Who we are

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, is the Founder of 5Rights.  She is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords and sits on the Communications Committee. She is a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; a member of the Child Dignity Alliance Working Group; a member of the Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying; sits on the Council on Extended Intelligence; and is a co-Founder of the educational charity Into Film, where she remains a trustee. For 35 years she has worked as an award-winning film director and producer in the UK and US.

Beeban Kidron

Alexandra Evans is Chief of Strategy at 5Rights. She was  Policy Director at the British Board of Film Classification and oversaw the passage of the Digital Economy Act, which introduced a new law to prevent children accessing pornography online, for which the BBFC will be the regulator. She is a qualified lawyer and for many years worked in law firm Mishcon de Reya’s public policy team, where she advised on a wide range of public interest and human rights law issues.

Alexandra Evans

Nicola White is 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. 

Nicola White

Jessica Smith is Researcher for 5Rights. She studied Law at King’s College London and spent six months working with feminist organisation, Women’s Rehabilitation Center, in Nepal. Before joining the 5Rights team, she interned at Amnesty International in the Refugee and Migrant Rights team, and at REDRESS in the International Legal and Advocacy team. 

Jessica Smith

Board of Trustees 

Peter Wanless has been Chief Executive of NSPCC, the UK’s leading child protection charity, since 2013. He was previously the Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive, and Director at the Department for Education from 1998 to 2008. He is on the Royal Foundation Taskforce for the Prevention of Cyberbullying.

“Childhood shapes who we become, abuse never should. That is why I feel so strongly that children’s rights must apply online as well as offline so the wonderful opportunities afforded by digital technology help children flourish, rather than subject them to potentially devastating and unnecessary risk.” 

Ansgar Koene is a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute of the University of Nottingham, and Chairs the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Working Group (IEEE) on a Standard for Algorithmic Bias Considerations. He collaborated with 5Rights on the project “The Internet on Our Own Terms”, where young people aged 12 - 17 participated in deliberative juries to put the internet ‘on trial’. You can read the final report here.

“As an academic researcher working on issues of data ethics and ethical uses of algorithmic systems, working with 5Rights has provided invaluable insights into the experiences of children and young people online.  5Rights takes a rigorous evidence-based approach to supporting the rights of children and young people online, by listening to their voices and recognising their diversity.”

Louise Macdonald is Chief Executive of Young Scot, the multi award-winning youth information and citizenship charity. There are currently 670,000 members of Young Scot – over two thirds of young people in Scotland.  Louise is the Independent Chair of the First Minister’s Advisory Council on Women and Girls, and on the Board of the Scottish Parliament think tank Scotland’s Futures Forum. In 2016, Louise and Young Scot, in partnership with 5Rights, launched the 5Rights Youth Commission in Scotland. The Youth Commission is made up of 30 11-19 year olds, and convened at the beginning of this year for their second term.

“Since its very beginning, the 5Rights campaign has sought to redress the balance for young people in this rapidly evolving digital world through the lens of a rights-based approach. There has been excellent work done so far, including the 5Rights Youth Commission in Scotland, but that is just the start. Our children and young people must be empowered, and any abuse of their rights online called out and tackled at root cause.”

Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC is a leading barrister and expert in human rights law issues and civil liberties. She is a member of the House of Lords and chairperson of Justice. She has acted in prominent legal cases including the Brighton Hotel Bombing, Michael Bettany espionage and the Guildford Four appeal. She also played a crucial role in getting a Human Rights Act into Labour’s 1997 manifesto and into statute. She was chair of the British Council for six years. As Principle of Mansfield College, Oxford, she established a human rights institute, to increase public and academic understanding of the field.

“5Rights is a vital and brilliant new NGO addressing the whole issue of ethical standards on the Internet with regard to children. I am so proud to be involved.”

Dr Amani Abou-Zeid is the African Union Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT & Tourism, with over 30 years’ work experience in Africa. Egyptian national, she has a BSc in Telecommunications Engineering; an MBA in project management; a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard School of Government; and a PhD in Social and Economic Development from The University of Manchester, UK. Dr Abou-Zeid was decorated Wissam Al Alawi by HM King Mohamed VI of Morocco and selected one of "The 50 Most Influential Women in Africa". She joined global leaders as Commissioner to the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development as well as the Global Commission on energy. 

“Our children have the right to a safe present and a bright future. In this digital age, we need to work together to provide them with adequate digital literacy and a safe cyberspace.”

Towela Nyirenda Jere works in the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Programme at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as a Principal Programme Officer focusing on policy, legal and regulatory aspects of infrastructure development. She has 20 years of experience working in the private sector, academia and international development. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Networking and Telecommunications), a Master of Arts in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance), an ACCA Diploma in Financial Management and is a qualified Project Management Professional (PMP). She continues to advocate for increased awareness among African policy makers of the importance and significance of infrastructure and ICT development, Internet Governance and policy processes at national and continental level.

“The significance of the work that 5Rights undertakes in promoting the rights of children and young people online cannot be overstated. In an ever-increasing connected and online world, ensuring that children and young people are adequately protected in their digital interactions is paramount and 5Rights is leading the way, not only for the UK but globally as well.”