Tim completed his first degree at Nottingham University before moving to consultancy roles dealing with the agribusiness sector first within the Ministry of Agriculture and subsequently to the private sector with ULG. He then moved to the Royal Agricultural College, (undertook an MBA at Warwick University) taking up a role within the Business School as Director of the Centre for Agrifood Business Research concentrating mainly on near market research for the agribusiness sector (often undertaken under confidentiality agreements) and international capacity building consultancy projects for funders such as the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank.
Tim then moved on to a management role at Hartpury College in 2002 - a constituent part of the University of the West of England - as Deputy Principal responsible for Academic Development. Here Tim contributed to the building of a research capability and winning basic research grant funding (125k) from DEFRA for animal husbandry. He was instrumental in winning funding (625k) for the development and delivery of a Centre of Vocational Excellence in Food and Drink in conjunction with industry partners, such as Campden BRI and in addition built and led a partnership in bidding for ERDP funding (1 million)for delivery of more than 950 training events to businesses throughout the Southwest.
Arriving at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2008 he became Programme Director for Professional Development by Work Related Learning and assumed the lead role for the development of Knowledge Exchange within the Business School. He has identified and delivered a number of projects including a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Lifelong Learning and a European TEMPUS funded project to build Knowledge Exchange capacity within the University sector in Serbia.
His teaching focusses on Business Planning and Management with an emphasis on business process improvement and business creation.
Research and knowledge exchange
Principal activities have included
Work in relation to the dairy sector in both the UK and internationally. Arising from a series of projects initiated in 1994 and culminating in the introduction of Quality Assurance schemes relating to the dairy product sector from 1995 onwards. Working initially with Unigate as Tim made a significant contribution to the design and delivery of the scheme at all stages of the chain from delivering more than 100 training events to producers and to retailers such as Waitrose and Marks and Spencer. Tim also worked with the EBRD to build competitive capacity within the Lithuanian dairy sector through catalysing competitive rationalisation of the sector prior to joining the common market within the EU.
Tim has also been associated with developing capacity to encourage and support the development of a private sector within countries moving from command to market economies. This encompassed contributions to many projects throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and South East Asia working with the most of the major funders.
Throughout his career and again at CCCU Tim works closely with final year students in new business creation. One notable example of a final year project becoming a significant international business is that of Continental Farmers whose founder developed the original business plan in 1993.
Development of Regional CoVE 2006 (circa £625 thousand pounds) bid for Hartpury College building partnership with Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association for the Food and Drink Sector.
Developing a collaborative partnership with all regional FE specialist colleges 2005 to bid and subsequently win funding from ERDP to create training places in the Southwest region to facilitate the delivery of up to 950 training courses (circa £1 million pounds)
Working with others in land based sector preparing the initial joint proposal for HEIF funding 2004 for National Rural Knowledge Exchange http://www.nationalrural.org/
Teaching and subject expertise
Tim has a wide experience of teaching across the business curriculum and most recently has led the development and delivery of the following modules
- Management Decision Making Level 6
- New Business Planning Level 6
- Orientation and Study Skills Level 4
- Developing Self and Others Level 5
- Methods of Enquiry Level 6
- Dissertation supervision for both undergraduate and postgraduate (MBA) taught programmes
- Entrepreneurship in the Global Marketplace Level 5
Chair of Conference session for the Socio Technical Systems Roundtable Canterbury Christ Church University September 2012
Chair of Conference introducing the concept of Social Return on Investment for Buckinghamshire County Council September 2011
Planning and Leading study tour looking a models for Knowledge Exchange in the English University sector on behalf of KNOWTS (TEMPUS project) including represeantives from all major Universities in Serbia and Serbian Ministry of Education
The Development of Knowledge Exchange in the UK Higher Education Sector to KNOWTS (TEMPUS project) conference Nis Serbia June 2010
Member of Bath University Governing Council 1993-1998
Publications and research outputs
Standing, V., Fearon, C. and Dee, T. (2012), “Investigating the value of restorative practice: an action research study of one boy in a mixed secondary school”, International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 354-369
In collaboration with CELSI at CCCU Development of Knowledge Transfer in Multi-Agency Leadership (Higher Education Innovation Funding)
Russia - EU TACIS funded Setting up training and consultancy centres in Institutes and Teknikums of tertiary education. Leading the business and finance team in the development of consulting approaches for use in the Russian situation and the creation of training manuals for publication throughout Russia (copies available through TACIS)
Lithuania - UK ODA funded Technical assistance to the Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service. The creation of specialist units charged with the development of strategic plans for the economic development of different sectors of the Lithuanian rural sector. The production of a business management handbook aimed at the collective (large farm) sector. Report on the strategic prospects for and viability of the large farm sector in Lithuania.
Russia - EBRD funded Project Director producing a financial model and plan for the initiation of a seed potato industry in Russia. The study identified all the investment components required for the successful production of seed potatoes in selected Oblasts of the Russian Federation together with a detailed investment appraisal. Each participating business’s requirements for machinery, buildings and technical assistance (over a ten year period) were assessed together with their ability to fund the proposed loan.
Bosnia - EU (DG IA funded) Sector team Leader reviewing the current state (immediately post conflict) of the agricultural and SME infrastructure in Northwest Bosnia. The formulation of an integrated infrastructural and job creation package to facilitate the speedy return of 40000 refugees to their homes in the former conflict areas