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Bill Aiken

Bill specialises in horizon scanning and strategy development, organisational transformation and capability development.

He uses futures techniques to enable organisations develop a robust strategy to respond to emerging changes. He then supports clients in turning that strategy into reality through goal-driven planning, business case development and the management of change. Bill also designs and delivers training solutions in the above disciplines. He has undertaken organisation wide training needs analyses for both private and public sector clients.

In consulting he has worked with a wide range of clients from engineering firms and global consultancies to the European Commission, Government Departments including the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS and FCO, and security agencies and Police Forces. He has worked with staff members at all levels from the Management Boards of the MOD and FCO to officers on the beat.

After an early career in the Ministry of Defence and PwC, he became one of the founding directors of Tribal Consulting. He also has 14 years past experience as a Reserve Army Officer, including working for 8 years in intelligence and security. He holds current UK Government security clearance at SC level.

Bill holds a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from Queens University Belfast, and is a past Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He holds a Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Prince2 Foundation qualification. He is Vice Chairman of a military veterans charity and was a Public Governor of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust for 5 years.

You can contact Bill on: bill.aiken@samiconsulting.co.uk



Jonathan Blanchard Smith

Jonathan is a hands-on, adaptable and highly experienced executive with particular expertise in strategy within fluid global environments.

He is currently chairman of the Natural Resources Forum, is adviser to a humanitarian charity; and retains a number of private clients. He has recently been cospeaker at a series of events on Brexit’s implications in Europe, including at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Austrian Competition Authority.

Jonathan has held chairmanship roles in the private and third sectors, including Chairman of the Reform Club, London; chairman of trustees of a national patient advocacy charity, senior partner of a Soho-based branding agency, and chairman of a technology company specializing in asset discovery. He founded his first firm, a publishing company specializing in government and defence, when he was 26, and has remained engaged in both sectors. He was London Managing Director of the New York Institute of Finance, and subsequently their global CMO; and lectures on cross-border merger and acquisitions.

As a corporate troubleshooter, he has held leadership, management and advisory positions for and within companies ranging from Pearson PLC to boutique London firms.

Jonathan's first degree was from the University of Manchester; he has an MPhil from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge.

You can contact Jonathan on: jbs@samiconsulting.co.uk



Malcolm Cooper

Malcolm Cooper is an independent research consultant with a range of experience and expertise stretching from measuring competitiveness, to economic development policy, and the use of history as an analytical tool. He has more than 20 years of research and research management experience, most of it gained within the Square Mile. He was Head of Research for the City of London Corporation, responsible for a research programme covering a wide range of competitiveness, regulation and regeneration issues impacting on London and on the City and UK-based international financial services industry. Previously he spent a decade in equity research in the investment banking sector, specialising in European emerging markets. He has also worked for the Centre for Cities, the Research Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and taught history at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Malcolm holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in History from Dalhousie University, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Western Ontario, and a D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University. He was also Research Fellow in History at Downing College Cambridge. He is a SAMI Principal.

You can contact Malcolm on: malcolm.cooper@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Jane Dowsett

Jane is an Innovation Consultant with over 30 years’ experience gained working in the information technology, services and government sectors. She is skilled in delivering customer outcomes using a range of creative and interactive approaches aimed at building consensus and helping people unlock their great ideas. Key specialisms include workshop design and facilitation, scenario planning, stakeholder engagement, strategy development, ideation, design thinking and prototyping.

Jane’s most recent role was Fujitsu Innovation Management Consultant at Fujitsu where as a founding member of the innovation team, she developed and embedded a new innovation toolset, processes and collateral. She has worked across Europe with customers from public and private sector. Jane is experienced in delivering design-led thinking workshops for customers resulting in ideas for prototyping. She recently led the innovation component and supported the successful £12m bid for a major government department.

For over 10 years Jane was a consultant facilitator for Department for Business Innovation and Skills, now BEIS, and provided consulting, planning and facilitation services for government and its stakeholders in the department’s Innovation Space.

Major Projects included working with senior Civil Servants and Mary Portas over a series of workshops to create the right mechanism for engaging with retailers to explore the issues for the high street of the future and develop new ideas to overcome the challenges. The recommendations were presented to the Prime Minister.

