Sarah co-founded Lamplight in 2004 with Matt and began working at Lamplight full-time in 2007. Before coming to Lamplight Sarah worked in the heritage sector where her role involved the implementation of a complex museum database. She has volunteered as a reading assistant at a local school and was involved for many years with a charity supporting a children’s home in Kenya. She has a PhD in Philosophy and recently re-trained as a Lawyer. Sarah is still involved as a Director of the Company but ceased working directly with customers in 2017.
Matt has over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector, first as a youth worker and administrator at a youth charity, and then working with a number of charities helping them set up new projects, with their fundraising, and evaluating their work. He is now Chair of a local charity, leading a process of significant operational and strategic change. He also volunteers at the local nightshelter, which he helped to set up, and is a trustee of a charity that funds work with children in Kenya. Matt studied Maths at Keble College, Oxford, and gained a Masters in Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He has been programming databases since he was 12 years old, and co-founded Lamplight in 2004.
Clare is based in our West Sussex office in Chichester. She joined the company in October 2009 after working for 5 years as a manager in a retail sales environment. Clare volunteers regularly doing street outreach and has travelled abroad to take part in different volunteer projects. She has a degree in Management, during which she spent a year specialising in HR in the voluntary sector.
Susan joined Lamplight in June 2016 after 4 years in a senior leadership position at a national childhood bereavement charity. Her responsibilities there included operational management of clinical delivery, and contributing to the expansion of services across the country. She fully understands the increasing pressures that charities are under, particularly when it comes to accountability to funders and the efficient delivery of services. Susan previously held a number of roles within the telecoms industry, having started her career in banking. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Surrey. She is delighted to be working for Lamplight, combining her technical and operational experience with her passion for supporting charitable efforts nationwide.
James has worked with & lead small charities his whole life. Most recently Oasis Liverpool, building partnerships to make use of surplus food, starting a debt advice network, and community cooking ventures. Previously with a West-mids Interfaith Network, brokering relationships, managing conflict, and developing infrastructure to foster resilience. James has paid or voluntary experience with asylum-seekers and refugees, Foodbank, Home-Start and as a trustee/chair of several charities.
Before joining Lamplight, Max worked for a learning disability charity, including several years managing a pioneering advocacy project in one of the most deprived boroughs in London. He has a background in fundraising and has spearheaded systemic and organisational change in a small charity setting. He has also worked with organisations that aim to change our food system at a grassroots level, and has been active in campaigning on many political issues.
Lewis officially joined Lamplight in 2019 after five years working as an associate. He has a varied skill set and background. Based in Northumberland he was a teacher of IT for nearly 20 years before a brief spell in sales. In 2003 Lewis helped to found and develop an IT based charity and social enterprise based in the North East, initially as a training project and then, as it developed, a 2nd tier charity that provided IT services and support to the regional and national voluntary sector. Lewis has a wide range of experience implementing websites and databases in addition to consultancy, training and a technical background in networking.
Sue joined Lamplight in October 2016 and works out of our Chichester office. Sue has worked as a finance manager / administrator for many small companies over the years as well as running her own company for over a decade. She gained third sector experience whist working for the St Bride Foundation in London, a charity supporting the local community in and around Fleet Street as well as housing a historic typography library and the acclaimed Bridewell Theatre.
Libby has wide-ranging experience in the voluntary sector. Having trained as a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge, she spent 4 years with VSO in China training English teachers. Since then she has also worked for Save the Children Fund and Oxfam. More recently she spent several years as a commissioning officer for Cheshire East Council, where she helped charities with their funding applications and finding the most appropriate ways to capture and monitor data. She has a good understanding of how frustrating this can be! Libby also has an MA in International Development from the University of East Anglia.
Katie joined Lamplight in 2018 and is based in Liverpool. Previously she spent 5 years working in Learning and Development for a national autism charity. Her role there included data reporting, database management and basic IT training for support workers. In this capacity Katie also organised a collaborative film project with service users to celebrate their achievements. Katie is active in her local gaming community and has a Masters in Screenwriting.