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Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Managing Director, GC Consulting

Mike Palin is a successful deliverer of economic growth strategies as well as being a leading thinker on how economic growth implementation can fit with broader policy initiatives. His focus is on implementation of strategies to deliver results.

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes

Consultant

Jack Hughes is an experienced research and stakeholder management professional in the fields of local economic development and organisational development. In his role as an Analyst for New Economy (now Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Research Team), Jack completed extensive economic analysis, developing GM’s labour market evidence-base and supporting project appraisal.

Rupert Greenhalgh

Rupert Greenhalgh

Consultant

Rupert has over twenty years’ experience in economic development, including the development of large programmes of strategic research, strategy and policy formulation, and public policy. He has extensive applied and academic expertise in the fields of business support, innovation, and enterprise development.

Mark Hughes

GC Group Associate

Mark has an extensive management background and expertise across economic development, business support, skills and employability, and also inward investment.

As CEO of the Growth Company (and formally the Northwest Regional Development Agency), Mark has extensive experience of both organisational design, Governance, and intervention design to deliver positive benefits for clients. 

Mark’s Board membership and representation (GM LEP, GM Mayoral Growth, FSB, CBI) has enabled strategic integration and will advise on organisational form and Governance as well as inward investment.

Richard Jeffery

GC Group Associate

Richard leads GC’s Business Support services with extensive experience as a fee-earning consultant and developing organisations from the ground up.

Richard has a deep understanding of national government business and innovation policy and the development of models for business support having established the country’s first Growth Hub and he continues to be a thought-leader in business support design within the UK.

Stephen Burrows

GC Group Associate

Steve is a commercially focused and experienced Managing Director with excellent strategic and high-level operational management skills. As GC’s MD of Organisational Development Services. Steve brings a track record of developing strategic partnerships within the accreditation, organisational development, assessment and advisory sector and delivering high-performance services for clients.

Janine Smith

GC Group Associate

As a former lecturer of business, leadership and management, Janine fully understands the needs of leadership and management programmes to achieve high impact. Janine leads GC’s leadership support programmes with exceptional success including supporting 1,500 regional business leaders through a bespoke Executive Development Programme.

Mark Leeson

GC Group Associate

Mark has 10 years of brand management, business development and operational delivery experience including for The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) providing world-class training to manufacturing professionals. While at TMI, Mark quadrupled the education and training offer within 18 months and achieved a customer satisfaction score of 94%.

Caroline Cain

GC Group Associate

Caroline is a skilled leader and account manager, forging relationships with SMEs and large blue-chip companies to drive inward investment and economic growth for city-regions and is an expert in developing customer management relationships and systems. Caroline brings experience working in a multi-stakeholder environment and personally managing over 600 company relationships while developing extensive ISO-mapped frameworks.

Todd Holden

GC Group Associate

Todd is the Growth Company’s Director for Low Carbon and Social Value and a leader in the development and adoption of sustainable and social impact-based approaches. Todd is an expert in Social Value having supported organisations to achieve a corporate mileage reduction of 34% and providing strategic level input into sustainability networks such as GM’s Low Carbon Hub and GM Mayors Green Summit Steering Group.