Jane also worked with multiple policy teams and major companies from a variety of sectors, including construction, automotive and engineering to jointly develop recommendations to deliver UK economic growth. Other projects included leading workshops with social enterprise leaders, government departments, business investors and academics to generate ways to maximise investment in the Social Enterprise Sector. These workshops culminated in a panel discussion with the then Secretary of State, Sir Vince Cable to encourage more social start-ups and employment.

Jane holds a B.Sc. Economics and Industrial Relations, the Diploma of Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Diploma of Market Research Society and a Diploma in Management from Henley Management College. She is also an NLP Master Practitioner and INLPTA Coaching Practitioner.

You can contact Jane on: jane.dowsett@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Martin Duckworth

Martin Duckworth is a strategist, with a proven ability to develop business solutions and the processes needed to move an organisation forward. Experienced in assessing strategic situations, and in developing new markets and new business models: uses futures thinking and scenario planning to enhance the analysis of the external and competitor environment, and develop new business.

In ten years with The Boots Group PLC he was responsible for competitor analysis and developed an intranet to increase cross-company awareness. He took part in a number of strategic and innovation projects, taking the ideas through into generating new business.

Earlier he was a Global Derivatives Analyst at Citibank, and a Systems Engineer with IBM and BT. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a First Class degree from Cambridge University, and is a SAMI Principal.

His SAMI projects have included work for the National Trust at Avebury, future proofing CSR for BNFL, for the Environment Agency on emerging themes and creating scenarios for the Health and Safety Executive.

You can contact Martin at: martin.duckworth@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Cathy Dunn

Cathy has worked for more than 20 years in the field of leadership and organisation development; firstly as an internal consultant for BP and latterly as an independent consultant. She has extensive experience in all stages of design and facilitation of learning activities and is able to work at all levels within an organisation from senior executives through to operational staff.

With a successful track record in managing global leadership development programmes together with designing and developing learning interventions in line with business strategy, direction and culture, she is able to organise and deliver appropriate solutions to support business success including facilitation of teams, groups and organisations to achieve relevant results.

She enjoys facilitating teams and groups to build relevant skills and capabilities and, with her considerable international experience with global programmes, is able to build relationships and influence across all levels.

She also coaches individuals and has a strong interest in the area of voice and personal presence as well as being accredited to use MBTI and FIRO-B processes.

Another interest is her work with organisations to help them develop vocational work-based academic qualifications.

You can contact Cathy on: cathy.dunn@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Colin Fletcher

After holding research and lecturing posts at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge, Colin worked first with Economic Consultants Ltd and then with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) on a variety of strategy and marketing assignments and on various project planning, development and appraisal studies.

He spent many years with John Laing plc, latterly as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development. Activities covered building and civil engineering, housing and non-residential development, building material manufacture and infrastructure investment/services. He has worked on projects in UK, Europe, USA, South America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and South East Asia.
SAMI projects have included work on the Regional Economic Strategy for SEEDA, a UK housing association, Scenarios for China and India 2015, development & implication of long-term scenarios for the UK transport industry for a company active in the UK rail sector, and projects on future long-term employment and skill requirements in the UK construction industry, UK retail motor industry and UK power sector for sector skill councils, as well as in the wider English and Welsh economies for the UK Commission for Employment & Skills.

Colin is a SAMI Fellow. He has a B.A. Hons and M.A. from Exeter University in Economics, a Cambridge M.A. and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a Member of the Institute of Consulting. He is a former chairman and member of the European Council of Economists, and is a member and former Chair of The Forecasting Committee for the UK Construction Industries.

You can contact Colin at: colin.fletcher@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Nick Jackson

After a student apprenticeship with Richard Thomas and Baldwins, and a spell with Broken Hill Pty in Australia, Nick worked as an engineer and planner for the British Steel Corporation in South Wales and London. He joined John Laing plc in 1980 and as manager of Strategic Planning he worked on strategy for technology and sustainability for the process sector, housebuilding, construction, building material manufacture and facilities management.

In 2003 he established his own consultancy, and started working on SAMI Consulting projects in 2005. He is skilled in horizon scanning and scenarios for the public and private sectors, in industry and in services.

