Friendly volunteer experts who love to help small businesses & charities grow 

Our Mission

Our Mission is simple: to help start ups, small businesses and charities get the support they need to grow.
How we do it? We match organisations who need support with volunteer experts for free one-to-one advice, small group workshops and learning resources.

Our Story

Digital Boost was founded in mid-2020 as the Covid-19 crisis started to unfold. We were amazed by the number of volunteers who joined the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). We realised that thousands of smaller organisations - like businesses, charities and social enterprises - also needed their own small army of volunteers to help them evolve and grow, and not just during Covid.

Small businesses are a powerful engine of inclusive economic growth. They’re also vital to our communities.
But let’s face it, starting and running a small business is hard - and often lonely. Getting to grips with everything you’re supposed to know is overwhelming - and making sense of the support available can be exhausting.

From building a website and launching digital advertising to developing a business strategy and finding funding, many could do with a hand from people who've done this all before. We launched Digital Boost to create a place where founders and their teams can easily connect with friendly experts and other businesses for free.

Small businesses & charities get to build their network and gather personalised recommendations and tangible ideas they can act on. They choose their preferred learning format: 1-2-1 or in small groups, and get as many sessions as they need, one hour at a time.

Volunteers get a chance to share their expertise and give back, in a way that’s totally flexible and in their control.

Don’t take our word for it - hear it from the people we’ve helped!

Our Team

Digital Boost is part of the leading educational charity Founders4Schools. We’re a small, friendly team who love small businesses and bringing people together.

Karen Licurse
Managing Director

Karen is an experienced marketer, business strategist, and learning professional who is passionate about helping people...

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Thiago Suzuki
Lead Developer

Thiago is deeply experienced in a wide range of software development techniques, as well infrastructure and agile methodology.

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Gemma Jones
Finance Director

Gemma is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with 17 years experience focused within the SME market. She trained to be a Chartered...

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Sherry Coutu, CBE
Founder

Sherry Coutu CBE has a deep understanding of the Digital Sector having been a serial entrepreneur, investor and non-exec…

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Board of Directors

Edward Gofff
Chairman of the board, Digital Boost; Internationally recognised Chief Commercial Officer
Russ Shaw, CBE
Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates
Gary Hanson
Retired partner, Country Coordinator for BDO US and Head of Cambridge
Grace Davey
Strategic Design Director, BCGDV

Advisory Committee

We are grateful to have the guidance and support of leaders from across a range of sectors and organisations.

Digital Boost wouldn’t exist without the support of our partners. See the full list here. Want to partner with us? Get in touch!
Alex Bishop
National Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Shoosmiths
Katherine Brown
Vice-President, Inclusive Impact & Sustainability, EuropeSr. Director, Social Impact & Sustainability, Visa
Gary Coyle
Local Digital Skills Partnerships, DCMS
Joy Foster
Founder, Tech Pixies
Tom Garvey
Senior Strategy Associate, Google
Cheryl Gourlay
National Women in Business Manager, NatWest Group
Sahar Hashemi
Entrepreneur and best-selling author
Jackie Hunter
Board Director, BenevolentAI
Kerensa Jennings
Group Director of Digital Impact, BT
Giri Kesevan
Strategy Manager, SKY
Caroline Rowley
Corporate Philanthropy - Head of UK, Ireland & Middle East, Bloomberg
Joanna Santinon
Partner, EY
Priyanka Sethi
Head of Sales, Communication, Media, Education, and Information Services, Tata Consultancy Services
Phil Smith
Chairman and Non-Exec Director and Chair of the Digital Skills Partnership, Chairman IQE PLC. Retired CEO and Chair of Cisco UK and Ireland
Serpil Timuray
CEO Europe Cluster and Member of Group Executive Committee, Vodafone
Ashok Vaswani
Chief Digital Officer, Barclays