Change is good. Change of place, change of process, change of outlook. Change is what advances us as individuals and as a community. I love the idea of disrupting stagnant industries and creating new solutions to old problems.
Most of the work that I love to do is focused on this theme. Because, to change something is to remember what it once was, and to inspire an even brighter future.
“Stephen is a highly talented innovator, writer and trend spotter. He is also one of the most honest and values-driven people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have worked with Stephen in a variety of capacities and am always impressed by his ability to deliver ahead of schedule, with attention to detail and pride in every role he undertakes, adding significant value to any project in which he is involved” – Sally Broom Founder CEO, Tripbod.com
##Growing up I grew up in Farnham, Surrey – a small market town in England.
##1999 After finishing school I went to live in Australia for a while. I travelled Vietnam, Laos, Peru, Bolivia, and worked odd jobs like zucchini picking, answering phones, moving office furniture, bar tending. Two years later, I returned to the UK to study Geology at Edinburgh University. I travelled some more during the holidays: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Malaysia, Scottish Highlands and islands.
##2001 In 2005 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (with honours) from Edinburgh University. I am the first in my family to get a degree.
##2005 I went straight to work as a Geologist on oil and gas drilling platforms in the North Sea.
##2007 During my time off from the rigs I learnt web design, and eventually left the rigs to build an online magazine and community I’d been dreaming about – I called it Make Travel Fair.
##2009 Over the next couple of years it won some awards and eventually a group of travel companies decided they liked it and acquired it, I went to work (from home) at one of them. I was 27 years old.
I travelled some more for work and just to keep moving: South Africa, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Indonesia. In 2011 the company I was working for folded – my equity was worth nothing and Make Travel Fair left with me.
“Stephen is a creative driven professional. Stephen exudes entrepreneurship in abundance and is always abreast of the latest trends and technologies that have relevance to his position. I would highly recommend Stephen. He is a valued member of our team.” – Zachary Rozga CEO, WHL Consulting Pty Ltd.
Stephen Chapman was judged the One-to-Watch in Travel & Leisure for Courvoisier The Future 500. The video interview and an interview printed in The Observer on Sunday 25th November 2007 can be viewed at http://observer.guardian.co.uk/cvtf500/story/0,,2215248,00.html
##2011 After leaving the travel industry I was recruited into the development world to work on a new project at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C., aiming to usher in a new era of web-based technology and connectedness to a very paper-based and administration entrenched culture.
I left the U.K. for the U.S. in December 2011 to marry my American wife. We now live in Washington D.C. with our young daughter.
##2012 At the end of 2012 I began working part-time on digital marketing for the Eat Good Food Group in Alexandria, VA.
##2015 I currently balance this with freelance work and raising my one-year old daughter.