Glenn Athey

Associate Director

Ph.D. Urban and Regional Economic Development

Clear messages and insights at the cutting edge of evidence-based policy and best practice, based on a deep knowledge and understanding of economics and local practice.
Glenn Athey is a local, urban and regional economic development consultant based in the UK, specialising in economic development, skills, employment, enterprise and innovation, and has published a number of high profile reports on local and national economic issues. Glenn undertakes project development, delivery plans, options appraisals, feasibility assessments, economic and business cases, local economic assessments, market research, economic analysis and strategy development. Glenn was recently cited as one of the top economic development influences on LinkedIn by US-based place marketing consultancy DCI.

Glenn has 20 years’ experience as an economic development professional with a degree in economics and geography, a master’s degree in European political economy and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Economic Development. Glenn is a specialist at evidence-based policy, best practice, and in tailoring strategies and delivery options to local opportunities and challenges. With substantial experience working in senior management positions in development organisations, including in the latest institutional arrangements (Local Enterprise Partnerships), Glenn combines in-depth knowledge with practical application.

His Career began in Scotland, where he worked as an economic development consultant after completing his Ph.D. In 2001, Glenn moved on to be one of the founding team members of Futureskills Scotland. In 2005 Glenn then moved to London Development Agency to be the head of business policy.

Then Glenn undertook the role of Head of Research at the Centre for Cities in 2006, in which he established the research plans for the next 3 years and was responsible for several of the key reports during 2006-2008, including Two Track Cities, Innovation in the City, and the Cities Outlook annual reports.

Moving to Cambridge and the East of England in 2008, As director of Research and Intelligence at the East of England Development Agency, Glenn created a regional intelligence think tank in the East of England – a fully staffed intelligence and policy unit, that offered a research programme, advice and analysis to stakeholders and businesses in the region as well as a series of foresight policy debates to the region on skills, the low carbon economy and post-recession prospects.

In 2012 Glenn worked as an advisor to the board, and then began a 14-month tenure as the interim Executive Director (CEO) of Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership. Since 2013, Glenn has run Athey Consulting Limited (www.mylocaleconomy.org), delivering advisory support and consultancy on project development, delivery plans, options appraisals, feasibility assessments, economic and business cases, local economic assessments, market research, economic analysis and strategy development. Current clients include Bristol City Council, West of England LEP, Luton Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and the London-Stansted-Cambridge Consortium (Haringey Council). Glenn’s interests include playing music and going to gigs, tennis and running.