He has an MA in engineering from Oxford University, and an MSc in business studies from Imperial College, London. He is a co-author of "Le Batiment en Grande-Bretagne" published by the French Chamber of Commerce in London. He is a SAMI Principal.

His SAMI projects have included work with Sovereign Housing Association, Allen and Overy, the Future of Services to the Public, ICT Infrastructure in the City of London, and several projects on future skills needs for the UK, including specialised reports on the construction industry and the automotive retail sector.

You can contact him on: nick.jackson@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Jane Langford

As a director of her own company, Jane Langford has advised on strategic direction and marketing, most recently focussing on strategic relationships and customer care across all sectors. Jane has a wide range of business and leadership experience most notably in government, IT, not-for-profit and large complex commercial enterprises. She has personally worked with and led significant change in corporate organisations and, as a marketing professional, used her imagination and analytical skills to build profitable global revenue streams. She is an ideas person who can see them through to fruition either directly or by directing or advising others.

She brings pleasant self assurance and professionalism to her roles, seeking always to bring out the best in often strong-minded individuals and teams, whether as leader or member. Jane's early voluntary experience as a presenter for Radio St Helena has developed into effective public speaking and thoughtful representation skills.

Jane has worked for ICL, PE Consulting and Hopewell Consultants. She is a SAMI Principal.

You can contact her on: jane.langford@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Geoff Llewellyn

Following a degree in Economics and Social Science at London and postgraduate research in the philosophy of science at Oxford, Geoff has a track record of successful change management and business development spanning over thirty-five years of work in the public and private sectors.

In the public sector, he delivered major change programmes in the Manpower Services Commission , the BBC, and the Post Office. From early work in survey research supporting policy development, his roles expanded to include marketing services, strategic business planning and internal consultancy.

In the past fifteen years in consultancy within large ICT multinationals and his own company, RPM Business Consulting, he has helped some of the world's largest companies to address the challenges of working in the public sector.

In the past decade he has been engaged as a consultant or business developer in several major public programmes of wide significance including ID management and Road Pricing and has published several articles on these topics and general issues of change management in the public sector, giving expert evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on the ID Card programme.

He has been a Main Board member of Intellect, the ICT Trade Association, and has chaired both ID management and Transport working groups which have produced authoritative reports on these topics. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants for 2012/13. He is a SAMI Fellow.

You can contact him on: webenquiries@samiconsulting.co.uk


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David Lye (Member of Executive)

David has over 15 years Board-level experience, as Chief Executive and Director of Public Sector agencies, and member of the Senior Civil Service. He is now a director and fellow of SAMI.

As a successful change manager he implemented transformation of NHS West Midlands, from a regional health authority employing over 1,000 people to a regional office employing just 135. As Chief Executive he managed transformation of the Public Guardianship Office from 550 to 300 staff, achieving full cost recovery for the first time in the agency's history and improving customer satisfaction at the same time.

He has driven customer focus in the NHS. As Programme Director, he achieved access to NHS dentistry for an extra 2.3 million people between 2008 and 2010. At the Public Guardianship Office he saw a 72% reduction in customer complaints in a year. As Director of Performance in NHS West Midlands, responsible for service commissioning, he achieved what were then the shortest waiting times for operations in the UK.

He is an innovator and strategic thinker. As Head of Dentistry at DH (2007-11) he devised a pilot contract which has been welcomed both by Ministers and the dental profession. As Implementation Programme Director for the reform of the Mental Health Act (2004-07), he completely recast the Government's reforms to the tribunal system in the light of criticism by mental health professionals and service users, prior to successful implementation. As Chief Executive of the Public Guardianship Office, he led a complete overhaul of customer services, leading to the elimination of backlogs of work, reduction in costs, and improvement in customer and staff satisfaction. At NHS West Midlands he introduced systematic performance review, based on patient-focused service specifications.

You can contact David at: david.lye@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Olfa Meliani (Principal)

Olfa Meliani is a senior Change Manager with twenty years of experience who specialises in helping companies root out misconduct, prevent internal fraud and avert risk. She has led various regulatory change projects, Conduct implementations and Business Process Re-engineering initiatives, overseeing teams of up to two hundred individuals. Olfa usually reports at C-level and manages six-figure budgets.

