• Linda Humphries

    Make things open. Make things happen. Make things better.


    Linda is founder of Paper Frogs Ltd, where she's a catalyst for unlocking opportunities that encourage innovation whilst benefiting society. Her client work has included projects that:

    • challenge the ways tech and data reinforce inequalities
    • build participation and public engagement into policy and organisational decision-making
    • create organisation design and governance models built on community engagement

    A former chief of staff from Co-op Group where she was head of The Federation - a co-working space for digital and social innovators in the heart of Manchester, UK. She connected ideas, people and organisations, fostering collaboration that helped social enterprises and charities to meet their objectives.

    Her passion for openness and collaborative working was put to good use during her time as a Senior Technology Adviser to the UK Government's Chief Technology Officer in the Government Digital Service. She led development of the Open Standards Principles, first published in 2012 to worldwide acclaim, putting users of government services at the heart.


    She was a member of Catalyst's steering group, advising on its transition from an incubated initiative within CAST to a fully independent organisation in 2024. She is chair and non-exec director at Open Data Manchester Community Interest Company, working to create a fairer world built on responsible and intelligent data use. She also chairs the 360Giving data standard committee, supporting effective decision-making in the charitable giving and grant-making sector, and is a former co-chair of the UK Government's Open Standards Board.

  • Testimonials

    "...a bit of a ninja when it comes to diplomacy and getting things done. Not through force of personality (though she has oodles of that) but through her ability to listen, reflect and engage."

    Emer Coleman, CEO DSRPTN


    "...an inspiration to thousands of people in the US and around the world who care about making government work better."

    Jen Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America


    "...an unsung hero of Government standards. She has painstakingly brought governments into the open, leaving the British system a far more transparent and equitable system."

    Tim O'Reilly, CEO, O'Reilly

  • blog

    March 31, 2022
    Cassie Robinson’s recent Medium post about work and time set out some of the questions occupying...
    November 27, 2020 · Data,Standards,Craft,Knitting,Open data
    Over the summer of 2018 I spotted on social media that someone had created a scarf that recorded...
  • Further reading

    You can read more from Linda on Medium, including posts about her work with Catalyst and the Federation community.

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