After 30 years at M&S, I decided to join a fledgling group of storytelling entrepreneurs on their extraordinarily successful journey. My passion for the performing arts and all things theatrical plays beautifully to my role as Chairman, facilitator, navigator and coach, and it gives me great pleasure – when I'm not involved in the latest West End show – to inject our magic and emotion into our clients' businesses.
Before co-founding The Storytellers, I spent years in music, TV and live events. As COO I'm concerned with building our team and a prosperous future: whether that's building new systems, watching the numbers, or finding and developing the fantastic talent that makes us who we are. My home life is the antithesis to our busy South Kensington offices. Therapy for me lies in the land, which I make the most of on our smallholding in rural Gloucestershire.
I'm always focused on our growing client base, which has surpassed all expectations since we started 14 years ago. Bravery and tenacity are qualities we hold dear at The Storytellers, and I guess my adventurous pastimes – from shooting to diving, skiing, and cycling – helps me keep my competitive edge sharp in work and play.
What a journey... 14 years... the privilege of advising over 90 CEO’s and senior teams... travelling from Istanbul to Santiago... the science behind the art... and hearing from our clients how storytelling has changed their lives. I call myself a corporate tourist, which is a move up from the busker I was in my youth. Though even now nothing gives me greater pleasure than to bash out a tune on the old piano.
Parallel careers in strategy consulting and writing novels came together perfectly for me at The Storytellers. Few things in business are more exciting than getting to the root of a complex strategic or organisational problem and then finding a simple and engaging way to communicate the solution in narrative. And beyond storytelling? More storytelling! The next novel is a spy thriller...
Words have such power. Whether writing about trading with Azerbaijan, employee engagement or connecting people to their ambitions, my tools remain the same: words crafted into compelling stories. Joining The Storytellers felt like coming home. The only thing missing in the delightful 5 Cromwell Place is a space for my tractor, Eleanor... heroine of many a story herself!
Be it the story of the little brown mouse that isn't afraid of the Gruffalo or the company standing up to the big bad conglomerate... I love telling stories! As a financial journalist I've had access to some of the brightest business minds of our times, and reading stories to my children has developed my own imagination – both essential to getting the best story out of you!
After 15 years reporting on global business, Greece's economy and IRA disarmament, I surprised many (including myself) by leaving Reuters to go to drama school. Acting helped me rediscover essential skills in a world that demands inspiration. Actors, like journalists, understand that great storytelling isn't just about being understood. It's about being believed. Authenticity matters.
I believe in the power of live events and a shared emotional experience. With a background in cultural studies, production and performing in theatre, live TV and comedy, I enjoy discovering storytelling in different contexts, spaces and media. Outside work I try to absorb as much of the London arts scene as time will allow, getting hands-on with projects when I can.
Curiosity and a sense of adventure have taken me around the world to work with leaders and teams in many different cultures. I've spent 25 years as a trainer, coach and facilitator enabling people and organisations to have better relationships – aligned, connected and purposeful. Storytelling is a beautiful and powerful vehicle for doing just this and it's a joy to work with this creative and skilful team.
I love storytelling. My career has seen me weave in and out of theatre, filmmaking, animation, set design, advertising, pop promos and live events as well as some more obscure roles such as costume designer on the Beijing Olympics Handover Ceremony. The common thread is always inspiring narratives. When I'm not busy with ideas and films for clients, I'm work on my own movies and graphic novels.
I have spent 30 years staging live events and still get a buzz from taking a creative idea and making it happen. With the Storytellers, I enjoy seeing an audience arrive expecting another session of 'Death by PowerPoint' and leave convinced that they are part of something new, maybe having had a bit of fun along the way. Away from the shows I like to spend a bit of time at the helm of a boat.
After more than 20 years in strategic change and organisational development, I'm a storytelling evangelist. The lasting emotional impact it creates is magical. Developing our methodology, bringing the science and the art together for lasting results, is very satisfying. Consulting, a young son and any opportunity to indulge in theatre, dance or the circus ensure that I'm never short of new inspiration.
My passion for storytelling began with my English degree, but it was during my MA that I explored narrative's role in driving change and cultural anthropology, which led to extended periods in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana and Ecuador. Outside work, I enjoy photography and art, and trying a spectrum of new activities – this year it's been aerial silks, paragliding and rafting.
It's a privilege working in a company where change is one's daily bread and butter - alongside incredibly creative and passionate people. I thrive on uncertainty and excitement about what could be, slicing and dicing problems, and walking out the other side – and then you do it all over again! In my spare time I could be admiring Scandinavian design, tasting gelato or training for a race like Tough Mudder.
