Syma Cullasy-Aldridge is Director of External Affairs at PUBLIC, working across the business to build campaigns, drive engagement and deliver events, including the GovTech Summit. Leading the team responsible for corporate affairs, advocacy and media, she works to maximise the impact of our research, programmes and expertise. Before joining PUBLIC, Syma held policy and communications roles across central government, including in the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She also set up and ran the external engagement team in the Department for Exiting the European Union. In the private sector, she worked in aerospace, defence, security and space as director of policy and communications in the industry’s trade association.

Syma is passionate about increasing diversity in this field, personally recognising the value that diversity of thought and experience brings to an organisation. She has been on the board of trustees since January 2021.