Charity Digital Conference: Speakers

Here are our confirmed speakers so far, with the final few to be announced very soon!

Our speakers

Session leaders

Matt Haworth

Co-Founder, Reason Digital

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Matt is one of the UK’s leading experts on doing good with digital. Through Reason Digital, the social enterprise, digital innovation agency he co-founded in 2007, Matt has delivered innovations for organisations including Age UK, Parkinson's UK, The Trussell Trust, BBC, CLIC Sargent and many more. In 2016 Matt wrote The Digital Fundraising Book and he regularly features at conferences and in publications. Matt’s work has won awards including The Charity Times, Big Chip and Tech for Good Awards. In 2016 he was awarded the title of UK Digital Entrepreneur of the Year, for his work with Reason Digital.

Alex Stephany

Founder, Beam

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Alex Stephany is the Founder of Beam. Beam is a new way to help homeless people for the long-term. The 1st platform of its kind globally, Beam works by crowdfunding employment training for homeless people - then supporting them into work based on their strengths. Beam is partnered with the Mayor of London and leading homeless charities including Shelter, Centrepoint and St Mungo's who refer people the platform. Beam was named by the FT as a 'Digital Champion' - one of the 100 most innovative organisations in Europe and has been awarded Best Use of Technology in the Homeless Sector.

Nick Phillips

CIO, Mortgages - Barclays UK

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With over twenty years of experience in technology, Nick has lead major technology change for a variety of blue chip organisations and is today CIO for Barclays mortgages business in the UK. Originally from the Lake District, Nick is passionate about how technology can transform people live, both on a personal and professional level.

Paddy Sloan

Project Director, BBC Children in Need

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Throughout her career Paddy Sloan has worked as a funder in the independent sector, with government and with a local council, supporting anti-poverty work, urban regeneration and community development. She also spent 8 years as Chief Executive with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, following its establishment in 1999.
Previously National Head of BBC Children in Need in Northern Ireland and interim Director of Grants and Policy across the UK, Paddy is currently Project Director with A Million & Me, a proactive impact theme focusing on children’s mental health. Formerly Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Charity Commission NI she has also served as a co-opted member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Ireland Committee, as an external member of the Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Large Awards Committee and is a member of the Northern Ireland Advisory Group of the St. Stephens Green Trust pilot programme on community-based peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.

Seb Baird

Digital Manager, Time to Change

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Seb is the Digital Manager for Time to Change, a campaign to change the way people think and act about mental health. He leads on web content, social media and CRM functions. He’s particularly interested in using digital to empower supporters and in creating compelling, user-focused content across web and social channels.

Greg Owen

Co-Founder, iwantPrEPnow

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Greg Owen is co-founder of iwantPrEPnow, a website which facilitates the safe purchase of genuine generic PrEP (the HIV prevention drug). He is a global pioneer in PrEP advocacy and was awarded the Life Ball Life Plus Award 2017 for outstanding contribution to HIV prevention. His work is currently funded by Elton John AIDS Foundation and Terrence Higgins Trust.

Greg has featured in numerous radio shows and on television, speaking about HIV, sexual well-being and PrEP, as well as writing and contributing to countless articles for LGBT and mainstream press. He recently starred in the critically acclaimed, landmark BBC documentary The People vs The NHS: Who Gets The Drugs? He has just commenced work on his biographical feature film.

Huw Jones

Executive Director and Founder, The Virtual Doctors

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Huw has over 25 years’ experience working in Africa. He was a professional safari guide for many years, and subsequently worked with rural and urban communities on a number of social development projects including innovative agricultural cooperative schemes and elearning development for the national curriculum. He has also consulted for the United Nations University in the Netherlands and worked for local government in Norfolk, UK.

Huw is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and holds an MSc in Environment and International Development from the University of East Anglia.

Martin Campbell

Chief Information Officer, World Vision UK

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Martin Francis Campbell is an award-winning digital entrepreneur and expert in tech for good. Martin currently serves as Chief Information Officer for World Vision UK where he chairs the Digital Collective. Martin is also Charity Digital Specialist at online fundraising company Hubbub, where he runs the Charity Digital Pipeline Accelerator programme.

