Our team

Amar Karia

Amar is an experienced finance professional with extensive experience working within finance teams across local and central government.

His experience spans financial management, systems implementation and financial modelling.

Andy Pack

Andy has over 20 years knowledge and experience in public sector strategic, procurement and financial advisory services.

He is an expert on the development of innovative models for delivering and funding housing, mixed-use and infrastructure developments; and commercial solutions such as joint ventures and local government companies. In addition, Andy specialises in leading the strategic and financial advice to develop the approach to partnership arrangements and leading the procurement of development and investment partners.

Campbell Walker

Campbell specialises in supporting organisations develop and design strategic transformation and change programmes.

His particular areas of expertise are in strategic transformation using demand management and behaviour change techniques, performance improvement, organisational development and change management, including operating model design and financial management.
Campbell is a leading adviser to Local Government and has led a number of improvement and change programmes across local and central government in the UK, overseas and the private sector.

Chris Shepherd

Chris has worked with a range of organisations on strategic financial and property issues.

His understanding of the interface between the public and private sector has been the key to his value to some of the largest public sector led developments in the UK. He has developed approaches to new forms of delivery and funding vehicles including the formation of arm's length companies and trading vehicles. He has provided advice on business planning, tax efficient company structures, management and governance, and solvency and risk issues.
Chris was a Non-Executive Director at Hounslow Homes and oversaw the Council's new build programme and the introduction of HRA self-finance and sat on the British Property Federations working group as it sought to influence the implementation of Tax Increment Finance in the UK.

Gary O’Connell

Gary is an expert in building bespoke financial models that underpin a broad spectrum of major public and private redevelopment and regeneration projects.

He specialises in viability and affordability analysis of schemes. He uses his strong understanding of financial statistics to assess multiple delivery structures and run sensitivities on core assumptions to quantify the level of risk associated with different schemes.
He also has extensive experience in modelling portfolio analysis, business rates schemes, revolving funds, and non-development-related viability.

Laura Bridges

Laura has a property, construction, programme and project management background with experience working in both local government and the private sector.

Her experience includes detailed appraisal and review of property portfolios and council owned assets to determine short, medium and long-term plans for property retention, disposal or change of use. She has set up and managed a number of significant property programmes and projects to refurbish, rationalise or improve utilisation of assets and is practiced in managing projects from inception to completion. She has also been involved in the procurement of development partners and investors for significant regeneration projects and delivered the roll out of smart working across council offices. Laura has worked directly for local government but also has a background working in public sector consultancy giving her a range of skills and variety of experience.

Matt Huxley

Matt is an experienced change professional who specialises in translating innovation into commercial value for public sector clients.

He is a digital enthusiast and recently spent a year working for one of the world’s leading AI providers. He has worked across national and local government, health and the voluntary and community sector. He has led both large and small teams to deliver a range of programmes at director level - transforming the full range of local public services including complex areas like Adult Social Care and integration of local services with Health Services.
Matt is known for high energy, enthusiasm and an ability to build relationships in the most complex of environments, overcoming barriers and driving towards innovation and value .

Matt Saich

Matt has been advising local authorities and the wider public sector for over 20 years across a range of strategic, financial, performance improvement and transformation projects.

A CIPFA accountant with a master’s degree in Sport Psychology, Matt blends quantitative and qualitative techniques to meet the changing and complex needs of his clients. Matt's recent projects include options appraisal and business case development for a County Council's transformation to a Hub and Spoke delivery model and the creation of an Education, Innovation and Enterprise for Place and Making Industries; performance reviews of joint venture and partnership working structures; developing bespoke performance mechanisms for procurement contracts; service review and cultural change projects; and supporting LEPs and Enterprise Zones develop potential income and investment plans.

Nicki Cooper
Business Manager

Nicki is an experienced public services consultant with a background in performance improvement and options appraisal.

She has worked across local government and central government departments supporting the implementation of key policy initiatives involving multiple partners and stakeholders. She is currently our Business Manager, focussing on establishing the internal infrastructure we need to support our growth.

Panos Magkafinis

Panos is an experienced real estate professional specialised in financial modelling.

His experience is focused around a wide range of complex financial modelling areas such as corporate finance, financial planning, joint ventures, regeneration projects, development and investment appraisals.

Stewart Thomson

Stewart specialises in helping organisations to develop, design and deliver strategic transformation and digital change programmes, pervasive computing, unified collaboration and communications in Smart Cities, and Distributed Ledger Systems (Blockchain).

His areas of expertise include service introduction, strategic transformation, systems integration, programme or project improvement, and change management, including business case development and implementation planning.