The world is facing a number of major challenges. We’re testing the planetary boundaries, social inequality is rising and resources are becoming more stressed by growing populations. But we can’t go backwards.
We have to use technology and science smartly. And civil society has a key role to play. Within that construct, enlightened organisations like More Partnership are vital, as they help fundraising organisations to think about values, networks, roles and responsibilities.
I studied economics at Cambridge, worked for an engineering group, completed an MBA at INSEAD, launched an entrepreneurial venture with a professor, was headhunted into consultancy and have remained at Accenture ever since. After two decades of working at board level and with board-level clients, I am now the firm’s global lead for “thought leadership” and direct the Accenture Institute for High Performance. I’m also responsible for the firm’s strategic relationship with the World Economic Forum and contribute regularly to sessions at Davos.
The skills I bring to More
What the consulting world teaches you is how to manage customer relationships. I also spend my time looking forward – I’m known as the “futures” guy at Accenture. My other interest is the interface between business and technology, which is more and more important. How we buy and consume information is changing rapidly. I believe that all of these skills can help an organisation like More Partnership – and, more importantly, their clients.
Other organisations I work with
Why I work with More
I initially got involved because of personal relationships and personal chemistry. But I also see parallels between what I do and what More Partnership does. Accenture is a talent multiplier. We help people achieve their potential. The work More Partnership does with academic institutions and charities is the same.
My philanthropic interests
It’s more personal than professional. I’ve been a volunteer for both my old college and INSEAD. I also support the domestic violence charity that my wife chairs and my local church. I give to many other causes, but I feel particularly strongly about education, which I see as a key indicator of future competitiveness. I believe all alumni who can support their institutions should do so. On a personal level, I’ve been hugely fortunate. Both of my parents left school at 14, but education helped me to fulfil my potential.
My advice to fundraisers
Work out how to win hearts and minds. People commit for a variety of reasons – political, emotional and rational.