Meet our curious Co-Founders: Henry

Updated: Apr 12

AimHi Co-Founder Henry knows the world is full of amazing things. His mission? To help you discover them...

Have you always been interested in the environment? Tell us a bit about your background.

It's something that I've always been really interested in, since being very little. I used to help my grandma fold leaflets to send out for the World Wildlife Fund. From an education perspective, my family are teachers. My mum is a Head Teacher actually in a school in Esher, Surrey, and I work as the chair of a governing board in Tower Hamlets.

I've always wanted to try and instil the same sort of amazement and wonder around nature and the world that I had. There's a great Roald Dahl quote “And above all, watch with glittering eyes, the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

I think it's a really powerful sentiment that being curious and being keen to learn and understand the world around you is a great proxy for being interested in education, and bettering yourself. I realised - just from discussions with friends - that even though they might've had what ostensibly is a very privileged education, there are swathes of real-world problems that just are not addressed in any way.

So what challenges are AimHi facing?

We’re working on so many different fronts around climate education, trying to work with huge amounts of organisations. I think we've spoken to a hundred or so different organisations, mostly in the climates sphere. They're all incredibly interesting people with great drives and goals. They're very aligned with what we're doing, so, we want to talk to all of them.

But at the same time, finding time to do that, as well as actually running AimHi (and setting it up), has been relatively challenging. Until you set something up, you don't really appreciate how long the background work takes.