Anne Faulkner is Director of Business & Innovation at Online Centres Foundation (OCF), a not-for-profit social enterprise which works with thousands of community partners, including UK online centres, to make good things happen through digital technology.
Anne is passionate about the use of technology for social benefit. Prior to her current role, she worked at the University for Industry (Ufi) for eight years, initially as a policy specialist supporting the development of learndirect, then one of the largest e-learning organisations in the world, and subsequently as Head of Policy and Business Development for the UK online centres division. In 2008 she was seconded to the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and was the lead author of the Government’s Digital Inclusion Action Plan.
Before joining Ufi, Anne worked for the National Extension College, an open and distance learning organisation, and before that in further education. She has also worked as a researcher to a Member of UK Parliament.
She works with Government, corporate partners and third sector organisations to develop new projects to drive social and economic impact through digital technology, and to scale up successful initiatives.
Anne is a founder member and Trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, an educational charity which supports disadvantaged students to progress to higher education, and a Trustee of Digital Unite Charitable Trust. A history graduate and former semi-professional musician, Anne lives in Cambridge with her family.