So, who am I? Well, I am a writer, a campaigner and a former parliamentary candidate. An experienced crisis manager, lifelong political enthusiast and activist, I am also a lover of sport, music and theatre.
I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, grew up on Merseyside and in South London; and now live in Kennington. Even as a young child I was always conjuring up stories, filling them with colorful characters and sharing them with anyone who would listen.
Since then, I’ve progressed quite a bit to formulating longer and more complex stories and sharing them with much larger audiences. As a professional storyteller, I’m adept at using my imaginative thinking and creative flair to bring my stories to life in engaging and entertaining ways.
As of autumn 2014, I have been working as a freelance writer, editor and political consultant. I wrote a major report on the future of the legal profession, commissioned by Inner Temple; and I worked on a governance review of the LINK ATM Scheme.
In addition, I am writing two plays – one very political and the other very theatrical. The political play is is about to be performed at the White Bear Theatre in London, with a view to staging further productions around the country . I am also co-writing a musical with my good friend Charlie Ross. I continue to write for "Gramophone" magazine with my lengthy piece marking the 90th anniversary of the birth of the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich being its cover feature for March 2017.
Most of my tweets are about my various enthusiasms - music, theatre, West Ham United FC - but now I have left the PCC I am also free to express more outspoken opinions again, which has come as something of a relief, but also as an interesting challenge too.
Please have a good look, a good read; and feel free to get in touch.
photograph by Robyn Thackara
Playwright, author and professional consultant.