I have worked in strategy, investment, corporate development and digital product management for over 25 years, mostly in education. Working with strategy consultancy and investment advisory firm Tyton Partners in the USA, I now help organisations around the world find their strategies, evaluate and execute them. We cover learning and training markets for all age groups and most geographies. Whenever possible, I undertake projects which seek to create social impact as well as, or instead of, financial return. I work with investors, family offices, governments, philanthropists, businesses of all sizes, foundations, not-for-profits and charities. I was particularly honoured to be part of the emergence of A-Street Ventures as leader of a Tyton Partners advisory team.
Pro bono, I serve on the board of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education; advise the charities Big Change and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation; and serve on the advisory board of the EDUCATE programme. I also act as a mentor for NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs. I am very proud that I helped the genesis of Big Change’s Reimagining Education Together campaign.
Until mid-2016 I was Head of Business Insights for one of the largest media organisations in the world, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, where I managed a thought leadership, market intelligence and internal strategy consultancy team for the board. Previously, I imagined, created and managed a series of high-profile and cutting-edge software development companies and projects in education markets around the world, including co-founding a startup which raised £3m of venture capital in the 2000 “dot-com” boom and survived, executive producing major digital learning projects for the BBC, and putting the Complete Works online for the Arden Shakespeare.
This site is a home for my ongoing thinking about how education, technology, business and the media are evolving and might get better.
I am fascinated by creating better forms of capitalism and investment, which look to the long term, consider all stakeholders, nurture our world, and have measurable social impact. I am particularly interested in solving problems around education, employability and the “skills gap“, which are simultaneously an enormous challenge and a vast opportunity.
With acknowledgements and in a few cases delightful debate, I find professional inspiration in the work of Eric Ries, Evgeny Morozov, Sandy Speicher at IDEO, Fred Wilson, Audrey Watters, Charles Fadel, Todd Rose, the e-Literate team, Esther Wojcicki, Stefan Leuthold, Daniel Kahneman, Ed Catmull, Michael Braungart and William McDonough, Dale Russakoff, danah boyd, Rose Luckin, Ricardo Semler, Ellen MacArthur, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michael Sandel, Benedict Evans, the Enders Analysis team and many others. I am a proud member of the Oppi community wonderfully sustained by Claudia Barwell and Darina Garland.
I am also a husband & dad; and fan of the outdoors, good food, culture and the world’s diversity.
I’ve been very proud to be involved in the generation of three documents to which I often point people:
- Big Change’s Reimagining Education Together (I also worked with Essie North and her team as we imagined the strategy around the whole campaign);
- Virgin Unite and The B Team’s Reimagining Paths to Employment Toolkit;
- CDC and Katherina Neureiter’s Education Impact Framework.
You can find out more about me via my LinkedIn profile and my Twitter feed. I am a regular speaker at events and conferences. There’s a podcast interview with me here, another chaired by me here and a panel chaired by me here.