Meet our newest trustee

This Trustees’ Week, we spoke to our newest trustee, Jo Ogilvie, about how she came to World Villages for Children and her role as a digital trustee. Jo joined our board in April 2022 to support World Villages for Children in the digital arena, helping us to develop our strategy and bring new and fresh perspectives on how we reach and engage with supporters online. Jo’s role helps us to keep digital a priority in our fundraising, demonstrating our impact and increasing digital income.

Jo joined us soon after we completed a rebrand, and had just launched our new website. She has been a valuable source of advice and guidance around digital strategy and product development, helping us to make the most of our resources and skills. Jo is also helping World Villages for Children to become more agile and adaptive to changing times.

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Tell us a little bit about you, your work, and your experience with the charity sector?

I am the Director of East+Inch Consulting – I help organisations to adopt and embed new ways of working.

I have been a Digital Trustee at World Villages for Children since April 2022, and I have a lot to learn as the newest member of the trustee team! It’s my first Trustee engagement, although I have worked with charity clients and tech not for profit/community groups prior to this.

What motivated you to become a (digital) trustee?

Nicola and I were connected at a ‘digital catalyst’ event designed to help pair digital specialists with charity and third sector trustees. I joined with the intent of finding a partner to work with who was involved in the education equity space – which is something I’m passionate about.

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What drew you to World Villages for Children?

A few years ago I worked with a leading children’s charity as part of their digital and innovation team. This work involved the research, design and build of a tool to support young people from chaotic backgrounds complete coursework to help them obtain workplace skills. It was here I realised I felt affiliated with education equity. Hearing about the great work World Villages for Children does inspired me to reach out and see how I could get involved.

How are you bringing your skills and experience in your area of expertise to help World Villages for Children?

My day job mainly centres around three areas – building the right products and services to meet customer goals, building the capabilities needed at delivery and leadership level and building future forward, sustainable, environments that create strong future foundations for business.

When I met Nicola and she told me a bit about the charity and it’s digital ambitions, it struck me that I might have a lot I could offer in terms of support.

As World Villages for Children are at the beginning of their digital journey, I hope to be able to help further their digital delivery strategy – helping to connect it to meaningful initiatives that future proof and enable growth in all the great work they do.

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You give your time and expertise as a trustee. How does this impact your life and what have you learnt from working with the charity as a trustee?

I know from previous experience working in the third sector, the best way you can help most charity organisations is to help support and enable their strategy, then they can deliver on this in a way that suits their time, budget, capabilities and business commitments. I hope to be able to support World Villages in this space in the future and remain inspired by the amazing people like the Sisters who commit their lives to creating a better world for everyone.

What does a trustee do?

Our trustees have made such a positive impact on our charity. They help with advice, support and good governance and bring a wide variety of knowledge, experience, and skills which strengthen our operations in support of the poorest children in our care.

To read more about becoming a trustee, read Charity Job’s Why You Should Become a Trustee

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Clare at the inauguration of the first school in Tanzania
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John at the inauguration of the new school building, Amarateca, Honduras 2020