For nearly 10 years I was the Executive Director of Hub Ventures, based in Oxford, founding and supporting charities and social enterprises.
I then had a short period in religious life with the Jesuits within the Roman Catholic Church (translation – I was at the start of the journey to become a priest). I am glad I explored such a vocation, and it had been on my mind since I was 18, but it wasn’t where I felt called for the rest of my life. I am now doing research at the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University discerning (often badly) the signs of the times around the future of church, spirituality, community.
I used to be quite good at innovation, entrepreneurship, deep thinking, being a contrarian. I’m focusing on some ‘formation’ at the moment but always looking to fall in love with something new, of my own or others’ creation. Let’s see what emerges next.
For now, this site contains older writings: a few bits and pieces about starting, growing and sustaining a social sector organisation in the UK, with commentary about things that make me hopeful and make me despair. Mostly hopeful. And hopefully helpfully despairing.
A good deal of thanks and credit is due to my past colleagues and many of our partners for developing some of the thinking here.
Some more information on organisations I’ve been involved with:
- Hub Ventures is the holding social enterprise for most things I’ve been involved with
Charities for engaging young people in social action and volunteering:
- Student Hubs: Charity engaging university students in social action
- Generation Change: Partnership between youth social action charities
- Worthwhile: Graduate scheme for the charity sector
- Turl Street Kitchen: Central Oxford Cafe, Bar, Restaurant, Events and Meetings Rooms, Offices for charities and social enterprises
- Tower House: Central Oxford Guesthouse
- Safe Passage: Legal Advocacy and Campaigning Organisation, part of Citizens UK