Developing People Organisations and Communities


Below are examples of consultancy assignments that Jim has completed as Principal Consultant or leading teams with associates, partners and client organisations.  Some full examples of project reports and other resources are linked.  Several projects have involved producing learning tools, policy papers or other reports stemming from them that are in the Resources library.

Research Services:


  • Review of clinical research advisory services for the National Institute of Health Research’s Research Design Service at the Universities of Kent, Brighton and Surrey
  • Scoping study on primary care, GP services and social prescribing for Crawley CVS and Crawley/Horsham CCGs view report
  • Community Insights Research design and training for Poplar HARCA, East London plus consultations for Cathedral property developers, Sea Space economic development company
  • Services impact system change for a national charity CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives)  delivering services in substance misuse, criminal justice, housing, youth services, social care; Evaluations for Spurgeons (children and families’ services), Worthing Homes, Reaching Families, CABs and Brighton and Hove Integration Project
  • Study of advice and support needs of unemployed people view example
  • Literature Review on learning disability needs and advocacy intervention with Speak Out advocacy services view report
  • Community empowerment practitioner study  (Department of Communities and Local Government/Community Development Foundation) view report
  • Evaluation system for Reaching Families view example
  • Supervision of master’s dissertation research candidates completing  MBA, MA Change Management, Masters in Public Administration, for the University of Brighton

Development Services:


  • Strategic support, evaluation, expansion and  successful funding plans for Speak Out, Reaching Families, and ESDA (East Sussex Disability Association)
  • Commissioning review of health promotion services for Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust
  • User-led service review for Care Co-ops view report; evaluation of children’s service for BHIP Brighton and Hove Integration Project
  • Management structure review for the Emmaus Community, Sussex
  • Marketing review for Harvest community food organisation
  • Facilitating partnership working in communities such as a stakeholder consultation for partners re-shaping children’s services for Littlehampton Sure Start Partnership, West Sussex and a Neighbourhood Action Plan in Hove
  • Fundraising Strategy Plans and Development Plans for Relate, Trust for Developing Communities, Reaching Families and others
  • PR campaign and consultation for East Sussex Disability Association
  • Many successful funding bids and contracts for various public service providers and charities

Learning and training :


  • Facilitating and tutoring workshops and ‘action learning’ sets plus coaching and supervision for Poplar HARCA in Tower Hamlets, London, and Brighton and Hove City Council and managers undertaking masters/post-experience courses for the University of Brighton
  • Supervision and coaching for various individual managers and development workers – testimonials are in the Services section
  • Change management programme for SERCO
  • Training (e.g. for apprenticed community development workers), Trust for Developing Communities
  • Research of learning materials and writing of a course for Social Work managers for the Open University (sub-contracted to the University of Brighton)
  • Running ‘soft outcomes’ seminars and producing learning materials

Separate from consultancy writing I have written a Social Theory text book  Back for the Future: Sociological Theory and Today’s Big Issues that introduces sociological ideas and gives many diverse examples and cases for teachers and students (sociology; management; economics; social psychology)