Breakout session 2: Four perspectives on leading digitally

Technology evolves daily. Forward-looking leaders learn from others and spot ways to help their organisation work better. So what does digital leadership look like and how can we encourage it in ourselves and our organisations?

This theme will be explored from four different perspectives. You will have the opportunity to choose from:

2.1 Speaker

Kay BoycottCEO, Asthma UK: leading your organisation through digital change

Asthma UK’s award-winning digital strategy has transformed how the charity offers personalised advice online, increasing its reach and placing it at the forefront of digital health thought leadership, research and fundraising. Kay Boycott, CEO, Asthma UK, will take us through her approach to digital, why she believes it will soon be a ridiculous idea for us to have a digital strategy, and her views on how change happens in a data and digital world.

2.2 Workshop

What digital leaders need to know: Zoe Amar, founder and director, Zoe Amar Digital and Mark Galloway, CEO, International Broadcasting Trust

Join digital expert, Zoe Amar, founder and director, Zoe Amar Digital and Mark Galloway, CEO, International Broadcasting Trust, as they explore the world of leading digitally. Learn how you can apply the Charity Digital Code of Practice to demonstrate best practice in digital leadership, how digital transformation can help your beneficiaries, and where to seek out inspiration from peers. You’ll have the opportunity to assess your own digital leadership skills and discuss how to become more comfortable with embracing risk as a valuable opportunity to learn.

2.3 Panel discussion

Creating digitally savvy senior management teams and boards

The demand for digital skills continues to grow, according to the latest Charity Digital Skills report. Over 50% of digital leadership say they need more support developing their digital services and products. Crucially, mindset shifts along with new skills and ways of working are required to meet changing expectations and embrace new opportunities. How do we as leaders build our skills and confidence for the digital world, and bring our boards and senior teams along with us? Our panel features:

  • Our facilitator, Ann Longley, founder, Something New Together - led digital transformation at the Disasters Emergency Committee

  • Caroline Lee-Davey, CEO, Bliss - adopting a digital-first strategy has transformed the way Bliss supports parents and yielded great results for engagement, reach into new audiences and income. In recognition of this approach, Bliss won the Embracing Digital award at the 2018 Charity Governance Awards.

  • Fozia Irfan, CEO, Beds & Luton Community Foundation - encourages small teams through change, growing their confidence and vigour

  • Steve Ford, CEO, Parkinson’s UK - opened his organisation’s eyes to the importance of both working and thinking about tech in a different way

 2.4: Sharing hack

Using digital to be more effective, sustainable and resilient - growing your impact and reach: Ellie Hale, digital fellowship and communities lead, CAST

Ellie Hale from CAST will lead this interactive session. Share and learn practical tips, stories and experiences with other leaders on how to use tech to improve service delivery, reduce costs or scale impact. What works, and what doesn't work? How have other leaders embedded digital into organisational strategy and culture? We will discuss some of the tools, methods and mindset charities need to thrive in a digital age.

 2.5 Resilience

How to create a 'well' organisation: expert coaches from Bird

Based on Bird's recent resiliency research project, this session will share findings on what works when developing a resilient workforce. The session will explore ideas and strategies that can be implemented to create effective, productive and energised staff members. We'll look at how to create a resilient culture as a whole, and share how this has to start at the top, with CEOs and leaders modeling how they prioritise their own self-care.

The session will be interactive with plenty of time for discussion with colleagues. Attendees will walk away with resiliency ideas, both for themselves and their teams, that they can implement moving forward.