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New trustee for CAST as it expands reach of charity digital accelerator

Tech for good organisation CAST (the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology) has appointed former Labour Schools minister, Lord Jim Knight, to its Board of Trustees.

Lord Knight has worked extensively in technology, education and digital inclusion, and is co-owner of XRapid, a tech for good venture diagnosing malaria with iPhones. While in government, he had cross-Whitehall responsibility for digital, and he has also consulted for global tech firms such as Apple.

Lord Knight will be working alongside existing Board members and social tech entrepreneurs Emma Thomas, Mary McKenna MBE, Nat Hunter and Nick Stanhope to help steer the charity’s next stage of development.

He joins as CAST is recruiting nonprofits for its 2017 Fuse digital accelerator, following the Summer announcement of £1.2m funding from Big Lottery Fund to extend the programme across the UK.

Fuse enables established charities to build exciting new digital products that improve their service delivery. The intensive three-month programme has already helped create BECCA, a new app from Breast Cancer Care that empowers survivors to find information, support and inspiration via digital flashcards, and is currently open to the public to test. Another 2016 Fuse alumnus is Age UK, which is currently running four pilots across the country of its new digital product, Steps; a guided conversation tool that helps carers identify an elderly person’s healthcare needs.

Applications for next year’s Fuse programme will be open until 5pm on Monday 31st October, and CAST is particularly keen to encourage more regional charities to apply. For more information, visit

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