Katie Boswell

Katie works within NPC’s research and consulting team as Deputy Head of Funders. She conducts research and strategic reviews for a range of clients to support them to maximise their impact. Since joining NPC, she has worked with funders including the Health Foundation, Power to Change, the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and London Funders. In 2018, Katie led NPC’s evaluation of Friends Provident Foundation’s Building Resilient Economies programme.

Katie leads NPC’s work on systems change in the social sector. She recently engaged with people around the world to gather practical insights that were shared in Thinking big: How to use theory of change for systems change, supported by Lankelly Chase Foundation. She also supports funders and philanthropists to apply systems change approaches to their work and co-authored NPC’s guide to Tackling the homelessness crisis: Why and how you should fund systemically. Katie is a regular speaker on systems change in the UK and internationally.

Before joining NPC Katie gained ten years’ experience in grant-making, research and consultancy. At One World Children’s Fund she managed a programme that partnered with community-based organisations in over twenty countries. She has worked and studied in the UK, USA and India. In 2013, she completed a Masters in Development Management, during which she specialised in institutional development, social research methods, education, and human rights.

As a result of her work, Katie has received several honours and awards, including an RSA Fellowship for her community research work, and the title of Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum for work promoting children’s rights. She has also served as Programme Chair for the Northern California Grants Managers Network and as an Elected Executive member of the London Civic Forum.

Why I work for NPC

NPC is at the forefront of vital debates about the future of the charity sector and everyone in the team is passionate about improving the effectiveness of charities and funders.

A snapshot of my work at NPC


Tackling the homelessness crisis: Why and how you should fund systemically

Let’s talk mission and merger

Thinking big: How to use theory of change for systems change

Tapping the potential

Keeping us well: How non-health charities address the social determinants of health

Data with destiny


3 ways to really tackle homelessness

Embracing the process: Bringing theory of change and systems change together

Embracing place-based collaboration: Lessons from Somerset

How do non-health charities help reduce health inequalities?

What does it take for charities to harness the power of data?