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Chapman

Paul

Chapman

Validated Lead Expert
Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have worked in local government for Lewisham Council in Inner London for the past 15 years, 13 of those developing and managing European projects and networks. Over this time there have been significant changes to the local landscape and demographics leading to a strategic policy focus on sustainable and integrated development. My role has been to link funding and partnership opportunities to the physical changes ensuring that the borough is best placed to learn from the resulting exchange of knowledge and experience. This has been achieved in a number of different, and sometimes surprising, ways; I managed the EU LIFE funded QUERCUS Project which addressed the issue of crime in urban green open space often along river corridors, concluding that landscape design can be integrated with flood protection in order to provide a safer more community focused asset. In addition the results of the QUERCUS project has been used as an example of a successful Intercultural Public Space by the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Network for which I have been Lewisham’s representative over the past 5 years. The network promotes the value of the Diversity Advantage, exploring how migration and the addition of new nationalities can be promoted as a positive addition to the life and identity of an urban area. This shows how the integration of diversity, the environment and access to public space can be implemented through linking a number of local strategic plans.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows good understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have over 13 years’ experience of working on transnational exchange and learning projects partnering with local authorities and public organisations from 20 of the EU member states and from a number of other countries across the world. I have worked on projects ranging from developing policies for urban rivers to engaging young people in the plans and designs for their city; from economic development for minority communities to the physical restoration of public space; linking staff and experts, practitioners, policy makers and the local community to deliver results owned by all. Through all of these actions my priority has been to ensure an equality of exchange. For a project to be successful all partners must be engaged and feel they are both gaining and giving something to the partnership - a one way supply of knowledge does not bring lasting results or empowerment for the participants. I have learnt the importance of finding what each partner brings to the mix and spotting links that they may not have seen themselves. I have also understood that individuals and organisations learn in different ways. Some require first-hand practical experience, others research driven arguments and the key is to find room for both methods in developing the project results. I’ve also found it important to ensure there clear communication, providing a platform where questions can be asked, fulfilling the technical requirements while providing space to explore.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant shows a good understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
As a born and bred Londoner, English is my mother tongue. However, I’m aware that this doesn’t always translate to others as clearly as I might think, therefore listening and reflecting are important parts of being a good communicator. I am proficient at giving presentations on a wide variety of subjects to a wide variety of audiences and will always look to structure the content to suit. This means that I can deliver a technical talk on planning constraints to a group of water professionals and also explain the concepts behind decisions to local community groups. I am comfortable chairing meetings and always work to ensure that everyone is able to participate. I can compile information in different ways for reports, presentations, websites, brochures and social media. I am able to unpack texts and presentations written by someone where English is not their first language and where necessary edit and amend them without losing the flavour or content of the original author. Most importantly I have found that the majority of issues faced by local government are accentuated by the inability of organisations and individuals to communicate with each other. Often good ideas are wrapped up in jargon or official speak making them inaccessible to the audience and so alienating them from the very processes that they are trying to be part of. Presentation Video Example: http://tinyurl.com/om3nju5 Formal Report Example: http://tinyurl.com/okp9oqu
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is a native speaker.
