A games industry legend, Cecil is the MD and co-founder of York-based Revolution Software, now regarded as one of the world’s leading adventure game companies.

Educated at Manchester University, the 52-year-old created the genre-defining Broken Sword franchise in 1996, which in five instalments has shifted over six million units, and he also created a series of Doctor Who adventures for the BBC in 2010.

Awarded an MBE in 2011, he has a wide array of industry roles, including a place on the boards of the British Film Institute and Screen Yorkshire, an ambassadorial position for BAFTA (Video Games) and visiting lecturer positions with the University of York and the National Film and Television School. Together with his wife Noirin Carmody, also a co-founder, he owns 80% of Revolution.