Our Trustees

Matt Jago


Controller of Business Systems & Integration, Sightsavers

Matt has worked with technology from a young age, building his first PC out of spare parts in his parents’ garage at the age of 9.  He has worked across multiple sectors, from leisure, through marketing & data analytics to not-for-profit. Matt started working at Sightsavers, an International NGO, back in 2008 as a Service Desk Technician. 5 years later, he was put in charge of the Global IT team and hasn’t looked back since.

Over the 12+ years of working at Sightsavers, Matt has overseen multiple major projects, from migrating servers to a private cloud, moving to O365, data warehousing and analytics, systems development and of course the dreaded managed print contract renewal. After becoming interested in business analysis, Matt set up a Business Application team at Sightsavers 4 years ago to assist the organisation in managing system integration and development. The team is now taking on a large data strategy project to help streamline global data capture and processing across the organisation.

As a member of Charity IT Leaders, he was quick to volunteer to assist with organising the Annual Conference and became the Conference Trustee shortly afterwards. After running several successful conferences, Matt has taken on a new challenge as Secretary of Charity IT Leaders.

He is passionate about his family, all things data, any form of technology, photography and, with a collection that overshadows that of his two children, Lego.

Laura Dawson


Director, Data and Technology Services, London School of Economics & Political Science

Laura Dawson is Director, Data and Technology Services at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a leader in the Charity and Not for Profit sector for nearly 30 years including RSPB, Save the Children UK and British Council. She is an advocate for ensuring that we get value out of data and ensuring that technology is making a difference to our beneficiaries which is why she has been a Trustee of Charity IT Leaders. A long standing Watford FC season ticket holder, she has learnt to manage her expectations, expertly.

Shaun Le Geyt


CIO, Parkinson's UK

Shaun Le Geyt, CIO at Parkinson’s UK, believes that great IT is all about putting people first, and his mantra permeates all areas of his work, reaching far beyond the technology team, out across the charity and into the community it serves. Shaun has extensive experience across a number of not-for-profits, including The Whitely Homes Trust, The Energy Saving Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Trust, as well as senior roles at Kohieba Consulting and Sainsbury’s. Shaun is on the Board of Trustees for Charity IT Leaders where he is the Treasurer.

Ali Jaffri


IT Operations Manager, Diabetes UK

Ali completed his graduation in Business Management, Masters in Information Technology and Level 4 Diploma in Leadership and Management before pursuing a career in IT. Due to keen interest in Technology and Management, Ali pursued several certifications from Microsoft, APMG, ISEB, ILM, BCS and ISACA. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional and Membership Assessor. Having worked in various senior management roles within the Housing, Transport, Education and Non-Profit sector, he currently manages the IT Operations for a Healthcare Charity across the UK.

Over the past 18 years in IT, Ali has successfully managed a number of Projects including Service Desk Management, IT Outsourcing, Infrastructure designs, Security and Compliance, Call Centre deployments, Systems Integration and Cloud Migrations. He is very passionate about Giving Back and spends quite a lot of time in supporting small charities with their IT needs specially around IT Strategy, Online Presence and Training volunteers.

Philip Edwards


CIO, Blue Cross Animal Welfare

A Chief Information Officer, Chartered IT Professional and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) with a track record of designing and delivering IT-enabled transformation and business change. I have extensive experience of implementing services in the Third and Healthcare sectors across multiple domains including end-to-end business processes, Information Security, web-applications, SAP and Software as a Service solutions.

Anna Hoskins


Head of Technology, CAFOD

Anna is a technology leader specialising in IT-enabled business change. With extensive experience in senior management and business change and development, Anna is a creative thinker with a track record for developing and delivering impactful solutions that advance business goals. She’s an experienced manager with the ability to motivate multidisciplinary teams to achieve results in demanding circumstances. Anna is delighted to bring this experience to her role as a trustee for Charity IT Leaders and is committed to supporting and developing current and emerging IT leaders within the nor-for-profit sector.

Jane Huntington


Head of Business Applications Development & Support, Guide Dogs for the Blind

Jane has worked in the non-profit sector for over twenty years and has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience, starting in the Fundraising teams at both RNID and Mencap, then progressing to her current role in the Guide Dogs technology team as Head of Applications Development & Support.

Data & information management has been at the heart of her career and Jane is passionate about both the data story and data storytelling; architecting and managing data to help shape and support an organisation’s vision.

Jane was the first recipient of the DataIQ Data Professional of the Year award in 2013. She currently leads cross-functional teams delivering business transformation solutions across Guide Dogs’ core business applications, and is part of the Technology Leadership Team working on strategic direction for the technology team at Guide Dogs.

Jane is also mum to three boys, enjoys running and as well as being a CITL Trustee she volunteers for Guide Dogs as a breed stock holder. She and her family currently look after two golden retrievers, Carol and Eccles.

Nick Napier


Nick spent his career running IT departments in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. His most recent role was as Head of ICT for the Zoological Society of London, where he had responsibility for a wide variety of teams and technologies, supporting activities ranging from commercial activities for the Societies two Zoos and 1.8 million annual visitors, to assisting scientist, vets and Zoo Keepers and conservation staff in locations across the globe.

Since retiring in 2018 he has continued to support Charity IT Leaders as a co-opted Trustee, and also provides mentoring and support to other Heads and Directors of IT in the not-for-profit sector.

Richard Bailey


Technology Strategy Manager, The Girls' Day School Trust

Working for the 14th largest charity in the UK, I am currently Technology Strategy Manager at the Girls’ Day School Trust. In my role, I am responsible for the design and delivery of strategy and technology across the organisation.

Having worked in the charity sector for over a decade, I have developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within IT and have significant experience delivering digital transformation projects.

My motivation for becoming a Trustee of CITL is to be able to support and develop emerging IT leaders across the charity sector.

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