became interested in public procurement and its impact 15 years ago while developing and Internet based social enterprise in Herefordshire (KC3) that is still used as an example of multiple regeneration using Information Technologies as a catalyst for change. While CEO he was responsible for starting the first community owned Internet service provider in Europe. He initiated the use of an objective approach to public sector procurement and its economic impact in the UK through his work in Northumberland County Council in partnership with the New Economics Foundation and his development of Local Multiplier (LM3) model. This work arose directly from his expertise in the development of social enterprise and more generally knowledge of social impact of public sector activity on communities. Later he designed and was retained by Nece to provide key elements of the regional economic outcome programme. This project used LM3 to research the impact of all 25 local authorities in the North East.
This work was taken further by an additional innovation of combining LM3 and input output models to inform wider impacts and to develop the concept of Market Intelligence for smarter procurement. Simultaneously he has established LM3online to provide access and use for the third sector to the model and to build capacity in both public and private sectors public sector procurement. This is free of charge for the not for profit sector.
He has been involved in a numerous initiatives such as the Health Service procurement process in Merseyside, Camden council as part of the Sustainable Commissioning model, and in addition with a number of successful Legi areas such as South Tyneside around the country. In all of these he specialises in identifying opportunities for sustainable delivery and developing tools to provide practical help in delivering change. A good example of this approach is theProcurement Cupboard a not for profit that is now established as the leading best practice vehicle for sustainable procurement.
He was responsible for the implementation of the technology element of the Downing Street farming in Crisis summit and pioneered the use of public data using internet technologies, indeed as CEO he negotiated the first use of public data on the internet when he developed the Agricultural census online software, which is still used today. Later he was part of the advisory board by invitation of the chair of the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management, a joint initiative between London Business School and successful entrepreneurs. As part of that board he was involved in the establishment of the Global entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) which is now considered the leading global source for enterprise research data.
In addition to a joint MA honours degree in Geography and Psychology he also studied Economics at St. Andrews University. He has studied Excellence in Governance at Harvard Business School and Public Sector management at Northumbria University. He has recently stepped down as Chair of OneWorld.net UK a global charity using internet technologies for civil rights but remains an international trustee of the Foundation.
has worked in the Internet software development industry since 1996 and has worked on leading edge technologies and has maintained an up to date knowledge of this fast moving environment. He has a wide experience of interoperability issues and efficiencies associated with a variety of technologies. He has a proven ability to both understand and relate to customers requirements and to deliver full project specifications both internally and in consultancy roles.
As a head programmer then as a development manager he was responsible for all types of programming projects, which included: Database driven websites, Windows management systems, client-server web interfaces API integration and design and automation of tasks (i.e. auctions, email automation).
He now runs his own software company wildesoft.net since Jan 2004 and is a director of Impact Measurement ™