Hilary set up WFTT in 2006, prior to that 

2006-Present: Director WFTT Ltd: Supporting a range of statutory, public, community, voluntary and private sector clients with strategic, research and funding related projects.  Project examples:

  • Selsey Haven Funding, Manhood Peninsula Partnership: Research to identify capital funding options, both public and private sector, and investor preferences.
  • Billingshurst EYE, Billingshurst Community Partnership: Demand study for new youth facility including research with young people to explore service demands. Preparation of evidence for funding bids and develop a sustainable Travel Plan to support planning application.
  • West Sussex Economic Strategy, West Sussex County Council: Working with Nairne Ltd, consultation and development of a new economic development strategy for West Sussex.
  • RDPE LEADER Submission, Sussex Downs and Low Weald Local Action Group (LAG): Working with the LAG partnership to write a bid for LEADER funding. Involved supporting and co-ordinating the work of the LAG); consultation to gather views, priorities and project ideas; establishing an evidence base and writing the bid document. The bid secured £2.25M to fund rural economic and community development projects and was one of the highest scoring bids submitted in the bidding round.
  • RDPE LEADER Business Plans, Sussex Downs and Low Weald and Three Harbours and Coastal Plain LAGs: Preparation of Business Plans for the first two years of each LEADER programme. Involved defining funding priorities, budgets, strategic and project approval processes.
  • Organisational Evaluation, The Clock Tower Sanctuary: In-depth evaluation of services, systems and organisation for a Brighton homeless charity; recommendations for robust ‘good practice’ management and stewardship processes and fundraising.
  • Sustainable Services for Small Rural Towns, Billingshurst and Horsham Community Partnerships: Research to investigate the demand provision of rural services and understand the ways in which a small rural town functions as a service centre for its hinterland. Detailed study of service provision and use patterns. Developed a model for use in reviewing service function and sustainability in other rural towns which was adopted as example of regional best practice.

2006-2017 Bang Communications, Research Manager:  Collaborating with Bang on a communications-based strategy, research and engagement projects.  Examples include:

  • NHS Employers: External evaluation of communication programmes including Flu Fighter, Dry January, Learning for Life, Caremakers and ThinkFuture. Development of a ‘tool-kit’ to enable the organisation to build evaluation into their management practice.  Research/consultation with stakeholders to test and shape Corporate Identity and a new communications strategy.
  • Sanofi CHC: Pre and post campaign market research for various pharmaceutical products over several years including Dioralyte, Anthisan, Opticrom, Maalox. Testing of communications (web/words/art-work) and new product concepts through workshops, interviews and on-line.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: for various Clients including NHS Blood and Transplant; Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary; World Energy Council.  Securing, conducting, facilitating and reporting on interviews and workshops with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • User research to inform web-site content and design: for various clients – including Great Dixter House and Garden; HCPT, National College for School Leadership. Initial needs research; development of Information Architecture (IA) and content; testing responses to web content, IA and navigation using ‘wire-frames’; content and IA refinement; final content creation.
  • Department for Work and Pensions: DWP needed to refine their suite of (60 plus) written communications to ensure they both delivered against statutory obligations to fully inform the public and were also clear, relevant and readable for service users. Research involved large scale e-surveys; a telephone interview programme and focus groups.  Creation of new, streamlined suite of literature involving content management; content writing; verification with service teams.

2004-6/2006 Step Ahead Research/SEER Consulting, Senior Consultant:  Project management and delivery of a wide range of research and consultancy studies.  Projects included evaluation of the Brighton & Hove EQUAL Community Development funding programme; investment analysis for Area Investment Frameworks; Evaluation Toolkit for AIF Partnerships

2000-2002 Freelance Economic and Community Regeneration Consultant: including one-year assignment working as retained consultant to Coventry Warwickshire Solihull Partnership, responsible for developing the strategy and action plan and monitoring framework for Coventry and Warwickshire Regeneration Zone funding.    Other major clients included Warwickshire Rural Forum and Hampshire County Council.

1996-2000 Warwickshire County Council, Principal Economic Development Officer: Responsible for development, update and monitoring of county economic development strategy and action plan, and developing new projects and areas of activity; major contributions to sub-regional economic strategy and various regional initiatives including campaign to retain Objective 2 status for parts of area.

1993-94 Shankland Cox, Hong-Kong, Project Manager: Range of planning, land based and development feasibility studies for private/public sector clients.

1989-1993 Coopers & Lybrand Management Consultancy Services, Associate/Senior Associate: Range of consultancy assignments for private and public sector clients in property, planning and economic development related areas.

1988-89 Jones Lang Wootton, Australia, Senior Researcher: working on a range of property market, economic and investment studies

1985-88 Property Market Analysis, London, Researcher/Senior Researcher: working on a range of property market, economic and investment studies



1985 BSC Land Management Class 2:1, University of Reading

1988 Elected Associate of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Member of Duncton Parish Council since 2017: with responsibility for community facilities including playground and village hall and co-ordinating village activities.