Digital Kent was set up by Kent County Council in 2021 and is part of the Helping Hands scheme which was announced by Roger Gough, Leader of the Council, in February 2021. The scheme was allocated £10m, of which £2.5m was distributed to tackling digital exclusion in the county. A further £2.5m was allotted from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF).
The Digital Kent service has been created as a response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The support and services that Digital Kent offers are time-limited, due to the nature of the funding available.
Our entire team is dedicated to and passionate about levelling-up the county, where everyone can benefit from being digitally included and capable. You can find more about our team members below.
Sam joined Kent County Council in June 2021. He is the Digital Lead for Digital Inclusion & Capabilities within the Financial Hardship programme. Sam heads up the Digital Kent team.
Sam has a breadth of experience, from working in the further education and general education sector to working in the private retail sector. Most recently, Sam was the Digital & Communications Lead for the School Improvement and Skills & Employability service at The Education People, where he supported the wider team in developing the digital platforms and communications.
Alexandra joined the Digital Kent team in September 2021 as one of two Project Officers, with a focus on connectivity.
Alexandra is currently leading on the Community Wi-Fi project with our borough and district partners and other key stakeholders, such as Kent Public Services Network (KPSN). She has a wide-ranging background in office management, digital, research, marketing, and events from her work at a boutique career strategist company. Alexandra joined us from the support team of Kent Enablement at Home.
Hannah joined the Digital Kent team in January 2022 as one of two Project Officers, with a focus on hardware access.
Hannah joins us from the Railway Industry Association and is leading on the COVID-19 Hardware Access Scheme, Hardware Recycling Scheme and various other projects and schemes relating to hardware access.
Uwaila joined the Digital Kent team in January 2022 as our Strategy Development Adviser, leading on the development of a county-wide digital inclusion and capability strategy.
Uwaila is an experienced professional having worked at the Department for Communities and Local Government on a number of strategies and policies, including recruitment and early talent projects. More recently Uwaila was an Enterprise Coordinator for the Kent & Medway Enterprise Adviser Network (as part of the Careers & Enterprise Company) before moving onto become the HR Consultant for the Swale Academies Trust.
Chloe joined the Digital Kent team in November 2021 as our Engagement & Skills Manager, leading a team of Engagement Officers as part of the 12-month Engagement & Skills project.
Chloe has a wealth of experience and knowledge in delivering skills programmes within the higher education sector at London-based universities. More recently, Chloe was The Education People's Engagement Officer for East Kent before being promoted to Enterprise Coordinator as part of the Careers & Enterprise Company.
Brooke joined the Digital Kent team in December 2021 as our Engagement Officer for West Kent, currently overseeing Tonbridge & Malling districts. In addition, Brooke leads on the county-wide reintegration and reinclusion of offenders into society, from a digital inclusion and capability perspective.
Brooke joined Kent County Council in 2015 working within the Children, Young People & Education directorate in a variety of roles. More recently Brooke was an Early Help Worker in the intensive children and families unit, part of the integrated children's service.
Steven joined the Digital Kent team in November 2021 as our Engagement Officer for the Digital Champions Network and the county-wide volunteer champions.
Steven has vast experience in the higher education sector, primarily focussed on marketing, recruitment and admissions. More recently Steven was Director of Enrolment Management Services at the University of Kent.
NOTE: Steven was the Engagement Officer covering Dover and Thanet districts until 31st July 2022. From 1st August 2022, Doris Shaba-Jeffries is covering South Kent (including Dover district) and Sophie Mackenzie is covering East Kent (including Thanet district).
Jake joined the Digital Kent team in November 2021 as our Engagement Officer for North Kent, currently overseeing Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks districts.
Jake joined Kent County Council in 2013 and has been involved in many different projects and teams, including public health, economic development and more recently Jake was working within the Kent Broadband team as a Project Officer.
NOTE: Jake was the Engagement Officer for Canterbury and Swale districts until 30th June 2022. From 1st July 2022, Sophie Mackenzie is now the Engagement Officer for East Kent covering Canterbury, Swale and Thanet districts.
Sophie joined the Digital Kent team in February 2022 as our Engagement Officer for East Kent, currently overseeing Canterbury, Swale and Thanet districts.
Sophie has a strong customer service and IT background and joins us from Optivo, where she was Service Desk Incident Support.
NOTE: Sophie was the Engagement Officer for Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks districts until 30th June 2022. From 1st July 2022, Jake Huggett is now the Engagement Officer for North Kent.
Chris joined the Digital Kent team in November 2021 as our Engagement Officer for North & West Kent, currently overseeing Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells districts.
Chris has a wealth of experience and knowledge, working in the private and third sector. More recently Chris worked for a Kent-based Charity as Operations Manager.
Doris joined the Digital Kent team in November 2021 as our Engagement Officer for South Kent, currently overseeing Ashford, Dover and Folkestone & Hythe districts.
Doris joined Kent County Council around 6 years ago within the Library, Registration and Archives division and was the Deputy Registrar for Ashford. Doris has extensive customer service experience and knowledge, both in the private and public sector.
Bryony joined the Digital Kent team in March 2022 as our Project Support Coordinator, supporting the entire team in North & West Kent.
Bryony is responsible for communication and social media, along providing administrative support to the Digital Kent team.
William joined the Digital Kent team in June 2022 as our Project Support Coordinator, supporting the Hardware Access and Recycling Schemes.
William joins Kent County Council's Digital Kent from COMcheck. William supports the Project Officers with a focus on Hardware and Connectivity Access and Device Recycling.
Sophia joined the Digital Kent team in March 2022 as our Project Support Coordinator, supporting the entire team in South & East Kent.
Sophia coordinates the Digital Unite system used for Kent's Digital Champions Network, produce regular reports and provide administrative support to the Digital Kent team.