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
I have managed and represented a wide range of European funded projects from river management to youth democracy over 13 years, and I first need to understand complex concepts in order to then explain them to others. This gives me an insight on the importance of clear, concise and relevant information when I then present the concept to others especially where they are non-English speakers. I have spoken at international conferences with hundreds of delegates and led small group discussions with only a few, but for each I try to engage and include my audience. I have worked on presenting information using images with a minimal amount of text. This allows for two things, firstly pictures speak louder than words and secondly I can adapt the information based on the responses of the audience – a presentation to the Intercultural Cities Coordinators Group in 2012 included three photos highlighting the ongoing problems of discrimination against minority groups in the UK which I used to explain in five minutes why our Authority was still actively engaged in the project. With available IT tools continually improving I keep up to date with new supports such as Prezi through existing project delivery such as the local arts groups delivering the Erasmus+ Origin of the Spaces project (2014-date). There is a link to a video of a presentation from the ERRC 2013 Conference http://tinyurl.com/om3nju5 and an ICC PowerPoint Presentation example: http://tinyurl.com/puhep78
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
It is important that project outputs such as reports and peer reviews that document knowledge and project development have a life beyond their delivery. To achieve this I ensure the relevance of the outputs to the day to day partner delivery, this enables them to become live texts, useful in the development of the project themes among the staff and practitioners at a local level rather than something delivered as part of a ‘tick box’ exercise. The ERCIP Baseline Reports were structured in a way that provided context for the reader and an understanding of the common themes being addressed as well as the role of the partner in delivering this. During the ERCIP Project newsletters and more in depth Partnership Exchange Reports were produced by the host in partnership with me, following a standard format but with the flexibility to contain information relevant to the local situation. Although these were produced in English, partners would often produce translated versions for local dissemination as the content was viable for the promotion of their ongoing work. Copies of the Baseline Reports, Good Practice Report, Newsletters and Exchange Report for the ERCIP Project have been collated into a single document on the project website: http://tinyurl.com/no5dtfh
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good ability to produce outputs to support exchange of experiences and knowledge at transnational level.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
The Case Studies for the ERCIP Project Transnational Partnership Visits are available through the Project Resource webpage: http://tinyurl.com/oc5rsty . These provided each partner with their own voice on participation in the project, the lessons learnt and ongoing sustainability of the results based on a simple template that prevents the information from becoming too specialist or irrelevant. The reports were designed to be used primarily by the host partner as a way of promoting the results of their involvement in the project, their engagement with stakeholders and the potential for ongoing strategic development. Part of the process of delivering the ERCIP project was the identification and transfer of Good Practice between the partners http://tinyurl.com/py3xdum. In order to maximize the possibility of this I used the outline information in the application form to develop a template that the partners could use to capture the information. The twist was to make identification of Good Practice part of the visiting partner’s responsibilities during the Exchange Visits. They had to explain why each Good Practice was identified and, most importantly, how they felt the Good Practice could then be transferred to their own situation. This resulted in engaged Exchange Visits and the clear identification and transfer of Good Practice across the partnership. Host partners were empowered and encouraged as their peers focused on successes with the reality of transfer.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to capture learning for participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
The ERCIP Project Brochure http://tinyurl.com/om8kqo2 distils the key points of the project making it relevant for a wider audience, picking up on the good practices and impact on policy at partner level. The journey undertaken by the partners fits the visual aspect of the brochure, each page focuses on a different country or step of the model and through this highlights local and national achievements. The QUERCUS Project Layman’s report is available in Section B3 but, in addition the Impact Report from Lewisham http://tinyurl.com/qcwxdkn captures the importance of the results of the project locally. It highlights the social, environmental and biodiversity benefits of river restoration addressing the overlapping concerns of integrated urban development. Although the QUERCUS Project was completed in 2008 it is still used as a best practice example by national UK bodies producing interest and relevance in the ongoing delivery of the EU’s Water Framework Directive as an exemplar project of urban river restoration. It is of interest to social planners, urban space specialists, environmentalists and policy makers because it is still one of the few river restoration projects to have focused on gathering social as well as environmental impact information.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I have managed European transnational partnerships worth at least €5million over 13 years, including the EU LIFE Funded QUERCUS Project (2005-08), the Interreg IVC ERCIP Project (2010-12), youth exchange projects through GRUNDTVIG and Erasmus (2002 to date) and business support projects through EQUAL 1&2 (2001-06). I have also been a partner on many other projects. Transnational Partnerships should be interesting and exciting with partners engaged and empowered through clear direction that allows the possibility to experiment and shape outputs to local demands. This is enhanced through my engaged and empathetic management style, empowering and developing participants. My ethos for running any activity is “Would I enjoy it? Do I feel included? Do I understand why this is relevant to me?” With these preceding questions, the requirements of partner and stakeholder participation are central. For ERCIP I’ve developed positive Peer Review mechanisms to ensure the real exchange of good practice. For QUERCUS I’ve encouraged the involvement of children through on site lessons which has led to a wider public participation. I’ve seen partners gain in knowledge, confidence and project management skills to the point where they are able to lead partnerships. I work on the principle that I should be able to explain the concept behind any project to my friends and family. In this regard presentations, reports, brochures and websites need to be accessible to a wide range of readers.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for C, meeting 3 out of 3 criteria for C1, 2 out of 4 criteria for C2, and 4 out of 4 criteria for C3. No substantial inconsistencies between the CV and application have been identified.
