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.

Cassie Robinson

Head of Digital Grant Making, National Lottery Community Fund

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Cassie is the Head of Digital Grant Making at the National Lottery Community Fund, where she leads a £15 Million Digital Fund to help the social sector transition to a be fit for the future. Previously she was the Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone, where her work focussed on ways of strengthening society - people, communities and organisations - to build a new social contract for the digital age. She is also the Co-founder of the Point People, helping organisations work together wisely to address the large, complex issues of our time.

In 2018 Cassie became a Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL with Mariana Mazzucato where her research focusses on how society and social infrastructure can be supported to adapt and change as technology alters the fabric of our lives and communities. She is a Trustee of the DADI Foundation and Organise HQ, and is on the Advisory Board of Participatory City, Atlas of the Future and Snook.

Kris Hallenga

Founder and CEO, CoppaFeel!

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Having studied an HND in travel and tourism, Kris’s dreams of scaling the world looking for adventure started with a 6 month placement at a Travel company in Beijing. Learning a new language, culture, meeting new faces, experiencing new places, did not prepare her for what was to be a far bigger challenge - a secondary breast cancer diagnosis.

Cast straight into a blurry and unexpected chapter of her life, Kris was grounded and entered a frightening territory that she knew nothing about. She went from believing she was a normal heathy 23 year old, to facing a boobless and hairless existence. But why was it that she got cancer? and why had she been so naive? Was she the only one? No.

Kris started her crusade to ensure that this wasn’t to happen to any other young woman in Britain and just 2 months following her diagnosis; whilst she still underwent treatment, CoppaFeel! was born.

Kris lead this unique breast cancer awareness charity with the aim to reduce the incidence of late detection or misdiagnosed breast cancer. Now in its 10th year, Kris and CoppaFeel! have successfully reached out to thousands of women in the UK and are saving lives. She is now a part-time ambassador for the charity, so when she’s not with her team of 11 at Boob HQ in London, she is on the road making new awareness projects and campaign come to life, meeting with MPs, giving talks or writing her column for the Sun. She runs a charity that is responsible for some of the most daring and creative advertising campaigns in the UK, with an accolade of being shortlisted for Third Sector’s most admired charity CEO in Britain and presented with an honorary Doctorate from Notting Trent University for her services to women’s health in the UK. Some days she even finds time to have cancer treatments that keep her here!

After an incurable diagnosis, Kris is not cancer free – and never will be. But she’s keeping as well as she can. She pours her heart, soul and a truckload of kick–ass into making a success of CoppaFeel!, not only refusing to let cancer wreck her party, but refusing to let it ruin yours too.

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.