I am a speaker, academic, writer and film and television producer. A passionate advocate and supporter of new talent, working with young filmmakers and creatives across the UK and internationally, I've produced or executive produced more than a dozen feature films from new writers, directors and producers, as well as supporting graduate companies and start-ups.
I've spent 30 years in the film and television industries and over the last 10 years I've focused on developing creative economies in developing and challenged regions – both internationally and in the UK.
In 2017 a established Platform, a moving image cluster in Stoke on Trent and in 2018 was named in the Creative England CE50, a list of the top 50 leaders and innovators in the digital-creative industries
I'm a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and the United Nations Expert Group on Creative Economies. I am an Associate Professor at Staffordshire University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an active member of the Speakers 4 Schools charity.