Emma is a skilled and experienced consultancy project manager, trainer and collaborative practitioner. She has a wealth of experience of stakeholder and community engagement and programme evaluation ranging from local grassroots projects to regional programmes. Through designing, implementing, managing and evaluating many differing programmes, Emma has developed innovative led responses and a wealth of knowledge around the key skills sets required for achieving positive results for clients, people and communities.

Core competencies

  • Stakeholder and community engagement in particular:
    • Leading engagement on controversial subjects including high levels of objection and protest
    • Engagement with hard to reach and seldom heard groups to ensure real conversations
  • Evaluation of engagement activities:
    • Developing evaluation frameworks, indicators and success criteria
    • Managing participative evaluation processes
    • Auditing process against best practice standards
    • Mentoring professional development through reflective practice
  • Management and processing of data:
    • Managing engagement, data processing and admin support staff within engagement programmes
    • Identification of stakeholders and maintaining ongoing, purposeful and successful relationships with stakeholders
    • Identification of stakeholder issues and management of the processing of issues and feed back
  • Representing clients while maintaining the professional independence of a collaborative engagement practitioner.

Career highlights

Emma has worked as an engagement and evaluation consultant for over seventeen years for Resources for Change, Thinking Tree Consulting and CAG Consultants LLP.  Her previous roles include the Community Initiatives Officer (England) for the Community Development Foundation and managing a Community Development service within the NHS.

Emma’s work is highly respected and is founded upon her personal commitment to equity, transformational process and improving opportunities for excluded communities.

Emma was a full member of the UK and Ireland Board for International Association for Public Participation until 2013 where she also represented the UK Board on the International Board.  This role included promoting best practice in public participation and sharing international learning.

Other stuff

Emma lives in West Yorkshire where she is a volunteer with Guides and Sunday School and grows heritage rhubarb and top fruit.

Emma’s recent projects include: