I founded literary, broadcast and speaking agency Northbank Talent Management in 2018 following a 20 year career as a publisher and then literary agent, launching Northbank Speakers in 2019 and Northbank Creators in 2021. I have a strong interest in domestic policy, currently serving as a non-executive director of the Westminster think tank Bright Blue, and an interest in arts policy to which I bring a pro-market approach. I serve on the advisory board of the Conservative Arts & Creative Industries Network, which exists to facilitate dialogue between creative industries practitioners and government; I recently served on the development board of the Ovalhouse Theatre, which commissions new work in response to today’s social and political issues, tasked with successfully raising £11m to move to its new home in Brixton in 2021; and I am a trustee of the Eden Valley Museum.
I believe that work has the power to transform lives and as such am an ambassador for the ex-offender charity Tempus Novo, helping to increase the employment rate amongst former prisoners. I'm an advisor to The Entrepreneurs' Network, the UK's leading think tank in producing cutting-edge research into the best policies to support entrepreneurship, and an advisor to The Five Foundation, the global partnership to end FGM and rebuild women's lives through economic empowerment.
You can read my opinion pieces on the creative economy at Tortoise Media.