Building and maintaining Democracy Club's services is a long-term commitment, both in the run up to the elections held in May every year, and in keeping the underlying technology running year round.
Throughout the year, we also run an online community of around 800 members and a mailing list with 15K subscribers. Our volunteers are non-partisan, either interested in democracy, open source technology, or both.
Around elections, we're supported by a core team of 20 super-volunteers and a community of 300 supporters to crowdsource publicly available information like candidate manifestos.
Our volunteers are non-partisan, either interested in democracy, open source technology, or both.
The club is supported by a small core team and an experienced board of directors.
Sym Roe - CEO
Peter Keeling - Voting information
Virginia Dooley - Developer
With a background in international development, Virginia pivoted to coding after working with startups and charities struggling with outdated products and systems. In a quest for better weather, Virginia moved from NYC to London in 2015.
Michael Collins - Developer
Based in Sheffield, having previously studied English at Leicester as well as having spent some time living in London where he worked for a variety of charities, including a brief stint at ZSL London Zoo! He decided to retrain to become a developer in 2015, completing the Makers Academy bootcamp. Since then He's been working as a python developer, and in my last role was focussed on delivering websites and digital services for a range of clients in the not-for-profit sector.
Ella Botting - Admin assistant
Alice Casey (Chair)
With thanks to
Democracy Club has been helped by many people along the way. We are grateful to them all, but some deserve a special mention:
Seb Bacon, Tim Green, Edmund von der Burg and Tom Steinberg for their initial work in 2010, and much help since.
Mark Longair for all his work on YourNextRepresentative.
Andy Lulham for support, feedback and code contributions and general top wombling.
Former board members Sarah Hartley, Alison Walters and Rebecca Eligon, Rebecca Kemp.
Chris Shaw for "being the person who cared about WhereDoIVote the most". Without him the polling station finder wouldn't exist, and millions of people would still be looking for their polling station to this very day.
And last but not least, Joe Mitchell who took a leap in to Democracy Club, via a basement, after Sym spammed him once in 2014, and kept us afloat as co-coordinator for the best part of 5 years. He also wrote almost all the blog posts.