I am Founder and Chair of Platform, the Moving Inmage Cluster for Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire, and Associate Professor of Motion Picture Industries at Staffordshire University.
I have more than 25 years experience in the film and television industries as a screenwriter and producer and rum my own production company making feature films and documentaries for the international market.
I have a particular interest in creative clusters, networks and accelerators and their impact on innovation and economic growth outside major cities - for example in small post industrieal cities and towns and also Small island Developing States (SIDS).
My current work includes projects in the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
I am a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and have served on the Co7uncil of the Academy.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a TEDx speaker and regular contributor to international creative industrry conferences and symposia.