Neil Smith

Neil is an experienced consultant with 20 years of experience in the public, voluntary and community sectors.  Neil also ran the Community Action team at the Cabinet Office for four years, designed and implemented national grant and investment programmes including Grassroots Grants, Community Assets and the ground-breaking Community Organisers programme.  He also ran the Red Tape Challenge for 3.5 years and then the secretariat to the Civil Service HR board, covering 400,000 employees.

Neil also has extensive experience of supporting and developing organisations, developing strategic visions and strengthening governance and systems to ensure objectives are met.  He has just completed the ‘Hudson Review’ of business rates process for the SoS Communities, Housing and Local Government and is engaged in a wide-range of community, environmental and organisational development projects.  He has a strong background in community development and organising.

Prior to consultancy, Neil set-up, ran and sold a web design agency, and before that he was in education.

Key skills & experience

  • Organisational Strengths Reviews
  • Governance reviews and improvement
  • Board experience – former community association director
  • Monitoring and Evaluation expertise
  • Data analysis
  • Design and implementation of grant and investment programmes
  • Quality Management Systems (controls and assurance)
  • Risk Management
  • Mapping and improving complex systems and processes
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Facilitation with participatory tools and techniques
  • Community Asset management


Recent projects

  • Independent ‘Hudson Review’ of business rates process for SoS MHCLG
  • Evaluation of Worthing and Adur ‘Growing Communities’ programme
  • Organisational Strengths Review for national charity (not yet public)
  • Evaluation of a number of Landscape Partnership Schemes in south east
  • Development support for a rural charity in the south east

Other information

Neil is Chairman of  Hastings and St Leonards Cycling Club – which he thinks is probably the best cycling club in the south east.


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