the digital charity

The Team

The Community IT Academy engages a team of experienced associates to deliver a high quality service to voluntary and community organisations.

Lewis Atkinson

Lewis Atkinson, Chief Executive

Lewis has been the lead figure in CITA since its formation in 2003. He is responsible for the overall management of the organisation including finances, fund-raising and staff management.

Lewis has thirty years experience in IT combined with over ten years experience in the voluntary and community sector. He has been involved in providing IT support to voluntary and community organisations at a regional and national level through initiatives such as the ICT Champions, Circuit Riders, Net:Gain and the Tyne and Wear Infrastructure Consortium. He has written extensively on best practice in IT including a number of guides published by NCVO and of course CITA's own IT guides.

Lewis's technical qualifications include: CompTIA A+, Network+ and Cisco CCNA. He is also a qualified teacher and school governor.

Contact Lewis

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Phone: 07958 482 509

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Steven Brydon 

Steven Brydon, Website Developer

Steven is an experienced website developer. In the past seven years at CITA he has created over 50 websites for a wide variety of voluntary and community organisations including Newcastle CVS, Mental Health North East, North Tyneside VODA and Involve North East.

Steven has an excellent knowledge of open source software including Drupal, Joomla and Laravel. He has created several bespoke web applications and has a sound understanding of HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and MySQL.

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William Mortada

William Mortada, Digital Communications Consultant

William has a number of roles at CITA including developing websites and databases, delivering training sessions and providing advice and consultancy. He is also responsible for CITA's communications including the website, newsletter and social media.

William has over sixteen years experience of working with voluntary and community groups in the North East. This experience gives William an excellent understanding of the needs of voluntary sector, particularly with regard to their website and communication needs.

William's technical skills include a good understanding of open source content management systems such as Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. He is an experienced programmer, with strong skills in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL and Visual Basic.  He is also a qualified adult education teacher.

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Kadie Armstrong

Kadie Armstrong, IT Consultant and Developer

Kadie is an experienced web developer, IT project manager and trainer. She's managed software and web projects and developed websites on Drupal and WordPress platforms, as well as developing bespoke web solutions. She also provides one-to-one and group training sessions on a variety of topics: website management and copywriting, use of assistive software, using Microsoft Office, social media.

Kadie worked first in the educational software sector and subsequently held a number of roles with voluntary and community groups including Global Education Coordinator for IDEAS, Communications Worker for York CVS, and computer tutor for the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society. Alongside volunteering experience and sound technical skills in HTML, CSS, Visual Basic and MySQL, this leaves Kadie in a good position to support voluntary organisations in their use of IT.

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