Our team

Lindsey Simpson

Lindsey Simpson, managing director of Simpson Consulting, is a specialist in the fields of labour market information, skills and enterprise, economic development and regeneration. Her areas of expertise include research, and analysis, strategy and planning, policy development, evaluation and impact assessment.

Her clients include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (evaluation of the Global Opportunities Fund and support on strategic planning), the National Employment Panel, the national Learning and Skills Council, the DTI’s business support team (skills and productivity) and regional policy unit (cluster development policy), Yorkshire Forward and Yorkshire Futures (a regional framework for Labour Market Intelligence, FRESA), London Skills Commission (ICT for SMEs in London,) Business Link for London (workforce development strategy ), the London Development Agency and Business Link for London (business support strategy for London), the UK Film Council, South East England Development Agency, the Sector Skills Development Agency (regional development and employer engagement framework and guidance) e-skills UK (policy and strategy support, research and analysis), Skillset (sector skills agreement) NIACE (support for the Inquiry into Lifelong Learning).

Prior to establishing Simpson Consulting in 2000 worked in policy and research at national level, following her previous career in the private sector.

Jane Tebbutt

Jane works with us on a range of assignments. She specialises in publicly funded business support, the socio-economic impacts of ICT, evaluation and innovation. She has been working as a consultant for over 15 years. Previous experiences include spells in the City and being Head of Research for a major business support organisation, as well as working for a multinational, a microfirm and a start-up. She now combines research, consultative and partnership working skills to resolve client problems. Particular strengths include scoping strategic choices, developing delivery programmes and evaluating the results.

Recent assignments include evaluations for e-skills UK, HEFCE, London Development Agency, West Sussex Economic Partnership, London Borough of Wandsworth, and the European Commission; market appraisals for two regional Manufacturing Advisory Services; innovation assistance for the Surrey Economic Partnership and ICT research for a variety of clients.

Chris Chandler

Chris is an expert on the public sector’s engagement with the creative industries. He has worked with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector cultural organisations on the development of strategy, business planning and operational delivery. Recent consultancy and research projects have included the publication of a major report for the UK Film Council into low and micro-budget feature film in the UK; a review of Finance Wales’ Creative IP Fund; and a review and business plan for Animated Exeter, the South West’s outstanding animation festival.

As Deputy Head of UK Partnerships at the UK Film Council he managed partnerships with organisations including regional and national screen agencies and First Light. Having been asked to join the UK Film Council at its inception in 2000 he was co-author of the major strategy document Film in England and played the leading role in the establishment of the 9 English Regional Screen Agencies and of First Light.

Steve Hutton

Steve is a consultant in the field of economic development and regeneration. An economist and lecturer in Business Strategy for the Open University MBA programme, he regularly advises public and third sector organisations on strategic and business planning. His work in the Creative Industries field has also been extensive, including preparing Liverpool City Council’s bid to be the European City of Culture 2008, organised the establishment of Screen Yorkshire, supporting the UK Film Council in establishing Regional Screen Agencies, initiating a £3m cultural industries development programme for Wolverhampton Council. His consultancy work has been complemented by voluntary work for not for profit organisations both in the UK and overseas. Most recently this has included advising the Phoenix Cinema in London on their funding strategy.

Peter Russell

Peter has over 20 years of experience in economic development and business support. Peter specialises in innovation, knowledge transfer and enterprise development. He has extensive experience with initiatives that support the manufacturing and productive industries sectors, working directly with manufacturers and also on behalf of a variety of public sector organisations including central government departments, Business Links and Regional Development Agencies. For many years he has also worked at the interface between the knowledge base (universities, research and technology organisations and so on) and micro and small and medium sized enterprises. His assignments have included strategic development, implementation support, bid and partnership development, interim project management, and evaluation.