Developing People Organisations and Communities

More About Jim Simpson

Career in Brief

Since  March 1997

Consultant running my own business providing research, development, evaluation and coaching services; part-time research supervisor and action learning facilitator University of Brighton Business School

Career break – January 1996 to March 1997

October 1992 to January 1996

Senior Lecturer (Management Development) and Research Fellow, University of Brighton, Business School involving: teaching post-experience and undergraduate courses in introductory politics, public sector management, management development; and open learning production for social services managers and research into small business finance and social services management

August 1983 to  October 1992

Projects Manager, PACT Community Projects and part- time Youth Worker and Lecturer during this period. Projects manager post involved: service design and development, fundraising and marketing; staff supervision; and research for a growing project and services management charity


Research Publications (Academic/Consultancy)

  • “Back for the Future: Sociological Theory and Today’s Big Issues” Book, Social Words Publishing, 2016
  • “Discovering Facilitative Public Management” Policy Paper, IDeA, 2010
  • “Empowerment Tools Series” – policy articles and learning materials for community empowerment practitioners/leaders 2010
  • “Social Impact Bonds – Briefing Paper” Policy Briefing for client, 2010
  • “Resilience and the Recession – How is the Third Sector Doing?” Research and conference paper 2009
  • “Community Learning Research Project” for East Sussex County Council 2009
  • “Community Empowerment – Practitioner Research Project” and “Community Empowerment Resource Pack”– questionnaire and literature research project on community involvement in public services delivery and decision making 2008
  • “Participation Matters” debate on community participation in public sector decision making in ‘Dialogue’ 2007
  • “Managing Outcomes Learning Package” 2007
  • “Voluntary and Community Sector Learning” evaluation of training and learning provided in the voluntary and community sector 2005
  • “Community Learning Research Report” – a local action research project investigating community based learning provision and development 2004
  • “Making assets work for social gain” – research study of charity’s resources, and management of risk 2001/2
  • “Public Initiative, Private Money” – Guidance publication and conference materials – Home Office/Southern Region Probation Services 1997
  • “Managing Social Services Finance” Open University Health and Social Services Management programme course 1994
  • “Workability – The Employment of People With Disabilities” – Sussex Training and Enterprise Council 1992; articles in Personnel Management 1992 and Equal Opportunities Review 1992

Outside of work Jim is keen on all sorts of things – singing (including in various community choirs), anything to do with music, cooking (especially baking), taking photos, the countryside, riding bikes, radio 4, drama and reading funny and scary books. Here are some recent pictures Jim has taken….