Through these platforms and initiatives, he works with corporates, social entrepreneurs, private businesses, civil society organisations and government bodies to promote the fusion of brilliant business and social values, helping to tell compelling stories, build great brands and generate sustainable business around social impact and social responsibility.
Tim is a director of Big Issue Invest, the Big Issue's social investment arm, and for 12 years was a trustee with ECT Charity, one of the UK's leading social enterprises. He has served on a number of national programmes, advisory groups and awards panels – including the Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers, the awards panel for UnLtd and the UK social enterprise awards.
Tim was an undergraduate at Oxford University, where he gained a degree in music and was a choral scholar. Having begun a career as a professional opera singer, he discovered a passion for journalism and current affairs that crystallised during a lucky break working for his local newspaper.
After training as a newspaper journalist, Tim held a series of senior editorial posts on specialist national magazines in public and social policy, before being captivated by the world of social business and impact investing in its emerging state during the late 1990s. Seeing an opportunity to put his interest in social entrepreneurship into practice, Tim launched the magazine and a sister creative marketing agency, both focused on storytelling for social and environmental good.
Along the way, Tim also completed one year out of three in a distance learning MBA at Warwick Business School and later on completed the business growth programme (BGP) at Cranfield School of Management.
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