at The Conversation, and has previously worked with broadcaster STV, along with a number of other non-profit news projects. He is a founding co-director of Scottish investigative journalism co-operative, The Ferret.

Alex Scales, mySociety Trustee Alex Scales is Evidence & Learning Manager at Westminster Foundation for Democracy, where he supports and manages research and evaluation projects and synthesises evidence across a global programme portfolio. Alex has worked in various international development and UK charity roles, spanning research and evaluation, business development, communications and knowledge management, programming, fundraising and campaigning.

Anna Scott, mySociety Trustee Anna Scott is a content, brand and User Centred Design specialist with a background in data and human rights. She directed content and brand strategy at Open Data Institute, 360Giving and clients across data ethics and civic tech, and cut her teeth as a Guardian journalist. Anna currently designs digital public services as a Senior Content Designer at Defra.


Nigel Ball, Trustee at mySociety Nigel Ball has a record in social change spanning government, social enterprise, and academia. He is currently leading University of the Arts London’s transition to becoming a social purpose-led organisation as the Director of the new Social Purpose Lab. As the first Executive Director of the Government Outcomes Lab at Oxford University, Nigel led academics, civil servants and industry in a cross-sector effort to change the way government partnerships work.

Ravi Gidoomal, mySociety trustee Ravi Gidoomal is a commercial director, business strategy advisor and digital transformation specialist. He leads EDGE Digital Manufacturing, a consultancy which helps organisations to improve their digital readiness and transform their business. Ravi brings multi-disciplinary experience across diverse sectors including financial services, professional services, manufacturing and retail as an investor, management consultant and non-executive director.

Tim Hughes, mySociety Trustee Tim Hughes is a specialist in public participation and democratic reform. Currently he is Democracy and Participation Lead for the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral platform of 75 national governments, 160 local governments and thousands of civil society organisations working to embed the principles of transparency, participation, inclusion and accountability in government.


As you can see, our new board members bring a highly relevant spread of skills and experience, which we’ll be making the most of as they help us steer mySociety’s direction.

At the same time, it’s a bittersweet moment as we’re saying goodbye and giving heartfelt thanks to Rachel Rank and Tony Burton, who’ve come to the end of their tenure as trustees after eight years. Both Rachel and Tony have been incredible mentors, guides, supporters and critical friends to mySociety throughout their time as trustees – their enthusiasm and input has been so valuable. We wish them all the best.

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