Case studies

Resource Efficient Scotland programme
Background: I was initially commissioned by the Scottish Government to carry out a scoping and feasibility study, looking at the options and potential benefits of integrating the government funded support programmes for energy, water and material resource efficiency.
Following presentation of the study report, I was asked to act as interim programme manager, working through Zero Waste Scotland, and leading on the design, development, procurement and implementation of the new integrated programme that has now launched as Resource Efficient Scotland
Results: Working with a Project Board including two sponsoring government departments to ensure proper governance, I led on stakeholder engagement and programme design.  Alternative delivery options were considered and a comprehensive, integrated programme was developed, including the provision of tactical, practical advice for businesses and public sector organisations on how to implement resource efficiency measures, and more strategic activities working with key sectors and networks across Scotland.  Two major procurements were carried out to deliver elements of the new programme through contracts with private sector contractors. 
The Resource Efficient Scotland programme was launched on schedule by the
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, and is a success: 

Decentralised district heating using EfW and CHP
Background: A major Energy from Waste plant, designed and built to deliver Combined Heat and Power, had operated for 25 years without a heat off-take, and therefore inefficiently in financial and environmental terms.
Acting as interim programme manager for a local authority which is a major landlord, I was engaged in working with the EfW operators to develop a heat network to provide low carbon heating and hot water to approximately 3,000 homes on five estates.
Results: The project is now delivering heat, generating significant financial savings and initially reducing CO2 emissions by around 10,000 tonnes per annum.  The network is capable of significant expansion.
Further information at Energy for London, and a presentation here.

Essex Residual waste treatment contract
Background: The Essex and Southend partnership of waste disposal authorities had been working for several years on a waste disposal project. The project needed to win the approval of all the key stakeholders including local and central government, landowners, and private sector contractors.
They wanted to develop a good, viable business case for a suite of waste disposal facilities to last for the next 25 years. However, despite several iterations of a business case, they were unable to bring together all the elements to achieve a deliverable project.  The business case was further delayed by politically sensitive issues about control of sites.
Results: Acting as programme director I led a multidisciplinary team. We managed and delivered a portfolio of several interconnected, high profile and politically contentious projects.  A key objective was to get approval of a business case in time to secure an allocation of more than £100 millions of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits from central government.
A new business case for the waste treatment facilities, central to successful delivery of the programme, was developed in a short time scale.  I helped to achieve this by leading an in-house team, setting direction, and clarifying roles and responsibilities.  The team included technical, legal, financial, planning, project management, and communications specialists.  I also worked with external legal, financial, and technical advisers.
I helped to navigate the process through a sensitive political landscape building credibility and confidence in the programme with central government stakeholders.  The business case was approved and contracts worth in excess of £1 billion have been successfully procured.  The facilities are under construction.

Business plan development for WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland
Background: The client is was a central government funded programme promoting resource efficiency including waste management, recycling and reprocessing across the UK. It needed to respond to the agendas of the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. I worked with the agency’s programme heads, stakeholders, and senior civil servants in the devolved administration. I helped them build plans that met the needs of the national funders and integrated with the work of other national delivery bodies.
A few years on from the development of the first business plan for WRAP in Scotland, the Scottish Government decided to bring a number of different agencies that it funded together under one programme, to improve efficiency and impact.  The new combined organisation would be responsible for the delivery of much of the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan.
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ased on a response to the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan, and consultation with the organisations that were delivering the previous contracts, I drafted proposals for a business plan for the new combined programme.  The process involved a number of iterations, and included identifying key service delivery contracts and the most effective means of procuring delivery. The Programme Board approved the new business plans and Scottish Government increased funding for the programme at a time when most other budgets were being reduced.

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