Since joining the Trust in 2011, Vicki has been instrumental in the growth of the social tech movement in the UK, particularly through ground-breaking funding programmes providing vital finance and business support to socially motivated tech ventures. An exponent of team working and diversity, Vicki’s leadership has fostered strong cross-sector collaborative partnerships and an expanding network of organisations and individuals supportive of the Trust’s vision for social tech. An advocate of the enabling capabilities of social tech to effect meaningful change, Vicki’s expertise is sought after as a podcaster, panel member and awards judge. Earlier this year, Vicki led the Trust’s separation from Nominet, establishing Social Tech Trust as an independent charity, providing the organisation with a strong bedrock upon which the Trust can continue to evolve and scale its social impact.
Vicki Hearn said, “I am extremely proud to have led this inspirational organisation and team for the last four years. At a time of change in the tech sector, with the unwavering support of our Trustees, the team’s creativity, rigour, delivery excellence and shared passion have enabled us to make significant strides in pursuit of our purpose of transforming lives with tech. With the Trust in a strong position, this seems the ideal moment to pass the baton to Ed so that he can lead the Trust on the next leg of its journey. For me, a new quest awaits.”
Ed joined the Trust in 2016 to lead on the development and delivery of the Trust’s strategy and partnerships. During this time, Ed has led on social investments including the £1m iAMDigital fund in partnership with Creative England and the Fair by Design fund, which in partnership with others, aims to raise up to £20m to end the poverty premium in the next 10 years. His background in social investment and venturing, his career at the Cabinet Office and his compelling vision for the Trust’s future, makes Ed the ideal candidate to take the Trust forward.
Bill Liao, Chair of Trustees said, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Vicki for the dedication she has shown to the Trust over the last eight years. Her passion for social tech, expertise and determination have been critical to establishing the Trust’s excellent delivery track record. Her leadership of Social Tech Trust leaves an enduring legacy as we continue our purposeful work under Ed’s strong leadership. We wish Vicki every success in her future endeavours and look forward to continuing our work with Ed and the Social Tech Trust team.”
Read Vicki’s reflections in her farewell blog.