Neil specialises in evaluation projects and research, especially where there is a significant amount of data to analyse and draw conclusions from. The focus is on helping groups, organisations and communities to better show the difference that their activities make to their local community, environment and economy. Neil also has significant experience of developing policy and programmes at a local and national level, particularly focusing on enabling communities to do more for themselves.

Neil Smith

Core competencies

Neil’s core competencies are:

  • Analysis of qualitative and quantitative information: capturing and presenting learning; supporting organisational and personal development; enabling better decisions and planning; demonstrating value and difference made.
  • Engaging People: helping groups and organisations to do their best thinking; supporting communities to make social, economic and environmental change.
  • Analysis of processes and systems: mapping the reality of what an organisation does, compared to the perception; aligning resources with organisational aims; and, improving the way people, teams and organisations work.
  • Developing policy that delivers strategic goals and delivering results through designing and managing projects and programmes.

Career highlights

Neil’s varied career has enabled him to develop an extensive and transferable set of skills that, for example, saw him lead the national community and social action agenda for successive governments whilst at the Cabinet Office, including community assets. This included designing and managing national grant and investment programmes worth more than £300m. He also has experience in the private sector in business start-ups.

Other stuff

Neil lives in East Sussex where he is Treasurer of Action in rural Sussex, and the Chair of Hastings and St Leonards Cycling Club. He regularly cleans the local beach and is an active National Trust member.

Neil’s recent projects include:

Sport Wales

In early 2019 we completed a review of Sport Wales two lottery funded grant programmes, Community Chest and Development Grants…