Our story

The people behind Mile 91 are Catherine Raynor and Ben Langdon. We have worked together for 17 years. We became colleagues in 2002 when we were working in the communications and fundraising teams at international NGO, VSO. Our first story gathering trip together was in 2007 to Sierra Leone where we captured stories for VSO’s 50th anniversary.

We began collaborating as freelancers in 2011 before setting up Mile 91 in summer 2013. In the years since our first trip for VSO, we have captured the stories of hundreds of individuals both in the UK and overseas. We have worked with charities, NGOs, businesses and philanthropy organisations in more than 25 developing countries and emerging economies.

We have extensive experience working in challenging environments and with vulnerable people. We work sensitively with people in distressing situations and can adapt quickly to different cultures. We cut through complex issues to find the human story that brings the issue to life. We translate the language of your boardroom into compelling stories and demonstrate your impact with more than just numbers.

Both of us are endlessly interested in and inspired by the lives of the people we meet. Catherine’s natural nosiness and confidence in asking the difficult questions means she quickly gets to the heart of the story. Ben’s ability to put everyone he meets at immediate ease means he captures images and footage that are filled with warmth and integrity. Our extensive experience translates into practical evidence-based advice when we are training and mentoring.

Mile 91 is also a town in Sierra Leone. It is 91 miles from Freetown. It’s the first place we worked together. It’s a no-nonsense name but it’s also one of the friendliest places we’ve ever been. We promise to live up to the name!

Have a look at some of our work or see how we can help your organisation to tell its amazing stories.