In addition to our core team, Skyblue also works with a range of specialists to complement our work.
Mike Dwyer Construction and Built Environment Consultant
Over a period of some 40 years working in the construction industry and related sectors Mike has worked at all levels, starting out life as a trainee surveyor and progressing through many years of site work and major projects to business development and main board director roles.
Mike’s working history has involved wide ranging experience operating at senior management level with diverse stakeholders to deliver customer satisfaction. Most recently he has held senior management posts within the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) a Non Departmental Government Body which is the Sector Skills Council and Industrial Training Board for Construction and the Built Environment.
As a former main board director of a UK public quoted company with responsibility for a number of differing operating units, Mike has delivered success at many levels and developed his leadership skills and management accountability to meet the demands of such businesses. He has had responsibility for major projects and company operations employing over 300 staff and with annual budgets in excess of £80 million delivering against focused business targets and with clear key performance indicators.
Mike has held managerial positions in both National and International roles and worked throughout the UK, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the USA.
Oliver Kempton, Senior Partner, Envoy Partnership (Social Return On Investment)
Oliver is an economist and is Skyblue's specialist in terms of SROI. He is an assessor for the SROI Network, and is a visiting tutor in SROI at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Oliver has worked on several projects with the Skyblue team since 2011. These include evaluations of Dame Kelly Holmes Trusts’ Get on Track project, and Creative and Cultural Skills EIF Funded Apprenticeships. Oliver is also working with Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Museum to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of a volunteering programme aimed at getting 16-24 year olds, over 50s, and ex-service personnel into museum volunteering roles.Oliver shares the same values as Skyblue in helping organisations maximise the value of social impact evaluation and for embedding best practice within organisations. He is training staff at the Children’s Society to embed social impact evaluation within their project management and continues to be a major contributor to our social, economic research.
Neil has 14 years experience as a consultant; eight years as a senior manager in Further Education (FE); and four years as general manager of a Group Training Association (GTA). Neil has a particular strength in literature review, and the ability to assimilate complex, disparate sources into a coherent whole. He is a valuable contributor to Skyblue's skils, employment, training and career research.
Simon Pierce, Disability Officer, North Yorkshire Sport
Simon brings considerable experience around effective engagement with disabled people from 8 years in and around disability sport. Simon’s connections and expertise enhance Skyblue’s inclusive approach. While working for the Federation of Disability Sports Simon lead on a Sport England funded disabled athlete talent identification programme called ‘Playground to Podium’ in the North Yorkshire County. The programme ran for 4 years and successfully identified a number of athletes from North Yorkshire to be fast tracked into relevant squads and centres of excellence in a variety of Paralympic sports. On completion of the programme North Yorkshire Sport, one of 49 County Sport Partnerships funded by Sport England to be the strategic lead on sport development issues within the county, recruited Simon to develop and lead on the disability sport strategy and work programme for North Yorkshire.
Simon worked alongside the Skyblue team on the DfE best practice research for the CSP Network, and led on the primary consultation with young disabled people. His current role within North Yorkshire Sport has required Simon to design and develop a strategy for the county and built on the reputation of the organisation as the knowledge hub regards disability sport development issues.
Rose Kent, Managing Director of Accessible Arts & Media
Rose Kent advises Skyblue on disability matters and practice. She is Managing Director of Accessible Arts & Media, a York-based charity that works with young people with learning diffocuties. Accessible Arts and Media develop and run a diverse range of accessible, inclusive and affordable creative projects. Rose has 30 years experience of working within the community arts, voluntary, education, commercial sectors. Her expertise ranges from arts practitioner to specialist consultant. Her work has included pioneering a unique range of specialist disability and youth programmes, running two buildings, two charities and Cube Media trading company.
Carl Letman, Creative Consultant
Carl has a varied career as researcher, website developer and film maker. He has been art of the Skyblue team since the company’s inception in 2007. He also runs his own production company, Agathon Productions, and leads on Skyblue’s creative assignments, for example filming and website development.
Sarah Eley, Skyblue Research Fieldwork Associate
Sarah has 16 years of market research experience with a wide variety of clients including education, career advice, and energy and utilities, as well as training, law and financial services. Sarah would be Skyblue’s lead on the annual telephone surveys of key stakeholders. Sarah’s background is in marketing communications and she is experienced in writing marketing communications plans, aimed at a variety of target audiences.
Mike is a Centre Director at Kip McGrath, providing teaching support to young people. Michael has fifteen years experience of teaching within Secondary education, and acts as Skyblue’s education advisor, particularly on curriculum matters and STEM research.