Makerversity build and run campuses for creative startups. We also run free learning programmes for young people interested in a career in emerging industries. I founded Makerversity in February 2013 to occupy 25000sqft of derelict space at the iconic Somerset House, London and have led our growth across Europe. Makerversity has been recognised by the Observer / NESTA as one of the UK's 50 most radical social businesses and by the European Centre for Creative Economy as the Best Social / Cultural Enterprise in Europe (both 2016).
Makerversity's campuses in London and Amsterdam are home to over 300 young creative businesses.
Our members also constitute our faculty, each contributing time and skills to inspire the next generation of creative and practical minds through work placements, events and our education programme Makerversity DIY.
I'm an advisor and minority shareholder with an amazing start-up called Makercase founded by James Wilkinson. Makercase is a platform that provides consumers with on-demand access to tools, equipment and educational content as a complete package. Basically 'Deliveroo' for tools for projects of all kinds.
I'm teaching part time in the Visual Communications department at SHU, working with final year and masters students to help prepare them for the 'real world'.
I'm a trustee for one of the UK's biggest and best-known artist studio and gallery providers, established in 1977.
I've been working with the Good Things Foundation to build a new team internally that moves from delivering digital services to building products.
In many ways a precursor to Makerversity, A&J started life as a digital prototyping workshop in an old cafe on Lower Marsh in Waterloo, London. Alongside Chris Jarratt and HTA Architects I ran workshops with local people, introducing them to digital manufacturing and prototyping changes and improvements to the local area; bike storage, shop signs, wildlife habitat, benches etc.
A&J is an experiment in the role digital manufacturing can play in democratising decision making in the public realm i.e. how local people can shape where they live.
A&J has since popped up on thr Aylesbury Estate in London and with the NHS in Bristol.