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I hope you find something here to interest you and that you visit me from time to time. I can provide a range of services from advice to presentations; from training to research; and from membership of boards and groups to consultancy.  I draw on many years of national, international and local experience in both research and policy on skills, labour market and the economy.  I have a reputation as a knowledgeable, respected and influential expert who can add real value for organisations and really make a difference.

You will find here further information on the expertise I can make available to you; my experience; my recent and current projects and activities; and some other bits and pieces which may be of interest to you.

Do please get in touch if you are interested in us working together.

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a bit about me...

I have over 20 years experience as an expert in the fields of skills, labour markets and the economy, focusing on research, policy analysis and high level strategic thinking.  I have worked as a senior researcher, consultant and adviser to Government, providing intelligence and insight, combined with strong communication and presentation skills.  I am experienced at working with the policy, analytical and business communities.  I have Board level experience and have worked with business leaders, senior government officials and other partners, at national, international and local levels.  I am considered a thought leader and an inspiring speaker.   Read more about me.

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A Skills Planning Mechanism for South Africa

The European Union Delegation, through it's Dialogue facility, is assisting the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa on their development of a skills planning mechanism, to secure a better balance between the supply of, and demand for, skills. This project involves studies to examine practice in South Africa as well as the lessons from international experience in developing and deploying labour market intelligence (LMI) so as to better tackle skills mismatches, increase employability and better meet the evolving skills needs of the economy and labour market. It also involves two study tours with South African colleagues to a range of nations, institutions and international bodies which has inclued several european countries and institutions in the summer of 2015 and Australia in the autumn of the same year; and three workshops with partners in South Africa and a ministerial meeting. The  final report and recommendations should be completed in the winter of 2015.

I am the Senior Research Advisor on the project working with the Research Manager, Glen Fisher.

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Growth,Poverty and Cities

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation(JRF)  launched  a 3 year research and practice programme in 2014 to explore how,and under what conditions,growth can best achieve poverty reduction. People in poverty are often disconnected from the benefits of economic growth in cities,so how can we reconnect them? In particular,what can be done at the city level to create more and better jobs and to link these to households in poverty? And,indeed,what are the benefits to cities, and to growth,of reducing poverty?

I am working with the JRF,their Head of Place team, Josh Stott, as the Advisor to this substantial programme of work.The official launch of the Programme was in February 2014. A wide series of research reports have been commissioned and published over the last 2 years, together with ongoing more action related work with Leeds City Council, the Leeds City Region LEP and other partners.

For links to the research reports and other publications as well as emerging findings, see 

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Skills for Growth

Cites in England have a key role to play in restoring economic growth and the jobs we need to reduce unemployment. The Local Enterprise Partnerships(LEPs) will,from 2015,have access to the new Single Local Growth Fund of initially £2billion,based on economic strategies that were submitted to Government for approval in Spring 2014.

I worked with the Core Cities(the largest 8 cities outside London) to assist in the development of their plans for skills and jobs as a key component of this work and advised on the development of the Leeds and Sheffield City Gegion strategic plans

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Industrial Transformation,Jobs and Skills

Economies are undergoing deep structural changes as they emerge from recession and adapt to the on going process of globalisation. Moreover technological changes,including in information and communication technologies,as well as shifts in the pattern of demand and business resposes to these processes,amongst others,are leading,and will lead to,significant changes in the labour market. The sectoral and occupational structure is changing and the skills needed to successfully undertake these jobs are also undergoing change.

I  worked with the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency(AWPA) on research to examine these drivers of change,their consequences for jobs and skills,as well as on the policy responses most likely to reap the benefits of these changes whilst minimising their negative consequences. The AWPA has now been abolished by the new Australian Government,effective June 2014

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european commission urbact programme jobs and skills capitalisation

The Urbact Capitalisation programme involves distilling the lessons from not only the 300 city,29 country programme on urban development but from other recent experiences of what works in developing jobs and skills in cities eg from the oecd's leed programme and the experiences of other cities. The work has  involved,over the period May 2012 to March 2013, expert and practioner 'hearings',a literature review,working group meetings and discussions.A draft report and practical recomendations which should help inform the Europe2020 agenda and the EU's 2014-2020 structural funds was produced for discussion at the Urbact Copenhagen conference in December 2012. The final report on how cities can create more and better jobs,was published in June 2013, entitled 'More Jobs, Better Cities' (2013)

I was a member of the core group developing and drafting the report,of which i am co-author with Alison Partridge. 

Throughout 2014, we undertook significant further work on this agenda focusing in particular on tackling youth unemployment and generating jobs for young people in european cities. A series of workshops and discussions led to the publication in 2015 of ' Job Generation for a Jobless Generation', a series of linked ,themed articles edited by Alison Partridge,of which 3 were written by me.

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esco board european commission

I was appointed by the European Commission in 2011 to be a member of the ESCO Board. ESCO is the European Skills,Competences,Qualifications and Occupations multilingual classification,an initiative of the Europe 2020 agenda. The Board sets strategy,defines the work programme,approves the classifications and endorses progress. It steers the development of ESCO and promotes its use. The first version of ESCO  launched in Brussels in October 2013. I resigned from the Board in late 2013

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where am I...

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Paris: Urbact
30 September/1 October 2015
Pretoria South Africa: Skills Planning Project
6-12 December 2014
Pretoria South Africa: Skills Planning Project
21 -26 March 2015
Turin: ILO Skills Academy
12/13 May 2015
European Tour: Skills Planning Project
19-24 July 2015
Washington DC:Inter American Development Bank Skills Intelligence
3-7 August 2015
Pretoria and Capetown: South Africa Skills Planning
7-14 November 2015

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