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Jim

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Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I possess over 20 years experience in sustainable urban development. Recently, I have been involved in developing a number of integrated place based economic development strategies, including - The BTVLEP Strategic Economic Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan) and - The BTVLEP EU Structural Investment Fund Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/eu-investment-plan) As far as thematic urban policy expertise is concerned, I possess considerable experience of developing and delivering a range of innovation and business support; workforce development; employability, community cohesion and social inclusion; property and infrastructure development; and low carbon projects. Over my professional career, I have been responsible for facilitating, leading and participating in numerous transnational EU funded projects . I have experience of being both a partner and a lead partner. Through these various projects, many of which have been funded through Urbact, INTERREG, Structural Funding and Lifelong Learning Programmes, I have also developed considerable experience of designing and delivering transnational exchange and learning activities. Much of this work has lent on my previous academic and practical Marketing experience/studies. Through the above activities, I have developed considerable experience and expertise of designing and delivering integrated/participatory urban policies for a range of organisations, including local authorities.
B1. Assessment: 
1. At least 2 experience with urban development
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Through my work in the above Transnational EU funded projects, I have been involved in a variety of exchange and learning activities across a variety of domains, partnerships and countries, that have relied on a variety of partnership working and communication skills. At the heart of many of the projects I have worked on has been a strong commitment to share learning, experience, best practice and knowledge across the European Union. This commitment to sharing learning across Europe stems from my early education, from when I attended the European School in Luxembourg. In many of the projects I have been involved in, I have had cause to undertake presentations, identify and develop best practice material, share policy insights, organize transnational conferences/study tours and develop documents which have sought to harmonize EU policy. Similarly, I have been lucky to benefit from having worked with some very inspirational thought leaders across Europe, who have been similarly open to sharing their expertise. In addition to undertaking exchange activities within the above projects, I have also been asked in the recent past to present my experiences of working in EU funded transnational projects by both the UK INTERREG contact point and the Urbact Secretariat (Meet the Cities, Riga, 2015). Many of these activities have leaned on my academic studies in design, marketing and project management.
B2. Assessment: 
1, Participated in at least 1 transnational activity
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
As an English national, I like to think my proficiency in my mother tongue is very good. I have written numerous strategies, documents, plans and bids which have required me to demonstrate this expertise.
B3. Assessment: 
1. Applicant is a British national

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

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Many of the transnational projects I have been involved with before have necessitated me explaining complex concepts to non English speakers. The range of technical subject matter covered includes Security; Renewable Energy; Business Support; Urban Planning and Health Prevention. Wherever possible, I try and keep language simple and jargon free. In conversation with colleagues and associates across Europe, I think I have come to understand what might be described as 'conversational' English and try to limit my own personal presentation to this lexicon. An example of a You Tube Video on one of the projects I have been involved in (TIMBER) can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWT11OeOJdk In many cases, in the current financial crises, I have found myself trying to describe economic principles which involve principles which differ according to the approach being adopted in different member states. For example, in recent times, I have come to understand that the UK concept of 'Big Society' is not well understood across Europe, whereas the 'Sharing Economy' is more widely understood. To this end, I have sought to adapt my style and approach to be more European. Where I think this worked rather successfully is in the USEACT Final Conference, where I used a metaphor of the Town Planner as the Conductor to explain their role in Urban Planning. See: http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCYQFjABahU
C3.1 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of communicating to non-English speakers