Over the years, Olfa has supported a diverse range of clients ranging from The United Nations to Telecom companies. She has worked extensively in the Banking industry for HSBC, Barclays, Santander, Lloyds and BNP Paribas Fortis on a variety of Change Management Projects.

Olfa is an experienced Scenario Planning consultant who has collaborated with The Futures Group (later absorbed by Deloitte), and is now a lecturer at the Hult International Business school where she recently coached and taught 300 business students how to apply Scenario Planning on a 10-year horizon.

Olfa's background is in international affairs and political sciences. She studied at Sciences Po in Paris and obtained a Masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (jointly managed by Tufts and Harvard University).

Olfa holds French and Tunisian citizenships and speaks seven languages of which three fluently (French, Spanish and English). She has lived in ten countries and worked in Japan, the US, Canada, Belgium, France, Spain and the UK.

She is Lecturer and Coach on the Future Mindset course at Hult International Business School where the students endeavoured to create unique and innovative products for London in 2028.

You can contact Olfa at: olfa.meliani@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Paul Moxey (Fellow)

Paul Moxey is Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at London South Bank University and Chairman of the Control and Risk Self Assessment Forum – a network of specialists interested in the behavioural aspects of governance and risk management. He is recognised as an innovator and thought leader on governance and risk in uncertain times. He now works with boards and teams in assessing and improving their culture and governance and risk management practices to improve organisational performance and resilience.

Paul has used workshops to consider corporate objectives in an uncertain environment since the 1990s. They are a key component of the Control and Risk Self Assessment methodology that he developed in the late 1990s. He is a skilled workshop facilitator and has applied this methodology in many NHS hospital trusts and health authorities. He has since developed this approach for assessing various aspects of governance, organisational culture and business models. This work is informed by the ideas he developed while leading, for over 13 years until January 2015, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants thought leadership on corporate governance, business ethics and risk management including most recently an ESRC funded two year practical research project on corporate culture and behaviour.

Paul is a chartered accountant and was CFO and Company Secretary of a small quoted company before specialising in governance.

You can contact Paul at: paul.moxey@samiconsulting.co.uk


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John Ormerod

John Ormerod's career has covered a wide span including the public sector, academia, a range of private sector industries and the accountancy profession. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Directors of Regent's College, a private sector higher educational institute in Regent's Park, central London, which offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business, the liberal arts and psychology/psychotherapy.

Until embarking on a portfolio career in 2005 he was Director, Strategy and Communications and a member of the Management Board of the Export Credits Guarantee Department ("ECGD") responsible for public affairs and policy issues, international relations, corporate and business strategy, corporate governance and ECGD's Business Principles. Before joining ECGD John worked in the Corporate Strategy Group at British Telecommunications plc ("BT") and prior to that was for 15 years at United Distillers plc where he set up and served on the boards of joint ventures in Korea, India and Australia and pioneered the use of scenario planning for underpinning investment decisions in emerging markets.

He has been a part-time lecturer in strategy on the MBA programme at the Open University Business School since 1999, teaching in the UK, Russia and Romania and is also a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and the Royal Society of Arts.

John did his first degree in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge (albeit that he went up intending to read Natural Sciences), qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977, took his MBA at Cass Business School, City University, London in 1989 and an MA in Philosophy at the Open University in 2007.

Outside of his work and academic interests he relaxes with classical music and philosophy, often on his canal boat. He is a SAMI Fellow.

His SAMI projects have included the Future of Services to the Public and Scenarios for China and India 2015.

You can contact John at: john.ormerod@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Michael Owen (Chairman)

Michael Owen is a corporate strategist and applied business economist with Director level expertise gained in Glaxo and Unilever in leading and implementing strategic projects and processes worldwide to drive business growth. He first used scenarios at Glaxo to help the newly-merged GlaxoWellcome to identify new strategic directions and priorities. He has used his skills since 2001 in consulting projects on EU enlargement, health economics and consumer communications on pharmaceuticals.

