Improve Your Council Sir Bill Taylor

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Current & recent activity & assignments.

2012's reality is that the days of "Milk & Honey" are over.

2011was a difficult year - with complex & delicate solutions required. 

Especially for Councils, colleges, health & related services & the 3rd Sector.

What we can't afford to do, our Citizens don't deserve it, is to bury our heads in the sand.

In the closing weeks of 2010, Sir Bill with students at South Peninsular High SchoolSir Bill as Chair of Blackburn College along with Principal Ian Clinton & senior staff from both the College & local secondary schools made a business visit to the Cape Town area of South Africa seeking & securing collaborative partnerships with sector skills organisations, universities, Colleges, schools & community development projects especially in the challenging environments of the townships & informal settlements. The hectic business trip included discussions with Archbishop Thabo of Cape Town & Harry Wiggett, Chaplain to Nelson Mandela on Robben Island.

Sir Bill with senior university staff in Cape Town The trip was so successful that very clear opportunities have been identified & will produce great mutual benefits.




Sir Bill with Volcano Youth Music Project, Khayelitsha





2010 has already proved very hectic! We have agreed to merge Senior Management with one Chief Exec etc..

Bill has regularly appeared on local BBC radio & NW News & the Politics Show.

Sir Bill appointed to Chair the brand new Blackburn with Darwen NHS Teaching Care Trust Plus.

Officially "in business" in April Bill told the local media:-

“I am delighted to have been appointed to this brand new role and given a fresh opportunity to work with colleagues from both NHS Blackburn with Darwen and the Council in helping deliver quality services for the people of Blackburn with Darwen.

“I have led some great teams over the years that have faced immense challenges and sought innovation, improvement and excellence. We face new and greater challenges now. I'm relishing tackling those challenges already.”

Bill has also been invited to return to the SW once again to work on public/private/3rd sector partnerhsip effectiveness.

Try out Sir Bill's YouTube debut!

Annabel with Sir BillAs well as regular appearances on local radio & in print Sir Bill was invited to appear on BBC TV’s Politics Show again, interviewed by Annabel Tiffin about good practice in local & General elections.

Bill is now working alongside Jan Calderbank of Community & Business Partners to develop both SAMS & other social enterprise opportunities.

CBP in Partnership with BwDBC  have recently been awarded a Community Assests Grant of £ 966,000 to develop the former Roman Road Community Centre.

The regionally renowned SAMS will move its home to be based in the extended & refurbished centre & it will also become the hub for  up to ten  social enterprise across the area.

Bill has recently been selected to act as the Independent Chair to Third Sector Lancashire the umbrella governance to Lancashire’s 3,000 – 4,000 voluntary organisations. His mission being to support organisations that support communities.


Due to other commitments, Bill had to resign this crucial role, having led the development of TSL as being recognised nationally as amongst the best delivering on 3rd sector work.



Bill has been selected & appointed a Non Exec Director of RCU. RCU have been providing and developing research and consultancy to the education and training sector since 1987 and has established a national reputation for data analysis and the development of strategic recommendations.
RCU was set up in its current format by a consortium of mainly FE colleges in 1993 at the time of FE incorporation in order to provide a specialist research facility for the sector. The client base quickly spread both geographically and in terms of client type. RCU is now a free-standing company and all staff are shareholders.
The services available include surveys, data analysis and consultancy. Clients include individual education and skills providers, the Learning & Skills Council (LSC), Learning & Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Bill has also been commissioned by Ilyas Mushi & Farzana Khan of Enterprise for All. E4All work mainly in the field of economic regeneration. Part of Bill’s role with E4All is to steer their stimulation of debate & networking & Bill has acted as MC to business lunches at Northcote Manor & Huntleys with speaker guests including Lord Andrew Mawson, the NWDA’s Steve Broomhead & Huntley’s very own Eddie Cowpe. E4All offers specialist assistance and advice to people who want to start a new business and we provide expert help for established companies that are looking to expand.

Scouring the political e landscape Bill has spotted Left Foot Forward...Left Foot Forward is a political blog for progressives. They provide evidence-based analysis on British politics, news and policy developments. ..give them a whirl!

Also modernising how people communicate with one another has always been dear to Bill’s heart & practice so he is currently working with Blackpool-based GDR Public Relations developing projects in the Third Sector and local government, including a focus on new media. One exciting aspect of this is the launch of my own channel on YouTube, highlighting how video and social media can help organizations to communicate their key messages to hard-to-reach sections of the community.

Diversity is another of Bill’s key strands which has led to him working in collaboration with Keith Willacy & Chris Pearson of Equality-Matters a specialist Diversity & Equality training & consultancy provider.

 Sir Bill is linking up with others in the field to do some work commissioned by the Dept Communities & Local Govt.

He's also back soon in the SW, working for I&DeA with a local Council & its main partners.

