I was asked by CBC to comment on Margaret Thatcher’s impact on the arts and culture in the 80’s, in the week she died. I was a student then, one of the last to gain a degree when there were grants for higher education and no fees. Yes that’s free university education, can you believe?Learn More
Manchester, United Kingdom
Followers 80 / Following 3
CEO / Charity Trustee / Creative / Digital Consultant / Film Director / Scriptwriter
Education / Qualifications09/30/1986 - 08/31/1989
ST. MARTINS SCHOOL OF ART
BA (HONS) FINE ART, VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY
St. Martns School of Art, London, and Syracuse University, New York
BA from world renkowned St. Martins School of Art, with one year undertaken at New York's Syracuse University.
Education / Qualifications09/30/1990 - 08/31/1991
ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
MA Film Directing
The Royal College of Art, London
Employment07/01/2000 - 07/31/2004
E-commerce and e-security consultancy for the Globalaw association of 70 international law firms (2000 - 2004)
Employment07/23/2004 - 07/31/2012
NOISE Festival Ltd
Developed business plan, established the charity, raised £3m+ funding from Arts Council, NWDA, DCMS, HLF and MSN to recruit and manage a team of media producers to implement a program of national events for a “virtual” mass-media biennial talent showcase for the best young UK talent under 30. Attracted media partners BBC, MTV, Digit, Blueprint and leading UK creatives as curators – Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon, Peter Saville, Wayne Hemingway, Stella Vine, Badly Drawn Boy, Ras Kwame etc. and support from MPs Ed Vaizey, Ivan Lewis, Yvette Cooper, Alistair Darling, Andy Burnham,etc
Showcase07/08/1997 - 07/30/2012
Directing Arts documentary and youth entertainment programmes for BBC, ARD, SF DRS
Education / Qualifications07/01/2010 - 07/30/2010
The Leadership Trust
Executive Leadership Programme
Best Arts, Culture and Heritage Charity
National Charity Awards
Education / Qualifications07/08/2008 - 07/07/2008
Manchester Business School
MBA in Finance
Education / Qualifications07/11/2012 - 07/17/2012
Institute of Directors
Researching, developing and producing cross-platform projects
- NOISELAB 2010 largest UK pop-up shop run as a high-street Free Arts School with retail
- Creative Futures (2008) a creative careers festival attracting leading companies for portfolio reviews, master-classes, plus open mic stage, fashion shows, talent camp, etc.
- Feasibility study, business plan development and implementation for NOISE Festival, a national cross-media showcase of the best talent aged 30 or under (2004-present)
- Selecting, funding and developing project applications from SME’s for future platforms as Director of Production at NESTA Futurelab (2001-2).
- Developed pioneering music e-commerce system for customised CD compilations; CDIY, launched 3 years ahead of its competitor sites in the US (patent application 1995), with a catalogue of unsigned bands and hosted the national Unsigned Unsealed competition with EMI/Warner Music. R&D continued with ‘Open….’ for the digital Set Top Box (1999).
Consulting, drafting, fundraising and implementing business plans
- establishing a National cross-media showcase for creative works and raising over £3million in funding for the project (2004 ongoing)
- a youth lifestyle cable channel, with content syndication across platforms, for the 16-24 urban demographic. Selected out of 280 business plans for venture capital (2000).
- a B2B E-commerce platform for the UK Association of Independent Music labels (1998)