The Digital Journey: Speaker Biographies

Zoe Amar - Director, Zoe Amar Communications

Zoe is widely regarded as one of the charity sector’s leading experts in digital communications and marketing. She founded Zoe Amar Communications in 2013. Having previously trained as a Chartered Marketer and established the marketing department of a national charity which specialises in digital services for nonprofits, Zoe has helped many organisations maximise their impact across on and offline channels communications and achieve great results. She also writes for The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network about charities and digital issues. Zoe co-founded the Social CEOs awards in 2013 and she is a trustee for start up charity The Foundation for Training in Education and Care. 

Bertie Bosrédon - Digital Strategist

Bertie has over 20 years’ experience in digital communications. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than 15 years including 11 years in house as head of digital. 

Freelance consultant for the past five years, Bertie has worked on more than 100 projects, helping over 85 organisations engage with their audience, develop digital strategies, increase online fundraising, launch a social media presence, implement internal and external engagement programmes, choose the right technology and launch a new website. 

Thalia Jervis - Chief Executive, Healthwatch Bucks

Thalia has worked as part of the public sector including time with the Prison Service and the Foreign Office. She then with a large variety of public and private sector organisations as part of a large management consultancy gaining experience across a wide range of areas including project and programme delivery, change management, large scale IT transformation and internal management as an Executive Consultant. Thalia joins Healthwatch Bucks, following three years at Network Rail where her role as Head of Transformation focused on strategic transformation and programme management.

Ashton Lee Hudson - Head of online marketing, Urban Media

As the Head of Online Marketing at Amersham based Urban Media, Ashton and his team help medium and large sized organisations across the country overcome their day-to-day marketing challenges. From understanding the algorithms behind Facebook to locating your prospective audience on Instagram, Ashton's wealth of experience in social media marketing will help you reach your goals sooner than you had ever dreamt. 

Frazer Lewis - co-founder, Rephrase


Frazer Lewis is a co-founder of Rephrase, a Chesham based consultancy that specialises in creating tailored solutions using the system. He has 17 years of experience in working in IT of which the past 5 focusing on helping not for profit and public sector organisations leverage cloud technology to achieve meaningful digital transformation and achieve significant benefits. 

By combining technical knowhow, keeping solutions simple and taking a pragmatic approach to project implementation, Rephrase frees up wasted time, makes it easy to segment data and obtain actionable insights via reports and dashboards at the click of a button.

Rephrase customers include Ark Schools, The Frontline Organisation, Aylesbury Youth Action, Carers in Bedfordshire, Clore Social Leadership and Nottingham City Council. 

Recent projects include online application form and recruitment system, carer database, school governor tracker, integration with MailChimp and volunteer / project management system.

Rephrase is a Salesforce partner and Frazer is a certified is a Certified Salesforce and Administrator.


John Onion - Managing Director, upriseUP


John is a specialist Digital Marketing Consultant with over fifteen years’ industry experience. Following a career at agencies and client side at a charity, he set up his agency in 2012 specialising in digital marketing for non-profits. Since then, upriseUP has grown to 13 people, and has an unbeatable track record influencing Google grants.  If you want to get a head start, download our free guide to Getting Started with Google Adwords for Charities.

Nick Phillips - Group Chief Executive, CIB


Nick Phillips was appointed as the Group Chief Executive of Community Impact Bucks in February 2015.

Nick comes with a strong back ground of commercial and charity management that includes running his own business, leading National Trust teams and most recently working with Ngage Solutions, overseeing the successful LEADER rural business grant and support programmes in Bucks.

Gary Shipsey - Managing Director, Protecture 





Gary Shipsey is co-founder and Managing Director of Protecture. Gary is approaching 13 years of practical experience turning information law into practice through a variety of information management roles.  Gary is co-author of the Fundraising Regulator’s Guidance “Personal Information and Fundraising: Consent, Purpose and Transparency” and regularly speaks and advises on all things GDPR, data protection and privacy related.  Gary holds the BCS Practitioner Certification in the Data Protection Act, Information Risk Management and Freedom of Information Act, and is also Chair of the Third Sector Group of the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS).