TCA: Northern Communiversity and Research Academy in Semiotic Economics (RAiSE) in U.K. (Liverpool)

Tony is Lecturer in Social Economy and Innovation in Liverpool Hope University Business School. He has had a varied career as an academic, TV Producer/ Director, Social Entrepreneur (establishing five social enterprises), Screenwriter and Musical Theatre producer. Throughout, he has been a priest in the Church if England, so that his Christian faith has inspired him through all these ventures.  His current role in TCA is as Development Director, bringing together his work in the creative industries, his research in alternative social economics and his commitment to community and societal transformation.  He is the author of nine books, the latest co-authored with Ronnie Lessem and Anselm Adodo, The Idea of the Communiversity.

Tony is Chair of the Wigan Arts, Culture and Heritage Trust, the North of England’s fastest growing arts centre. He is Co-Lead of Communiversity Liverpool and is looking to establish Communiversities across the North of England, as an arts-based focus for the Northern Powerhouse.

He lives in the English Lake District with his wife, two daughters, their partners and two dogs.