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After the board and senior management team had a chance to adjust to life after paper meetings, I got in touch with Karnak Chhatralia, Governance Officer at Big Lottery Fund, to ask a few questions.
What made you realise that you needed a digital meeting platform?
It’s been on the cards before I joined, but in essence it was to meet the changing needs of the business as well as the aims of our environmental and digital policies.
What was it about Convene that made you go, “This is the right solution for us”?
We had trialled several other platforms and felt that Convene offered the most versatility and functions, was easy to use and is a cost effective solution to move away from paper meetings.
Do you have any advice to share to people looking to procure a digital meeting platform?
Test out as many as you have the time (as well as patience) for. Understand what functions are important to you before you undertake any demo’s or trials. If you’re looking for more than just a meeting portal, make sure you understand the limitations of the applications before undertaking the trials. This will save valuable time and frustrations.
About Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million last year.
Since June 2004 they have awarded over £9 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
Find out more here.
For over 30 years, the White Horse Housing Association (WHHA) has been building and managing homes in villages of the County of Wiltshire, the Borough of Swindon, and its surrounding areas. They focus on building homes that adhere to relevant environmental and space standards. WHHA is a charity registered with the Homes & Communities Agency and is a Community Benefit Society. They are also a member of the National Housing Federation.