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My specialism is the role of local government in river corridor management, for example where rivers are part of Abandoned Areas in an urban setting or where new Housing developments are planned on existing floodplains. I have been involved in urban rivers since 2005 and the first major river restoration project run by the London Borough of Lewisham. The QUERCUS Project http://quercus-project.eu was aimed at regenerating a tired and underused public park next to the local river. Through innovative public consultation, the project explored the links between the environment, social inclusion, the local economy and inclusive governance through to the longer term benefits of an integrated policy towards the protection and development of the river corridors running through the borough. This led to the development of a River Corridor Improvement Plan taking into account the strategic social and environmental aims of the borough. Despite a number of recent improvements, the responsibilities for managing river corridors is still a fragmented, multi-agency issue with local authorities across Europe only as a last resort. The result of this was a project application which I wrote and managed, the ERCIP project http://ercip.eu (2012-14) a local authority led response promoting local responsibility for managing river corridors and tying this in with strategic development across the borough through the development of the first river focused Statutory Planning Document.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a strong background in the thematic field of "Environmental Issues".
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
The best reports, position papers and briefing are produced collaboratively bringing together the expertise and experience of as many stakeholders and staff as possible. I see my role as pulling the information together into a coherent and useful whole, representing the views of the project partners and showing a clear response to the key issues. The Lewisham Baseline Report (http://tinyurl.com/nl6o52d ) for the ERCIP Project was a joint piece of work with other colleagues which I coordinated. The structure and format of the report was then used by the other project partners to provide a comparable snapshot of their different starting points. This template approach also proved successful at the final event of the project where each of the nine partners were given the same four slides in order to pull their successes into an easy to follow package clearly showing the benefits of the project and partnership. The accepted abstract for the 2015 UK River Restoration Centre Conference (page 69) http://tinyurl.com/pal3q63 presented the role of local authorities as key players in the management of opportunities for river corridor improvements and management. It followed on from a similar submission to the European River Restoration Conference building on the successes of the transnational ERCIP Project by promoting debate in the UK. I then presented it at the conference to an audience of key policy drivers in UK river and water management in the final plenary session.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I compiled the ERCIP Showcase Event Report (http://tinyurl.com/nutl5wz) which works as a summary document of the impact on the partners of working together on a European Project. The report highlighted the way that the lessons learnt have been embedded in local delivery and how the project had a significant impact at regional and national level across the partnership. My role was to take the most relevant information provided by the partners and where necessary get additional or clarifying information and then make sure that the message was relevant to the stakeholders and policy makers. I believe that that the good practices and policy messages should be simple to understand but contain sufficient depth to be able to respond to questions from city practitioners. This means the results need to have a practical application with results and conclusions that wherever possible are supported by robust evaluative data. The QUERCUS Project’s Layman’s Report is a good example of this: http://tinyurl.com/okp9oqu . Working with the physical environment is a very visual thing, so I made use of photos, graphs and maps to help tell the story of the projects successes. Each partner was given a dedicated space to tell their story in a way that linked into the greater whole. Overall the report has been designed to inform and explain what could be perceived as a difficult subject, the joining of social and environmental disciplines in order to achieve a better result.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities and that put forward good practice.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The QUERCUS project, focusing on designing out crime in a public space, has attracted significant interest and additional funding, winning a number of awards including the Best New Public Space in London in 2013: http://tinyurl.com/nu6srrh While the original work was completed in 2009 the success of the local authority led approach attracted additional funding from the Mayor for London linking Lewisham’s work into the London Green Grid and the London Rivers Action Plan. In order to maximize the impact of the work being carried out at local authority level I implemented, wrote and managed the INTERREG IVC funded ERCIP Project. The key rationale for applying for European funding was the realisation that there were few other UK authorities engaged to the same extent, and searching for partners around Europe confirmed the lack of local authority involvement. This was despite the fact that national authorities needed to engage rather than dictate in order to achieve the aims of the Water Framework Directive. In following this up with the ERCIP project, the lessons learnt regarding local river corridor management and its impact on helping deliver social and environmental benefits helped open doors with national responsible bodies, including the Environment Agency, and has led to recognition and contact with the UK Rivers Trust and The UK River Restoration Centre and an invitation to present at the European River Restoration Conference in 2013 and 2014.