Dear clients, and economic development practitioners and enthusiasts –
You can read more about it here.
I’ve really enjoyed self-employment. I have worked with some fantastic clients, including the UK Innovation Corridor (formerly the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium), London Stansted Airport, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Luton Borough Council, The Government of Wales, Hertfordshire LEP, Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council.
I started my own business by researching and writing the 2013 LEP Network area economy benchmarking study. Mid-term highlights included the year-long London Stansted Cambridge Corridor Growth Commission and study, and in the past four months I have provided briefing, analysis and advice on the economic impacts and implications of the Coronavirus and lockdown to Enterprise M3 LEP, TVB LEP, Hertfordshire LEP and Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire.
The projects have ranged from high level policy advice and analysis (such as the Growing Together Agenda and Immigration Policy for London First, and advisory roles on a new National Innovation Body for Wales, and on lessons from England’s local devolution experiences for Scotland), to the practical nuts and bolts of researching and developing local economic strategies and responses for localities such as Luton, Southend-on-Sea, Cheltenham, Stockton-on-Tees and the West of England.
I’ve discovered a lot about myself and my chosen vocation over the past seven years
The main lesson is that I continue to be very much interested in the subject of regeneration, cities, and local and regional economic development – and I think it matters now, more than ever. I’ve also enjoyed the freedom I’ve had on social media platforms and my website to help inform the community of practice. Another lesson is that, despite being a mainly a research and policy professional, I am definitely a ‘hands on’ worker – and happiest when my work leads to better decision making and has practical impacts.
However, over the past few years a few things have been missing from my working life – and they have been working within a team, having a bigger sense of purpose, and having some new experiences that I can learn from.
Working at Cambridge Econometrics will give me the best of both worlds
1) front and centre, Cambridge Econometrics work directly in the areas I have spent a career (and good deal of time at university) developing and informing and they share my values of evidence-driven policy and improving the lives, sustainability and prosperity of people and communities; and
2) Cambridge Econometrics is an amazingly successful organisation full of 50 talented people, that exerts thought leadership and has the highest quality standards. It operates in the UK and abroad.
When I considered this role – I looked at the recent projects Cambridge Econometrics has delivered : the Midlands Engine Independent Economic Review, Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review, The National Infrastructure Commission Ox-Cam-Arc assessment and Preparing for Brexit study for the GLA and decided that I would like to be a part of successful projects like this in the future.
Over the coming months, I’ll be telling you more about how I, and the team at Cambridge Econometrics can help you address your future policy challenges, such as recovery from the Coronavirus, Brexit, generating jobs and addressing unemployment, climate change, and levelling-up.
If you want to know more – please message me on linkedin.