Hubbub Fundraising is a fast growing specialist in digital fundraising and the leading digital fundraising provider for the UK’s university sector. Hubbub’s digital pipeline accelerator programme allows forward-looking fundraisers to deliver rapid results in the short term whilst building up the engaged audience they need for long term success.

The Digital Collective is a dynamic group of digital specialists from across World Vision UK which works together to use agile techniques from the world of Silicon Valley startups to deliver rapid change and growth in digital projects spanning fundraising and operations.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation conducting relief, development and advocacy activities in its work with children, families, and their communities in nearly 100 countries to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Michael Wilkinson

Digital Director, Action on Hearing Loss

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Michael Wilkinson is the newly appointed Digital Director at Action on Hearing Loss, having completed his role as Head of Digital Change at CLIC Sargent where he led on the rollout of innovative new products and services as well as influencing organisational change. Michael’s record of devising and delivering large scale change stems from his work as a Daily Telegraph digital editor, where he was one of the most-read journalists with 100 million views for his work. He was a key player in its transformation programme, online strategy for the EU referendum and in digitally upskilling 500 journalists.

Sara Rowbotham

Labour Councillor

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As a front line sexual health worker who led the NHS crisis team, between 2005 and 2011 Sara made over 100 referrals detailing the abuse and sexual grooming of young people. Represented by Maxine Peak in BBC drama, Three Girls, Sara was the whistle-blower for the Rochdale grooming scandal. Now an honorary member of the council of NSPCC, Sara also works with charity Missing People on digital projects designed to protect children. She is also deputy leader of Rochdale Borough Council as well as Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

Dominic Edwardes

Executive Director of Digital and Communications, Terrence Higgins Trust

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Dominic Edwardes joined the charity’s marketing team in 1999. Since then he has been responsible for the development of the Terrence Higgins Trust brand, has worked on over 30 behaviour change campaigns and led development of the charity's digital presence.

Dominic has a strong commitment to providing evidence-based, user-tested health and social care information. He was Co-Chair of the Executive Council of The Information Standard from 2012 to 2015 and Chair of the Advisory Board from 2015 to 2017.

Prior to joining the charity, he worked in academic publishing on a wide range of humanities and social science subjects.

Lizzie Hatfield

Social Sector Digital Lead, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

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Lizzie Hatfield is the Social Sector Digital Lead at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, where she is responsible for implementing government’s ‘Tech for Good’ programme which focuses on strengthening civil society - social enterprises, social tech ventures, and charities - through building their digital confidence and helping them to grow and scale. As part of this, Lizzie has led the delivery of the £1 million Digital Leadership Fund to help charity leaders improve their digital skills and resilience.

Previously, Lizzie worked on developing HMG’s Civil Society Strategy, which sets out how the government will work with and support civil society in the long-term. Prior to this, she worked with small charities and local commissioners to understand the barriers that voluntary and community organisations face when trying to access public sector procurement opportunities.

In 2018, Lizzie won a Brilliant Civil Service Award for her effective leadership of the DCMS Volunteering Network, which she established in 2017. Under her leadership, the network has successfully increased volunteering opportunities at DCMS and raised awareness of the minimum three days paid leave for volunteering, enabling and inspiring more staff to volunteer.

David Heinemann

Leadership Coach and Facilitator

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David is a facilitator, trainer and leadership coach with an interest in relational learning, equanimity and equipping people - of all backgrounds - to grow, together.

David has worked as a learning partner with leading social activists, innovators, artists and youth movements on every continent.

Recent projects include co-leading Enrol Yourself, an organisation devoted to peer-led learning. Founding The Freedom of Expression Fellowship, a global award and capacity building programme for leading human rights defenders. And training 60 young men from British council estates in systems thinking, storytelling and politics.

Also a qualified PT and disabled endurance athlete, David is equally passionate about the wisdom of our bodies and the power of nature.

Christy Clemence

Marketing and Digital Lead, CanDo

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Christy has experience in running marketing and communications for various start ups and charities. For four years she ran the Labour Party’s membership retention program and worked on fundraising campaigns through digital and direct marketing before project managing the redevelopment of the Party’s website. At CanDo she leads all things digital and works to grow CanDo’s global community with the aim of transforming how the world supports humanitarian action.

