I am currently working for The Consultation Institute, providing advice and guidance to organisations across the UK relating to digital democracy, consultation and business process change. Occasionally I work for CDI Alliance and as a freelancer, providing business diagnostics and training for the purposes of local economic development.
My key interests are in new and emerging technologies, politics, the role of public participation in building democracy, digital government, strategic communications and the interaction between civil society and government.
I’m also into hardware – from IoT, to drones and 3D printers. I’m a dab hand at audio and video production too (Ableton). I really love gizmos, I have all the latest IoT stuff such as a Ring Pro Video Doorbell, Nest heating and Philips Hue lighting.
In the past I have been instrumental in developing innovative new solutions for government, such as online petitions (winning the European eDemocracy award in 2005). I have also helped implement the UK’s first online health clinic with the City of London Digital Inclusion Team and managed the process of change among staff and service users.
More recently I have worked as the Industrial Partnerships Manager for the University of Lincoln. I’ve previously been employed by (in no particular order) – Balfour Beatty, Philips Research, The Wolrd Bank, Dept.BIS & The office of the Deputy PM and The Consumers’ Association Research & Testing Centre. I’ve worked for even more people – such as various CCGs, the Chinese Government, The EU and European Parliament, RWE, Ricardo AEA….
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Salford in acoustics. I’ve also got a string of other things such as qualifications in project management and ILM. I have basic PHP/SQL/Java and web development skills and am very technically capable with all sort of hardware, having worked in R&D at two major consumer electronics labs – including one which specialises in product testing