What I’m currently doing
My work crosses the fields of culture and social change. I’m currently Director of the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), an international membership organisation committed to improving cities through the contribution of arts, culture and the creative industries. It fosters collaboration and learning among cultural and urban leaders in order to shape local and global agendas. I’m also co-founder of the Long Time Project, a new inquiry which aims to mitigate short-term thinking on the environment through art and culture. I’m a co-founder of Tech for Good Global, a trustee of Auto Italia and sit on the Ashoka Social Ventures board.
Until recently I was Director of Creative Economy at the British Council, leading innovative strategic programmes to develop the creative sector and social impact in over 30 countries. Recent work included the design of a multi-million pound programme to support creative and social enterprise for women in emerging markets; and commissioning a range of research on topics including arts in the public realm, the social impact of creative hubs, the global maker movement, gaming; and peacetech. I also led the Arts and Cities work for the British Council.
I did a secondment as special advisor to Martha Lane Fox, helping to set up public service digital initiatives. I began my career in publishing at Simon and Schuster, then Index on Censorship, before moving on to the BBC. A long time ago I did an MA in Literature and Modern Culture at University College London.