He has a BSc (Wales) and MA in Economics, is a Member of the Society of Business Economists and has been a frequent speaker at international conferences.
He is the joint author (with Gary Lyon) of: "Direct-to Consumer Communications of Rx Medicines", Nicholas Hall & Company, 2002.

SAMI projects have included using scenarios to future proof CSR policies for a major pharmaceutical company and a stakeholder engagement for the Department of Health. He is a SAMI Fellow.

You can contact him on: mike.owen@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Joe Ravetz

Joe Ravetz is a leading thinker on sustainable futures for urban and regional development. His landmark study "City-Region 2020" integrated planning for a sustainable environment, provides new insights and new pathways, by exploring a detailed case study on the re-engineering of a large conurbation. From this work the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology (CURE) was formed in collaboration with Professor John Handley. Joe has raised over £2 million in research funding and built an active portfolio of policy-relevant research with four main strands:
Environment-development studies:
Spatial development studies:
Futures and information systems:
Evaluation and participation studies:

Each of these comprises a range of projects at the regional, UK and EU levels, working across sectors such as housing, transport, land-use, energy and environmental management, economic development, organisational studies.

His current roles include: Research Fellow & Co-Director, Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology, Manchester University; membership of the editorial board of Foresight Journal (Emerald Publishing); coordinator of the Greater Manchester Policy Exchange programme; and Principal for SAMI. In addition Joe delivers many training courses, seminars, keynote presentations and review services around the UK and EU and publishes extensively on social and environmental sustainability

He has a BSc in Architecture, 1983 (University College London) and a Diploma in Architecture, 1987 (Manchester Metropolitan University)

You can contact him on: joe.ravetz@samiconsulting.co.uk


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John Reynolds (Executive and Director)

John Reynolds has wide experience at Director/Board level in Government Departments and Agencies. In 1998 he was asked to set up the Future Unit, which generated influential reports and established future thinking across Whitehall. He also invented the unique creativity centre futurefocus@dti. He later took over responsibility for the Department of Trade and Industry's Innovation Unit and became Director of the Future and Innovation Unit.

He left the senior civil service following a period on the Board of UK Trade and Investment and leading work on the protection and resilience of the critical national infrastructure, principally energy and telecommunication. This included the preparation of the National Risk Assessment and the associated planning scenarios.

His other public sector experience includes, acting as an advisor on science and technology to 2 Prime Ministers; the successful privatisation of 2 laboratories; developing and implementing "market based" management of the radio spectrum;; and the merging of organisations with rationalised services and new branding. He has also managed successful IT programmes and was one of the first Government e-Champions.

Since joining SAMI in 2006 he has led a wide range of projects including:

  • "Horizon scanning and scenario building: Scenarios for Skills 2020" for UK Commission for Employment and Skills (and related projects for Sector Skills Councils)
  • Leading the Environment Agency project on the key driver of change to 2020; and advising the Agency and EA Wales on the implications for their future strategy
  • Leading the Natural England Scenarios project to develop scenario for 2050; including stakeholder engagement and public involvement workshops
  • Providing future based strategic policy advice to overseas Governments, including the US State Department
  • Advising Department of Health on the introduction of new public engagement requirements.
  • Providing coaching on strategic futures across government on behalf of the Government Office for Science, Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre.

He has a 1st Class Honours degree in Marine Technology from the University of Wales, Cardiff; and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

You can contact John at: john.reynolds@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Gill Ringland (Emeritus Fellow)

Gill Ringland's career has spanned academic, industrial and professional services worlds, taking in physics, software and information technology, strategy and future thinking in turn. She has been active in five start-ups, and was responsible for building a £ bn business over five years for ICL. She has been a Director, CEO and a Fellow of SAMI since 2002.

She started to use scenarios when responsible for strategy at ICL, and as a result wrote the amazon.com bestseller “Scenario Planning”, used at Harvard Business School. She has published over 50 papers in peer review journals, and consults widely as a Fellow of SAMI, to clients in the public, private and third sectors. Recent clients include the Academy of Medical Sciences, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, Grant Thornton, the Law Society, and Universities UK.

