Tris Lumley

Tris leads NPC’s work on innovation, researching and developing innovative approaches, new models and new ventures to create significant, long-term contributions to the capability and capacity of the social sector. He also leads on developing NPC’s relationships with core funders—philanthropists, foundations and businesses who have a shared commitment to transforming the social sector to achieve its full potential.

Working with partners in the UK and globally, Tris develops initiatives to maximise the value of existing and emerging innovations in all sectors, through their application in the social sector. NPC’s focus within the area of innovation is on the use of digital technology and data to transform the delivery of activities, products and services, and to transform the relationships between funders and investors, the charities and social enterprises they support, and the people they all aim to serve.

Tris helped initiate and develop NPC’s work on digital, which is currently focused on creating practical collaborations on digital technology in areas like the youth sector and women’s empowerment, and the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to improve impact practice across the UK charity sector. He is also a board member of Social Value International, a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, and is a regular speaker at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.

Before joining NPC in 2004, he worked in consulting, emerging technology research, and scientific and engineering innovation.

You can find Tris on Twitter.

Why I work for NPC

I get to work with colleagues and really imaginative people in the sector on how to tackle some of society’s biggest problems.

A snapshot of my work at NPC


Developing your digital roadmap

My best life: priorities for digital technology in the youth sector

Collaborating for greater impact

Towards an evidence-led social sector

Sharing is caring: Intellectual property and the charity sector

User voice: Putting people at the heart of impact practice

Tech for common good: The case for a collective approach to digital transformation in the social sector


Start, collaborate, and listen.

Should you trust a charity with your data?

Is grant-making fit for the digital future?

Long read: Towards a tipping point for impact investment

Challenging the rules, changing the game