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Over the period of my working in EU Transnational projects, I have inputted into and produced a variety of outputs which support the exchange of experience and knowledge at a transnational level. Some examples from the TIMBER project, an INTERREG IVc mini-project, include; TIMBER Report on Best Practices: http://www.powerprogramme.eu/uploads/Report%20on%20Best%20Practices.pdf TIMBER Newsletter http://www.powerprogramme.eu/uploads/Newsletter%20Timber%20250111.pdf TIMER Presentation http://docslide.us/documents/power-interregional-programme-policy-network-jim-sims-head-of-strategy-and-development-ngage-almeria-16-th-17-th-feb-2011-tools-for-integrated-management.html Buckinghamshire Biomass Action Plan https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/949847/biomass_action_plan.pdf These are just a few of the examples that are online. If the Urbact Secretariat would like more I would be happy to provide them.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of preparing for meetings
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Over the period of my working in EU Transnational projects, I have been responsible for capturing a variety of knowledge and experiences exchanged at transnational and local level. Some examples of material that I have been responsible for part developing in the USE-ACT project include; USE-ACT Bi-Lateral Meeting Report http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/import/Projects/USE_ACT/outputs_media/London_First_Bilateral_Meeting_Report.pdf USE-ACT CASE Studies https://useact.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/case-studies-catalogue/ The BTVLEP Strategic Economic Plan http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan) The BTVLEP EU Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) Plan http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/eu-investment-plan These last two documents in particular are documents that I personally have been responsible for developing through facilitated discussion with a range of stakeholders, that has necessitated me capturing a variety of knowledge and experiences from a range of partners and distilling this into a relatively concise document.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of capturing learning for participants to take away
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
Examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages that I have been responsible for developing include: TIMBER Report on Best Practices: http://www.powerprogramme.eu/uploads/Report%20on%20Best%20Practices.pdf USE-ACT CASE Studies https://useact.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/case-studies-catalogue/
C3.4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of producing concise reports with good practices or policy messages
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I possess over 20 years experience in urban development and over 10 years experience in the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities . This experience spans project design/development, through delivery to project closure. Past projects I have been involved in include http://urbact.eu/useact; http://www.span-europe.eu/; http://www.powerprogramme.eu/projects.php?project=TIMBER;http://www.nweurope.eu/index.php?act=project_detail&id=5349; and www.hissproject.eu. In these various projects, I have lead and/or supported the exchange of learning and best practice across the partnerships, captured learning and supported partners to deliver a range of project deliverables/outcomes.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 3 out 4 for C1, 3 out 4 for C2, and 4 out 4 for C3 and is therefore validated for section C.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Over the last 20 years I have worked as a policy specialist in local economic development, with a particular focus on business support, innovation and skills. More recently, I have been involved in developing a number of integrated place-based economic development strategies, including the BTVLEP Strategic Economic Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan) and EU Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/eu-investment-plan). I am now moving on to our RIS3 Strategy. More recently, having secured growth funding from the UK government, I am presently responsible for overseeing the delivery the BTVLEP Growth Deal, a programme of integrated territorial investments that have been designed to stimulate growth in the local economy. This is giving me lots of practical, professional experience of a range of urban development issues (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398160/02_Buckinghamshire_Thames_Valley_Growth_Deal.pdf).
D1 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of relevant work experience
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Examples of thematic papers and presentations I have produced to feed into transnational learning processes are attached below. The majority of these presentations were developed for use in the Use-act project and were organised around prescribed formats (i.e. often limited to 5 or so slides); USE-ACT • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wyuv6kdr91dllth/BBF_USEACT_KOM_Viladecans_May2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/iq13nth3n062472/LAP_BKS_USEACT_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/mry4xgoxbpcf4o9/BKS_USEACT_IIseminar_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgu986xmaxkv5qy/General%20Scheme%20Problem%20and%20tools_Jim%20Sims.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/rej8fz4jpsp6hh2/CONCEPT%20PAPER%20Buckinghamshire.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/azd7z78qvddu0a6/fundingopportunities.pptx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzpsiw0stbwle4c/Fourth%20BTmeeting_USEACT_Naples_15-16%20July_BBF.pptx?dl=0 THE EUROPEAN SECURITY INNOVATION NETWORK • https://www.dropbox.com/s/ah2gr4kjyo4o08i/Aims%20and%20Objectives%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/8bc76emlqsytqf2/Website%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0