She has a B.Sc., M.Sc., F.B.C.S, is a graduate of Stanford University's Senior Executive Program, an ICL Fellow and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science. She is a Liveryman of the City of London through the Information Technologists. She was a Member of the Science Research Council’s Computing Science Committee and a Council Member of the Economic and Social Research Council. She has been a Member of five European Commission High Level Expert Groups, including the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities (responsible for advice on Horizon 2020) and most recently Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts (RISE).

Gill Ringland’s books are 'why, what, when, how' guides to using futures in organisations:

  • "Scenarios in Business", John Wiley, 2002, ISBN 0-470-84382-9

  • "Scenarios in Public Policy", John Wiley, 2002, ISBN 0-470-84383-7

  • "Scenarios in Marketing", (ed with Laurie Young), John Wiley, 2006, ISBN 0-470-03272-3

  • "Scenario Planning, 2nd edition", John Wiley, 2006, ISBN 0-470-01881-X

  • "Beyond Crisis", with Oliver Sparrow and Patricia Lustig, John Wiley, 2010, ISBN 978-0-470-68577-8

  • "Here be Dragons", with Patricia Lustig, Rob Phaal, Martin Duckworth and Chris Yapp, Choir Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9562190-5-3.

You can contact Gill at: gill.ringland@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Wendy Schultz

Wendy Schultz has over 25 years of foresight practice around the world, including ten years at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, where she earned her PHD. While in Hawaii she worked for five years forecasting global natural gas markets and world LNG trade at the East-West Center, and for over ten years as a researcher, foresight process designer, and project manager at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. From 1996 to 2003 she served as visiting faculty with the Masters program in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In 2001 she received a Fulbright award supporting six months foresight work as a lecturer and researcher with colleagues at the Finland Futures Research Centre.

She has lectured on futures and foresight and provided training across a wide range of futures tools. She has designed and populated environmental scanning databases for Government Departments (DEFRA and OSI) and more recently has completed scenario building and dissemination projects for the Health and Safety Executive and the Food Ethics Council. Her conference keynotes, workshops, and publications include topics as varied as emerging issues of change drawn from her work with the UK government; the future of transport (Helkama Industries); the future of electronic media (for the Tomorrow Project); and the future of learning and higher education (presentation at the World Future Society 2003 in Mexico City); among others.

Dr. Schultz is a Fellow and an Executive Board member of the World Futures Studies Federation; a Board Member of the Association of Professional Futurists; and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the European Futurists Conference Lucerne. She is Director of Infinite Futures (www.infinitefutures.com) and a SAMI Principal.

Projects with SAMI have included training courses in Mexico and scenario planning in Malaysia, working with the HR team of a major oil company, and a project for the Health and Safety Executive.

You can contact Wendy at: wendy.schultz@samiconsulting.co.uk


Adam Scott (Fellow)

Adam is a SAMI Fellow and non-executive Director with an extensive background in the telecoms industry and in the use of scenarios. His current portfolio includes being Director of Studies of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and voluntary roles in London's Soho. His recent scenario work has included a project in Romania, looking at the next ten years of the regulated communications market there for the national regulator.

He graduated in Engineering Science & Economics and in Jurisprudence from Oxford; he was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, and holds an MBA at Cass Business School. His PhD thesis, on scenarios and making sense of the future, is entitled Memories for Better Futures. For 18 years he was a fellow at the University of St Andrews. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer (FIET), a member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and he was appointed an OBE for public and voluntary service in 2008.

You can contact Adam at: adam.scott@samiconsulting.co.uk


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David Walden (Fellow)

David Walden has extensive experience of working in central government, national agencies and delivery organisations. Much of his career was as a civil servant in the Department of Health, joining the senior civil service in 1989. His final role was as Head of Social Care Policy. He also has operational experience, having been the HR Director of an acute hospital NHS Trust and he successfully ran a "care and repair" business within a voluntary sector housing and care provider.

David enjoys tackling strategic policy issues and delivering change in complex environments, whilst maintaining good relationships with stakeholders.

Between 2004 and 2009 he was Director of Strategy at social care regulator, the Commission for Social Care Inspection where he was responsible for many of CSCI's influential reports, including on home care services, investment in social care and the operation of councils' eligibility criteria.

He then became Director of Adult Services at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, responsible for evidence of "what works" in social care, retiring in June 2012.

