An OBE for Good Things Foundation Chief Executive

04 Feb 2016

Good Things Foundation Chief Executive, Helen Milner, received her OBE today.

The honour was announced in June 2015 in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List and was received today at a special investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of Helen’s contribution to digital inclusion in the UK, including her work leading Good Things Foundation and the UK online centres network.

Helen has been dedicated to addressing digital exclusion for over thirty years, working in Japan, Australia and the UK to address social inequalities by supporting people to gain digital skills, and to be able to use digital technology in order to improve their quality of life.

There are still 12.6 million people in the UK who lack basic digital skills and of these, 49% are disabled, 63% are over 75 and 60% have no formal qualifications. “It’s a sad fact that there are still over 12 million people in the UK who lack the basic skills to benefit from digital technology, including applying for jobs and accessing health and other public services online. Working with our community partners we make sure people who are digitally excluded, and especially including those who are already at a disadvantage in society - such as the homeless, carers and people with disabilities, have the chance to get the digital skills and confidence they need to benefit from getting online.” says Helen Milner, OBE.

“It is a great honour to receive the OBE in recognition of my commitment to enabling everybody to gain the necessary digital skills that will improve their employment prospects, health and quality of life, as well as boost the country’s economy,” she said.

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