Lord Chris Holmes

Lord Chris Holmes

Deputy Chair, Channel 4, Diversity Adviser to The Civil Service and Ex-Paralympic Swimmer

Human Technology – Four Perspectives

Session Overview

Lord Holmes will be chairing a discussion between, Harvey Lewis, Julia Streets, Dr. Nigel Spencer and Anne Scoular following their presentations.

Speaker's biography

Chris is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, which was appointed on 29 June 2017 to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence, and to make recommendations. He is also co-chair of the Parliamentary Groups on Assistive Technology and Fintech and member of the groups on AI and the 4th Industrial Revolution. He has also contributed to House of Lords Select Committees on Digital Skills, Social Mobility and Financial Exclusion and published a report; “Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and innovation” calling on the Government to look at the challenges and opportunities of this technology for improving public services.

Chris also chairs the Global Disability Innovation Hub, leading the way in applying technology and innovation to accessible design. Chris advises the Government on Diversity & Inclusion in his role as Diversity Adviser to the civil service and is non-executive director at Channel 4.

Prior to entering the Lords, Chris was Director of Paralympic Integration at the London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and is himself a former Paralympic swimmer who won nine gold, five silver and one bronze medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.