Innovation Unboxed
Changing the way charities and social enterprises engage with IT
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About

We use professional knowledge & expertise to fundamentally improve the use, access and deployment of technology in charities and social enterprises

Support

We bring together charities and social enterprises with skilled experts from the private sector to coach and support organisations to help them be clear about what they want to achieve and what technology and solution/supplier they need to achieve their goals.

Effectiveness

We provide specialist guidance to understand what charities and social enterprises are trying to do as an organisation, and the most effective and impactful way to achieve that.

Impact

Ultimately we want to leverage technology to help charities and social enterprises find better ways to raise funds, manage internal systems and reach beneficiaries.

The team

Helen Lang

Founder, Director

Experienced strategic manager with a record of delivering successful growth in organisations. With over 10 years project management, innovation, fundraising, and delivery experience, (working both in the UK and overseas) and a passion for high quality delivery and concrete outcomes.

Marlijn Wijkhuizen

Corporate Partnerships

Marlijn was Head of Community Partnerships at Community Action Southwark where she lead the Involve Team which provided high quality practical as well as strategic Team Challenges for business volunteers. She has over a decade of experience in partnership working with the HR/L&D and CSR teams of our corporate clients to help develop and deliver their Employer Supported Volunteering programmes.

Advisory Board

World class business leaders.

Bruce Macmillan

Director GC Academy, RPC

Bruce Macmillan is founding Director of the RPC (law firm) Centre for Legal Leadership. The Centre is an initiative commenced in 2016 to provide coaching, mentoring, networking, education and training to in house legal teams on all aspects of their role. Between 2014 and 2016 Bruce worked jointly as the General Counsel of Legal Practice Technologies Limited and as a management consultant and coach specialising in the legal services sector. Bruce was Executive Director, Senior Commercial Legal Counsel at VISA Europe until April 2014.

Gareth Johnson

COO, Rothschild Wealth Management

Wealth Management and the Head of their Investment platform, His specialisms are asset management, portfolio management, investment and project management. Prior to joining Rothschild spent 12 years at Morgan Stanley. Gareth was the COO of Morgan Stanley, Global Investment Solutions

Jean-Francois Schmid

Global Transformation Director, BBC Worldwide

Prior to BBCW, Jean Francois worked for BT in the IT/ technology areas, driving the longer term innovation agenda for BT and restructuring the research function to make it more strategic and better aligned to the business. Prior to BT, Jean Francois worked for Cable & Wireless in Group Strategy, driving the strategic planning process for the units outside of the UK. He also spent 5 years in New York city working for AT Kearney, a management consultant in a variety of strategic, operational and IT projects.

Alan Crawford

Chief Information Officer, City & Guilds

Chief Information Officer at City & Guilds, a global leader in skills development, helping people into a job, on the job, and onto the next job. Alan was a winner of the UK Digital Leaders 100 - Charity Digital Leader of the Year 2016 award.

Phil Sutcliffe

Board Director, TNS UK

Phil has worked in the research industry for over 20 years, both in the UK and in Japan. He focuses on innovation in research and the challenges that clients face - working to develop the best possible solutions that TNS UK can offer. Phil has been instrumental in driving many of our research solutions, from leading our specialist research practices, to our marketing science and digital teams. He continues to support and develop the innovation of our offer and creating greater impact across the business. This includes training, coaching, building capability and optimising our day to day processes.

Steve Rich

Director, Ooredoo Group

Steve is a corporate lawyer with over 15 years of experience gained in leading international law firms and global companies in North America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He has experience of dealing with a wide range of transactional, commercial, and regulatory matters, with a focus on the telecommunications and technology sectors.

Akira Kirton

Co-Head of BP Ventures, BP

BP Ventures makes strategic investments in companies with distinctive technology that aligns with BP core businesses. Akira’s previous professional experience include working within and then supporting the spin-out of a company serving over two million persons with energy solutions in rural India and a three year secondment to the UK Energy Technologies Institute (a billion dollar public private partnership between the UK government and industry focused on accelerating affordable, sustainable energy technologies). Akira is a recipient of the 2008 IChemE Award for Innovation, a 2012 Fellow of the Marshall Memorial Foundation and a 2015 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Award winner.

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