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Patrick Towell

Patrick is the Chair of the Information Society Working Group for the UNESCO UK National Commission. He uses design thinking to solve policy, strategy and communications challenges across the private, third and public sectors. He is currently advising the government on a 10-year e-services strategy for parents; developing a new service to market and distribute Latin American films in the UK; supporting the creation of a new online public service publisher for informal learning; and exec producing a documentary about young people in South London performing the Tempest. He formerly led the development of the digital publishing model for the Local Heritage Initiative; and was behind the team that architected and built the UN World Summit Award- and multi-BAFTA-winning Stagework project with the National Theatre and Culture Online.

Angelina Russo
Associate Professor Angelina Russo, PhD
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Angelina Russo researches the connections between museum communication processes, multimedia design and digital content creation. She is Chief Investigator on the research project Engaging with Social Media in Museums at Swinburne University, which brings together three Australian museums and the Smithsonian Institution to explore the impact of social media on museum learning and communication. She also leads the research project New Literacy, New Audiences which examines the development of user-generated content in collaboration with six major Australian cultural institutions.

Angelina holds a Bachelor of Design in Human Environment Design from University of South Australia and a PhD in Architecture and Design from University of South Australia. Her PhD explored the impact of new media on museum communication.

Chris Batt
Chris Batt Consulting

Chris Batt has more than 30 years experience in the development and implementation of ICT systems in support of universal public access, increasing access to cultural heritage resources and a programme to create a national e-content framework, working with seven major UK content providers. He has wide-ranging experience of managing complex projects and development programmes at local and national level and also of research and development.

Until September 2007 Chris Batt was Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), the Government’s development agency for the sector where a wide range of research and development programmes were delivered successfully. After its creation in 2000 the MLA had a pivotal role in many aspects of cultural heritage ICT strategy. Chris originally joined national government to lead the implementation of the highly successful £170m People’s Network project and while in the role of MLA CEO he continued to lead involvement in digital futures strategy. As a director of Chris Batt Consultant Ltd Chris undertook the SCA audience scoping study and has worked in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and is currently an expert assessor for the EU in Luxembourg.