D2 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided of stimulating a process of exchange
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As far as producing concise report that incorporate exchange and learning activities, I believe the papers below illustrate my ability too do this effectively. USE-ACT • https://useact.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/buckinghamshire-advantage_bbf.pdf (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/97ukvonfc9l34wn/BBF_Casestudy_USEACT_IIIrd%20seminar_Istanbul.ppt?dl=0 (Part Author) TIMBER • https://www.dropbox.com/s/6wmj5p2v0t3mbp7/Report%20on%20Best%20Practices%20TIMBERproject.pdf?dl=0 (Part Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/skaim056mp2er1n/FinalDemandStudy.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/n1x77cts7wiu0sj/FINAL%20Study%20into%20Capacity%20and%20Capability.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/091faq5nx4crp5q/Final%20Study%20into%20Commitment%20to%20Supply.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/u3pjzuyc5g9nabz/Policy%20recommendation.docx?dl=0 (Author)
D3 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 valid examples provided of incorporating learning from exchange and learning activities
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
As far as maximising the use of project results for the benefit of capitalisation, policy design and awareness is concerned, it is my belief that the following range of links demonstrate my effectiveness in achieving this widespread publicity for the INTERREG NWE project we led on, entitled SIGNATURE. This is just a small amount of random material from online sources promoting the work of the cluster. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7DAUnwX88 • http://www.cassandra-project.eu/calendar/european-security-innovation-conference.html • http://www.systematic-paris-region.org/en/actualites/welcome-fifth-edition-email-digest-signature-european-security-innovation-network • http://bbf.uk.com/news-hub/latest-news/view/cluster-for-security • http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/news/news-archive/euro-research-2/ • http://governmentgazette.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Government%20Gazette%20-%20Feb%202011.pdf • http://www.gsa.europa.eu/gnss-funding-guide/main-support-services/european-innovation-network-ein • http://www.cybersecurity-review.com/information-security-solutions-europe-2015 • http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/isse-announces-2014-conference-programme/ • https://www.thehaguesecuritydelta.com/events/event/51 • https://twitter.com/biometrieonline/status/301703508619571200 • http://programasue.info/documentos/2012-NGAGE-09.pdf
D4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of designing and producing strategies
Summary Thematic expertise: 
My expertise encompasses Local Economic Development; Research and Innovation; Entrepreneurship & Competitive SMEs; Skills & Employment; Environmental; and Sustainable Urban Mobility. For ten years of my working life I was an employee of Business Link, the UK national business advisory service, rising to the role of Strategic Development Director of one on the 40 or so area franchises. During this time, I developed my skills and experience in designing and delivering EU Structural Fund projects. During this time, I also acquired some experience of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Life + and Interreg. Following this, I spent some time in a small economic development consultancy as Head of Innovation, Sector Development and Funding. During this time, I wrote a number of successful research strategies and bids. More recently, I have been involved with the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership writing their Strategic Economic Plan, their European Structural Fund Strategy and co-ordinating the delivery of their growth programme. Throughout this period, I have been actively involved in developing and delivering a range of transnational European projects.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 4 out of 4 and is therefore validated for local economic development
Theme / Policy: 
Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Over the last 20 years I have worked as a policy specialist in economic development, with a particular focus on business support, innovation and skills. Recently, I have been involved in developing a number of integrated place based strategies, including the BTVLEP Strategic Economic Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan) and EU Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/eu-investment-plan). I am now moving on to our RIS3 Strategy. More recently, having secured growth funding from the UK government, I am presently responsible for overseeing the delivery the BTVLEP Growth Deal . This is giving me lots of practical, professional experience of a range of urban development issues (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398160/02_Buckinghamshire_Thames_Valley_Growth_Deal.pdf)
D1 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of relevant work experience
