Paul Nash has varied experience which includes working with local authorities and Local Strategic Partnerships on a variety of IT, economic development and inclusion related projects. Paul is qualified in and has experience of PRINCE 2 project management and Managing Successful Programmes. He is a Member of the Association for Project Management and an Associate Lecturer at the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University. Experience includes delivery and development of European funded projects. He has a track record of working on both large IT infrastructure projects and working with communities and small to medium sized companies in both rural and urban environments. He operates his own company, Penval Project Support Services Ltd.
Local Government Experience includes working as an ICT Adviser within the Education Directorate at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and working as an IT Services Manager in Shropshire County Council with responsibility for Schools. Paul worked on the large scale procurement and project managing of the school’s broadband network with British Telecommunications. Between 2003 and 2007 Paul was the Project Manager for Switch on Shropshire an ERDF funded project to promote broadband services. The Project was delivered by Shropshire Council on behalf of the Local Partnership and supported the Safer Stronger Communities theme of the LAA. This has provided experience of working with communities and businesses and in establishing community IT access locations.
Since leaving Shropshire County Council in March 2007 Paul has worked as an independent project consultant in both the public and private sector examples of which are given below. Reports can be downloaded from: http://www.penval.co.uk/docs
- Digital Inclusion Strategy Foundation Report for Nottingham City Strategic Partnership with a view to establishing the basis for developing future projects with a range of stakeholders in both the LSP and neighbourhoods.
- West Devon Village Hubs fulfilling the role of critical friend for this project which aims to tackle some of the challenges of service delivery to communities and ensuring that excluded communities have access to the services which will improve outcomes for individuals and their families.
- Aston Pride Computers in the Home project variance review for Government Office West Midlands. A review of the project governance arrangements and implementation proposals in the light of a significant budget variance request.
- Digital Birmingham; Undertake research into the background for a Digital Inclusion Network. Document policy background, the potential impact on Third Sector Organisations and make recommendations. Prepare functional description for development of the Virtual Home concept. Interview Third Sector and Statutory stakeholder groups and make recommendations.
- Dissemination Strategy for Every Voice Counts and Targeted Support for Empowerment and Participation Improvement delivered for Regional Action West Midlands on behalf of the Community Development foundation.