- Hungerford, GB
- £7 /hr
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I have wide experience in consultancy - from General Business to E-Business to Energy and Environmental areas.
I am also a confident writer and have produced effective copymore...I have wide experience in consultancy - from General Business to E-Business to Energy and Environmental areas.
I am also a confident writer and have produced effective copy for reports, proposals, websites, and other publications.
I am highly IT literate and I am skilled at translating technical concept into readily understandable copy.
Area Covered: U.K.
Work Experience Summary: 2003-2008 Product Manager • Consumer Electronics, Market Transformation Programme. Responsible for the management of the Consumer Electronics sector within the MTP product portfolio. This involved the development of policy proposals through a consultative process in which stakeholders are brought together to agree a framework of actions to deliver energy efficiency savings in a particular product sector. It required in-depth modelling and analysis of product markets, trends, impacts, and potential policy impacts. A thorough understanding of consumer electronic technology and the potential for improvement was essential as was the ability to establish effective working relationships with (and mediate between) both policy making and industry stakeholders.
Key projects and achievements included:
2007 - Project Manager - Disposal of TV Equipment: Possible Impact of Digital Switchover
This detailed study, jointly supported by the DTI and DEFRA looked at the possible environmental impact of the the move to digital television transmission in the UK. It used innovative modelling techniques and commissioned direct research to compile a picture of possible future TV, set-top box, and video equipment disposal and any resulting energy and waste treatment problems. The project involved developing a tendering process for, and management of, subcontractors, development of waste and energy performance data through examination of existing data and through disassembly of a sample of products. It required an understanding of the principal waste disposal techniques associated with the processing of television equipment and its major constituent materials (plastics, glass, metals, PCB/electronics), and potential hazardous materials.
2006 - Project Consultant - Environmental, Technical and Market Analysis Concerning the Eco-design of Television Devices. A major study for the European Union's Joint Research Centre (IPTS, Seville). The aim was to contribute to developing a scientific reference for the potential of eco-design in the consumer electronics sector through a case study dedicated to television devices. The analysis covered the relevant environmental, technical and market aspects. This included:
Summarising and assessing knowledge about environmental impacts of TV devices on a life cycle basis
Defining relevant environmental performance indicators
Assessing to what extent product design influences the environmental performance
Assessing the technical and economic possibilities to improve the environmental performance of the TV devices in the market and evaluating the potentials, strengths and weaknesses of possible regulatory or self-regulatory measures to achieve such improvements.
This involved extensive liaison and engagement with industry stakeholders to elicit information on the waste content (including glass, plastic, and metals), waste processing, energy performance, and possible design improvements and the potential environmental impact reductions resulting thereof.
2007 - MTP Product Manager - Sustainable Products Policy Brief on Consumer Electronics. A major re-development and consolidation of the existing policy documentation for the consumer electronics product sector to frame new policy developments and policy emphasis in the MTP/SCP programmes. This was produced in close collaboration with DEFRA and also involved an extensive stakeholder consultation exercise. The consumer electronics sector was chosen to be the pilot for the new format with the aim of rolling it out to all MTP product sectors. Matthew contributed the majority of text and technical content of the document, and assisted in co-ordinating the stakeholder consultation.
2007 - MTP Revision of TV Energy Efficiency Metric. This work established a revised methodology, for use within UK policy but which harmonises with international policy/metric developments, to establish a new method for establishing and assessing the efficiency of a television irrespective of screen size. This allows televisions of similar screen sizes to be assessed alongside each other and efficiency targets to be set across the entire spectrum of sizes and screen types. To produce the new metric UK and international data was analysed to determine the range of performances on the market and future indicative empiric policy target values mapped onto this range to provide time-sequence of future indicative target indexes. As well as in-depth analysis and modelling, this project necessitated significant interaction with industry stakeholders and co-operation with international experts and policy makers.
2006/07 - MTP Technical Manager/Representative • International Task Force for Sustainable Production (Global Sustainable Product Network • Home Entertainment Products). The ITFSP aims to facilitate and encourage international co-operation and harmonised action to improve the sustainability of products. Within the ITFSP the Global Sustainable Product Network for Home Entertainment Products co-ordinates global initiatives in televisions and set-top boxes. The Market Transformation Programme has been a leading contributor to this network • particularly in the area of set-top boxes where it has facilitated and provided key technical input into a number of groups and forums including an international workshop on Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes & Digital Networks hosted by the International Energy Agency in 2007, the EU Commission's Voluntary Code of Conduct on STB Energy Performance and a series of side meetings at the Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting conference in 2006. This involved the co-ordination and analysis of global product data, liaison with international experts and policy makers, and the development and proposal of new efficiency metrics and test methodologies.
2001-2003 Knowledge Manager, Market Transformation Programme. Management of the development of key software elements of this major DEFRA programme including:
A database of UK product efficiency information (UKEPIC)
A website for the MTP Programme
The development of a major software application to model energy consumption for individual products (or combinations of products) for various energy efficiency policy scenarios (What-If?)
2001-2002 - Project Consultant, Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Efficiency Recommended Scheme. Working to develop a practical and robust methodology for ensuring manufacturers’ compliance with the terms of the EER Labelling scheme, particularly with reference to the provision of technical information. Consultation with both manufacturers and other stakeholders was vital in this process - as buy-in’ from all concerned was essential.
2001-2002 - Project Manager, Action Energy (SME’s/Intermediaries). Management of the Action Energy Programme to encourage UK SME business to adopt more energy efficient practices. This was achieved through the provision of effective support to existing intermediaries who are in the best position to engage with SMEs. The programme delivered a range of support activities and materials including: Informative Events, Workshops and Training Seminars, A Mobile Support Unit, The Provision Of Speakers at Events, A Comprehensive Guide to Energy Efficiency Management for the SME Business, Pamphlets, Flyers and Marketing Materials, Advertising.
2002 - 2003 Programme (SPS) Manager, Action Energy (SME’s/Intermediaries). Responsible for the delivery of two strategic packages within the Action Energy programme, which support the provision of energy efficiency advice to SME businesses. This involves overall strategic and budgetary/resource management of the packages and management of the Project Managers responsible for delivering specific work within the programme.
1998-2001 - Programme Manager, UK Online For Business Leicestershire. Responsible for management and delivery of the DTI’s UK Online For Business service in Leicestershire. This service provides information, support and consultancy on a wide range of e-business and ICT topics, including Operational Management of the Service, Team Management, Ongoing Development of the Service, Provision of Consultancy to SMEs.
Education Summary: 1984-1991 Mold Alun Secondary School, Mold, Flintshire
Qualifications attained: 2 A-levels, 11 GCSEs (9 at grade C and above)
1991-1995 De Montfort University, Leicester
Qualifications attained: BSc in Engineering I.T. • This course focussed on the application of IT to Engineering. Course elements included communication electronics, CAD/CAM, computer programming, and materials science. It also covered quality control systems and business management.