Ceri Balston

Co-Founder, Baobab Avenue and Head of Digital, Scope

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Ceri is an entrepreneurial digital leader with over 12 years’ experience shaping and delivering insight driven customer experience, optimisation, and digital transformation strategies. Ceri is currently leading the fantastic Digital Services team at the super awesome charity Scope as part of their major digital and organisational change programme.

Collyer Twins

Social Media Influencers

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Identical twin sisters, Jordan and Loanne are London-based digital influencers, bloggers and DJs. The pair grew up in Portugal, where their beach-bound upbringing spent surfing gave both girls the travel bug from a young age. When they’re not blogging, Jordan and Loanne can be found DJing or presenting back stage at festivals.

What started as a hobby has flourished into fully-fledged careers for both girls. Jordan started the blog back in 2013 whilst studying at University as a fun side project to share her love of fashion. On finishing her degree, Loanne lent a hand as a contributor, and the blog has since gone from strength to strength, as the girls continue to share their passion for music, travel and fashion.

Jordan and Loanne have collaborated with leading fashion names, including Tommy Hilfigher, Chloe, Puma, The Kooples and DJed at exclusive venues such as XOYO, El Dorado Festival, Secret Garden Party and have travelled to some of the most enviable destinations.

Nichola McAvoy

Founder and Director, Ally

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Ally's Founder, Nichola McAvoy, has had Alopecia for 15 years and can thank her close friendship with someone who also has Alopecia too, for making it through the tough times. Nichola wants everyone to have the opportunity to make the same important friendships.

Ally was launched on 1st October 2018 and are committed to building a supportive global peer network. Another aim is to raise awareness of Alopecia and help people through the psychological challenges that come with it.

Brad Gudger

Founder, Alike

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A two-time cancer survivor, Brad is a social media influencer turned advocate. He has been presented with opportunities, ranging from public relations assistant at Burberry and a presenter for ITV2 to being a technical advisor for the World Health Organization. Since becoming an ambassador for CLIC Sargent and an NHS Youth Forum Member, Brad has founded a new charity, Alike.

Alike has been created to combat isolation amongst young people with cancer using a new digital peer support platform and UK wide peer support groups. Brad is a 2019 Diana Award holder for his services to young people.

Jack Broadley

Founder and Chief Executive, BaggyTrousersUK

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Jack Broadley is the Founder and current Chief Executive Officer of BaggyTrousersUK, a Greater Manchester based charity whose purpose is to raise the profile and public awareness of testicular cancer; educate males and those in contact with males on self-examination, and offer support to those directly affected by testicular cancer. At 21, Jack found himself in the position of being given the news no man wants to hear - "I'm afraid that you have Testicular Cancer". Having fought back and won the fight, Jack is now a determined advocate and campaigner to raise awareness of the disease that almost took his own life. Jack wants to use his experience to inspire others.

In founding BaggyTrousersUK, he has found himself consulting and working with other testicular cancer charities across the UK, as part of a network working together, which ensures the correct statistics and messages are being given out by all; and contributing to the discussion on many social media platforms and in online media, including Huffington Post.

Toni Simpson

Head of Digital Channels and Development, Marie Curie

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Toni has been working in the field of Digital/Business Analysis for nearly 20 years. Her early career was for agencies working on multiple clients, travelling the world designing loyalty programmes, CRMs and Digital platforms. After several years she decided a change was in order and wanted to feel good about her work, her charity career began with CRUK as Senior Business Analyst working across products such as Race for Life and Shine.

Now in her 4th year at Marie Curie Toni heads up the Digital Channels and Development team. Owning and maintaining the website customer experience and pushing the boundaries of Digital within the charity, looking to implement new and exciting trends such as Voice, implementing new features like Amazon Pay, and making sure the integrated journey with the website is the best it can be. Aligning the Digital roadmap with our organisational goals, working alongside Fundraising, Marketing and Caring Services colleagues to provision the delivery of end of life care.

Matt James

Matt James, Director of Communications & Marketing, Wellchild

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Matt joined WellChild in 2015 following over ten years marketing in the technology industry. Prior to joining WellChild, Matt co-founded Eccomplished, a consultancy advising early-stage retail technology companies on marketing, growth and fundraising. Matt was previously responsible for UK demand generation at MessageLabs (now part of Symantec) and ran marketing across Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa for Websense.

