My Story

An explorer and adventurer I’ve always embraced plurality, experimentation and taking random turns. My career has been full of ups and downs, but always full of meaning. It’s always been about the interesting experiences and the lessons learned. I’ve built built a reputation for doing things differently, shining the light for others on how they can live their work lives differently too. The turning point in my career came when I was more open with my own story:

My Story

My family didn’t get our first television set until I was eight. I then became so fascinated by TV, I set my heart on working in broadcasting. I had a similar love affair with radio, playing at being DJs in my bedroom. My school headmaster told me to forget a career in the media because ‘it was too competitive’. I proved him wrong when I got my lucky break, working in BBC local radio while I was still a teenager. Reading the gig guide was my first role and soon I graduated to co-presenting a Saturday evening show, interviewing people I admired such as Billy Bragg. After three years at university, I started working on a live music TV show for Channel 4. My childhood dream had come true.

The first nine years of my career were spent in and around media production. Working on a live music festival for BBC Radio 1. Production managing a number of radio series for BBC and commercial radio. Managing joint ventures with MTV Networks Europe, The Financial Times and ABC Radio Networks. By the age of thirty I was MD of Unique Facilities, a radio studio and production business. I felt unstoppable as I ticked off my career goals.

By the end of 1999, my life as a career-climbing media executive was becoming unsustainable. I was overwhelmed. With far too much on my plate, and no-one to delegate to, I was working too hard (and also playing too hard). My job was making me ill. It was time for a change.

In 2000 I quit my job to become a consultant. The last sixteen years have been nothing short of an adventure, following my curiosity rather than a linear career plan. I launched a boutique agency making websites for parliamentarians. I started up a virtual marketing agency working for clients including Benetton and Classic FM. I co-founded an artist management company, working with an upcoming rock band. I wrote a series of books about work and business.

The thread that’s united my work since 2010 is storytelling, whether writing for The Financial Times or advising clients - businesses and individuals - on how to capture and tell their story. Having been on a journey of self-discovery, I know what makes me tick. I’ve been able to use that as a compass to navigate my work life and make choices aligned with who I am and what I stand for. Today, what fuels me is helping people and businesses find their own fuel. I do that as a consultant, writer, coach and speaker.

 

In June 2015 I stood on stage at The Do Lectures and told this story. Watch it below or listen to the audio podcast here.