My experience includes a wide range of national, international and local work. See below for a list of positions I've held and work that I've done. Also, see my brief one page CV


  • Principal Associate Fellow and Honarary Fellow, Institute of Employment Studies 2011-Present
  • Visiting Fellow and Associate,UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2011-2015
  • Visiting Professor, Durham Business School 2006-Present
  • Programme Advisor, Cities ,Growth and Poverty, Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2013-Present
  • Director of Research and Policy, UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2008-2011
  • Member, Migration Advisory Committee 2008-2011
  • Director of Strategy and Research, Sector Skills Development Agency 2002-2008
  • Adviser to the Leitch Review of the UK’s Skill Needs 2004-2006
  • Director, Policy Research Institute 1988-2002
  • Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Leeds Metropolitan University 1989-2002
  • Lecturer/Principal Lecturer 1972-1988
  • Adviser to National Skills Taskforce, Labour Market Intelligence 1998-2000



  • Local Labour Market Management
  • Partnerships and Local Development
  • Skills Strategy


  • Training Strategy for G20 summit
  • Skills Academy
  • Skills Policy Co-ordination

European Commission

  • New Skills for New Jobs Agenda
  • Labour Market Expert for the UK
  • Local Development (including long term unemployment; local labour markets; industrial restructuring)
  • Member ESCO Board
  • Australia Skills Policy Dialogue


  • South Africa, Department of Labour: South Africa’s Future Skill Needs
  • South Africa, Department of Higher Education and Training/European Commission: Skills Planning Mechanism
  • Inter American Development Bank: Skills Anticipation
  • World Bank: Human Development Forum
  • Sri Lanka: VET Reform
  • Japan: Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Hiroshima and British Council Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Local and Regional

  • Labour Market and Skills issues/policy in the English regions and Northern Ireland
  • Labour Market and Skills issues in a range of cities/localities in England
  • Member Northern Ireland Employment and Skills Board
  • Member Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Board/Panel

Honours and Designations

  • Awarded the OBE for Services to Economic Development, 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,1995-2012
  • British Council Distinguished Visiting Fellow to Japan
  • Investors in People Ambassador
  • National Training Awards Ambassador and Business Action on Skills Champion
  • Visiting Professor, University of Durham and University of Hiroshima, Japan
  • Who's Who, 2007-Present

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