Blade Education was created in a BBC studio ten years ago on a night shift where Alastair Deacon and Beth Hooper were discussing how they wanted to be able to make
their ideas into reality. They had both been working at the BBC for long enough that they had between them a range of broadcast skills that meant starting out on their own wasn’t as stupid an idea as
it might look.
Alastair had been a successful freelance cameraman and a studio manager. Beth had worked all over the BBC from Radio 4 Special Series to the Foreign Desk on BBC News. Since leaving the BBC they have been joined by Chairwoman, Mary Forsdyke who worked for many years for Cooperation for Development on international funding for the EU and more recently by Suzy Edey who has spent many years working with real people in the third sector.
Blade Education has many friends and they have been generously supported by people from all over the world. In the ten years that we’ve been in existence over 3,000 people of all ages have volunteered for us on different projects, improving our work immeasurably. Now, on our tenth anniversary we think we’re at the forefront of a new kind of information signposting that enables professionals and those that they serve to work together in partnership to harness the power of information technology for those communities.
We have climbed to the top of some literal spires, been talked about in parliament, had our own red carpet events, placed thousands of roses on forgotten graves and learned that ideas can be turned into reality, even if it’s not quite the reality that you start with…
We are always embarking on new adventures and we'd love to know what you think about them. If you want to know more about what’s coming next, please take a look at our In the Pipeline section or get in contact if you have any questions. We are always interested in your ideas about our work or finding out about how we could help you with any of your projects.