David Oliver

David Oliver

(Founding Director)

David  is  a  pioneer  of  nurturing  ‘Breakthrough  Performance  Environments’,  having  led  the team  at  ICL-Fujitsu with  the  introduction  of  the  groundbreaking  UK  National  Grid  for  Learning and CyberSkills programme. David is  Founding  Member  of  BAFTA  Interactive,  the  ambitious  new  chapter  of  the  British  Academy of  Film  and Television  Arts  dedicated  to  Learning. He is Head of The Monastery Studios in Manchester offering 360 degree and 4D immersive technology, augmented reality, drone filming and a full suite of green screen studio and location filming options.

Ray Hanks

Ray Hanks

Ray worked for three of the Top 10 Ad Agencies in the UK, and was Managing Director of the biggest specialist agency in Europe with billings of £40 million.  As Head of Creative & Digital Industries at the North West Development Agency, he set up the team to help secure the BBC’s relocation and the creation of the iconic MediaCityUK in Salford Quays.

Ray is an award-winning business adviser (Institute of Consulting – Best Business Growth) for creative and digital businesses, including advertising agencies, film and TV specialists, and was part of the record-breaking business support initiative in England’s North West, impacting on £511 million of sales and 5,300 jobs.  He has trained over 1,500 people to set up their own businesses, was Interim Director of the Northern Net Innovation Programme, a trained assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service reviewing underperforming NHS clinicians, has trained all of the lawyers and claims specialists for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS Resolution), is an alumnus and Member of Court of The City University London, and an External Adviser for The University of Salford.

Having worked closely with David Dickinson and David Oliver for many years, Ray is committed to the pursuit of change for good, through innovative thinking and creative collaborations.  He is an adviser to Creative Life at The Monastery, which incorporates The Monastery Studios offering green screen film production facilities.  The services include the outstanding photography of Mark Copeland, drone filming with 4K video and high-resolution images, augmented reality services bringing still images to life and a suite of magical products featuring pictures that talk.

The collaboration with Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins resulted in the creation of the NeuroFiles project, an ambitious media programme highlighting how neuroscience impacts on everything we do. Over twenty videos have already been filmed and produced at The Monastery Studios. It is a perfect fit for the wider ambition and philosophy of Unlike Minds.