I have worked in strategy, investment, corporate development and digital product management for over 20 years, with a speciality in education. I now help a portfolio of organisations around the world find their strategies, evaluate and execute them, mostly in education and learning. Whenever possible, I undertake projects which seek to measure their social impact as well as their financial return. I work with investors, family offices, governments, businesses of all sizes, foundations, not-for-profits and charities. The most high-profile, public, recent example of my work is when I helped Area9 raise $30m from the Danish Growth Fund in early 2018 to embark on the development of their next-generation adaptive learning platform. Pro bono, I also advise the charities Big Change and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and serve on the advisory board of The Institute of Education’s EDUCATE project. I also act as a mentor for NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs.
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, Tim Brown and Sandy Speicher at IDEO, Fred Wilson, Audrey Watters, Charles Fadel, Todd Rose, the e-Literate team, Esther Wojcicki, Ulrik Christensen, Stefan Leuthold, Daniel Kahneman, Ed Catmull, Michael Braungart and William McDonough, Dale Russakoff, danah boyd, Rose Luckin, Ricardo Semler, Ellen MacArthur, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 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.