Tim Curtis, Senior Lecturer, The University of Northampton
Tim, an internationally renowned author on social innovation & entrepreneurship, helps people and organisations make decisions in complex and confusing situations. He is also adept at getting decisions made when he is not in charge. He has worked in environmental decision-making, in policy and law. Now, working at the University of Northampton, his focus is on the nitty-gritty theory and practice of community organising and social innovation. He mostly teaches BA Social & Community Development students how to make decisions in and with communities, but also coaches and undertakes paid and pro-bono consulting work for third-sector organisations.Tim is also Changemaker Campus leader at the University of Northampton, leading on a high profile co-curriculum challenge, a summer school and international conference on social innovation.
Tim developed the LISP approach to Intensive Community Engagement out of 15 years work in decision-making support and systems analysis in complex social contexts. He developed and refined that approach through teaching a highly innovative module Social Change & Communities as part of the BA in Social & Community Development over five years. This experience was then rapidly deployed with Police and Community Support Officers in Northants Police. Tim has been undertaking detailed research into the development and implementation of the LISP approach since 2012, which is being written up as a PhD.
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Richard James recently retired as a Superintendent in Thames Valley Police. He was principally involved in the implementation of a force-wide neighbourhood policing model. Richard has considerable experience at strategic and operational levels working in senior command roles in three UK police forces. Latterly he spent several years as a BCU and Territorial Commander. It was during this time that Richard and Tim forged an innovative approach to building capacity within the police to deliver more effective community engagement. Richard provides support to the National College of policing on a variety of neighbourhood policing related topics and has spoken at several regional, national and international conferences on this subject.. Richard’s work with communities has been nationally recognised and he received an award from the National Association of Muslim police for his approach to engaging with communities after the 7/7 bombings. Richard recently successfully completed a Cambridge University Masters degree that involved research and testing of the impact of intensive engagement training amongst PCSO’s in Thames Valley Police. This study continues. Richard has a wide ranging experience of delivering significant organisational re-structure and change programmes. Richard has a commitment to implementing evidence based practice into operational policing. As the 2014 British Grand Prix police commander he developed a strategy that coincided with the lowest levels of crime and disorder recorded in recent years.
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