I am a social entrepreneur with a background in politics and setting up charities and social enterprises. I am passionate about transforming society and ensuring that finance serves all people and does good.
I was born 3 months early, needing extra educational support. This made my degree from Newcastle University a significant personal accomplishment. This experience, coupled with having cancer in my early 20s, shapes my passion for enabling people to turn adversity into achievement. I am the Co-Founder of Numbers4Good - a pioneering social impact investing organisation. Before setting up Numbers4Good, I set up charities and social enterprises, stood for Parliament and was a School Governor.
This is my personal blog and it is focused on helping other leaders, entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs on the journeys of starting and growing what they lead. As a result, I focus on entrepreneurship, society and also the views of Millennials. Sometimes I write on topics that don't fit neatly into one of these categories.
My personal website is here. I also blog on Huffington Post here.
I am to write content that is insightful and relevant for leaders' lives. If you are in a position of leadership - or hope to be - this blog is for you.
I am a serial social entrepreneur. In 2012, I co-founded Numbers4Good, a pioneering organisation that bridges the worlds of finance and positive social and environmental impact. My background is in setting up charities and social enterprises, government and politics - including standing for Parliament and writing policy- and advising corporates and high net worth individuals.
Before Numbers4Good, I helped lead and set up social enterprises and charities including one of the first investees of Big Society Capital, FranchisingWorks, and NurseFirst - which included an innovative corporate partnership. I've been the trustee of a charity helping marginalised 16 year old school leavers, preparing them for the world of work and a founding governor of a large secondary school in Newcastle upon Tyne.
My desire to impact society drove me to stand for Parliament in 2010, aged 26, and co-authoring what became UK Government policy on social innovation, impact investing and economic growth.
I am passionate about enabling social enterprises and businesses to start and expand nationally and internationally and designed a programme of trade missions supporting social enterprises to expand internationally with United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI) and led their first mission on Social Impact Investment with the Cabinet Office. I've advised corporates ranging from McKinsey to Johnson & Johnson as well as ultra high net worth and high net worth individuals. I've been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and was a Member of their Global Agenda Council on Europe 2012-2014.
I am married to Becca and we have a toddler, David. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching and playing sport and reading.
You can contact me via email and follow me on Twitter.