Dr Rachel O'Connell
CEO & Founder, TrustElevate
Dr Rachel O'Connell is the founder and CEO of TrustElevate, an age verification and parental control company and is one of the preeminent authorities on electronic identification and age verification. She is the author of the British Standards Institution (BSI) technical standard on Age Checking code of practice and focused her PHD study on the implications of online paedophile activity for investigative strategies. Rachel worked at social networking platform, Bebo, and was instrumental in operationally building the business. Before joining Bebo, Rachel led a series of highly successful large-scale Pan-European projects, which involved managing teams located in 19 countries across Europe. In 2000, Rachel set up the Cyberspace Research Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire and secured funding from the European Commission to establish and operate the first UK Internet Safety Centre.