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Examples of thematic papers and presentations I have produced to feed into transnational learning processes are attached below. The majority of these presentations were developed for use in the Use-act project and were organised around prescribed formats (i.e. often limited to 5 or so slides); USE-ACT • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wyuv6kdr91dllth/BBF_USEACT_KOM_Viladecans_May2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/iq13nth3n062472/LAP_BKS_USEACT_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/mry4xgoxbpcf4o9/BKS_USEACT_IIseminar_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgu986xmaxkv5qy/General%20Scheme%20Problem%20and%20tools_Jim%20Sims.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/rej8fz4jpsp6hh2/CONCEPT%20PAPER%20Buckinghamshire.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/azd7z78qvddu0a6/fundingopportunities.pptx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzpsiw0stbwle4c/Fourth%20BTmeeting_USEACT_Naples_15-16%20July_BBF.pptx?dl=0 THE EUROPEAN SECURITY INNOVATION NETWORK • https://www.dropbox.com/s/ah2gr4kjyo4o08i/Aims%20and%20Objectives%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/8bc76emlqsytqf2/Website%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0
D2 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided of stimulating a process of exchange
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As far as producing concise report that incorporate exchange and learning activities, I believe the papers below illustrate my ability too do this effectively. USE-ACT • https://useact.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/buckinghamshire-advantage_bbf.pdf (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/97ukvonfc9l34wn/BBF_Casestudy_USEACT_IIIrd%20seminar_Istanbul.ppt?dl=0 (Part Author) TIMBER • https://www.dropbox.com/s/6wmj5p2v0t3mbp7/Report%20on%20Best%20Practices%20TIMBERproject.pdf?dl=0 (Part Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/skaim056mp2er1n/FinalDemandStudy.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/n1x77cts7wiu0sj/FINAL%20Study%20into%20Capacity%20and%20Capability.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/091faq5nx4crp5q/Final%20Study%20into%20Commitment%20to%20Supply.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/u3pjzuyc5g9nabz/Policy%20recommendation.docx?dl=0 (Author)
D3 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 valid examples provided of incorporating learning from exchange and learning activities
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
As far as maximising the use of project results for the benefit of capitalisation, policy design and awareness is concerned, it is my belief that the following range of links demonstrate my effectiveness in achieving this widespread publicity for the INTERREG NWE project we led on, entitled SIGNATURE. This is just a small amount of random material from online sources promoting the work of the cluster. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7DAUnwX88 • http://www.cassandra-project.eu/calendar/european-security-innovation-conference.html • http://www.systematic-paris-region.org/en/actualites/welcome-fifth-edition-email-digest-signature-european-security-innovation-network • http://bbf.uk.com/news-hub/latest-news/view/cluster-for-security • http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/news/news-archive/euro-research-2/ • http://governmentgazette.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Government%20Gazette%20-%20Feb%202011.pdf • http://www.gsa.europa.eu/gnss-funding-guide/main-support-services/european-innovation-network-ein • http://www.cybersecurity-review.com/information-security-solutions-europe-2015 • http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/isse-announces-2014-conference-programme/ • https://www.thehaguesecuritydelta.com/events/event/51 • https://twitter.com/biometrieonline/status/301703508619571200 • http://programasue.info/documentos/2012-NGAGE-09.pdf
D4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of designing and producing strategies
Summary Thematic expertise: 
For ten years of my working life I was an employee of Business Link, the UK national business advisory service, rising to the role of Strategic Development Director of one on the 40 or so area franchises. During this time, I developed my skills and experience in designing and delivering EU Structural Fund projects. During this time, I also acquired some experience of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Life + and Interreg. Following this, I spent some time in a small economic development consultancy as Head of Innovation, Sector Development and Funding. During this time, I wrote a number of successful research strategies and bids. More recently, I have been involved with the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership writing their Strategic Economic Plan, their European Structural Fund Strategy and co-ordinating the delivery of their growth programme. Throughout this period, I have been actively involved in developing and delivering a range of transnational European projects.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 4 out of 4 and is therefore validated for Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Over the last 20 years I have worked as a policy specialist in economic development, with a particular focus on business support, innovation and skills. Recently, I have been involved in developing a number of integrated place based strategies, including the BTVLEP Strategic Economic Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan) and EU Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/eu-investment-plan). I am now moving on to our RIS3 Strategy. More recently, having secured growth funding from the UK government, I am presently responsible for overseeing the delivery the BTVLEP Growth Deal . This is giving me lots of practical, professional experience of a range of urban development issues (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398160/02_Buckinghamshire_Thames_Valley_Growth_Deal.pdf)
D1 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of relevant work experience
