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Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox

Martha Lane Fox co-founded Europe's largest travel and leisure website lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman in 1998, they took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.  Martha was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in March 2013. She is currently chair of Go On UK, a coalition of public and private sector partners that are helping millions more people and organisations online.

In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She chairs MakieLab and Founders Forum for Good. She is a Non-Executive Director at Marks & Spencer and the Women's Prize for Fiction.

In 2007 Martha founded her own charitable foundation Antigone.org.uk and also serves as a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE.

She is a charismatic, informative and engaging speaker. In her presentations Martha explains what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and the ways in which she focuses on delivering service and value to customers.

Martha Lane Fox is a highly successful self-made business entrepreneur, best known as the co-founder of lastminute.com. In November 2003 Martha stood down as Managing Director of Lastminute.com to explore other opportunities. She remains a non-executive director of the company.

After graduating from Oxford with a degree in ancient and modern history, Martha started her career as an associate at Spectrum Strategy Consultants, where she met Brent Hoberman. She then worked for a year as business development manager of Carlton Communication's initiatives in pay TV and digital channels. From there she joined Brent Hoberman at lastminute as chief operating officer. lastminute grew rapidly expanding into France, Germany and Sweden. In November 2003 Martha stood down as Managing Director of lastminute.com to explore other opportunities.


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  • The Internet and eCommerce

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Inclusion and Diversity

  • The Dot Com Boom