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My key skill is in linking the worlds of local government to specialists engaged in water policy and management. There is currently a fragmented approach to river management which too often does not include the skills and enthusiasm of those at the local level. Through my management of two high profile European Projects, EU LIFE http://quercus-project.eu (2005-08) dealing with river restoration and Designing Out Crime, and the Interreg IVC http://ercip.eu (2012-14) focusing on River Corridor Improvement Plans, I have been able to provide practical evidenced examples of the benefits of local authority engagement with the river corridors in their jurisdiction. This evidence and the model of local authority engagement remain unique in the UK and are often used by national organisations as good practice examples. Through this work I’ve been invited to join the Catchment Based Approach Working Group on Urban Rivers in the UK and the European Innovation Partnership on Water through membership of the Smart River Network Action Group. I’ve worked with local, regional and national authorities across Europe, with politicians and staff at all levels with the aim of engaging and empowering everyone involved in the project. Because of this I am able to compile, write and produce reports for a variety of audiences but still ensure that they are accessible by all. This is particularly important where the scientific language of rivers can often be a mystery to local government.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Environmental Issues", covering 4 out of 4 of the criteria. No substantial inconsistencies between the CV and application have been identified.
Theme / Policy: 
Active Inclusion of Target Groups
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Since 2000 I have been the local authority representative on the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Network http://tinyurl.com/6z9st28. The main theme of this network has been promoting the diversity advantage, how city managers and policy makers should focus on the benefits brought to their city by Minorities and Migrants rather than using them as the scapegoats for any problems faced by the city. Over the five years I have been involved in over 30 different ICC workshops, events and conferences presenting at most of them, as well as finding opportunities for expert staff when the event focuses on a more specific subject. As well as being involved in the yearly action plan, organizing and hosting a successful two day Study Visit and a conference on Faith and the Intercultural City, I have also represented ICC at conferences in Ukraine, Canada and Mexico. In addition I’ve made use of the links between cities to provide additional partnership and funding opportunities. Working and living in an Inner London borough makes it straightforward to find examples of local authority leadership and decision making that are based on the Diversity Advantage. But it was also important not to feel that this put us ‘ahead’ of the other cities as the landscape of minorities and migrants is continually changing making it important that my briefings back to the Mayor and management teams included updates of actions from the other cities that would be of benefit to us.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a solid background in the thematic field "Active Inclusion of Target Groups".
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Following a presentation at an ICC event I was asked to co-author a paper on the approaches of Local Government to migrant integration in London and Paris: http://tinyurl.com/qcfl52d This was a new area for me, but one I was pleased to be asked to contribute to as it opened up new dissemination and networking possibilities. The paper was accepted as a contribution to the Inequalities in the United Kingdom: Perceptions, Actions, Evolutions held at the Sorbonne in Paris. A further example of my approach of ensuring that the right information from the right individuals has been collated, is the completed report is through the Intercultural Cities Index Report on Lewisham: http://tinyurl.com/pq2yznv. On this occasion I ensured that staff both understood the purpose of gathering the information and the reasons why, as a local authority, we were engaging in the network. The report was compiled from over 20 interviews carried out with the staff, managers and politicians I felt were most appropriate to respond to specific questions. In some cases these were very detailed responses to policies and strategies issues such as public space, civic life, business support and neighbourhood policies. Knowing who to contact and involve is as much a skill as then being able to tease out the relevant information. So, in this instance, although I did not write the final report it relied almost completely on the relevance and value of the information I was able to provide.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides valid examples showcasing his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
At the beginning of Lewisham’s involvement in the ICC project in 2010, I put together an ICC Presentation (compiled from existing ICC work and my own input) to explain the project and the rationale for involvement to the senior management teams in the Council: http://tinyurl.com/puhep78. I felt it was important to engage them early on in the process so that they would be able to make informed decisions, allow their staff to be involved and most importantly understand how participation was in line with the strategic aims and objectives of the Council. Following the ICC partners visit to Lewisham for a Study Visit, I worked with a colleague who had helped organise the event and produced an Evaluation Report to highlight the visit, lessons learnt and next steps to an internal and external audience. This was particularly important within the Council as the majority of participating staff needed to report back to directorate management teams of their role and impressions, and through that promote the ongoing commitment of the Council to the aims of the Intercultural Cities Network: http://tinyurl.com/omxh62n I’ve also attached briefing note produced in 2013 to explain internally why Lewisham was in the ICC Network and some of the ongoing benefits that had been gained: http://tinyurl.com/ooa3u9q
