Co-founder of Lastminute.com, Martha is a British businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant. Martha stood down as Managing Director in November 2003 but remained a non-executive director of the company. She also stands as a non-executive director at Marks & Spencer, MyDeco.com and the Women’s Prize for Fiction and is the co-founder of Lucky Voice.
On the 22nd March 2010, Martha set up a new Digital Public Services Unit within the Cabinet Office and later that year was invited to sit on the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Board. Martha created a Networked Nation manifesto which challenged every sector to work together, inspire, support and encourage as many people as possible to get online by the end of the Olympic year. In July 2010 David Cameron then hosted an event at 10 Downing Street to celebrate her manifesto.
Martha’s key initiative is to blend online and offline in order to create a business of substance and has therefore opened a stand alone Lastminute store in Manchester. Martha’s achievements expand just the business world, she is a trustee for Reprieve charity which has the goal to fight for the victims of extreme human rights abuses with legal action and public education. She is also a patron of the education pressure group CAMFED and has set up her own charity which is a grant-making trust called Antigone.
Martha services to the digital economy and charity have resulted in her being awarded Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours. 2013 also saw her named as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and she was made a life peer to sit as a crossbencher in the House of Lords. She was then raised to Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, of Soho in the City of Westminster making her the youngest female to take that title Her entrepreneurial success saw her ranked 15th on the Richtopia list of 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs in 2015 and by 2016 she was elected a Distinguished Fellow of BCS.
Martha is a role model for entrepreneurs in the business world and wider society making her a highly sought after speaker. Whether it’s as a business management speaker for corporate events, or as an after dinner speaker, Martha has a wealth of experience in multiple sectors. Inspiring and motivating businesses Martha shares insights on how she got to where she is along with the importance of merging online and offline business.
To book Martha Lane Fox as the business management speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.
When at corporate events, Martha is known to cover:
- Business Management
- Online and Offline Business
Martha was really impressive and a number of our board approached her afterwards for a further conversation and to thank her. Our Chairman felt it was one of the best conversations we had ever hosted at our board dinners.
James – Mastercard