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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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Growth,Poverty and Cities

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation(JRF) have launched a new area of it's work: a 3 year research and practice programme 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 househols 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 programme of work.The official launch of the Programme is on 7 February 2014.

Watch this space,for links to the emerging findings. See for more details

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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 have to be submitted to Government for approval in Spring 2014.

I am working 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

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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

I was a member of the core group developing and drafting the report,of which i am co-author with Alison Partridge. We are now in the process of disseminating the results and report across the European Union. 

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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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International Labour Office(ILO): Skills Academy

The ILO, an agency of the United Nations, has a strong focus on skills development in order to improve employment,productivity and economic development. In October/November 2011,2012 and 2013, the ILO, at its International Training Centre in Turin, have a two week programme of lectures and courses for policy, advisory and technical staff in over 20 countries. I designed and run the policy course on ‘coordination in skills development’, focusing on: the value of skills; a strategic and integrated approach to skills; jobs and economic development; the policy process, including governance and tools to enhance coordination; and building stakeholder involvement and partnerships.

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where am I...

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Washington DC : World Bank Human Development Forum
26-28 January 2013
Melbourne: European/Australia Policy Dialogue on Education and Training
2-7 March 2013
Turin: ETF Moving Skills Forward Conference
8-9 May 2013
Salo,Finland: National Urban Forum
21 May
Brussels: Launch of Urbact Jobs Report
18 June 2013
Leipzig: World Skills/INSSO
5-6 July
Brussels: Launch of ESCO
23/24 October
Brussels: European Employment Forum
12-13 November
Berlin: ESCO Board
25 November
Turin: ILO Skills Academy
26-27 November
Stockholm: OECD LEED Forum
23-26 April 2014
Galve Sweden: ESIMeC event on Workforce Development
10-11 June 2014
Brussels: European Commission conference on Skills and Qualifications
17 June 2014
Vienna: EU Danube Strategy Forum-Investing in People
26 June 2014

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