Adrian Laughton

Adrian Laughton

Work History

Work History
Jul 2011 - Present

Photographer

Freelance
Jun 2009 - Jun 2011

Principal Research Officer

Communities and Local government

Researcher and analyst responsible for developing and delivering a series of innovative data sharing projects.

Policy & Programme Manager - Information Management Programme

Policy and programme manager working within the Regeneration, Performance and Digital Inclusion Division (RPD).

Main duties include:

- Management of a small team of in-house staff, contractors and secondees.

- Research and project management

- Data development delivery (National Indicator Set)

- Senior Advisor on the Hub project (IT project, part of the Information Management Programme). Responsible for policy and stakeholder requirements delivery.

- Management of the wider Information Management Programme related to key Local Government White Paper issues around empowerment, citizen engagement, and reducing data burdens.

- Hub and IMP communications and engagement delivery. - Hub phase 2 programme development (local, regional & national)

- Development of an interoperable data management framework including local, central and private sector early adoption 

Nov 2006 - May 2009

Senior Research Officer

Communities and Local Government

Research and project manager working within the Neighbourhood Renewal Analysis Division (NRAD).

Main duties included:

- Managing delivery of research to inform policy development

- Undertaking in-house research and analysis

- Project managing the Data Interchange Hub - an IT system and associated processes for the collection of the new national indicator set by Local Authorities.

- Managing a programme of work, including research and network activities, supporting Local Authorities in the development of local information systems.

- Undertaking briefing and analysis for policy colleagues, senior management and Ministers. 

Jan 2003 - Oct 2006

Senior Research Officer

Office for the Deputy Prime Minister

Social researcher and project manager working in the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit.

My main area of work was in managing the Neighbourhood Statistics Service (NeSS), a web-based initiative to collect small area statistical information (sub-local authority) on a newly created geographical hierarchy across the main policy areas. NeSS was co-funded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and ODPM.

Main duties included:

- Managing delivery of statistical data streams from Government Departments and other data sources to NeSS. - Development of a robust and fit for purpose geography policy and associated geographical hierarchy for the sustainable release of small area statistics

- Analysing potential new data sources and developing key links and networks

- Quality assuring new datasets delivered to NeSS

- Managing and undertaking research and analysis

- Undertaking briefing and analysis for policy colleagues, senior management and Ministers.

- During this period I took responsibility for my team leaders roles & responsibilities during 6 months maternity leave and for a subsequent further 6 months whilst the post was vacant.

-During this period I undertook a rewarding short secondment at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), where I worked as a research manager and advisor. 

Jun 2000 - Dec 2002

Research Officer/Senior Research Officer

Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Social researcher working in the Local Government Research Unit (LRGRU).

I undertook analytical duties and managed research contracts across a wide range of issues relating to Local Government from Council tax reform to citizen perceptions of service provision.

Main duties included:

- Managing delivery of research in a policy driven environment

- Undertaking in-house research and analysis

- Social survey management and analysis (including the BVPI surveys)

- Undertaking briefing and analysis for policy colleagues and Ministers. 

During this period I was promoted whilst in post having 'exceeded' in my duties, and subsequently passing a panel assessment process.

Nov 1999 - May 2000

Executive Officer

Government Office for London

Project Manager working in an office delivering the formation of Transport for London (TfL) within the newly formed Greater London Authority (GLA) ; a new single transport authority that brought together six legacy organisations delivering the transport functions and infrastructure across London.

Main duties included:

- Developing and monitoring the delivery of project plans within the overall programme plan.

- Financial monitoring and reporting.

- Issue capture and resolution actioning.

- Risk capture and management.

- Secretariat duties for monthly programme board meetings including minute taking.

- Document management and library maintenance.

- Research and analysis to inform policy development and programme strategy 

Mar 1999 - Oct 1999

Assistant Officer

Government Office for London

Programme support role working in an office delivering the formation of Transport for London (TfL) within the newly formed Greater London Authority (GLA).

Main duties included:

- Supporting the team leader in the formation of a programme office prior to the appointment of a programme manager.

- General office administrative duties such as preparing and distributing papers for meetings, taking minutes, document management.

- Data analysis, information gathering and reporting.

- Requirements gathering and project/programme scoping

- Stakeholder engagement and communications. 

Education

Education

MSc

University of Salford

Summary

Freelance documentarian and visual artist working principally in photography.

Creative and innovative thinker.  Good at developing and maintaining relationships.

Work independently and collaboratively in creative cultural practices - principally photography, film and cinema; as well as music, art and design.

Currently studying Italian language and culture at the Università del Salento (Italy), as well as working towards a BA Hons degree in Photography from the Open College of the Arts (UK). 

I am also a professional social researcher and analyst. with ten years experience of undertaking social research, managing research; and statistical analysis, mapping and visualisation.

Interest

I'm a very keen cyclist, both for the exercise it provides but also as a way of exploring and experiencing the environment. I also enjoy swimming, pilates and yoga, and once a week vent my frustrations by whacking a ball either in the form of squash or tennis. Much of my spare time is spent walking and generally entertaining my Border Collie. He is particularly fond of swimming so sometimes I get to combine some of my interests.

I love cooking

Cinema

Music is another obsession. I have eclectic tastes and am lucky to be able to indulge my passion by playing occasional DJ sets and radio show/podcast.

I am currently studying a BA Hons degree in Photography in order to develop my breadth of skills and knowledge of skills & film making

I have a keen interest in architecture and design, and also in environmental sustainability issues and practices

I have always loved and felt an affinity with Italy and the Italian people. So I decided to move here and am currently studying Italian language and culture at the Universita del Salento in my home city of Lecce.