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Examples of thematic papers and presentations I have produced to feed into transnational learning processes are attached below. The majority of these presentations were developed for use in the Use-act project and were organised around prescribed formats (i.e. often limited to 5 or so slides); USE-ACT • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wyuv6kdr91dllth/BBF_USEACT_KOM_Viladecans_May2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/iq13nth3n062472/LAP_BKS_USEACT_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/mry4xgoxbpcf4o9/BKS_USEACT_IIseminar_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgu986xmaxkv5qy/General%20Scheme%20Problem%20and%20tools_Jim%20Sims.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/rej8fz4jpsp6hh2/CONCEPT%20PAPER%20Buckinghamshire.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/azd7z78qvddu0a6/fundingopportunities.pptx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzpsiw0stbwle4c/Fourth%20BTmeeting_USEACT_Naples_15-16%20July_BBF.pptx?dl=0 THE EUROPEAN SECURITY INNOVATION NETWORK • https://www.dropbox.com/s/ah2gr4kjyo4o08i/Aims%20and%20Objectives%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/8bc76emlqsytqf2/Website%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0
D2 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided of stimulating a process of exchange
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As far as producing concise report that incorporate exchange and learning activities, I believe the papers below illustrate my ability too do this effectively. USE-ACT • https://useact.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/buckinghamshire-advantage_bbf.pdf (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/97ukvonfc9l34wn/BBF_Casestudy_USEACT_IIIrd%20seminar_Istanbul.ppt?dl=0 (Part Author) TIMBER • https://www.dropbox.com/s/6wmj5p2v0t3mbp7/Report%20on%20Best%20Practices%20TIMBERproject.pdf?dl=0 (Part Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/skaim056mp2er1n/FinalDemandStudy.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/n1x77cts7wiu0sj/FINAL%20Study%20into%20Capacity%20and%20Capability.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/091faq5nx4crp5q/Final%20Study%20into%20Commitment%20to%20Supply.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/u3pjzuyc5g9nabz/Policy%20recommendation.docx?dl=0 (Author)
D3 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 valid examples provided of incorporating learning from exchange and learning activities
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
As far as maximising the use of project results for the benefit of capitalisation, policy design and awareness is concerned, it is my belief that the following range of links demonstrate my effectiveness in achieving this widespread publicity for the INTERREG NWE project we led on, entitled SIGNATURE. This is just a small amount of random material from online sources promoting the work of the cluster. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7DAUnwX88 • http://www.cassandra-project.eu/calendar/european-security-innovation-conference.html • http://www.systematic-paris-region.org/en/actualites/welcome-fifth-edition-email-digest-signature-european-security-innovation-network • http://bbf.uk.com/news-hub/latest-news/view/cluster-for-security • http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/news/news-archive/euro-research-2/ • http://governmentgazette.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Government%20Gazette%20-%20Feb%202011.pdf • http://www.gsa.europa.eu/gnss-funding-guide/main-support-services/european-innovation-network-ein • http://www.cybersecurity-review.com/information-security-solutions-europe-2015 • http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/isse-announces-2014-conference-programme/ • https://www.thehaguesecuritydelta.com/events/event/51 • https://twitter.com/biometrieonline/status/301703508619571200 • http://programasue.info/documentos/2012-NGAGE-09.pdf
D4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of designing and producing strategies
Summary Thematic expertise: 
For ten years of my working life I was an employee of Business Link, the UK national business advisory service, rising to the role of Strategic Development Director of one on the 40 or so area franchises. During this time, I developed my skills and experience in designing and delivering EU Structural Fund projects. During this time, I also acquired some experience of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Life + and Interreg. Following this, I spent some time in a small economic development consultancy as Head of Innovation, Sector Development and Funding. During this time, I wrote a number of successful research strategies and bids. More recently, I have been involved with the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership writing their Strategic Economic Plan, their European Structural Fund Strategy and co-ordinating the delivery of their growth programme. Throughout this period, I have been actively involved in developing and delivering a range of transnational European projects.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 4 out of 4 and is therefore validated for the theme of research, innovation and knowledge economy
Theme / Policy: 
