Maureen Johnston

Director of Information Systems (Pro-Bono), The Silver Line Helpline

“I wanted to do something worthwhile with my skills to help older people. But I never imagined being able to make such a difference to so many people through IT.”

Maureen retired from a long-term career in IT in 2011 to use her skills to help charities. She provided support and advice to The Silver Line prior to its national launch in 2013. She then agreed to take up the role of the Director of Information Systems, and performs this role pro-bono and full-time.

In recognition of her contribution to The Silver Line, Maureen was awarded the AbilityNet Tech4Good IT Volunteer of the Year in 2016.

Maureen has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of management and delivery roles in IT. Previously employed at global companies such as EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and BT, she was responsible for delivery of multi-million-pound IT and change programmes for both the private and public sectors. During her career, she was based in various locations in the UK, the Netherlands and Asia Pacific, where she lived in Singapore for 9 years.

Since her retirement, Maureen has also been a volunteer at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, and is currently the Chair of Cheam Priory Day Care Centre, which specialises in people with higher needs who suffer from dementia and alzheimer’s.