Iain Wilton

Born in Kent, in 1966, I went to school in Meopham and Rochester, before reading History & Politics as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter.

After a postgraduate year at Cambridge University (courtesy of a British Academy scholarship), I worked in a series of politics, public affairs and communications roles for organisations including the Cabinet Office and the BBC, before leaving to write a biography of the cricketer, football and athlete C.B. Fry (1872-1956).

Appropriately enough, I then spent nearly 10 years working in the world of sport for, first, Sport England and, later, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord’s, where I introduced an annual fundraising carol concert for the local hospice.

My connection with the hospice movement then suddenly deepened, when my brother suffered from a very aggressive form of cancer in his 40s – spending his final weeks in a Kent hospice, where he received outstanding care.

After completing a history doctorate, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and spending nearly four years as Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), I’m now working as a freelance investment writer and studying (with the London Institute of Finance & Banking) to move into a new career as an independent financial adviser.

Living in Wivenhoe near Colchester and married to Petra (who’s recently retrained as a primary school teacher), I’m an active Dad who’s trying to introduce our 10 year-old to as many new experiences as possible including cricket, kayaking on the River Colne and dog ownership, as we have a beautiful ‘lockdown labrador’ called Willow.

I’m keen to take this opportunity to put something back into society and, above all, to help the hospice movement after my family’s difficult but incredibly positive experience of the care that hospices provide and the difference they can make.