People

Areeq Chowdhury | Chief Executive | Twitter bird @AreeqChowdhury

Areeq ChowdhuryAreeq Chowdhury is the Founder and Chief Executive of WebRoots Democracy.

Areeq was born and brought up in Manchester and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham where he began researching the relationship between the internet and political participation.  After graduating in 2013, he moved to London and has worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the London Assembly, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and KPMG.

At the age of 21, he founded WebRoots Democracy which has been leading the campaign for online voting and has been working with politicians, charities, thinktanks, and technology companies on researching the benefits and challenges of a digital democracy.

Joe Carton | Public Affairs Director | Twitter bird @joeycarton

Joe CartonJoe Carton is the Public Affairs Director at WebRoots Democracy.  Alongside this, he works as an Account Executive for Newington Communications, a public affairs and corporate communications consultancy.

Joe is from London and studied History and Politics at Durham University where he took a particular interest in 20th century British and American politics.  Since graduating, Joe has founded Tomorrow’s Influencers which is a networking platform that seeks to connect the future leaders of politics, media, and communications.  Joe is a keen runner and competes in middle to long distance events.

A strong supporter of digital democracy, Joe is involved with WebRoots because he believes that the modernisation of our democracy is vital for voter engagement and the credibility of British politics.

Sarah-jane Sewell | Digital Content Director | Twitter bird @sarahjanesewell

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Sarah-jane Sewell is the Digital Content Director at WebRoots Democracy. Alongside this she works in Westminster for the Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness, and previously worked for Syed Kamall MEP, Leader of the European Conservative and Reformists group in the European Parliament.

Sarah-jane grew up in the Fens in Lincolnshire. She graduated in 2015 having studied Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London, where her final year particularly focused on politics of the internet and digital political participation. Sarah-jane has worked with a number of think tanks and campaign organisations including the Bow Group, Parliament Street and Women for Britain.

Sarah-jane is an advocate for youth participation in politics and believes digital technology can help solve a democratic and participation deficit.

Oliver Sidorczuk | Advocacy Director | Twitter bird @OliverSidorczuk

Oliver SidorczukOliver Sidorczuk is the Advocacy Director at WebRoots Democracy. He is studying for an MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London, and works on dismantling poverty, democratic reform, and social enterprise in Parliament.

Oliver is from Liverpool, and now lives in Hackney. He studied Law at the London School of Economics, and has campaigned for migrants’ and asylum seekers’ rights in a law firm and in Parliament. Most recently, he worked at Bite The Ballot as its Advocacy Coordinator, championing the cause for electoral reform, political education and digital democracy innovation.

As an advocate for online voting, Oliver believes in the need for WebRoots Democracy in helping reinvigorate the relationships between citizens and decision-makers in the 21st century.