Our Team 

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights. She is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords and sits on the Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee. She is a Commissioner for UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development where she is a member of the Working Group on Child Online Safety; a member of Unicef's AI group; and sits on the Council on Extended Intelligence.

Nick Martlew is the Executive Director of 5Rights. He has over fifteen years of experience in policy development, campaigns, and leadership. He helped set up and run Digital Action, and was Crisis Action’s UK Director, Security Lead, and lead author on Creative Coalitions, a handbook for collective campaigns. Nick has previously worked with Oxfam and Save the Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, the Middle East, and the UK.   

Arietta Valmas is a Policy Officer at 5Rights. Arietta’s background is in content and campaign management on the sustainable development goals primarily from an NGO lens. She has worked on global summits like One Young World and led on strategic engagements at COP26 working with government and corporate partners to prioritise key issues for young people. 

Daral Williams is a Policy Officer at 5Rights. Daral has a background in both qualitative and quantitative research, specialising in the views and experiences of children and young people, and has worked on projects with a variety of children’s organisations. 

Duncan McCann is Head of Policy Implementation at 5Rights. Duncan joined 5Rights from the New Economics Foundation where he led the Digital Economy Programme. Duncan has a legal background as well as a decade working in the tech industry for Cisco Systems.

Erin Lavelle is the Operations Manager at 5Rights. Previously, Erin has worked in operations and employee communications within large and small corporates while also supporting various charities in London, Singapore and the US. 

Izzy Wick is the Director of UK Policy at 5Rights. Izzy joined 5Rights from the Civil Service where she specialised in digital service design and user-centred policy making. She has also worked for a number of charities and volunteers as a support worker for a criminal justice charity.

Joanna Slattery is a Project Coordinator at 5Rights. Before joining, Joanna worked in Eco-Finance exploring community financing for climate change, and volunteered for Street Child and Resolve International. She holds a Masters degree in Human Rights from University College London.

Dr Kruakae Pothong is a Researcher at 5Rights and visiting research fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research spans the areas of human-computer interaction, digital ethics, data protection, Internet and other related policies. She specialises in designing social-technical research, using deliberative methods to elicit human values and expectations of technological advances, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and distributed ledgers.

Leanda Barrington-Leach is Head of EU Affairs at 5Rights. Leanda joined 5Rights from the European External Action Service where she was Adviser to the Secretary General focusing on Strategic Communications and the fight against Disinformation. She previously worked in EU advocacy as a consultant and for non-profits, always with a focus on human rights. Leanda volunteers as an Adviser to Plan International, supporting their work on children's rights in EU foreign policy.

Marie-Ève Nadeau is an EU advocacy intern at 5Rights. Prior to joining the team, she gained experience in human rights advocacy to the EU and worked as a volunteer for the UNDP's environmental governance program.  She has a background in human rights and the European Union.

Natasha Jetha is a Project Co-ordinator at 5Rights. She has an extensive policy background and has successfully led on many projects and campaigns at Leonard Cheshire and Independent Age. In the past, Natasha has worked for the NSPCC and was a volunteer counsellor for Childline.

Nicola White is the Executive Assistant to Baroness Kidron. She was a part of the production team for the film, Victoria & Abdul (produced by Kidron), and has been involved in 5Rights since its inception in 2014. Previously, she worked at Tiger Aspect Productions. 

Robert Posner is the Director of Operations at 5Rights. Robert was Chief Executive at the Anne Frank Trust, has also engaged in consultancy for a range of charitable organisations, and is Emeritus Trustee for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE is a member of the UNCRC General Comment’s Steering Group. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published twenty books on media audiences, media literacy, and media regulation, with a particular focus on the opportunities and risks of digital media for children and young people.