Tell us about your background
I studied History at Cambridge and went on to work as a television producer. Together with Douglas Adams I set up a company called Digital Village. I am currently Chairman of Bioss International, Chairman of h2g2.com and The Hitchhiker's Foundation. I combine experience of both media and management consultancy and I am particularly interested in the relationship between purpose and strategy and how that drives organisations to succeed.
What do you do for See Change Films
I am one of the trustees of See Change Films and as such my role is to help support the chief executive as she grows the organisation. I help to ensure that, as See Change Films grows, it continues to hold on to what makes it distinct. What excites me about See Change Films is that their model for change is tangible, robust and could be rolled out in a meaningful way across the country.
Why did you get involved with See Change Films?
I wanted to start to give a bit of my time to the charity sector and to offer my skills in a pro-bono capacity. I've known Helen for a while and have always admired her energy, passion and commitment. I think you can often hear about a good idea but wonder if the person behind it has the capacity and the stamina to see it through- but with Helen there is no doubt. I am very honoured to be on the board and to be able to help and advise See Change Films as it goes from strength to strength.
If you could change one thing what would it be?
We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly polarised by extremism and a consequent belief that one person is right and the other wrong. This kind of absolutism robs us of imagination, respect, wonder and the uncertainty that makes life rich and it also robs us of empathy. In this world of complexity and uncertainty, if I could change one thing, it would be to significantly strengthen and build on our capacity for empathy, understanding and kindness.