Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, Crowdicity

Rob Wilmot

Chair of Common Purpose Charitable Trust

Rob Wilmot is a tech entrepreneur. His latest venture, Crowdicity, is a cloud-based idea management platform which is used to harness the ideas and insights of employees, partners, customers or anyone whose experience can help organisations do things better. For example, following the civil unrest around the 2014 World Cup, was called in by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro to help the government of Rio to crowdsource ideas for the city’s Olympic Legacy, and is working with the United Nations to address the complex challenges facing society today. Crowdicity also helps big brand companies such as Virgin and Proctor & Gamble to deliver faster and more cost effective product development programmes and marketing campaigns. Rob also has interests in several digital marketing and e-business consulting ventures including bcsAgency and eCommonSense.

In 2012 Rob was appointed a non-executive of HM Government Crown Commercial service, working out of the Cabinet Office, with the specialist role of oversight and scrutiny of making savings through more efficient application of technology in Central Government and the wider public sector. In 2013, Rob was made the HM Government’s Crown Representative for Software, where he spent his two and a half year tenure at the heart of digital transformation helping to build commercially savvy leadership capability in IT software procurement within Central Government Departments and the wider public sector - driving hundreds of millions of pounds of savings for the UK tax-payer in the process.

Back in 1998 Rob was one of the three founding executives of Freeserve, launched by the retailer Dixon. Freeserve became the UK's largest ISP in just three months. It floated after only nine months with a market cap of £1.6 billion entering the FTSE 100 and peaking at a market cap of £9 billion. Rob became one of the youngest ever executive officers of a FTSE 100 company at the age of 29.

Rob has ten years' experience of introducing entrepreneurial principles into local and national government and, in the position of Chairman, has led various successful organisational turnarounds within the further education and higher education sectors. He is an alumnus of the University of Bradford, where in June 2010 Rob was made an honorary Doctor of the University for his contribution to the Internet and business. In 2011 he was also nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).