Episode #37 - Imogen Aitken: How Starlight Children's Foundation are bringing innovation to life

The Innovate For Impact podcast is for leaders in the social sector who want to create a more innovative and impactful organisation.  Each episode is jam packed with tips on how you can deliver more impact, and we bring you stories from other leaders in the sector that are making a difference.

In this episode, Tracey and Dan are joined by Imogen Aitken, National manager - Program Innovation at Starlight Children’s Foundation. Imogen shares the work she has done focusing on both program innovation and wider innovation activity at Starlight.

Here is a taste of what Tracey, Dan, and Imogen cover in the conversation

  • What does innovation mean in practice? How does Starlight define innovation and ensure they have fun with it?

  • How they have built their innovation capability across the organisation and the journey of getting to where they are today

  • Why they refer to the young people they support as customers, even though it doesn’t feel 100% right

  • What structures and processes help Starlight Children’s Foundation to ensure they remain innovative and it is accessible for all staff

  • The impact of initiatives such as the CEO’s Innovation Awards and the Captain Starlight Innovation Fund

  • How do Starlight, a long-running and very successful organisation, become and remain so adaptive to change?


Links from the episode​

  • The Starlight Children’s Foundation website: Click here

  • The 'Innovate for Impact Self-Assessment': Click here

  • Impacto Consulting on LinkedIn: Click here