Emma’s early career reinforced the importance of relating economic development interventions directly to place management and Emma has been involved with many projects combining the two areas to help support businesses, enhance local skills and boost visitor numbers across South Essex. In economic development, Emma’s key professional area of interest is working on improving local skills among children and young adults via partnership working. To tackle the issue of local skills gaps, Emma created a highly successful mentoring scheme “60 Minute Mentor”, connecting local businesses and professionals with schools to deliver career specific seminars and workshops. Emma’s involvement in the URBACT Programme will provide further opportunities to develop local, as well as transnational, solutions to the challenges facing young people.
As town centre co-ordinator for Thurrock Council, Emma's aim is to work with and support the Grays Town management partnership, which she co-ordinated the establishment of in 2016. The partnership aims to deliver projects to ensure the town centre is safe and welcoming to shoppers, visitors and retailers, engages all members of the community, improves the street scene and supports an 18 hour economy. Emma manages the delivery of a variety of projects and functions, including the day to day management of the town centre.