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities and that put forward good practice.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Although there are a large and growing number of cities in the ICC network, I feel that my work over the past five years had helped with the wider impact of the project. By involving as many colleagues as possible in the visits, report writing and evaluations, I have helped to ensure that examples from Lewisham are found throughout the ICC body of work. Indeed, we were one of five cities chosen to be interviewed as part of a Council of Europe evaluation into the ICC Programme. For this report, while I was not the main author, I was instrumental in finding the base material, organising interviews, proof reading and correcting, so I feel responsible for the content and the importance of the document. Following the evaluation the Council of Europe produced the following statement: “The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe recommends to member States to take note of the guide “The intercultural city, step by step” as a practical guide for applying the urban model of intercultural integration. For the Council of Europe the adoption of this recommendation is the recognition of the good work of the European network of Intercultural Cities to which the London Borough of Lewisham belongs. Our gratitude for the support the intercultural approach has received from your city will we hope - continue in the future” which I include as an successful example of working within existing structures to ensure a wider impact of local work.
D4 Assessment: 
0: Provided less than one relevant example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I can offer expert advice and practical local government focused experience in two of the key URBACT themes; Environmental Issues and the Active Inclusion of Target Groups. Within Environmental Issues my focus is on the role local government could play in both developing and protecting river corridors within their jurisdiction, particularly in urban areas. The fragmented European and National top down approach of legislation and decision making through the Water Framework Directive has ignored the involvement of local actors. Through 10 years direct experience overseeing river restoration projects implementation and promoting the value of linking river protection to local development strategies, I have seen spin off on initial investment well beyond expectations. In developing new river focused policy for local government I have also been able to link the successes of the approach to national and transnational water specialist and governance groups. In terms of the Inclusion of Target Groups my expertise is in Promoting the Diversity Advantage, a subject developed and enhanced through involvement in the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Network http://tinyurl.com/6z9st28 (2010-date). Living and working in one of the most diverse Inner London boroughs has ensured that equality and the particular issues of identity, ethnic diversity and migration has given me a practical insight into the importance of clear leadership, distinct policies and practical applications.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Active Inclusion of Target Groups", covering 3 out of 4 of the criteria. No substantial inconsistencies between the CV and application have been identified.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
Through delivering both the QUERCUS and ERCIP projects I have worked closely with Lewisham’s Planning Policy Team to develop two unique local policies. The Ravensbourne Corridor Improvement Plan was developed by the Council in conjunction with the key national stakeholder the Environment Agency. I negotiated between the organisations to find shared objectives which reflected their strategic objectives. In practice this involved joint walk-through site visits and development sessions using an area map to highlight the key areas of concern and opportunity along the river corridor, leading to a priority list of specific sites. I developed and participated in wider public consultation events including on site displays and questionnaire sessions often organised alongside existing events in order to avoid ‘consultation fatigue’. I ensured that the opportunity was used to publicise the RCIP with the results highlighting specific stakeholder groups missing from the exercise who were then contacted individually. All of this meant that the local Park User Groups and River Stakeholder Groups were fully engaged in what still is a unique piece of local government legislation. I was then able to use the ERCIP project to develop this further into the first UK example of Supplementary Planning Guidance (URL) focused on the projection and enhancement of the river corridors in the area building utilising the relationships and stakeholder contacts built up over the process.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates deep knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
