I’ve always had a social conscience and genuinely believe in a moral duty to use what I have to help others. Because I’m in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, I just owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent. That’s how my mind works.
It’s not for everyone obviously, and I don’t judge those that don’t, but having the power to improve the lives of others is, to me, a privilege, that also throws me challenges that sometimes work alone can’t do.
There are a number of initiatives that I give my time, skills, energy and voice too. Find out more from the list below.
CALM is the UKs leading movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
In 2018 I became a special technical advisor to the board. Offering guidance to their mission to drastically reduce the rate of Male Suicide in the U.K.
In my role I give my time and expertise, helping them understand and ultimately utilise Data, Ai and Smart Tech ethically, and in ways to increase operational efficiency.
The Palace for Life Foundation is the official charity of Crystal Palace FC which has been working with the south London community for over 25 years.
The Foundation uses the power of football and the Palace brand to change the lives of young people across south London, particularly the most hard-to-reach and hard-to-help.
They work with over 13,000 people each year, inspiring them to find a better path and to lead a healthier life.
In 2019 I was appointed an official ‘Playmaker’ by Crystal Palace. In my role with the foundation I go out into the schools and community groups, talking to teenagers about mental health, finding purpose, and helping them to find a ‘goal’ where often they see none.
BIMA is the U.Ks oldest industry body for Interactive Technology, and Media. Their mission is to drive innovation and excellence across the digital industry.
BIMA councils set the agenda in digital hubs around the country and our Think Tanks aid industry leaders and practitioners to fuel the future.
For the last 3 years I have Chaired the Ai Think Tank for BIMA, creating research, and guidance for the members of the BIMA community.
The Rainmaker Foundation is a collaborative charity to inspire generosity, connect people with causes that are meaningful to them and achieve greater impact together.
In the U.K. today, only 1.3% of the 183,000 registered charities reach scale, and one in five small charities believe they will collapse in the coming year, despite an annual income of over £79bn into the sector. The challenges are getting bigger and more complex, yet the organisations set up to solve some of these challenges are stuck in their ability to scale.
Rainmaker Foundation exists to accelerate the impact of small charities with great potential. They do this by catalysing the emergence of a supportive, startup-style ecosystem around small/medium sized charities. They run a range of programmes designed to provide a safe space for charities to engage with disruptive thinking, to innovate their organisation, access new networks, and best in class technology tools from the commercial sector in order to amplify their impact.
They deliver programmes by engaging our community of 100+ experts, mentors business leaders, philanthropists and partner organisations providing pathways to capital, networks and resources.
I am a Rainmaker, and mentor for the Foundation.
Too many charity services are still failing to respond to the changing digital behaviours and expectations of their audiences. Digital service delivery urgently needs to become a core competency, not a ‘nice to have’.
Which is why a lot of my time is spent advising charities how to engage in the ever-changing world. Tech can be a powerful tool but it’s how you use it that’s important – my time is used as a way of saying ‘here’s how you can do it right’.
Amongst my growing interests in supporting ‘better things’, I also hold a number of advisory, and non-executive roles with Tech-For-Good startups. Often these take the form of advising or mentoring the founder, but can also include advise and information on design, Ai, Data, legal, and governance issues. If you would like to talk to me about sitting on your board, then please get in touch.
eQuoo is the emotional fitness game from psychologist Silja Litvin. The game aims to teach essential psychological skills people need to be able to level up in life. I advise, mentor, and support the founder on her journey of growth.
Mycarematters is a social enterprise with a mission to improve the experience of care in any care setting. They enable the whole person to be taken into account by all those caring for and interacting with them.
I sit on the advisory board, offering direction, contacts, insight, and strategic guidance. I am also an investor in the MVP.
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