Our main stage speakers have been selected for their expertise in non profit leadership

Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication, Parkinson’s UK

Appointed the first ever director of digital transformation and communication at Parkinson’s UK in 2016, Julie is an experienced creative leader and digital transformation specialist who describes her role as the person who tries to find new ways to do things better”.

Julie authored The New Reality, a major study into how non-profit organisations can approach digital transformation and use digital technology to bring change. Passionate about “Tech for Good”, Julie will share how finding the right processes, tools and culture can help organisations like Parkinson’s UK be as good as possible while answering the question on how technology can help people.

Session time: 9.20-9.50

Kevin Cahill CBE, former Chief Executive of Comic Relief and founder of Sports Relief

Kevin Cahill, former Chief Executive of Comic Relief and founder of Sport Relief is the man responsible for encouraging many well known names to step out of their comfort zones for charity, putting sports stars into comedic situations and pushing comedians to their physical limits.  David Walliams, Tony Blair, David Beckham, Jo Brand and Eddie Izzard are just a handful of the people Kevin has coaxed into high-profile stunts and he will be sharing his story with the chase25 attendees.

Kevin will share lessons learnt, both good and bad, in taking a passionate start up to a much-loved national institution.

Session time: 12.15 – 12.55

Midge Ure OBE, Musician and Humanitarian

During his career Midge Ure, has won a host of awards, including Ivor Novello, Grammy and BASCAP awards, and has produced a number of gold and platinum-selling records.

Along with Sir Bob Geldof, Ure wrote and recorded the iconic and timeless Christmas song, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ in 1984, along with the 36 artists collectively known as Band Aid. The song was the music industry’s contribution to the call to aid famine-stricken countries, and eventually led to Live Aid in 1986. As a result of this work, he was awarded an OBE for services to music and charity.

Midge is internationally recognised as an authority on music, communications, humanitarian issues, philanthropy, poverty, human rights and in addition is a business entrepreneur.

Session time: 16.50-17.30

Dame Gill Morgan, Chair, NHS Providers

Gill joined NHS Providers as Chair at the beginning of 2014. Her career in healthcare began as a doctor working in hospitals, general practice and public health before moving into management.

Her previous roles include permanent secretary of the Welsh Assembly government, chief executive of the NHS Confederation and chief executive of North and East Devon Health Authority. Gill is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

While working in healthcare, she served on a large number of national committees and working groups. She has an honorary Doctorate of Science from City University and is a past President of the International Hospital Federation. She is a trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation and a board member of Healthcare UK. Gill was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2004.

Gill is Conference Chair and will be taking part in the Governance Panel Discussion.

Session time: 16.10 – 16.50

Glenda Parker, Chief Executive, Hart Square

Glenda, CEO of Hart Square, founded the company in 2009. Hart Square is the leading independent consultancy for the non-profit sector. Their dedicated consultants are experienced in providing objective advice and committed to delivering successful digital, CRM and technology solutions that support their clients’ business objectives.

As a result, the company has earned the trust of several high-profile non-profit organisations, has been recognised among leading digital and software vendors, and is focused on fostering long-term business relationships and partnerships.

Focusing on the “people” side of technology projects, Glenda is passionate about helping the sector to make the most of their typically limited resources. One of the main reasons she started the company was to get the opportunity to help both large and small organisations to understand the business benefits that technology can deliver and to make sure they are getting the most out of their systems.

Session time: 9.10 – 9.20

Mark Johnstone, Finance Director,  Royal Society of Medicine 

Mark Johnstone, a chartered accountant, has been Finance Director at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for the last nine years and his role encompasses leadership of the Finance, IT and HR functions in addition to his responsibilities for the Society’s risk management and property strategy. He has also been pivotal in ensuring improved governance of the charity through his work with the Society’s trustee board.

Mark also acted as the RSM’s CEO in early 2017 and before working at the RSM spent 10 years at the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. Whilst working there, initially he held financial roles, before leading its Education and Children’s divisions. In addition to his role at the RSM he also sits on the Audit & Risk Committee and the CRM Project Board of Moorfields Eye Charity.

Mark will be taking part in the Governance Panel Discussion.

Session time: 16.10 – 16.50

Andrew Studd, Partner, Russell Cooke Solicitors

Andrew leads Russell-Cooke’s Charity and Social Business team. He advises charities and not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of constitutional and governance matters, commercial contracts, mergers and on financing, solvency and restructuring issues.

He is currently advising a number of charities on governance issues linked to the recent media attention on the sector in relation to safeguarding and reputation management as well as the ongoing issues linked to fundraising practices, the use of personal data and the application of Data Protection legislation.

Andrew will be taking part in the Governance Panel Discussion.

Session time: 16.10 – 16.50

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Paul joined the Foundation in May 2013 after a career which has spanned the voluntary and public sector and work in International development (DfiD/Sight Savers), Human Rights (Amnesty International), professional and service regulation and health and social care. He has been Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, the Health Development Agency and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board.

Immediately prior to the Foundation he worked as a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health heading up Public and Patient Engagement and Experience. He is former Chairman of Contact a Family the leading UK Charity supporting families of children with severe disabilities and former Chair of the UK Rare Diseases Advisory Group. He was Deputy Chairman at the Healthcare Commission from 2000 until 2009 and the first lay member of the Royal College of Physicians Council.

He was appointed an OBE in 2003 for services to people with diabetes.

Paul will be taking part in the Governance Panel Discussion.

Session time: 16.10 – 16.50

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chase25 is intended for the benefit of non-profit organisations only. In order to attend, delegates will be asked to show they are an employee of a non-profit organisation and that they can receive an email at that organisation. For group bookings, please provide the name and details for each individual delegate.

If you are not an employee of a non-profit organisation you may be able to attend on a chargeable basis. You can apply at events@hartsquare.co.uk