Free | Webinar | Wednesday, 7 February 2024

In 2024 – the year of a general election – we have an exciting opportunity to influence key policies and manifestos. All the parties will be writing their manifestos – so it’s our chance to push them to think about the data ecosystem, the application and use of data, and data and AI development.

We'll do this through meetings, roundtables, and private discussions talking to MPs of all parties, lobbying our asks - and yours.

So join us at this Policy Briefing where we will present our draft manifesto – and you can let us know what is missing so that we can put our best foot forward on behalf of the ODI and all our members.

Who is this webinar for?

Anyone who is interested in politics, and in influencing the key parties ahead of the general election.

Level of difficulty

For everyone, it's an opportunity to gain insight into the policy world.


Resham Kotecha is Global Head of Policy at the ODI where she leads public policy work, along with efforts to work with governments to improve data ecosystems and data policy. Prior to working at the ODI, she worked as the Head of Policy at Wise, a FTSE listed FinTech company, leading policy work across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Resham has been a policy specialist for over a decade, working as a Director at UK Anti-Doping, as an economic adviser to an MP and Minister, and as a researcher to a Baroness.

Resham was appointed by the Cabinet Office to be a Social Mobility Commissioner, holding the Government to account on social mobility issues and shaping the Commission's strategy. She serves as Head of Engagement for Women2Win, an organisation working to get more women elected to Parliament. Resham serves as a Trustee of the Fawcett Society, the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality, and a Board member at the John Smith Centre, working to promote the positive case for politics and public service.

Resham has written for The Times, the Centre for Policy Studies and Huffington Post and regularly speaks at policy conferences.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University and has been recognised as a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum for political work in trying to achieve a more representative Parliament.

Gavin Freeguard is a freelance consultant working on data policy, research and advocacy.

He is an associate at the Institute for Government, where he runs the Data Bites event series and was previously programme director for data and digital government, also leading the IfG’s Whitehall Monitor project which makes extensive use of government open data; an associate at Connected by Data; and a member of the Public Digital network. As a consultant he has worked for other organisations including mySociety, the Ada Lovelace Institute, the Royal Statistical Society, and Full Fact.

Before joining the IfG, he was political adviser on culture, media and sport to Rt Hon Harriet Harman KC MP, and before that, senior editor at the Media Standards Trust and deputy director of the Orwell Prize. He is a trustee of the Orwell Foundation, a member of the UK Open Government Network steering group and a member of HM Treasury’s User and Preparers Advisory Group for government financial reporting, and has also served Administrative Data Research UK and the Office for Statistics Regulation in advisory roles.

In February 2021, he joined the ODI Policy team as a Special Adviser.