CAST appoints five new trustees

We welcome five new trustees to the CAST board

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We’re delighted to announce that at the end of last year, CAST appointed five new trustees to its board.

Lord Jim Knight, chair of the board, said: "I am really proud to be leading the Board at CAST. The CAST team has achieved a huge amount in just five years. Thanks to our funding partners, we are now supporting thousands of charities, foundations and civic organisations to make use of digital and to respond to the changing needs and behaviours of our communities.

“This year in particular has demonstrated just how important digital, data and design are in ensuring our sector is responsive and able to deliver value, and crucially just how urgent it is that civil society has a louder voice in the tools and technology we use.

“As CAST prepares for the next phase of its work, we're delighted to welcome five new trustees to our board, bringing new diverse experiences and expertise to support CAST and the important work ahead."

The five trustees are:

Gaia Ines Fasso

Gaia is an advisor on digital innovation strategy, programmes and operating models. She works with multinational companies, social impact incubators and startups, and has deep expertise in the technology, digital education and digital financial services sectors.

Gaia said: “In the digital sector, we have the collective responsibility to shape technology to achieve better societal outcomes and not let our lives be shaped by technology instead. CAST has a track record in creating a digitally-enabled social sector that is responsive to people's needs. I am really looking forward to sharing this journey with CAST and the rest of the board."

Kate Collins

Kate is CEO of the Teenage Cancer Trust. She has worked in UK charities for nearly 20 years and is leading a strategy at TCT to ensure that the charity can reach all young people with cancer in the UK and that young people and their needs remain at the heart of everything the charity does.

Kate said: “I’m chuffed to bits to have been asked to join the Board of CAST – an organisation I have long admired for their commitment to identifying, testing and introducing new ways of using digital, data and design to improve the wellbeing of people and our planet. The opportunity to play a part in building a tech for good movement aimed at creating real impact and agility across the UK charitable sector is one that excites me.”

Lara Burns

Lara is Chief Digital Officer of The Scouts. She has spent 25 years delivering digital innovation across diverse sectors. In the last decade Lara has driven digital transformation and strategic change in the charity sector, where she is passionate about using technologies to increase the effectiveness of the charities.

Lara said: “Joining the CAST Board is a dream come true. I have admired CAST’s work for many years and feel passionate about the massive good that digital can bring to the social sector. I am hugely excited now to be able to directly support CAST’s mission for change.”

Pema Radha

Pema is Chief of Staff, Global Managed Services at EY. She is an expert in organisational change, business operations and HR, and is passionate about diversity and inclusion.

Pema said: “The work that CAST does to advance social causes and therefore social justice is critical. They have a noble and brave ambition to help a huge number of not for profit organisations expand their reach and accelerate their impact through technology, which I passionately believe in and am proud to be a part of. They also live and breathe their values in all they do, so are a joy to work with.”

Professor Kerensa Jennings

Kerensa is a storyteller, strategist, writer and digital impact specialist. She was previously Head of Strategic Delivery at BBC and CEO of iDEA at the Royal Household. She is now Director of Digital Impact at the BT Group, and a Visiting Professor of Media, Strategy and Communications at the University of Huddersfield.

Kerensa said: “Charities, funders and agencies can all do more, help more, and be more when they harness the power of digital. CAST shows them how. What they offer has never been more needed, and I could not be more proud to be joining them.”

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