Matt leads the communications and engagement teams at WellChild, ensuring that the charity continues to punch above its weight in getting the issues faced by thousands of families across the UK firmly in the public eye. Matt has an MBA from Cardiff Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He has a keen interest in the transformative potential of digital technology in the non-profit sector.

Bob Barbour

Digital Consultant

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Over a 13 year career, Bob has led on digital strategy and delivered major development and digital change programmes for a number of UK charities, including vInspired, Shelter and the NSPCC. As a freelance consultant, he now advise non-profits on strategy, product development and digital transformation.

Following the closure of vInspired in 2018, Bob took on the charity's digital brokerage service for youth volunteering and is setting up a new venture to save and scale it. Long term, he is working towards delivering high-quality sustainable digital infrastructure to the whole voluntary sector.

Jen Little

Acting Head of Digital (Production), NSPCC

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Jen is Acting Head of Digital at the UK children's charity NSPCC where she manages the NSPCC, Childline, and income generation websites and apps. She has managed the life cycle of a wide variety of projects and roadmaps as a Producer since joining the NSPCC in 2015 covering apps, games, and new and redesigned websites.

Her 10 years in the digital sector includes working with charity Prostate Cancer UK, as well as London Borough council's in Hackney and Southwark and she is driven by finding the right technological solution to meet user need.

Sam Sparrow

Head of Digital Practice, CAST

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Sam leads the digital practice function at CAST, which focuses on providing social sector organisations with practical training and support in embedding digital in their strategy, services and culture.

A passionate and successful digital entrepreneur herself, she was previously director of Task Squad, a social tech business connecting young volunteers with paying employers.

Over three years, Sam secured funding from Google, Nominet Trust and Nesta and grew the business, which raised funds for youth social action charity vInspired, to provide over 25,000 hours of work for young job seekers and £250,000 worth of wages.

Janet Thorne

CEO, Reach Volunteering

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Janet is the CEO of Reach Volunteering, a national charity which connects people who are willing to donate their expertise with those charities that need it. Last year charities recruited over 1,300 volunteers, including 564 trustees, through Reach.

Janet has led Reach through a successful digital transformation to an online, scalable model which has almost doubled impact and reduced transaction costs. She is a keen advocate of supporting boards to build their digital expertise.

Seren Hughes

Creative Awareness Lead, CATS

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23-year-old Seren is currently the Head of Creative at The CATS Campaign, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer amongst young people in the UK. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 19 while at university, Seren has since become an ambassador for Target Ovarian sharing her messages with national news, TV and radio channels to increase awareness of ovarian cancer occurrence in young people. She has also heavily researched into the language commonly used in the oncology and third-sector setting, with the intention to benefit future communication between practitioners and young cancer patients, and how they are mediated in the public eye.

Seren is also an active member of other charities and projects, such as St John Ambulance, Trekstock, and homeless outreach groups in Manchester.

Alice-May Purkiss

Freelance Writer, Social Media Consultant, Copywriter and Trainer, AMP Copy&Social and Associate, The Hoxby Collective

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Alice-May Purkiss is a writer and marketing nerd. Her passion for social media means she's learned a thing or two about existing in the online world both personally and professionally. A trustee for breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! Alice specialises in digital - guiding the teams on best practices and helping them maintain the brilliant content and cracking tone of voice that they're so well known for. She also works with brands of all shapes and sizes to help them get the best out of their online presence. Personally, she spends far more time on Instagram than she'd care to admit.

Tom Burton

Chief Operating Officer, C2 CYBER LTD

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Tom Burton is a digital and cyber security pragmatist. Having spent the first half of his career in the military, and since then working across a broad range of sectors and business sizes, he is used to having to take a realistic approach to helping the business to change and benefit from technology.

By blending “Start with the Why” and “Don’t let Perfect by the enemy of Good”, he has a firm belief in using technology to support and enable people to excel, rather than attempting to distort a business around artificial structures. Cyber threats and data regulations can be daunting concepts, and too frequently are presented with equal measures of fear and opacity. This undermines the ability of the business’s staff to become its greatest defence.

At C2 Cyber Ltd the focus is on solving some of the most challenging cyber security problems, which are currently addressed inefficiently or ineffectively, to provide solutions that are within reach of the whole market and not just the FTSE 100s.