Webinar: Get By With A Digital Boost From Our Friends

Get By with a digital boost

Start Date: 30 Jul 2020

Start Time: 12:00 PM

Digital transformation is no small feat at the best of times. It’s certainly not the kind of project you want to be an emergency, in order for your organisation to survive.

But with no in-house skills to make it happen, and no time or budget to outsource, that’s exactly the situation thousands of small businesses, charities and social enterprises found themselves in as the pandemic began to unfold.

And so, Digital Boost was born.

Our new friends at Digital Boost — an online, volunteer collective of digital experts — have been lending a hand to small, vulnerable organisations in need of their skills.

But digital change comes with Management & Leadership challenges too, which is why we’re excited to announce we’re teaming up to help these small businesses also develop the skills they need to lead and manage their digital agenda.

Join us for this free, live webinar with Head of Digital Boost, Sherry Coutu CBE, and CMI CEO, Ann Francke OBE, as they discuss digitisation in the midst of a pandemic, and how to give your organisation the best possible upswing through effective leadership.


Ann Francke OBE CCMI CMgr

Ann Francke OBE CCMI CMgr

Ann Francke is Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute. She started her career at Procter & Gamble and has held senior executive positions at Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI. In 2020, Ann was awarded an OBE for services to workplace equality.

Ann is an expert on gender balance in the workplace and speaks frequently in the media and conferences on this and other management topics. Her book on gender balance - Create a Gender-balanced Workplace, published in September 2019. Ann also authored the ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’ and has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE Cranfield report. She was awarded the MemCom award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body in 2016.

Ann holds several Board positions and five Honorary Doctorates for her work in management and leadership.

Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter.

Sherry Coutu CBE

Sherry Coutu CBE

Sherry Coutu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities, and universities. She chairs or has chaired Founders4Schools, Workfinder, Raspberry Pi (Trading) and the Scaleup Institute, serves as a non-executive Director of Pearson, London Stock Exchange plc and as a Trustee of Raspberry Pi Foundation.

With more than 60 angel investments, three IPO's, and numerous JV's and acquisitions behind her, Sherry has extensive experience in early and mid-stage companies having held senior positions in product management, research, finance, and operations.

Philanthropically, she supports Founders4Schools, The Prince's Trust and the Crick Institute.

Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

She has been awarded Honourary Phd's from The University of Bristol, Manchester University and the Open University for her work in Education and the Economy.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year's Honours List 2013.


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