Tris Lumley

Tris leads NPC’s work on innovation, developing new approaches, programmes and 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 is primarily focused on collaborative and infrastructural approaches to data and digital in the social sector. The team’s plans are all shared openly, and we’d love your thoughts and input.

Tris helped initiate and develop NPC’s work on digital, which is currently focused on creating practical collaborations on digital technology in the youth sector and the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to improve impact practice across the UK charity sector. He is also on the board of two charitable foundations, Intersticia and the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Foundation, 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. He enjoys running much more than he probably should.

You can find Tris on Twitter.

Why I work for NPC

Our starting point as charities and social enterprises, philanthropists and foundations is that we don’t have enough resources to tackle the challenges and opportunities we need to. Collaboration isn’t optional, it’s the only way forward.

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


Building a giving strategy and giving you a run for your money

Digital transformation & the social sector

What’s wrong with digital in the social sector?

We need digital collective impact

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