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Profiles

Mr Tim Sydenham

Interim Head of Planning & Business Intelligence

Planning & Business Intelligence - Strategy & Information (Office of Vice-Chancellor)

Role

Senior Strategy Officer

Qualifications


Tim works with organisations - universities, government, business - to develop and implement organisational strategy. At Plymouth University, his role involves strategy, planning, intelligence and analytics. 

In 2015, he managed the University’s Strategy Implementation Programme which involved bringing together Executive/Board members with diverse perspectives in an uncertain policy environment to establish an interim 'refocus on core' strategy and translate it into meaningful action through a new Strategic Framework, University Road Map and accompanying Planning and Accountability Cycle.

Tim specialises in helping (quasi-)public sector organisations adapt to increasingly marketised environments. He has led cities and regions including Canterbury and Wales through strategy development exercises, set up major public-private investment programmes, and co-designed the 2012 Games employment, skills and business engagement programme. He previously led the award-winning Strategy and Research consultancy arm of a FTSE100 company, and began his career in a variety of policy and project management roles.

Tim is also studying part-time for a PhD entitled: "Adaptive capacity and the evolution of local economic development relationships and networks." His research explores how local economic development actors and organisations use socio-spatial relationships and networks to develop adaptive capacity to external shocks and transitions over time.

CAREER HISTORY

Senior Strategy Officer / Strategy Implementation Programme Manager, Plymouth University 

2015-ongoing


Business Partner  Research & Innovation, Plymouth University

2013-2015


Programme Director & Strategy Delivery Advisor – Energy (part-time), Welsh Government

2009-2013

Strategy & Management Consultant, 2012 Games bodies, Oxford Economics, and others

2008-2013

Associate Director  Head of Strategy & Research, Experian

2005-2008

Senior Consultant in Economics, Employment & Skills, DTZ Consulting & Research

2004-2005 

Strategic Policy Officer & PRINCE2 Project Team Manager, Welsh Government

2002-2004

Civil Servant / Project Manager, Treasury Solicitor

2001-2002

Civil Servant / Project Manager, Oxford City Council

1999-2000

VOLUNTARY ROLES

Chairman of the Board of Directors (voluntary), Plymouth Energy Community, 2014-ongoing

QUALIFICATIONS

Plymouth University
PhD in "Adaptive capacity and the evolution of local economic development relationships and networks", ongoing

University of Sussex
BA (First Class Honours) in English, 1999

Professional
MSP - programme management, 2014

5 CASE MODEL - business case development, 2009

PRINCE2 - project management, 2003


Research interests

Tim is currently studying part-time for a PhD entitled: "Adaptive capacity and the evolution of local economic development relationships and networks." His research explores how local economic development actors and organisations use socio-spatial relationships and networks to develop adaptive capacity to external shocks and transitions over time.


His research is supervised by Prof Ian Bailey and Prof Geoff Wilson of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University. 

It draws on literature in evolutionary economic geography, network governance and local economic development.

Grants & contracts

Tim has won and overseen commercial and governmental research projects valued in excess of £10m.

Summary of key grants and contracts

• London Development Agency, Advisor on the 2012 Games employment and skills programme
• LOCOG, Author of the 'implications of the recession' Sydenham Report
• Olympic Host Boroughs, Advisor on the 2012 Games employment and skills business plan
• NWDA, Advisor on the North West 2012 Games employment and skills strategy
• Dept for Culture Media & Sport, Expert peer reviewer of 2012 Games economic legacy research
• Dept for Business Innovation & Skills/SQW, Expert advisor on the 2012 Games skills legacy
• Greater London Authority/SQW, Expert advisor on the Olympic employment and skills evaluation
• Herts County Council/Oxford Economics, Hertfordshire Low Carbon Economy Strategy
• Army, 2012 Games: implications for Army recruitment and retention
• Canterbury City Council, Canterbury Futures Study
• DTI, Attracting Talent
• East Kent Local Strategic Partnership, East Kent Futures Study
• Government Skills, The future of public sector working 
• Horsham District Council, Visioning Horsham
• Learning & Skills Council, 2012 Games: skills impact in South West England
• London Development Agency, Employment & Skills for the 2012 Games 
• London Development Agency, Evaluation Plan for the 2012 Games 
• London Skills & Employment Board, International best practice case studies 
• North West Development Agency, Northwest England Futures Study
• Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Science City Review
• Scottish Enterprise, Edinburgh City-Region Economic Audit
• South East Development Agency, Diamonds for Investment and Growth
• Test Valley Borough Council, Test Valley Long-Term Economic Strategy
• Welsh Government, Financial Services Sector Strategy
• Hart District Council, Hart Housing Market Assessment
• Kingdom of Bahrain, Bahrain Spatial Plan
• Learning & Skills Council, Thames Gateway Skills Audit
• Learning & Skills Council, Thames Gateway Construction Skills Directory
• Learning & Skills Council, Strategic review of the Skills and Education Network
• South West Regional Development Agency, Transport, Connectivity and the Economy
• Welsh Government, Options appraisal of the post-16 learning network in Wales
• Westminster City Council, Westminster’s housing markets