Fran Perrin (Founder & Director)

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Fran Perrin is the Founder and Director of the Indigo Trust which she established in 1999 and now runs with her husband, William. The Indigo Trust aims to help the most disadvantaged with innovative solutions to social problems. The Trust focuses on the impact and potential of the internet in the developing world. Fran was formerly an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office.

Fran is a Board Member of The Philanthropy Workshop and Publish What You Fund.  She is also Chair of the Board of 360Giving. In the past, she has also served as a member of DfID’s ‘International Development Sector Transparency Panel’.

In 2012, Fran was named Philanthropist of the Year by Spears. You can read more about Fran’s approach to philanthropy in the ‘Million Pound Donors‘ study by Kent University ‘s Centre for Philanthropy.

Fran speaks often about both philanthropy and using the internet for social change. If you would like her to speak at an event please make contact here.

Loren Treisman, PhD (Executive)

Since completing a PhD in breast cancer research at Cambridge University, Loren has pursued a challenging and varied career.  She has managed, developed strategies and consulted on a variety of development projects in East Africa (predominantly Uganda and Tanzania), overseeing the complete project cycle.  Her focus has included income generation, education, youth empowerment, HIV/AIDS, peer education, public health, the environment, human rights, ICT and a variety of other issues.

Loren is a Non-Executive Director/Board Member of the Praekelt Foundation.  She has also managed a £2.6 million, Big Lottery funded Health Programme at The Foyer Federation and expanded the organisation’s research, policy and innovation capacities.  She is also currently a Research Associate for Demos, where she conducts social research on a variety of issues, including those impacting upon young people, employment, health and international development.  Loren also regularly speaks and facilitates sessions at International Conferences and commentates in the press including the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera.  A list of most of her Press work can be found here and you can see Loren speaking at the ODI Summit 2015 here.

Loren holds a First Class BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Birmingham University, where she obtained the top First and gained several awards (John Jinks and Farmer).

Matt O’Reilly (Programme Manager)

Matt joined the Trust in 2011, having worked as a researcher with the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts for the previous year. Since joining Indigo, Matt has led the Trust’s work around open data, particularly its involvement with the International Aid Transparency Initiative and 360 Giving and is also involved in all other aspects of the Trust’s work from health to hubs and agriculture to education.

Matt holds a BA Modern Languages from the University of Bristol, where he also studied for an MPhil on minority groups in the early German Democratic Republic. He recently completed an MSc in Development Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Prior to joining the trust, Matt worked as a freelance translator and film/TV subtitler for a variety of clients while living in Berlin.

Louise Vickers (PA)

Louise joined the team in 2012. She has a wide range of experience, working as a PA within the health and charity sectors, with previous posts at United Response and Significan’t UK Ltd.

Catherine Gathercole (Technology Innovation Hub Fund Manager)

CatherineCG Bio Photo joined the Indigo Trust in 2016 having worked for other Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts since 2011. Across the trusts, Catherine now manages a broad portfolio. Her work includes project management on a programme integrating palliative care into health care systems in Africa, administration of a grants programme for overseas development and developing ways to encourage coverage of climate change in the British media. Catherine’s specific role at Indigo, which runs independently of the other family trusts, largely revolves around management of their technology innovation hub portfolio.

William Perrin (Trustee)

William_PerrinWilliam Perrin is the founder and director of Talk About Local a unique public service project (funded by Channel4 and Screen West Midlands) to give people in deprived or isolated communities an online voice they own and run.  He has a long track record of community action in London’s deprived Kings Cross neighbourhood.  When in the UK civil service, William was Tony Blair’s technology policy advisor in Downing Street, co-authored the ‘Transformational Government’ strategy, commissioned the 2007 Power of Information Review with Fran, was Secretary to the Power of Information Taskforce, ran ‘Show us a Better Way’ one of the first open data competitions and was Chair of the OECD expert group on e-government. Will is also a trustee of King’s Cross Community Projects, the Tinder Foundation and 360Giving.

Dominic Flynn (Trustee)

Dominic Flynn is a solicitor specialising in private client and charity matters. He is a Partner in Portrait Solicitors, a niche practice with a number of national and international grant giving and service providing charity clients.

Dominic is also a trustee of the following organisations: Delfina Foundation (charity number 1118409), Monument Trust (no. 242575),  Three Guineas Trust (no. 1059652), True Colours Trust (no. 1089893), Pinhas Rutenberg Educational Trust (no. 313900), The Michael and Anna Wix Charitable Trust (no. 207863), Le Cornu Charitable Trust (no. 1088294) and Backstage Trust (no. 1145887). In addition, he holds a directorship with H.O.N. & V Trustee Limited.

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