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: Technical Director
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 an 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.
Steve: Implementer / Trainer
Steve has worked with small charities his whole life. Most recently leading Oasis Liverpool, building partnerships to deliver surplus food and debt advice networks, and much more. Previously he lead a West-midlands Interfaith Network, brokering relationships, managing conflict, and developing community and statutory structures to foster resilience. Steve has strong experience with refused asylum-seekers and refugees, foodbank, fundraising, Home-Start and with young children. Steve feels most alive supporting people and organisations to be all they can be, and says Lamplight brings all of this together.
Max: Implementer / Trainer
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.
Sue: Accounts Administrator
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.
Carol: Community Support
Carol joined Lamplight in June 2017 from Schoolcomms where she specialised in Customer facing IT support to Educational establishments across the UK. Her prior career had been spent in Financial Services in the UK with Abbey National, Close Brothers and a spell with CitiBank and KPMG in New Zealand. Her roles included Audit, Risk and Compliance as well as Project Managing the implementation of new hardware and software across the UK and Germany.
Libby: Community Builder
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.