Panel discussion

Surviving the recession: where and how to focus, invest and innovate 


Zoe Amar, Chair of The Charity Digital Code of Practice 

Zoe Amar is widely regarded as one of the charity sector’s leading digital experts. She founded digital agency and social enterprise Zoe Amar Digital in 2013. Their clients have included NSPCC, Anglia Ruskin University and The School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Zoe is Chair of The Charity Digital Code of Practice. She writes for Third Sector about charities and digital issues and co-founded the Social CEOs awards . Zoe and her team produce an annual barometer of how charities across the UK are using digital, The Charity Digital Skills Report. She also co-authored The Charity Commission’s digital guidance for trustees, ‘Making Digital Work.’

Zoe has eleven years’ experience as a charity trustee. She currently sits on the board of Charity Digital Trust (formerly known as Tech Trust). Previously, she was on the Board Audit and Risk Sub-Committee at the Samaritans as their digital expert.

Before founding Zoe Amar Digital she worked for 5 years as part of the leadership team at a national charity which advised nonprofits about technology. She is the winner of an Inspiring Communicator award from Charitycomms. She was recently voted one of the 25 most influential charity leaders by Charity Times.

Panel members:

Jonathan Chevallier, CEO, Charity Digital 

Jonathan is CEO of Charity Digital, a charity focused on helping other charities to increase their impact through their use of digital technology.  His key expertise is in guiding digital transformations for organisations ranging in size from start up to mid-sized business.  His early career includes several years in senior technology, marketing & corporate development roles before becoming MD of WCI Healthcare, a consultancy focused on the health sector. Prior to joining Charity Digital, he was CEO of medical technology start-up Oxehealth, leading it through the critical early years to commercial traction and including several rounds of fund-raising. He has been an advisor for social enterprises including Clarity, a soap and toiletries business providing meaningful employment for people with disabilities and young people’s charity Eikon.

Pearl Mensah, Director of Membership and Professional Standards, Royal Aeronautical Society  

With over 15 years’ experience within the membership and professional institution sector, Pearl has a proven track record of successful delivery of membership strategies and excellent stakeholder management.

Adept at problem solving and influencing she provides strategic, operational and people leadership, creating cultures of high performance and exceptional results.

She sits on various committees including the Professional Association Research Network (PARN) Steering Group, the memcom Membership and Professional Development Committee and has been a leading judge of the memcom awards for several years.

Pearl is passionate about the sector and is committed to driving it forward through innovation, collaboration and providing value

Katie Boswell, Associate Director (Strategy & Leadership) at New Philanthropy Capital 

Katie is Associate Director (Strategy & Leadership) at NPC, supporting charities and funders to develop high-impact strategies and tackle social issues. Katie has authored reports covering a range of social causes—including health, homelessness and poverty—as well as issues affecting the charity sector such as collaboration, charity mergers, and power dynamics in grant-making. She regularly works with charities and funders who are joining the dots between different issues and she is passionate about the potential for greater collaboration, user involvement and systems change approaches.

Before joining NPC in 2015, Katie gained ten years’ experience in charities, grant-making, research and consultancy. At One World Children’s Fund, she managed a programme that partnered with community-based organisations in over twenty countries to improve children’s lives. She has worked and studied in the UK, USA and India.

Katie is a Trustee of Finance Innovation Lab, a charity working to transform the financial system so it better serves people and planet. She is a Fellow of the RSA and has served as a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.