He also welcomed, addressed & mentored during their week's study tour, a group of public/private & 3rd Sector colleagues,hosted by Blackburn College, from the Varmia and Mazuria Province in northern Poland on “Partnership Working for Engaged and Cohesive Communities”. 

Bill has been engaged nationally by the Association of Colleges to do some training/development work around all the imminent changes & challenges in the North West & beyond.

His work with the Princes Trust continues across councils with Chief Execs & Leaders & other key agencies.

Bill is also working with the private sector on some sustainable environmental projects.

Ross is at it again, this time with Dave Veevers...Please look at:-

Bill's also been interviewed & invited to become a honourary trustee of the Student Union of Lancaster University. Nearly 40 years since he was vice president of that organisation. "All my life's been focused around giving young people opportunities to experiment with power & responsibility. So this fits just great"!!!

Bill is now elected as Vice Chair of the Trustees & with the Voltage social enterprise project is supporting the setting up of a collaborative initiative with Blackburn Rovers.

A regular on local BBC Radio Lancashire, Bill also appeared as a guest on their Review of 2008.

As well as still contributing a regular Blog spot for the Lancashire Telegraph, he has been writing for the local Independent newsletter with regular columns Taylor Tables & ...Talks to Taylor.

College achieves Learning & Skills Beacon Status.

Sir Bill with College team receives his 6th Beacon off MinistersSir Bill "notches up" the sixth Beacon he has been associated with & awarded. This time at One Great George Street, London. Ministers Jack Straw & David Lammy were present with senior College staff.

Wake Up Chorley!

Bill addresses annual local business conference. The second Wake Up Chorley event will include Bill Taylor talking about how the private & public sectors can & should work closer together. Try...

Common Purpose Trust approach Sir Bill.

The Trust gives leaders of today and tomorrow the information, inspiration and networks they need to become better leaders and to improve the way society works.

They have called upon Bill's knowledge, skills & success in working with & between the private, public & VCF sectors.

The feedback included "we appreciated hearing you & the passion & drive you have that has brought success in your various roles...participants were extremely positive after your input & you certainly gave them lots to think about...I hope we can work togther in the future again".


Bill has been invited back to do follow up work in Cumbria.

Sir Bill interviewed by Blackburn College students Julie & DaniChair of Blackburn College Corporation Board.

Bill is in his second spell as a College Governor. An honourary role that goes back to 1981 & now stretches over 20 or more years. He has been elected as Chair since 2008.

Blackburn College is a £42m pa, 12,000+ with around 3,000 undergraduate student age range 14+, 1,000 staff organisation. It is assessd as "Outstanding" by Ofsted.

Bill is quoted in the local 'paper as saying " I am immensly proud to have been encouraged & elected to resume a leadership role in the regeneration of Pennine Lancashire".

Princes Trust.

Bill has been commssioned by the Trust, because of his wide ranging knowledge & understanding of the Trust, youth work & local government, to help foster more effective relationships with key players delivering on key targets. The Trust have re-engaged Bill to work throughout the summer & autumn of 2008. Fresh opportunities presented themselves into 2009 too.

Sir Bill dines with the Dean in the Cathedral CryptBlackburn Cathedral Worship Review Group.

Although agnostic, Bill was approached by the Dean, the Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong to sit on this group. His probing questions & ability to say difficult things in easy understandable ways have been well received within the group.

With Greater Peterborough (Local Strategic) Partnership.

Bill workied in 2007 & 2008 facilitating the development of action plans for work with the BME communities.

Sir Bill TaylorLocal Government Association & the Improvement & Development Agency.

Since 2005 Sir Bill has worked with the Improvement & Development Agency (I&DeA) , more recently he has been engaged by the Local Government Association (LGA), some LSPs (Local Strategic Partnerships) & District & County Councils to help them develop & prioritise their work to best fit both bottom-up & top-down priorities.

This has taken Bill back on to the national scene in London & across the NW & NE of England. Bill was invited back in 2008 to do some very successful follow up work with senior oficers & members & other sector partners. Assignments in 2008 will see him operating in the SW too.

They have gained from experiencing his commitment, vision & stamina for public service leadership & improvement.

He has also contributed to peer development work

“Associate” Consultancies.
As well as the LGA & the I&DeA Bill is also now "on the books" of Solace Enterprises, & the National Youth Agency (NYA) as an Associate Consultant ready to work with others for leadership & success in change & improvement. He also works "free-standing" with a range of different agencies.  Working with Warwick Business School & the Local Government Leadership Centre is currently under consideration.

University of Cumbria.
He has also been engaged as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cumbria, formerly the University College of St Martins.

Community and Business Partnership.
Bill has also been invited to join the Board of Community & Business Partners as a Non Executive Director. To find out more about their work please go to:-

Best Value Solutions.  Improve your Council is now associated with JRA Best Value Solutions Ltd. a Training and Change Management Consultancy. To find out more about their work please go to:-