In managing the EU LIFE QUERCUS project I explored the potential of transferring the urban policy of Designing Out Crime from the hard edges of housing estates to the softer green space environment. This involved adapting existing policy and practice by taking the most appropriate parts and testing them in the redesign of a public park. It was important to evaluate the impact of these changes particularly when there was no existing example of the practice even in the Metropolitan Police Crime Prevention handbook. This meant designing questionnaires that looked at people’s perceptions of crime and personal safety and measure these against reported crime figures before and after the landscaping works were carried out. In addition, I was concerned about the impact on the biodiversity of what had been a relatively undisturbed area, alongside one of the projects stated aims of increasing public use. This involved commissioning expert led wildlife surveys to monitor biodiversity and basic headcounts at set times of day over a predetermined period to record usage. The information gathered was collated into a report containing easy to follow data presentations, before and after photos and anecdotal supporting evidence alongside clear explanations of the process used and results achieved. Park usage increased by 250% (a figure that national agencies still quote today), biodiversity increased and most importantly people’s perception of their safety increased from 42 to 78%.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides a valid example showcasing his abilities to implement an integrated approach for the monitoring and evaluation of urban policies.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
As a European Projects Manager I currently have a cross Council role which has involved working on projects ranging from Youth Democracy to local River Management. This means I have to be prepared to respond to requests on a wide variety of topics and know where the best places are to look for the most appropriate funding opportunities. I have signed up for email, Twitter, Linked In and Facebook updates and newsletters from most of the relevant EU funds and I attend conferences and events at UK and European level. I make use of EU funding briefing notes provided by EU support organisations, and regularly visit websites for updates, funding calls and general information. I am a member of the Smart Rivers Network Action Group part of the European Innovation Partnership on Water and act as their communications person. This provides the opportunity to be in the middle of relevant discussions and funding opportunities directly linked to water and particularly rivers and river management. I am often invited to speak at conferences and take up this opportunity whenever possible as this allows me to hear from experts in the field and often pick up knowledge and contacts I would not have otherwise gained. This has led to partnerships with the private sector and the joint delivery of specialist training to planning authorities across London.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant employs a good approach to keeping up-to-date with the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
In writing the original application and then managing the Interreg IVC ERCIP Project I designed a delivery model that was able to be adapted to the specifics of local situations across the five partner countries involved. The three stage River Corridor Improvement Plans allowed each partner to join the process at the stage most relevant to them and also complement existing national and regional river management structures. Locally this meant I had to work closely with Lewisham’s Planning Policy Team to ensure that the original application idea was deliverable and relevant to them and their systems and at the same time fit with the Catchment Based Approach of the national Environment Agency. While both parties had different responsibilities and delivery methods, it became clear that their objectives had a number of similarities and that a closer working relationship would be mutually beneficial. I was therefore able to adapt existing good practice tools from both developing a local planning tool to ensure the work and relationships were placed on a more formal footing and included ongoing participatory input from various stakeholders and professionals. This approach transferred successfully across the project partners and has been picked up by national and transnational river focused organisations leading to my participation in the European River Restoration Conferences of 2013 & 14 presenting an example of successful and transferable integrated local management plans.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities.
Summary Expertise: 
Through my 15 years of local authority experience focusing on community engagement and through working with different levels of institutions across the UK and Europe I have insight into different approaches to stakeholder engagement and in particular the benefits of their wider input to the aims and objective of project delivery. Primarily stakeholder engagement should be seen as a central part of a successful project. I have worked closely with the Planning Policy Team in Lewisham on managing the statutory processes of stakeholder engagement and consultation by using the project funding to think more creatively. Through the http://ercip.eu project (2012-14) I used theatre events to engage local people in visiting their local rivers and through this opened up access to an audience of local people previous missing from the consultation exercise. Through http://quercus-project.eu (2005-08) I used a planned visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the project area to provide a platform for publicising the restoration of the local river, gaining engagement and publicity way beyond our initial expectations. I have also been involved with internal Council stakeholders in promoting the Intercultural Cities network http://tinyurl.com/6z9st28 and its relevance to the Equalities Policies of the Council, ensuring that both are able to learn practically from the exchange of knowledge and experience in a way that has a tangible impact on continued policy development and implement
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for E, meeting 4 out of 4 criteria. No substantial inconsistencies between the CV and application have been identified.

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Residence location:
United Kingdom
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
Email:
paul@pceuconsultant.eu
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