Martha Lane-Fox is well-deserving of her enviable title: Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho. She became the House of Lords’ youngest female member when she joined as a Crossbench Peer in 2013. Martha made her name in her twenties, when she co-founded lastminute.com alongside Brent Hoberman. She served as the UK’s Digital Champion and is Chair of Go On UK, a charity that helps more people and organisations get online. Martha is on the board of Channel 4, mydeco.com, Marks & Spencer, Founders Forum for Good and the Women’s Prize for Fiction, as well as being Chair of MakieLab and founder of the charity Antigone. On 12 March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of The Open University. Martha talks with warmth and wit about her near death car accident in 2004. ‘The first time I had to stand up after nearly nine months in hospital,’ she told us, ‘it felt like an enormous risk. And the overwhelming odds were that it wasn’t going to work. But it did. I was all right. I managed to stand up.’

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