Who am I to you? Digital’s relationship with other departments

Heads of Digital
11 June 2019
18.00 - 20.30
Free and exclusive to CharityComms members (charities only - no corporate partners or freelancers sorry).

These events are for heads of digital as we will be discussing strategic issues, but this one is also open to other department heads such as services, fundraising and campaigning so we can encourage cross-function learning and collaboration.

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Rapid digital and technological developments have meant that digital is no longer the sole responsibility of one specialist team, but a key element of every person’s job spec.

So, what is the digital team’s role now? Are we influencers rather than doers? Where does digital sit? And how can we best work with other departments?

At this event, we’ll be joined by people from other departments like fundraising and IT, giving their opinion on digital – from how they view the digital team to preferred ways of working and communicating. After these talks, we’ll discuss the role of digital and our relationship with other departments in more detail.

18.00 - 18.30
Registration and networking
18.30 - 18.40
Welcome and introduction
18.40 - 19.10
Short talks: What's your opinion of digital?
  • Matt Wilkley, assistant director of fundraising, Independent Age
  • Helen Gravestock, head of research, policy and campaigning, CLIC Sargent
  • Amanda Neylon, director of digital, technology and data, Versus Arthritis
19.10 - 20.10
Group discussions

We’ll discuss the role of digital and our relationship with other departments in more detail, exploring questions like:

  • How much do we own now? Are we influencers rather than doers?
  • Where does digital sit? What are the pros, cons and opportunities?
  • How might a devolved digital team operate in the future? Is the next evolution managing a disbanded digital team?
  • Working with other departments, how can we create a collaborative culture? What processes do you have in place to work with other teams?
  • Digital, data, technology and IT – how can we work alongside other tech-focused colleagues? How closely do these teams need to operate? And who owns and leads on things like news devices to deliver services?
  • How can the digital team make connections outside of the organisation i.e. to bring in expertise, build partnerships, research new ideas etc?
20.10 - 20.25
Feedback to the group as a whole and wider discussion
20.25 - 20.30
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About the Heads of Digital

This networking group is exclusively for heads of digital working in UK charities and not-for-profits with a turnover of more than £2 million.

The format of the evening is networking followed by round-table discussion, led by our excellent facilitators, feeding into the group as a whole.

The group meets three times a year to discuss strategic issues facing digital leads at large charities. The group is designed to encourage networking and peer-to-peer support, sharing issues in a ‘safe’ and relaxed environment.

If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about these events please contact Sarah Cutress to be added to the Heads of Digital mailing list.

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