I am the founder and principal partner of a social project production company and advisory organization that enables capital growth in cities and the improvement of people's lives.
With partner Micheal Pyner, former Chief Executive of The Shoreditch Trust, I advise clients in the real estate, housing, construction, Government, for-profit and non-profit sectors on creating new urban infrastructure, buildings and public places, community investment and social enterprise.
We have created, supported and managed projects in the UK and overseas that have been credited with enabling over £0.7bn ($1bn/€800m) in new investment in towns, cities and their neighborhoods; and innovated ventures that have been influential to urban development, such as The People's Supermarket, Mile End Park, Castleford Project and Shoreditch Property Company.
We have won several prestigious awards for that work, including an Observer Ethical Award (2011), the RIBA/CABE Public Space Award (2009), sister of the Stirling Prize, and Social Enterprise of the Year (2007); and received extensive coverage in the media, including the BBC, Channel 4, NHK, The Sunday Times, New York Times, China Daily and Monocle.
My background is in the creative industries. For over twenty years, I have worked as a producer, director and executive producer of creative projects and television programmes for broadcasters in the UK and USA - currently, a landmark series of three documentary films for the BBC with historian Andrew Roberts on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.