About us

We enable organisations to increase their capacity and understanding of digital tech and discover opportunities to change the world for the better. Digital technology has the power to enhance our lives, and we create the communities to harness its potential and support society’s challenges.

The service experience that THE DOT PROJECT teams create is highly professional but also creative, personal and inclusive, creating a project environment where seamless, well-executed projects are delivered with a commitment to time and budget.

As a female-founded enterprise, we are straight-talking, encouraging and happy to challenge where it is needed. We really listen: we want to understand the history of your organisation and the people in it; we want to hear your good ideas, and we want to work with you all the way to make that idea happen. Be it a product or a service, a neighbourhood network or a global movement, digital technology works for people, and we can help people make it work.

We take time to understand your purpose, your ambitions and your goals. By taking an empathetic approach, we are able to work with people of different professional backgrounds and with differing levels of technological knowledge. Your ideas should not be held back because you may not understand the terminology of the tech industry or struggle to map the way to your goal. We are here to find the best solutions to realise the opportunities digital technology can offer you, your organisation, your initiatives, and for the greater good of society.

Our network combines the on-the-ground experience of companies and not-for-profit organisations with the expertise of the tech sector to create, adopt and scale innovative solutions. We give clients the opportunity to work with a technology advisory partner that can access to some of the best associates in their fields, adding to the impact of their signature offering. We have the network to bring your ideas to life – a network with purpose and one guiding light: enabling digital technology that works for people, for good.

We are always looking out for amazing collaborators, particularly business analysts so please do get in touch

Catherine Ainsworth

Catherine Ainsworth

Founder

Catherine has a background in international development and specialist expertise in developing and delivering digital strategy and solutions in large international projects with complex user needs. As an experienced project designer, Catherine has proven experience in leading effective programme cycle management, grants and contract management, donor liaison and information management within the United Nations, non-governmental organisations the private sector. Catherine is skilled in working with organisations to align digital strategy to the organisational mission and vision.  Contact Cat cat@thedotproject.co

Annie Legge

Annie Legge

Founder

Annie has worked in the tech sector in for over 20 years across a variety of sectors within digital agencies, large multinational corporations, SME's and not-for-profit organisations, both in the UK and internationally. Skilled across research, business analysis, digital strategy, programme delivery, events and training, Annie ensures digital decisions are driven by stakeholder needs and managing culture change to support sustainable implementation. Annie loves to build connections and relationships with a sense of neutrality and empathy to grow the conversation. Contact Annie annie@thedotproject.co

Collaborators

The Dot Project prides itself on doing things differently, being independent, small and nimble from a variety of sector and organisational experience. Collaborators are our team of amazing and inspirational people we love to work with.  Everyone brings specialist expertise to the delivery of our projects to co-create our unique approach.  

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster

Associate

Debbie has worked extensively across the public, private and third sector for over 20 years, leading a range of SME and start-up organisations.  She has an established reputation in digital, education,  innovation and staff development. Formerly Co CEO of Apps for Good, she grew this award-winning start-up charity to reach 75,000 young people (50% female) in just 5 years. She received an MBE in January 2017 for services to Digital Technology and Tech Development.  WISE named her Woman of the Year for 2016 and Computer Weekly has consistently named her as one of the "25 Most Influential Women in UK IT" since 2014.  Debbie is an executive coach and freelancer, and is a director or advisor to a range of third sector organisations.

Dorothy Atcheson

Dorothy Atcheson

Associate

Dorothy is a leadership coach, a team coach and a coaching supervisor with more than 25 years’ experience in media and communications for both the private and public sector. She has been leading teams and coaching and mentoring individuals in leadership and communications for many years - in the UK and internationally. Her clients are often driven achievers in the creative industries, spanning NGOs and charities, commercial companies, government organisations and cultural institutions. Dorothy is specially trained and certified in organisation and relationship systems coaching (ORSC) with CRR Global. Through systems coaching and facilitation, she helps her clients navigate the challenges of the wider organisational and relationship systems they are part of, developing people, and contributing toward more effective relationships and communication between them, and in the workplace. She works with individuals, partnerships, teams and groups in everything from managing and communicating change and aligning around values and vision to handling diversity and resolving conflicts. Her particular areas of interest include enhancing confidence, self- awareness and impact, improving communication and relationship skills and building resilience in times of stress or change.

Pamela Barbato

Pamela Barbato

Associate

Pam is a marketing qualified brand and communication specialist. Having gained her core experience in named London agencies followed by 7 years of working in sustainability communication she now specialises in supporting clients to create and develop purposeful brands that connect with their audiences, effectively communicate their value and inspire action which drives business success. 
 
She is passionate about helping organisations deliver a triple bottom line, people, planet and profit through effective brand, communications and marketing. She has recently completed a Sustainability Business Management course from Cambridge University. She has worked on large scale transformation projects as well as focused brand and communication projects for clients including; Viridor Waste Management,( part of Pennon Group), European Green Capital 2015, Dorothy House Hospice Care, Triodos Bank, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and The Cornish Bakery. 
Hannah Harris

Hannah Harris

Associate

Hannah is an experienced UX architect with a background in digital marketing and communications within the international development and sustainability sector. Hannah worked with Fairtrade for many years where she worked in Kenya managing a digital strategy to improve producers access to markets through the development of a web based profile database - open for traders to search. Whilst in Kenya she also worked for an educational media company developing digital tools to help farmers gain access to agricultural price information and knowledge. More recently Hannah has undertaken a Masters degree in Social Psychology at LSE to build on her qualitative and quantitative research skills in support of her career within UX.

Rosie Walford

Rosie Walford

Associate

Rosie is a leadership coach and facilitator who helps people find their vision for positive impact, and align in creative collaboration. Formerly Strategic Planning Director in a London advertising agency, Rosie loves to draw out the essence of an organisation’s contemporary purpose. Her interests in lateral thinking and whole-system collaboration led her to develop innovation hubs worldwide. Unfulfilled by generating ideas for ever more soap powder and cars, she transferred her skills to social and environmental organisations like Friends of the Earth and Comic Relief. Through The Big Stretch Rosie's way of coaching uses time in nature to help people pinpoint their social and environmental potential, and to develop ideas for implementing regenerative change through their skills and sectors. A highly experiential facilitator, Rosie works with individuals at points of transition, in social enterprise incubators, leadership programmes and leadership teams.

Janet Whitelaw-Jones

Janet Whitelaw-Jones

Associate

Janet has a background in international development with a particular focus on health. She has worked on large complex programmes, and has also delivered smaller innovative projects in Armenia, Tajikistan, Albania and Liberia.  Janet is a relationship builder and people connector and brings a warm approach to her work. She is experienced in organisational development within the private and non-profit sector. She is skilled in analysis, strategy development, research and monitoring and evaluation.