Economic Development Associates

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown has worked as a development consultant in seven countries. She has experience of agricultural development, small business growth and business advocacy. Sarah has worked with the UK government, foreign governments, NGOs, local charities, private companies, small business owners and farmers.

Prior to working as a consultant she was a civil servant in the Home Office and dealt with drug strategy. She also worked for the Better Regulation Executive when it was part of the Cabinet Office. One of her roles was Secretariat to the Panel for Regulatory Accountability, a Cabinet Committee.

Sarah studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and has a Masters in International Studies from the National University of Singapore.

Sarah can deliver economic analysis with recommendations for growth and development, research, evaluations, case studies, briefings, training and mentoring.

David Jackson

David Jackson is an experienced management consultant and trainer – he holds a BSc in Business Operations and Control and a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Operational Research. He holds technical qualifications in Quality Management, Finance and predominantly Project Management, in which field he is a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner (and an examiner with the main examining body, APMG). His career includes:

  • Senior roles in management consultancy and policy research, mainly dealing with public sector clients including the Audit Commission, the European Commission and the TUC
  • Senior roles in management education (Award Director on post-graduate university management courses) and training (programme director with a community safety organisation)
  • Chief Executive of a national membership organisation
  • CEO and Chief Finance Officer of an employee-owned co-operative
  • Trustee and Board member of a voluntary organisation

Kate Smyth

Kate Smyth specialises in providing advice on regeneration, economic development, housing and disabilities issues. From 1992 until 1999 she was a Board Member and the Chair of the Lancashire and Cumbria Regional Committee of Northern Counties Housing Association. She is currently a Board member of Calico Housing (formerly Burnley and Padiham Community Housing). Prior to November 1992, she held a number of senior posts in Local Government including Head of Economic Development and Marketing at Knowsley Borough Council. She graduated from Lanchester Polytechnic with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning (Second Class - Upper Division) in 1977. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Institute of Economic Development, and the Association of Disabled Professionals. Our Associates Select a category of our associates to view: Finance Housing Tenant & Resident Engagement Economic Development

Our Associate Consultants are available as Management Consultants, Trainers and Interim Managers.

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