Name: Daniel Burke, Consultant
Why did you choose this industry for a career?
I have always had an interest in understanding the drivers of economic growth and how public policy can shape local economies – and to help people achieve their best. To be able to contribute to the development and growth of the local economy through the work I do is, for me, an exciting and rewarding experience.
What is your main area of work?
I provide consultancy and research support on a variety of projects for our clients, including economic impact assessments and appraisals, bid development, skills strategies and economic growth strategies.
What do you like most about your job?
What I enjoy most about my job is that I am able to work on such a variety of projects which span a number of sectors. What is more, I have been able to work on a number of high-profile projects since joining ekosgen, including some major infrastructure and construction projects which are going to shape the future of the economy in years to come. That for me is the most exciting part of my job.
What is the best example of an economic development project you have come across recently?
Recently I worked for a private sector house builder to inform potential future land purchase options by providing strategic consultancy support on local economic development. This rewarding and insightful piece of work involved undertaking a quantitative and qualitative assessment of economic conditions and drivers of growth across regional economies to provide intelligence to the client to guide stakeholder decision-making.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on a number of interesting projects, including the development of bids to unlock funding for a number of capital development schemes which aim to provide the platform for business growth and employment and to help drive the local economy. I am also helping to prepare a skills strategy for the delivery of HS2 in the North of England as well as assessing the economic benefits that could arise through the introduction of new transport infrastructure in the North West.
What is the best experience consultancy has given you?
The best experience that working in this type of consultancy has taught me is to always understand the client’s end goals and ambitions. That way, shaping and delivering to the client’s brief can be done in the right context and with an informed view.