The Olive Network (ON) connects positive change makers. By forging links with charities, NGO’s, International Orgs, art galleries, science and education institutions, ON offers a 21st century meeting place that tilts societies lens towards the humanities and progressive long-term thinking. ON invites its users to share their own stories and engage with the organisations that have a presence on the platform.

Our ethos is reflected in the story of the olive tree which offers fruit and fuel and healing – the olive branch, a symbol of peace.

We recently prepared an 'about us' video.

Who we are

The Olive Network has grown not only as the upshot of an internet innovation but as the result of years of work in ethics, charities fundraising, media, communications and the arts.

Roger Thorp – Founder: Roger is a film-maker and artist. An important tranche of his career was working as a producer/director for NGO’s and Charities including WWF, International Labour Organisation, International Red Cross and United Nations Environment Programme.

David Seedhouse – Founder Values Exchange: David created the Values Exchange while a lecturer and Professor at universities in the UK and NZ.  David is an original thinker and prolific author, having written or edited sixteen books (including second and third editions), published by Wiley and Sage.

Ben Suffell – Partner and Marketing: Ben currently runs a charity fund raising organisation. Marketing, account management, people management, finance, business direction, new technology and fundraising consultancy are where his skills lie.

Lucy Thorp – Partner and Communications: Lucy’s background is in media relations at Greenpeace UK and Sustrans – the National Cycle Network - and in establishing new online ventures.

Peter Kirby – Partner and Copywriter: Peter’s background is in the advertising world working on extensive national and international campaigns. His creative writing has appeared in The Guardian, Design Museum, Channel 4 and Tate.