This is what’s been keeping me busy lately:
Environment & Nature
I’m on the Board of the wonderful Eden Project, in Cornwall and a member of the Council of Ambassadors of the WWF and of The Woodland Trust, which plants, protects and lobbies for trees. I co-chaired a symposium at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and pulled together this summary on the sustainable use of plant genetic resources. I chaired a meeting of global champions of Food Forever, a campaign from the Crop Trust to maintain agricultural biodiversity. I’ve just finished editing some short films in Namibia for Kew Gardens about desert-adapted plants.
I’m on the board of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, (which has sold >24 million computers for education and industry and trains young people to program) and the Internet Watch Foundation (which works internationally with law-enforcement to curb the production, distribution and consumption of child sexual abuse imagery). I am an investor, adviser or non-exec with various tech start-ups including imin, Commonplace and Pagedip. I have previously chaired the judging for the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards.
I chair Ravensbourne University London, a technology-focused creative arts and design college in Greenwich, London and am a Visiting Industrial Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol, specialising in science misconceptions. I also chair the H.H. Wingate Foundation, which funds various education, development and cultural activities.
With my business partner Dominic Tinley, I am co-director of Thoughtsmith Ltd. We consult with large public bodies, helping them to commission sustainable services that their audiences will learn from and find entertaining, and that may even generate income too. The company also advises universities on enhancing the public impact of their research.