William Perrin OBE

Together with his wife, Fran, William is a trustee of the Indigo Trust. He brings expertise in government, community action and technology policy to Indigo's work.

William works at the interface of technology, the state and the voluntary sector. He is the founder of tech start ups and a community activist. In a wide-ranging public service career he helped set the national framework for regulating sectors as diverse as media, where he was instrumental in creating OFCOM, gambling and pubs, bars and clubs. William was technology policy advisor and a private secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair MP from 2001-2004.

William was responsible for kicking off the UK government’s interest in open data in 2007 and remains a data activist. He founded and ran community journalism start up Talk About Local from 2009-2018, winning a Google Digital News Initiative award for innovation in local data use. He has provided consultancy services to some of the world’s leading technology and media companies as well as trusts and foundations.

William is a trustee of Carnegie UK Trust and was awarded an OBE for his highly influential work with Prof Lorna Woods that underpinned the UK government’s and even the European Commission’s approach to regulating online services.  He also set up a successful broadband campaign and company to bring connectivity to rural parts of South Oxfordshire.

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