Employment, Human Capital and Labour Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Over the last 20 years I have worked as a policy specialist in economic development, with a particular focus on business support, innovation and skills. Recently, I have been involved in developing a number of integrated place based strategies, including the BTVLEP Strategic Economic Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan) and EU Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) Plan (http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/eu-investment-plan). I am now moving on to our RIS3 Strategy. More recently, having secured growth funding from the UK government, I am presently responsible for overseeing the delivery the BTVLEP Growth Deal . This is giving me lots of practical, professional experience of a range of urban development issues (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398160/02_Buckinghamshire_Thames_Valley_Growth_Deal.pdf)
D1 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 years of relevant work experience
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Examples of thematic papers and presentations I have produced to feed into transnational learning processes are attached below. The majority of these presentations were developed for use in the Use-act project and were organised around prescribed formats (i.e. often limited to 5 or so slides); USE-ACT • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wyuv6kdr91dllth/BBF_USEACT_KOM_Viladecans_May2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/iq13nth3n062472/LAP_BKS_USEACT_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/mry4xgoxbpcf4o9/BKS_USEACT_IIseminar_Nitra_2013.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/wgu986xmaxkv5qy/General%20Scheme%20Problem%20and%20tools_Jim%20Sims.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/rej8fz4jpsp6hh2/CONCEPT%20PAPER%20Buckinghamshire.docx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/azd7z78qvddu0a6/fundingopportunities.pptx?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/uzpsiw0stbwle4c/Fourth%20BTmeeting_USEACT_Naples_15-16%20July_BBF.pptx?dl=0 THE EUROPEAN SECURITY INNOVATION NETWORK • https://www.dropbox.com/s/ah2gr4kjyo4o08i/Aims%20and%20Objectives%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0 • https://www.dropbox.com/s/8bc76emlqsytqf2/Website%20Presentation%20for%20Final%20Event.ppt?dl=0
D2 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 relevant examples provided of stimulating a process of exchange
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As far as producing concise report that incorporate exchange and learning activities, I believe the papers below illustrate my ability too do this effectively. USE-ACT • https://useact.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/buckinghamshire-advantage_bbf.pdf (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/97ukvonfc9l34wn/BBF_Casestudy_USEACT_IIIrd%20seminar_Istanbul.ppt?dl=0 (Part Author) TIMBER • https://www.dropbox.com/s/6wmj5p2v0t3mbp7/Report%20on%20Best%20Practices%20TIMBERproject.pdf?dl=0 (Part Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/skaim056mp2er1n/FinalDemandStudy.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/n1x77cts7wiu0sj/FINAL%20Study%20into%20Capacity%20and%20Capability.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/091faq5nx4crp5q/Final%20Study%20into%20Commitment%20to%20Supply.pdf?dl=0 (Author) • https://www.dropbox.com/s/u3pjzuyc5g9nabz/Policy%20recommendation.docx?dl=0 (Author)
D3 Assessment: 
1. At least 2 valid examples provided of incorporating learning from exchange and learning activities
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
As far as maximising the use of project results for the benefit of capitalisation, policy design and awareness is concerned, it is my belief that the following range of links demonstrate my effectiveness in achieving this widespread publicity for the INTERREG NWE project we led on, entitled SIGNATURE. This is just a small amount of random material from online sources promoting the work of the cluster. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7DAUnwX88 • http://www.cassandra-project.eu/calendar/european-security-innovation-conference.html • http://www.systematic-paris-region.org/en/actualites/welcome-fifth-edition-email-digest-signature-european-security-innovation-network • http://bbf.uk.com/news-hub/latest-news/view/cluster-for-security • http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/news/news-archive/euro-research-2/ • http://governmentgazette.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Government%20Gazette%20-%20Feb%202011.pdf • http://www.gsa.europa.eu/gnss-funding-guide/main-support-services/european-innovation-network-ein • http://www.cybersecurity-review.com/information-security-solutions-europe-2015 • http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/isse-announces-2014-conference-programme/ • https://www.thehaguesecuritydelta.com/events/event/51 • https://twitter.com/biometrieonline/status/301703508619571200 • http://programasue.info/documentos/2012-NGAGE-09.pdf
D4 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 valid example provided of designing and producing strategies
Summary Thematic expertise: 
For ten years of my working life I was an employee of Business Link, the UK national business advisory service, rising to the role of Strategic Development Director of one on the 40 or so area franchises. During this time, I developed my skills and experience in designing and delivering EU Structural Fund projects. During this time, I also acquired some experience of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Life + and Interreg. Following this, I spent some time in a small economic development consultancy as Head of Innovation, Sector Development and Funding. During this time, I wrote a number of successful research strategies and bids. More recently, I have been involved with the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership writing their Strategic Economic Plan, their European Structural Fund Strategy and co-ordinating the delivery of their growth programme. Throughout this period, I have been actively involved in developing and delivering a range of transnational European projects.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 4 out of 4 and is therefore validated for the theme of employment, human capital and labour mobility

