Steering Group Skills Audit



Adrian Essexproject management; business analysis; local opinion websiteruns OpinioN8
David Winskillgood working knowledge of local government, incl as Crouch End cllr; good Crouch End connections; press & PR
Chris MasonUrban design; historic buildings; public realm policy/designalso photography, graphics; chair of H & CECAAC
Ciron EdwardsArchitecture; public consultation/community engage-ment; website design; computer software
Aaron JacobLegal knowledge; evidence gathering; household surveys
Mark AffordWorking with local authorities; continuing education
Norman BeddingtonPublic consultation; working with LAs, NGOs
Charlie Sharp38 yrs local resident; experience as Crouch End Cllr (8 yrs) incl planning cttee; IT management
Phil SmithSurveying; building conservation; property lawalso teaching, organising walks
Miriam LevinPublic consultation/community engagement; current work in community planning
Fran BradshawCommunity engagement
James Rogers
Sally MustoeRunning/ participating in groups; journalism – interviewing, editing


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Adrian Essex
My skills
  • I was for many years a (consultant) project manager, i.e. someone who actually doesn’t do very much but expects others to meet deadlines.
  • I was also a (consultant) business analyst – so I can write a report that will justify whatever course of action you wish,
  • I run the OpinioN8 website, through which contact is directed via social media and public interaction
As a project manager I have from time to time employed consultants, at enormous expense, but often with little result (remember the Y2K bug?). Consultancy is often little more than well directed common sense.
David Winskill
David Winskill: good working knowledge of local government; excellent connections in Crouch End and Hornsey and extensive press and PR background.
Chris Mason
Trained as architect post-grad in town planning with experience in urban design and historic buildings /conservation then moved to producing supplementary guidance and then specialised in public real policy and design. Also photography sketching lighting design  and graphics are relevant. Other hobbies not relevant
Ciron Edwards
– Architect with a specialism in housing, education, planning and regeneration
– Public consultation and community engagement, I’ve also run participatory design workshops
– Website design, although more infrequently than it used to be
– Access to and good working knowledge of various computer software including CAD, Illustrator, Photoshop and inDesign (desktop publishing)
Aaron Jacob
I have the following experience:
1. Household surveys- I have hitherto undertaken canvassing, asking people on the doorstep for their views on a certain set of topics.
2. Evidence gathering- although in a different context, throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies I have gathered extensive evidence and analysed the same.
3. I have already held a meeting with a number of local independent businesses in the area, the Crouch End Festival and the trio from the Town Hall. The town hall trio are very approachable and are keen to work with business in the area. We are looking at building on this.
I would also be able to help set up social media for the hard to reach groups. I have experience in using twitter.
Mark Afford
Not sure how useful my experience is, however, I’ve worked mostly in Higher Education (I led the Art History dept at Middlesex), and Continuing Education (where I administered the University of London’s Extra Mural provision across Greater London). The latter involved negotiation and planning with local authorities (including HALS and the WEA in Haringey). Put me down for leg work?
Norman Beddington
Public consultation; working with LAs, NGOs
Charlie Sharp

I have lived in the Muswell Hill/Hornsey area since 1976. Over that time, I developed a strong liking for the area, and for better or worse, become involved in local political life. I have been a councillor for Crouch End Ward, (1994-2002). During that time I was deputy chair of Planning, and also chair of the Property Committee of Haringey. I was lead councillor in the first 1995 bid for the regeneration of Hornsey Town Hall, and was also involved int he 1995 Clocktower celebrations. Latterly I was the inaugural chair of the Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Forum. My overall impression of those council years is how hard local government is, but also how important. Equally, it is exhausting for all involved!In real life I was an IT manager in Higher Education. I have IT skills, and also skills in data analysis, survey planning and similar.

Phil Smith
Phil – surveying, sustainability & biodiversity, building conservation, property law (some areas), modern languages, education, teaching and  children, organising & leading outdoor pursuits events and walks.
Sally Mustoe
running and participating in groups-local and international   and  skills learned in 40 years as a BBC journalist-interviewing, writing, editing, subbing etc etc

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