Catherine Raynor

Position: Mile 91 Ltd

Overview

Mile 91 is a story gathering team for charities and changemakers. We capture spine-tingling stories that inspire action and encourage giving. We help our clients show the world the impact their work has on individuals, communities and the environments they live in.

The people behind Mile 91 are Catherine Raynor and Ben Langdon and we are supported by a team of talented associates. We have previously held communications and fundraising leadership roles at VSO and Mencap. We have led more than 40 story gathering tours to challenging international environments and have worked with hundreds of vulnerable people in the UK. We know how to get the best out of people and deliver inspiring results no matter how challenging the situation.

As well as the story production, we have also supported national and international charities to establish their own story gathering systems and processes, We've undertaken story audits and consultations, developed content gathering strategies and advised on everything from how to build internal support for story gathering through to how to manage the use of stories and safeguard storytellers.

We also run a number of training courses. The perennial favourite is our one day smartphone filmmaking course, but we have a range of courses and workshops including the science of storytelling, how to develop a content plan, interview skills, writing skills and photography skills.


Clients

Over the last six years we have worked with over ninety charities and organisations, from household name charities like British Red Cross, global philanthropy foundations and Royal Colleges through to local children's hospices, specialist health and disability charities and charities with fewer than ten staff. We have worked with fundraising, communications, digital, internal communications and programme management teams.



Experience

  • Retained agency for the British Red Cross internal communications team, supporting them to develop their story-led volunteer and staff engagement activity.
  • Delivered smartphone filmmaking courses for more than 300 individuals from organisations including NHS Blood & Transplant, Shelter, Marie Curie, Refugee Action.
  • Project managed the TUC’s 150 stories for 150 years project, gathering 150 stories to celebrate the achievements of unionists over the years.
  • Undertaken story audits and developed strategies for Scope, Teenage Cancer Trust and Action for Children
  • Produced impact reporting films for partnerships with organisations including Department for International Development, Disney, a global fashion retainer and international law firms.
  • Helped local organisations including hospices, wildlife trusts and carers’ organisations to gather content that works for their regional audiences.
  • Developed story gathering toolkits that provide service teams with the tools they need to identify and gather stories for their external relations teams.
  • Developed the brand photography for CW+ (the charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital), Dogs for Good and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Authority.
  • Retained photographers for the Equality and Humans Rights Commission