Who we are

Lark Rise Co-Founders

Jo Andrews

Jo Andrews

Jo leads on governance and change strategy for civil society organisations. Her particular fields of expertise are in human rights and gender. Recent clients include Open Democracy, Minority Rights Group, GOEL – a Calabrian social enterprise – and the Media Legal Defence Initiative.

Jo founded Ariadne – the European Network for Social Change and Human Rights – and was its Director for eight years. She was co-founder of Equileap, a social enterprise that provides data on gender equality in public companies. More recently she set up Haptic & Hue, a non-profit tracking the environmental, economic and cultural impact of textile production.

In the first half of her professional life, Jo was a senior reporter and senior political correspondent with Independent Television News (ITN), broadcasting from all over the world on politics and international affairs.

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Bill works globally as a journalist, editor, podcast producer and story coach. Recent story projects include: UK prison reform; Balkans media development; journalism training in northern Iraq; ethical corporate leadership in USA, China and the Middle East; anti-Mafia social movements in southern Italy; local and community economics in the UK; global story circles in the “new world of active ageing”; anti-corruption strategies in nations rich in natural resources; leadership development in the UK’s National Health Service.

Bill was a founding editor of the BBC TV News Channel, Chief Sub-Editor with Independent Television News of London (ITN) and an international news producer and a documentary maker for UK network television. Newspaper experience includes The Scotsman, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

He is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a qualified Dialogue coach and a specialist in journaling and story circles.

Jo and Bill work in partnership with a global community of journalists, editors,
artists, social entrepreneurs, economists and Transition activists.

Why Lark Rise?

A song of hope in our post-pandemic world

Ralph Vaughan-Williams composed The Lark Ascending at the start of World War 1, but the full orchestral version was not performed until 1921, by which time many millions of people had died not only in war but in the Spanish Flu pandemic. A century later, the music remains an anthem of hope in our own post-pandemic world. At Lark Rise Partnership, we believe the song of life is worth singing and the story of our many possible future solutions is crying out for more attention.