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Colclough

Graham

Colclough

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
A broad and deep understanding of city systems, from city leadership and governance through service delivery, to all the enabling aspects of cities. Very familiar with sustainability, resilience, and 'smart' agendas. Can support from assessment and strategy, through to operational improvements. Experience is EU-centric, however also in many non-EU countries, having led the global cities business for a global advisory/tech company.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Having worked globally all my professional life, addressing organisational improvements, I am well versed in working in and across multiple cultures. Multiple experiences at building skills and capabilities at leadership and operational levels through various interventions.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Mother tongue. Well versed in report preparation and publication; white papers etc.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Decades of working internationally supports this skill. Frequent presentation in formal events, through to workshops keeps the skill well exercised. Communication can be supported by the 'crutch of powerpoint' however requires fundamentally the ability to engage at a personal level.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Flip Charts and a pen ; visualisation; all a great means to shape and capture thoughts. A regularly applied approach. At the other end of the spectrum, steering the development of standards (thankfully only ocassionally!).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
As example, the development and publication of a White Paper on Urban Innovation (available on request). This includes a framework based on best practices to build capacity within cities, and includes capture of several case studies. Personalising this in next steps for a city/staff member(s) makes such things come to life.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
The Innovation White Paper noted is an example of that. Perhaps also, the "Towards a Joint Investment Programme for EU SMart Cities" white paper (June 2018), which is teh current EIP-SCC 'command paper' is a good example of report authored collaboratively with EIP and EC stakeholders.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Integrated Urban Renewal
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Addressing 'smart' approaches as a transformational lever to support urban renewal; whilst recognising the systemic nature of urban systems. Having been involved in the development of the Urban Anatomy (for the City Protocol Society); and City Model co-developed with the Smart Cities Council; and systems modelling for specific urban systems, I bring significant depth to how cities can go about policy and planning through to detailed implementation of urban renewal. The majority of experience has been through practice rather than academic, and in an advisory role. That said, a fair degree of work has also involved working with academics (as well as of course city staff).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
The Sharing Cities (smart) and RESCCUE (resilience) programmes for example require synthesising and providing frameworks and case learning to help stimulate localisation within a particualr city context. The 'packaging' of smart city solutions is a good example of developing sustainable foundations for this.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Mulitple EU project deliverables have been produced for such purposes. The 'packaging' of smart city solutions, which is in the process of delivering a portfolio of material to engage political leaders through to project delivery (& Industry) stakeholders, is an excellent example of this.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Turning project results into exploitable scaleable learning is core to what I do. Again, 'packaging' is the best example. There are many more.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Chair of the EIP-SCC Integrated Infrastructrue & Process Action Cluster. This offers considerable insight and experience into integrated urban renewal. The development of systemic frameworks and models for urban systems complements this. Practical experience with cities in delivering such initiatives consolidates this.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Having led and delivered several city and multi-city Leadership programmes, the issues of local governance are well known. Having worked in transfrmational organisational change, significant experience is availabele to underpin this.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Smart City Leadrship Programme; BSI Smart City Overview co-authoring, are good examples of this.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The visualisation of the leadership programme is a new novel and helpful means to pull busy leaders together to align around a common way forward. Underpinning this is a 7-block leadership model which provides the content background to this work.
Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
The Smart Cities / State Leadership Programme; the BSI Smart City Overview (as co-author) are starting points for this. Active and ongoing work with specific cities makes these tools real and meaningful for cities (internationally). The 'animation' of the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities - involving 17 country Ministries; and the moderation of the 6-Nations Smart Cities Forum (DE, FR, UK, NL, ES, AT) provide examples of this at strategic EU-wide level.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
All the above require structured, designed, insightful inputs
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
All the above are captured in appropriate reports.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The 6-Nations SC Forum was designed to capture (the 'Blueprint') from the 6 large/progressive countries for dissemination across EU.
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy

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 : 
Participatory methods involving on-line and face-to-face participation are regularly applied to support cities. Matters of policy relevance on a variety of topics including resilience, service delivery, 'smart', economic development, etc
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Experience of urban indicators as means to understand and build integrated performance enhancing approaches. Systems modeling (in a pragmatic more than perhaps complex digital sense) enhance this.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Having led the EU business for a major advisory / technology firm for more than a decade, the landscape of EU institutions remains complex though some light through the clouds does at times emerge.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
Decades of working in many continents and cities provides a basis to manage adaptation to mulitple settings.

Informations

Residence location:
United Kingdom
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
graham.colclough@UrbanDNA.eu

Area of expertise