Who We Are
Collectively, the Storythings team has decades of experience across media and journalism - in innovation, production, strategy and design.
Matt Locke started Storythings in March 2011, and is one of the three Directors. Before starting Storythings he worked in Digital Media for over two decades. He was Head of Innovation at BBC New Media from 2001, then moved to Channel 4 in 2007 where he was Commissioning Editor, Education, and later Head of Multiplatform.
Before joining Storythings as a Director in July 2014 Hugh Garry spent 15 years at the BBC Radio 1 working in digital. Between working with the BBC and joining Storythings he created a storyworld for a Jon Ronson film FRANK, and worked with Pulse Films on their LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up And Play The Hits.
Anjali Ramachandran joined Storythings as Editor - Partnerships & Syndication in 2016, and became a Director in May 2018. She has a background in advertising, having most recently worked for media agency PHD at Omnicom as Head of Innovation, and at digital innovation studio Made by Many in London, with prior expertise at Nike India and on a DFID research project, also in India.
Darren Garrett is a BAFTA-winning Creative Director with over 20 years experience creating games, animation, and digital projects. In this time he founded the award-winning studio, Littleloud, working with clients such as Paramount, Marvel, Disney, BBC & Channel 4. He has made games about sweatshops, civil liberties, and has recently written about the Visual History of the Future for How We Get to Next.
Rifa Thorpe-Tracey is Storythings’ Operations and Events manager while Emily is on maternity leave. She started SheSays Brighton in 2011 putting on inspiring events for women in tech after working in the digital industry as a freelance project manager for almost 20 years. She’s worked for Clearleft, Ribot and Brilliant Noise. Recently Rifa organised and curated Talent2018 for Wired Sussex, the largest digital skills festival in the South.
Emily has worked across the culture and charity sectors for over 15 years, mainly in literature and the visual arts and, for a while, as a journalist. She was Director of Communications at PEN International, the writers' association, for five years, where she was part of the team that set up the Free the Word! international literary festival; as well as holding communications and events roles at Artangel, Ministry of Stories and Artichoke.
Elizabeth Minkel is an editor at How We Get To Next. She’s worked at publications like The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and the New Republic, and as a journalist, she’s written about culture and technology—with a specific focus on fan culture—for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the New Yorker, and more. She co-hosts Fansplaining, a podcast about fan culture, and co-curates a weekly newsletter, The Rec Center.
Ian is Managing Editor at How We Get To Next, a Storythings publication that explores the future of the future. He joined Storythings in 2015 to co-lead the project with Duncan Geere, and has also since been involved in other Storythings projects as a writer and editor. He is previously of Wired UK, UsVsTh3m, and the New Statesman.