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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

DigiShift 60 - Digital skills for charities

10:00-11:00, 28 September 2022
This event took place 9 days ago
John Fitzgerald
0131 474 8000

At this special DigiShift we will be joined by Zoe Amar, Nissa Ramsay and Catherine McLeod to cover the key trends from the 2022 Charity Digital Skills Report that your organisation needs to understand. The Charity Digital Skills Report is the annual barometer of digital skills, attitudes and support needs across the sector. This DigiShift will give you a better understanding of the insights into areas that are critical success factors for digital progress, such as understanding users, leadership and governance and strategy.

  • 82% of charities see digital as more of a priority as a result of the pandemic.
  • 58% of charities want a clear vision of what digital could help them achieve from CEOs and boards.
  • 41% of charities view themselves as poor at understanding their users' needs.

Join us to find out what these findings and more mean for the sector and your work.


Zoe Amar 

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 Sense, 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 also co-authored The Charity Commission’s digital guidance for trustees ‘Making Digital Work’. Zoe has 14 years’ experience as a charity trustee and currently sits on the board of Charity Digital Trust. Previously, Zoe worked for 5 years as part of the leadership team at a national charity that advised nonprofits about technology. She was voted one of the top 20 Pandemic Pioneers by Charity Times and has also won an Inspiring Communicator Award from CharityComms.

Nissa Ramsay

Nissa Ramsay is the founder of Think Social Tech, providing independent research, learning and evaluation consultancy. She helps organisations design funding and support services, with a dedicated focus on digital skills development in the charity sector. Clients have included Catalyst, Power to Change, Reach Volunteering, Comic Relief, Nesta Challenges, Nominet and the Charity Governance Awards. Nissa has a PhD in Human Geography and an MSc in Digital Sociology, alongside 15 years' experience in the charity sector. She also sits on the board for Chayn.

Catherine McLeod

For the last 25 years, Catherine has worked in the charity sector to ensure access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Since setting up her own charity in Sri Lanka in 2005 she has been in leadership roles, and has a Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management. She was awarded an MBE in 2011 in recognition of her work with vulnerable children, and today actively lobbies for change to improve opportunities for children with SEND in the early years. Catherine has been the Chief Executive of Dingley’s Promise since 2015 and has grown the organisation from a small local charity to one with national influence and a national training and consultancy programme. She is a mentor for ACEVO and a Trustee of Charity Mentors Berkshire.

Who was the event aimed at?

Anyone working at any level in a charity with an interest in digital skills in their workforce


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