From teaching whizz kids in South Korea or developing cutting-edge social projects, putting people first has always been what motivates me. Working as a Producer at The Storytellers really channels this in a wonderfully creative and thoughtful atmosphere. Outside of work, my interests include music of all kinds, short stories from around the world and the strategic challenges of chess.
I love seeing the results of the work we do. I enjoy understanding what a client needs so that I can design effectively for each programme. I try to challenge myself day-to-day outside of work and I've recently trekked Machu Picchu, The Great Wall of China and cycled London to Brighton for charity.
In Film, TV and Digital Production, I've told stories in one shape or another throughout my career. I believe in the transformative power of narrative, and I love collaborating with clients to find the best medium to bring their story to life. Outside the office I'm a chef for a pop-up restaurant, an avid film-goer and a classically trained singer. Ask me anything about dystopian Austrian Auteur Michael Haneke.
Taking embryonic ideas and developing them into finished products is what I find exciting, from contemporary art exhibitions in Venice to ambitious interactive productions in London. I'm happiest in creative teams, and the Storytellers' studio is a great environment. Life outside work usually involves some kind of DIY project, music, art exhibitions or a challenging bike ride.
It's my role in supporting and organising our people that enables everyone else to do a great job and our programmes to run so effectively. In my own time, organisation is key - I can’t live without a list!
I enjoy working with our clients to design and produce great visual schemes, videos and materials that really resonate with them and their business. I use my free time to hunt down artistic inspiration and experiences. The Galleries of London and the Street Art of the east end are getting a lot of my attention at the moment!
I love using design to solve people's problems. The combination of storytelling and design is a powerful way to inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things in the belief that even the smallest act can shape a better world. Outside work I enjoy visiting museums and exhibitions. They keep the creative juices flowing and open my mind to different cultures and perspectives.
I'm driven by a simple philosophy: don't look for happiness, create it. That's why I love working with The Storytellers: I get to combine the art of storytelling with a unique approach to creating happiness and unlocking the limitless potential in people. I can't get enough of stories told by the fascinating people I meet and the creative world around us.
I'm a writer. That's it, really. I love everything about words, and the whole process of gathering the ingredients to craft great stories. I enjoy finding the personal angle. Even when the topic seems dry at first, there's always a human story just waiting to get out. When I'm not writing I'm riding my bike, swimming, taking nature photos or being a granddad.
The ability to make your mark within an organisation, combined with my 'nerdiness' in interpreting the numbers and working alongside a team of talented people such as those at The Storytellers, is what makes me love my job. When I'm not bashing out formulas on my over-sized calculator, I'm in the gym thrashing out the PB's on the squat rack.
I have been in Finance for several years now, but I still say a quiet "woo hoo" in my head when the figures all balance! 'Family Comes First' has always been my motto, and The Storytellers always make me feel part of one. I also manage to keep my work and home life balanced, by taking part in amateur dramatics, singing, scuba diving and more recently discovering the joys of motherhood.
A creative problem solver with over 10 years' experience designing for arts & entertainment, broadcast and telecoms, I've witnessed the power of stories brought to life: inspirational, aspirational and ultimately driving action. Outside of work I like E's; escapism, exploration and education... anything from an obscure gig, to rowing down a river in the country or a cheeky trip abroad.
My work with The Storytellers brings together my twin passions for helping organisations succeed through change, and helping individuals communicate. When I discovered the impact of storytelling on making change happen, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my work. When I'm not working, I am happiest walking my dog, and having tired her out, curling up and reading a nice long book.
Helping things grow – be it plans, people or the odd plant – is what I really enjoy. At the Storytellers the first two are covered through the on-going refinement of our products and systems and the continued learning and development of the most important thing – our people. Outside of work my daughter, a house in need of refurbishment and a garden keep me busy.
I grew up at the knee of a great storyteller, so I've always known they're a kind of magic. Stories are the first thing I remember loving, and the thing I still have the most faith in. In today's world, battling great tides of disconnection and displacement, stories couldn't be more necessary, more hopeful, or more radical. It's a joy to work with people who feel the same way.
I feel passionate about three things: building strategies and bringing them to life, the power of leadership to develop talent, and helping teams evolve with change. It was a magical moment when I discovered all three elements at The Storytellers, delivered by a diverse team of the finest professionals who bring the art and science of the storytelling together so beautifully.