Who we are

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, is the Founder of 5Rights.  She is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords and a member of the House of Lords Communications Committee. She is a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; a member of the Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying; and 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

Mark Higham is the Director of the 5Rights Foundation. Mark has worked across the charity, culture and education sectors, leading two of the UK’s most innovative cultural education programmes for children, often focusing on youth empowerment and children’s voice. At FILMCLUB (with co-founder Beeban Kidron) he grew a 25-school pilot to a 7,000 school programme in 5 years and at Creative Partnerships he led a programme focused on children’s creativity in the 36 most deprived areas of England. He has addressed conferences and advised not-for-profits, charity, media, business, education and government sectors in the UK and internationally.

Mark Higham

Alexandra Evans is a member of 5Rights’ Leadership team. She is the former Policy Director of 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 Research Assistant 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.”