About Digital Changemakers
Digital Changemakers is a consultancy, training and events company supporting ambitious startups, social entrepreneurs, charities and civil society organisations to make a difference with technology.
Having worked on groundbreaking digital projects across civil society in over 30 countries over 20 years, I have developed a deep understanding and experience of how technology can change lives that I want to pass on to help others.
Digital changemaking has been in my DNA as far back as I can remember. Whilst co-managing a digital arts collective straight out of school in the mid 1990's I learned my craft with an internet startup, experiencing the highs and deep lows of the .com bubble. Despite the economic crash, it was clear that technology and the internet would have a lasting impact on what was possible for humans to achieve. The challenge back then was that so few had real access to it.
I put this to task working on youth-led education and social technology projects over 5 years managing Global Voice UK. We took technology to people and places that had never experienced it and witnessed amazing initiatives across the world that inspire me to this day.
In 2013 I took on a leadership position at Consult and Design International, and after many fantastic years I left as CEO in 2020 having grown the company to a team of 11 experts changing the way people live and work with technology.
I am proud of Digital Changemakers' roots in the North East of England, home of the first industrial revolution. We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution now which is evolving the way we live and work at a rapid pace. Despite the progress made, I believe the latest technology still tends to be in the hands of a privileged few and there is huge untapped potential for change through collaboration and education.
If there's a project you think we could work on together, or if anything here resonates, I'd love to hear from you.
Founder and CEO
I started Digital Changemakers with the mission to help and inspire movers and shakers, activists and changemakers to adopt and embrace technology, and use it to make the world a better place.
We are a values-driven company. Our values are why we get up in the morning, they are what drives us to do what we do.
Trust through Transparency - We believe that relationships should be built on trust, trust that is earned through our honesty and transparency. Nobody is perfect, and if we screw up or don't know something, we'll tell you. If we don't think we are the right fit for a project, we'll say so, and most likely help find someone who is. Everything we do is built on these foundations.
Collaboration by Contribution - The most amazing things can happen when you get the best people in a room. We work in collaboration with our clients, and with partners and if we are not the best people for the job, we will find the best. We work with a trusted Partner Network and not only contribute actively to our work, but we also contribute to our professional and civic communities.
People first, then Technology - There is a myriad of technology out there and much of it is highly accessible, however we have seen all too often people shoe-horning their needs to suit a specific technological solution. We will always start with people, processes and strategic needs before we feel comfortable helping to define what the right choices of technology might be.
Providing Measurable Value - Our aim is to ensure that we are providing value to those we work with, and we do that by measuring it. We ask for feedback regularly, gathering data and analysing it. We look to build on our weaknesses, celebrate our strengths and do so based on evidence. We use data to continuously improve and increase the impact of our work.
Sustainable Development Goals
One of the key considerations we make when looking at new work is whether a project contributes to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG's were first introduced by the United Nations as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and the ambitious aim is to ensure they are reached by 2030. We believe that contributing to this movement to address the global challenges we all face provides focus and contributes to a brighter future.
Do you have an idea for change?
We hope that this helps you understand a bit more about who we are. We would love to hear more about you. If you have an idea you would like to run past us, get in contact or fill out a project brief. If you have a product or service you think could help Digital Changemakers, why not join our Partner Network?