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 : 
A number of the trans-national projects I have been involved in have involved the development of public sector policies for local authorities and have been built on participatory methods. In Use-Act, BTVLEP (which counts 5 municipalities at its core) developed both its Strategic Economic Plan and its Infrastructure Plan through part funding from Urbact. These strategies were built through a collegiate team prioritisation process. In this project we also established a new PPP Infrastructure delivery organisation, called Buckinghamshire Advantage. In TIMBER, I facilitated a process to write a Biomass Action Plan for Buckinghamshire Council, in a process which involved a range of external partners. Examples of theses various policies can be found at; • http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan • https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/949847/biomass_action_plan.pdf Participatory methods used have included facilitated workshops, GAP Analysis, Problem Tree’s, Peer Review and Sandpits.
E.1 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 relevant example provided of 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: 
Many of the projects I have been responsible for leading have required the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy at the early stage of the project, to ensure the goals of the project are clearly stated and the project delivers against its stated objectives. Monitoring activities have often centred around developing a clear delivering plans setting out the inputs and outputs (activities and milestones) expected to have been delivered at any particular point in time and then monitoring the projects achievement of those goals. Milestone plans, Project Plans, Expenditure profiles and Monitoring Pans and Frameworks are all tools I am familiar with. Evaluation activities have often necessitated the development of an evaluation framework to assess whether the project management arrangements were effective (process), whether the principles underpinning the project were sound (theory), whether the end goals were achieved (outcomes) and whether the scale of impact was achieved (impacts). Tools I have used to assess the impact of particular projects include surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, site visits etc. As someone who has achieved the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma and a Prince 2 Qualification, I am well versed in research methods and traditional project management techniques.
E.2 Assessment: 
1. At least 1 relevant example provided for designing and applying monitoring tools for integrated and sustainable urban policies
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
My awareness of policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level is strong. I generally keep up to date on such matters through Social Media, subscribing to news alerts, attending info days, visiting Brussels during Open Days, asking our MEPs to organise visits to the EC, networking with peers etc.
E.3 Assessment: 
1. Awareness shown by keeping up to date with main policy and funding schemes
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
My work with the Local Enterprise Partnership is all about localising national frameworks and models. Just look at the work I have done developing a European Investment Strategy for Buckinghamshire, which has had to comply with commission regulations, and the emerging Operational Programme, whilst also trying to take account of the principles of Smart Specialisation, Localism and the wishes of the local community. In addition to this strategy, I have also developed a number of CLLD strategies fin the past, albeit these were for rural LEADER partnerships, rather than urban ones. I am passionate about localism and often find these kind of projects much more fulfilling than those that don't require tailoring to the needs of local communities.
E.4 Assessment: 
0. A transnational setting is not described. Demonstrated less than two years of experience in the category E or provided less than one relevant activity that demonstrates ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects
Summary Expertise: 
I possess a strong, proven track record in the design and delivery of a number of domestic and transnational European Projects. At the time of writing, I have been subject to a number of inspections and Managing Authority appointed auditors and generally received a clear bill of health. The majority of my technical expertise is in service design/economic development, developing economic development projects to plug identified market failures. I also possess a strong track record of developing revenue based business support, innovation and low carbon projects. More recently, I have started to get into capital based urban development / regeneration, although I am still learning. I understand the commercial development and the regulatory planning process, although I am not a technical expert in these disciplines.
Assessment: 
Applicant scored 3 out of 4 and is therefore validated for Section E

Informations

Residence location:
United Kingdom
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
jrs-1@hotmail.com
Unavailable - already performing the role of Lead Expert for an URBACT network

Area of expertise