Dr Julie Maxton took up her position as Executive Director of the Royal Society in 2011 and is the first woman in 350 years to hold the post. Julie’s previous role was Registrar at the University of Oxford, the first woman in 550 years in the role. She is an Honorary Fellow of University College Oxford, a Bencher of the Middle Temple, a Freeman of the Goldsmith’s Company, and a Board member of Engineering UK, the Charities Aid Foundation, Haberdasher Aske’s School and of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Governance at Oxford University. Originally trained as a barrister at the Middle Temple, Julie combined a career as a practising lawyer with that of an academic, holding a number of senior academic positions, including those of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is the author of numerous articles concerned with trusts, equity, commercial and property law.
Wendy Tan White is a General Partner at Entrepreneur First, an organisation which invests in top technical individuals to help them build world-class deep technology start-ups from scratch in London and Singapore. She joined Entrepreneur First in 2015 to further support the growth of its companies with a £40m Next Stage Fund and programme. Since 2011, Entrepreneur First has created over 100 startups worth over $400m including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable, StackHut, Pi-Top, OpenCosmos, Status Today and Cloud NC.
Before Entrepreneur First, Wendy co-founded Moonfruit, the first software-as-a-service website builder, with Joe White who is also a General Partner at Entrepreneur First and Wendy’s husband. Wendy and Joe grew the business through the dotcom crash and financial crisis before selling to Yell Group for $37m. Wendy helped launch Zopa, the first peer-to-peer lending platform, and Egg, the first Internet bank in EU. She also supports the wider UK ecosystem on the boards of TechCityUK, Government Digital Advisory, Imperial College London Department of Computing DoC and School of Design Engineering. Recently awarded an MBE for services to technology, business and women entrepreneurs. Wendy also loves design with an MA Central St Martins as well as BEng Computer Science, Imperial College.
Howard Covington, Chair of The Alan Turing Institute, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Julie and Wendy to our Board of Trustees. Their diverse range of skills and experience make a powerful addition to our leadership team, and I look forward to working with them both to help to advance the Turing’s ambitions.”
A list of members of The Alan Turing Institute’s Board of Trustees can be viewed here.