Whitehead-Ross Education and Consulting offers consultancy support to organisations with developing new projects, policy and research, bid writing, monitoring/auditing existing projects, and supporting project delivery. Ian Whitehead-Ross, Managing Director, has a strong track record in providing support to charitable organisations.
Until December 2011, Ian was Policy and Development Manager at Rathbone Cymru, a leading national education charity. He led on developing new programmes of learning to engage and progress young people back into learning or employment. Ian identified new local opportunities to engage economically inactive young people in learning, selected qualifications, produced budgets, engaged with potential partners, produced project plans, wrote bids and secured funding for delivery to commence.
In his last twelve months at Rathbone Cymru Ian secured £800,000 of new funding for the organisation, developed their first ever projects in the new operational areas of Cardiff and Gwynedd, and created 17 new staff positions in Wales – a 9% increase in the number of staff. Ian was one of Rathbone Cymru’s lead bid writers for the Welsh Government’s Traineeship Programme tender, providing work-based learning for economically inactive young people, resulting in a contract worth £21m over 3 years with subcontracting; a 20% increase.
As a member of the Rathbone Cymru Wales Management Team, Ian was involved in reviewing the performance of programmes through Key Performance Indicators at monthly management meetings. There were 6 members on the Wales Management Team with 130 staff in Wales. These reviews included the attainment and positive progression of learners, in addition to budget profiles.
Ian has a strong understanding of the European Social Fund (ESF) through successfully bidding for thirteen contracts involving ESF funding. Through project implementation meetings and key performance indicators, he understands match funding and the importance of maintaining accurate records for projects involving ESF funding and the importance of regular reviews/audits.
Ian has lots of experience in influencing the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government, such as responding to consultations, drafting Plenary questions for Assembly Members, organising petitions for the Petitions Committee, meeting Ministers and Assembly Members, and presenting evidence to National Assembly Committee Inquiries. Ian also has a strong track record of organising successful fringe events at political party conferences.