Joanna Shields

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Joanna Shields (Baroness Shields) is the adviser to the Prime Minister of the digital economy and the chairman of Tech City UK.

Shields was appointed to the House of Lords on 16 September 2014.[1]

On 13 May 2015 she took up the unpaid role of Minister for Internet Safety and Security at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. [2]


Shields has worked for a number of the worlds best-known technology companies, including Electronics for Imaging; RealNetworks; managing director of Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa at Google; president of peoples networks Aol; and vice president and managing director of Facebook as well as leading several start-ups to successful acquisitions including Bebo, Decru and Veon.

Shields has worked on behalf of the Home Office and the US Department of Justice, leading the US/UK taskforce to combat online sexual exploitation of children and in 2014 launched WeProtect forum.

She is currently the David Cameron's adviser on the digital economy, chairman of Tech City UK and non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange Group.[3]

Support for the Conservatives

On 1 April 2015 Shields was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.[4]


Former affiliations



  1. Parliament.UK Baroness Shields, accessed 7 April 2015.
  2. Baroness Shields BiographyParliament Website, accessed 25 September 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Joanna Shields About, accessed 7 April 2015.
  4. Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 7 April 2015.
  5. Open Europe Board, June 2016, OpenEurope, accessed 15 June 2016