Neil Smith is a graduate with wide-ranging skills and experience in evaluation, community development, facilitation and stakeholder engagement.
His work has involved him with people from various backgrounds, rural and urban as well as different ethnicities. He has been involved in evaluation of many projects and has significant experience of stakeholder engagement methods.
Skilful in Politically Sensitive Contexts, building consensus
Many of the projects that I have been involved in have been in difficult contexts and have demanded careful handling of information and people to achieve outcomes that all parties are satisfied with and can progress.
I believe in delivering results that also have the support of participants in order that the solutions derived are sustainable economically, environmentally, socially and politically (both with a small and large p)!
This means I am pragmatic in my approach, but also that I concentrate on gaining and sustaining understanding and trust between myself and the stakeholders in any project.
- Senior leader in Public, Private and Voluntary sectors at local and national level: Policy Manager for Cabinet Office; charity and company director; and Principal Consultant
- Excellent delivery record: 3,200 deregulatory reforms and £1.2bn savings pa; design & implementation of £328m of government grant programmes; and starting a successful business
- ‘Change-maker’: supporting charities to adopt new community engagement approaches - challenging departments to regulate less
- Forward looking: vision to define innovative policy direction and delivery priorities for ministers and senior managers
- Innovative and collaborative; Delivery of high-profile government programmes for communities and civil society, encouraging volunteering and millions in donations