David has special interests in social and long-term care for adults, including its funding, and in healthcare. He has been involved in many policy developments and has a particular interest in regulation and its impact on consumers, providers and commissioners of health and care.

You can contact David at: david.walden@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Richard Walsh (Fellow)

Richard's main areas of activity are strategy and forward thinking with companies and government; policy making and public relations. He has a special interest in the heath and protection sector, be it insurance, government or the NHS.

Previously he has worked for 6 years as head of health at the Association of British Insurers with responsibility for ABI policy on health and protection insurance including developing statements of best practice, negotiating with external stakeholders for example the genetics moratorium, HIV risk, BMA fees and ethics, and terrorism.

Before that he spent 11 years in the Department of Health, with his final role being head of strategic planning (senior civil service). Since joining SAMI, he has worked on a number of health related projects for the Department of Health.

You can contact Richard at: richard.walsh@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Huw Williams

Huw Williams has over 20 years experience of strategy development at the leading edge of change and new business development in the telecoms, internet and e-commerce arenas. He has excellent presentational and influencing skills developed over many years of working at Board level.

Since 2003, Huw has run his own telecoms strategy and regulation consultancy, with many leading industry players as clients; AOL, C&W, Cisco, Intel, HP. The consultancy provided an assessment of regulatory impact on the City's ICT infrastructure, and helped develop a scenario analysis of the future of communications.

More recently with SAMI, Huw has run workshops on the future of the internet for Nominet, and captured industry experts view on the future of low carbon vehicles for IET. He has managed horizon scanning projects for Defra (in partnership with Natural England, Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency and Welsh Government), Dept for Transport and Scottish Water. He has been actively engaged with a major project for the EU Health and Safety Agency (EU-OSHA) building scenarios for the future of work and the implications for Health and Safety.

Huw has also provided e-commerce strategy consultancy to public sector bodies( eg local Councils, National Physical Laboratory), and not-for-profit organisations (European Society of Cardiologists)

Prior to 2003, Huw worked in a range of strategy and business development roles at BT. These included running BT's main website - www.bt.com; developing BT's global internet strategy, including a major M&A investment; managing the business case for Video-on-Demand trials; and strategic competitor analysis.

Huw did his first degree in Mathematics at Queens' College, Cambridge, and completed an MSc in Operational Research at Brunel University. He has published papers in the Journal of Operational Research and in the Journal of the IEE.

You can contact Huw at huw.williams@samiconsulting.co.uk


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Alan Woods (Fellow)

Alan specialises in public policy, regulation, financial services & people development. His career spans top management roles, close working with ministers & CEOs, and shaping public policy.

His recent and current clients include the National Association of Pension Funds (chairing a cross sector group on transparency); the Work and Pensions Select Committee (acting as expert adviser); the General Medical Council and the National Employment Savings Trust (reviewing board effectiveness); personal clients (executive coaching) and the Pensions Regulator (advising on regulatory policy.)

Alan's career began with a rapid rise through the civil service. After cutting his teeth in operations management, HR, and policy roles he became Principal Private Secretary to successive Cabinet ministers. He then led his Department's annual spending negotiations with HM Treasury, involving sums totalling £90 billion. In 2000 Alan moved to the Association of British Insurers leading the life insurance industry's engagement with the public policy world. He led industry-wide improvements through a new quality mark scheme; negotiated successfully with regulators; and shifted the public policy agenda to focus on the UK's savings gap.

In 2004 Alan became Pensions Policy Director at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He led the biggest ever reforms of the country's pensions system resulting in better pensions for millions and a new system of saving. As a member of the top management team at DWP he helped steer the 100,000-strong organisation through the recession. He was a non-executive director of the Pensions, Carers and Disability Service (serving 12 million customers) and chaired the cross-government committee on our ageing society.

Alan brings a breadth of experience across sectors & functions both as executive & non-executive director, and as a board effectiveness reviewer. He is a qualified business coach with clients in CEO & director roles. He is passionate about realising the benefits of diversity, and helping individuals and organisations maximise their potential while staying true to their values.

You can contact Alan at: alan.woods@samiconsulting.co.uk


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