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Mr Tim Sydenham

Head of Planning & Analytics

Planning & Analytics (Registry)


Head of Planning & Analytics


Tim heads up the Planning & Analytics Office at the University of Plymouth. He has responsibility for strategic planning and performance management, data reporting and analytics, statutory returns, market insight and institutional research, risk, business continuity, and strategic projects.

Tim has spent his career in higher education, government and the private sector helping to develop and implement organisational strategy based on sound evidence and a rigorous approach to planning and performance management. This involves bringing together multiple actors with diverse perspectives in highly uncertain environments to establish a shared vision and translate this into meaningful action. 

Tim specialises in helping (quasi-)public sector organisations adapt to increasingly marketised environments. He has led cities and regions through strategy development exercises, set up major public-private investment programmes, and co-designed the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games economic programmes. 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 currently studying part-time for a PhD, funded by the University of Plymouth, into the adaptive capacity of elite actors in local governance, using the local economic development infrastructure as a case study.


University of Plymouth
PhD in Human Geography, ongoing

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

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 in Human Geography. His research is in the adaptive capacity of elite actors in local governance, and uses the local economic development infrastructure as a case study. His research is supervised by Professor Ian Bailey and Professor Geoff Wilson.

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