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Leadership

Policy and strategy development – Glenn has led and developed national and regional economic strategies and policy development exercises, and has provided expert advice in the areas of economic development, skills, enterprise, employability, the role of higher education in the economy, and the impacts of the recession. Glenn has specific skills in writing high impact policy relevant reports and briefings in clear and concise language, suitable for ministerial, public and media audiences and high profile launches.

Leader and manager – Glenn is a research and policy development leader and manager with government and national think tank experience. Glenn is also familiar with dealing with committees and boards, and negotiating and dealing with partners from diverse backgrounds, with diverse needs.
Author – Glenn is the author and editor of high profile reports for national and international decision makers and audiences.

Senior research and policy professional – leading research functions and teams that undertake applied economics, quantitative and qualitative research, as well as contracting out research to external experts

Communication

Specialist in communicating evidence and complex issues to policy makers – professionally trained media interviewee, public speaker, editor and writer.
Networked – government, think tanks, academics, experts

Specialist knowledge

Skills, employment, inclusion – Through his work at Futureskills Scotland, the expert unit for labour market analysis and forecasting created in Scottish Enterprise in 2001, Glenn became deeply involved in skills analysis and policy and delivery issues. Since then Glenn has continued to act as an expert analyst and advisor on skills issues. Glenn rewrote and significant improved the RDA skills analysis framework first initiated in 2009. Glenn authored two of the most comprehensive assessments of Scotland’s labour market ever completed, through his research and reports “The Scottish Labour Market” in 2002 and 2003. Glenn has undertaken numerous evaluations of employability initiatives in Scotland, and went on to lead and deliver a project to comprehensively analyse unemployment and economic inactivity in Scotland, and to review policy and best practice in addressing employability problems.

Innovation – Glenn has had a continuing professional involvement in innovation and its role in economic development since 1999, having completed reviews and studies for Scottish Enterprise, NESTA and the East of England Development Agency. Glenn has a complete understanding of the powerful role of innovation, as well as the policy and practical measures that have been used to try and stimulate it.

Enterprise – Glenn has been professionally involved in enterprise support from multiple perspectives relating to policy, strategy, programme design, evaluation, minority enterprise support, and performance review. Assignments and projects range across overarching strategic evaluations of business support portfolios across regions and localities, detailed analysis of enterprise support prioritisation, economic analysis of entrepreneurship and barriers to business performance, to evaluating assistance on the ground, and recommending efficiency gains for enterprise support programmes.

International – As someone who is passionate about economic development policies and activities, Glenn has, since 1995, taken a keen interest on international practice and experience. Key projects include a recent six-month visiting Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, undertaking research on international development policy, economics and practice and the lessons for regions, cities and localities in the UK; case study research of business support in seven international Cities (Berlin, London, New York City, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto); and international case study work as part of his Ph.D. research – Glenn was awarded £2,500 from Scottish Enterprise’s Condliffe Bursary to study economic development and regeneration in Berlin in 1997.

Benchmarking performance – Glenn has undertaken a range of sector specific studies and baseline studies of local economies. He led the design, development, management and final editing of the ‘International Insight’ report for Insight East, at the East of England Development Agency. This research project analysed the economy of the region across a range of performance measures, comparing the East of England to a range of European and world regions, and specific peer regions. Glenn developed and managed the delivery of a comprehensive international benchmarking study of Scotland’s labour market and skills performance (2004). Glenn also conducted a performance review of Scottish Enterprise’s clusters programme which included an assessment of relative international position and performance of Scottish clusters.
Futures, foresight and economic forecasting – Glenn has managed forecast services, and undertaken the analysis and presentation of economic and labour market forecasts since 2002. Glenn is familiar with all the main economic forecasting services (Oxford Economics, Cambridge Econometrics, Experian and the Institute for Employment Research), as well as with the methods used, and the appropriate use of forecasting. Glenn commissioned expert authored papers looking at future policy issues affecting UK cities at the Centre for Cities, and led three foresight programmes (on skills, the post-recession economy, and the low carbon economy) in the East of England.

Evaluation, performance review, feasibility – Independent and comprehensive formal evaluations, reviews of performance and feasibility studies form the cornerstone of most economic consultancies specialising in economic development. Glenn worked on approximately 25 such studies in his four year consulting career 1998-2002, leading seven of them.

Marketing and communications: Over the past 10 years Glenn has been a market leader in effectively communicating and branding research and economic insight. Glenn has provided innovation and industry leadership in marketing, communications, branding and publishing management in the specialist field of economic development research and analysis. Glenn’s track record is one of an impressive series of research services, programmes, publications and events that have been highly policy relevant and timely, useful to policy makers, and communicated effectively in plain english.