CV

A creative leader and senior director, a strategic thinker and dynamic team player, with a track record of delivering successful multifaceted high profile projects. Skilled in building strong productive Member relationships in complex political situations and turning political ambitions into real delivery. Assimilates and directs complex issues quickly and performs well at a high level while delivering lasting service improvement.

 

KEY SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Project and Programme Management

  • As Senior Responsible Officer, delivered the new £20mil single surface public space in Exhibition Road on time and to budget
  • Lead the delivery of cross council service plans and risk management for Kensington and Chelsea’s management of Games Time
  • Delivered £21mil Leicester City Centre public space improvements
  • As Programme Director delivered Curve, a £60mil performing arts centre and the Depot, a £9mil creative business cluster

Creativity

  • Wrote and implemented a policy on the future of use of public space in and around Exhibition Road
  • Designed and implemented a new Community Development Service for the London Borough of Newham
  • Designed a new methodology for community and public consultation and engagement for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Strategic Policy

  • Gave corporate leadership on reputations, city centre regeneration and cohesion, diversity and equality at Leicester City Council
  • Responsible for Climate Change and Sustainability across RBKC and managed the RBKC Climate change corporate policy

Influence and Partnership

  • Chaired the London Environment Directors’ Network
  • Led New Ways of Working: a RBKC programme to increase workplace efficiency
  • Chaired the Leicester Economic Development Partnership

Managing Change

  • Wrote the first two iterations of Tri Borough merger for environmental services: RBKC; WCC (Westminster City Council); H&F (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham) demonstrating management savings of up to £700,000 across 3 councils
  • Merged two disparate departments at Leicester to create a new team based, project focused department, delivering £1mil savings while ensuring better services in a sensible management structure

 

 
CAREER SUMMARY
2015 – Date  Interim Director of Regeneration, Alexandra Palace and Park Charitable Trust
 
Responsible for
 

• Leading the restoration of the BBC Studios, East Court and Vistorian Theatre

• Supporting the delivery of the Alexandra Palace master plan
 
2014 – Date Associate Greengage Consulting
Supporting teams and individuals in making personal and organisational change
 
2011 – 2013  Assistant Chief Executive, 2012 and Special Projects Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.
 
Responsible for
 
• The Corporate response and management of the Royal Borough’s role in London 2012 with a budget of £1.7mil

• Building a business case for the £4mil Phase 3 development of Leighton House Museum

• The transfer of Opera Holland Park to an independent company

• New Ways of Working programme of culture change and business efficiency

 

2007 – 2011  Executive Director for Transport, Environment and Leisure Services Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Responsible for

• Strategic management of transport and highways; street cleansing and waste collection; licensing and enforcement; environmental policy; culture; leisure; parks; cemeteries and heritage

• Major capital projects and public space policy including the £20mil single surface Exhibition Road and the restoration of Albert Bridge

• Providing advice to Cabinet Members and Councillors on my areas of responsibility

• Delivering year on year savings and efficiency totalling £1.4mil

• Corporate programmes including climate change, risk management and business continuity

• Annual revenue budget of £21.5mil

 
2003 – 2007  Corporate Director Regeneration and Culture Leicester City Council

Responsible for strategic management of city centre regeneration and management; partnerships; fundraising and income generation; economic, physical and social regeneration; waste management; street scene; school meals; planning; development control and urban design; licensing and enforcement; cultural services; cemeteries and cremations; parks and open spaces; events and festivals; highways management; transport policy. Annual budget of £120mil.

 
2002 – 2003  Corporate Director Cultural Services and Neighbourhood Renewal Leicester City Council

Responsible for cultural and leisure services and neighbourhood engagement programmes. Capital programmes in excess of £40mil and operational budgets of £15mil. Re-cutting the department to achieve long term sustainability.

 
1996 – 2002  Divisional Director London Borough of Newham

Responsible for strategic planning and policy advice in relation to arts, community development, grants and cultural services, capital projects and the borough’s £1.5 million Millennium celebration programme

 
1992- 1996  Service Commissioner/Policy Advisor York City Council

Responsible for policy and the strategic direction of the department

Operations Manager

Responsible for the management of the department’s operational services; the Department’s operational transition through re-organisation.

 
1990 – 1992 Senior Arts Officer Stirling Council
 
1988 – 1990 Project Worker ELCHAT

1986 – 1988 Director Muniment and Small Ltd

1984 – 1986 Education Officer National Trust for Scotland

1973 – 1984 Freelance Illustrator; Researcher; Designer; Comic; Actor.

 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
2005 – Prince 2 Foundation Examination Office of Government Commerce
1969 – 1972 Three Dimensional Design (Theatre Design) BA Upper II Central School of Art
1968 – 1969 Foundation Course Wimbledon School of Art
 
 
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND VOLUNTARY WORK
2012 Judge Debating Matters, Institute of Ideas
2010 – 2011 Chair LEDNET (London Environment Directors’ Network)
2003 – 2007 Board Member East Midlands Cultural Consortium
2003 – 2004 Volunteer Right to Read Medway Primary School Leicester
1994 – 1996 Chair Yorkshire Screen Commission
1989 Chair East Lothian Community Transport
1987 Scottish Free Lance Branch Equal Opportunities Representative NATKE/BECTU
1980 – 1984 Scottish Delegate to the National Federation Equal Opportunities Convenor National Federation of Housing Co-Operatives
1975 – 1990 Founder member; Chair; Secretary; Convenor of Allocations Sub-Group Lister Housing Co-Operative
 
PERSONAL DETAILS
Born November 1950
Married, One child