Dr Catherine Howe

Catherine was most recently Digital Innovation Director at Capita, preceded by her role as Chief Executive of social technology firm Public-i. She is an expert in how communities embrace digital innovation, be it in smart cities, digital democracy or social change.

Catherine has over 15 years’ experience, throughout the UK and Europe, looking at how new technologies can best benefit individuals and communities and how the Networked Society can prosper from the coming innovations that will impact where and how we live and work. Working across the public sector she is currently helping deliver projects such as the ground-breaking NHS Citizen initiative as well as digital leadership programmes within local government.

She holds a PhD from the University of Sussex, where her research interest was the social impact of Web 2.0 tools in a democratic context. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Centre for Public Scrutiny.