I am an experienced managing consultant and lead Advisory and Impact’s Strategy practice. I work part-time for Advisory and Impact, combining this with charity trusteeships and ad hoc research activities outside of Bates Wells.
I’m recognised as a ‘big picture’ thinker, and as someone who can make sense of complex problems. I advise clients who are facing strategic choices or a change in focus, and work with them to understand the strategic and cultural fit of a proposed solution. I’m often asked to ‘test and challenge’ strategies before they are implemented, and can be relied upon to uncover potential weak spots, or highlight processes that simply won’t work in practice…and then to help develop alternatives. My work frequently involves an element of research. I am curious and critical when researching, and good at ‘joining the dots’ and drawing conclusions which will either validate a strategic choice or expose risks and issues that can then be dealt with. My projects often involves an element of organisational and cultural change, and I have many years’ experience of successful in-house change delivery.
I have worked in not-for-profit, professional services, and commercial sectors before joining Bates Wells. My long term career plan has always been to develop a broad range of skills and insight which in combination could prove valuable to under-served sectors, including charities and those working to bring about social improvement and solve some of the biggest issues facing our society. Joining Bates Wells in 2014 was a logical step in that plan.
I have recently collaborated on Liveable Cities – a 5 year research programme funded by ESPRC and involving 4 UK universities, at least 15 research disciplines, and some 40 expert panellists – where my contribution was on governance, policy-making and participation in the context of societal, social and technological trends.
Outside of work I am a keen choral singer, regularly performing in Suffolk and in cathedral services nationwide. I am also trustee of a London-based education charity, which works to bring STEM subjects into reach of children in deprived boroughs.
This ground-breaking work has been very well received by housing associations and government representatives alike, allowing for informed and evidence-backed conversations to be had on behalf of the whole sector. I am continuing to research and assess additional areas of value in the wider social, supported and move-on tenancy arena.
This literature review and accompanying economic hypothesis contributed to the independent Commission on Sustainable Learning for Work, Life and a Changing Economy.