Angela is Professor of Marketing at Edinburgh University Business School, specialising in food, agriculture and sustainability. For the past 6 years her research has investigated the environmental, economic and social impacts of public catering services, both across Europe and amongst UK local authorities and school academy trusts. She has contributed over 20 publications on sustainability in public catering, including refereed papers, reports, conference presentations and webinars. She has also contributed to Courtaulds 2030 – the UK government and industry standard for measuring carbon emissions in the food & drink sector. Angela designed the calculation method for the Meal Analyser and oversees the calculation process for each project, from data entry to interpretation of results.
Adam became interested in community and its relationship with public providers over 20 years ago while developing an Information technology based social enterprise in Herefordshire (KC3) that started, among many other things, the first community owned Internet provider in Europe. The work required building a commercial business while reconciling and satisfying the needs of public funders, and simultaneously delivering tangible community benefits. It led to deep interest in entrepreneurship, and governance as well as developing methods to demonstrate public sector delivery of public value and community benefit.
He was later responsible for developing the local multiplier model (LM3) to demonstrate the public and social value that could be derived from public sector procurement and its economic impact in the UK through his work in Northumberland County Council, in partnership with the New Economics Foundation. This led to a project that calculated the spending benefit to the community for all of the 26 local authorities in the North East of England with over £3.5 billion of spending and 140,000 suppliers. He was then retained by NECE (North East Centre of Excellence) to provide key elements of the regional economic outcome programme. This project for the first time added the further innovation of combining LM3 and regional input output economic models to inform wider impacts and to develop the concept of Market Intelligence for smarter procurement. This work was taken up by both emda and defra and led to a review of methodologies for measuring the impacts of social, economic, and environmental measures. In particular, how and whether they could be applied within public procurement processes.
As founder of Impact Measurement Ltd he works principally with large tier one suppliers and commissioners of infrastructure projects, such as EDF and Balfour Beatty. This follows from an extensive analysis of public procurement practice and the understanding of the opportunity for large private sector suppliers to drive beneficial socio economic change for communities. An example of current work is the public facing model showing the economic impact of HPC construction on different types of areas in the UK. This is available for public view here. This approach is complementary to other work in European policy developing longer term models for public investment and common good. The meal analyser tool is a direct consequence, in partnership with Edinburgh Business School and can calculate both spatial and carbon impacts from food preparation and delivery.