Since graduating with
a first class degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from Leeds University
in 1988, I've had a varied career - working in broadcasting, policy development
and communications, as well as founding and running socially responsible ventures
and providing strategy consultancy about my ideas, and their application in a
variety of settings.
The question of what I do has becoming increasingly
difficult to answer - both because I 'do' a wide variety of things, and because
for much of this time, I work outside of conventional organisational contexts,
often working as my own agent, or in collaboration with others to run with my
ideas. I do not have a 'job' as such, and I tend to be doing whatever interests
and motivates me at any one time - and this can often change. I have been self-employed
since 1994, sometimes creating organisations to employ myself, and being responsible
for bringing in my own salary (and often that of others). And I personally have
found that my most secure form of employment has been self-employment - and have
spent more time being my own agent, than being employed.
The common thread
throughout my varied working life is ideas and creativity - I generate ideas for
a living, and increasingly I experiment with these ideas - applying them in a
variety of different ways and in different sectors. It is this cross fertilisation
which excites and motivates me.
In essence I earn income from generating,
developing, and increasingly applying these ideas in different settings and I
generate these in collaboration and partnership with others. This is also why
I call myself an 'ideas entrepreneur' - because it seems the best label to sum
up what I am - as well as what I do.
Because my currency is ideas, I am
a member of the creative economy, and through my company, Genderquake
Limited, I now develop and generate these ideas with associates, and
colleagues. We offer a wide range of creative services and strategy consultancy
about the ideas that are our stock in trade and I'd like to encourage you to visit
our website, www.genderquake.com.
My career has been characterised by risk taking, and entrepreneurialism,
stops and starts, rather than one linear career track. Inevitably it also has
its failures, and cul de sacs, as well as its successes, though in truth in my
experience it has been the failures that have often proved the most fertile to
my own personal and professional development. Working life - like life as a whole
- is a journey, full of interesting places to visit and learn from en route.
For the potted version of my career highlights and more
formal CV, read on >
For a summary of the skills in my portfolio, read
awards and achievements
During my career, I have received a number of commendations and awards. To find
out more, read on.
The clues for my failures are to be found elsewhere! >
During my varied working life, I have had three sabbaticals. You can read about
my motives for these, and how I planned and made them happen, here
can read about some of my current interests beyond work here