Costas Georgiou

Kada Senior Economist

BSc (Hons) Applied Economics, MSc Occupational Psychology and PGDip Personnel Management

Expect clarity, insight based on evidence and strategic thinking.
Costas Georgiou is an economy consultant with significant experience in economic research and European funding and currently runs Local Economy Matters. He has worked for public sector economic development organisations including local authorities, LEPs, TECs, Government Offices, Development Corporations and Universities but has also worked for private organisations and third sector initiatives. He specialises in economic assessments and profiles, major funding bids, project evaluations and strategy and policy design.

His research background includes conducting socio-economic analysis for area based local economies; undertaking impact assessments and evaluations; managing and supporting funding bids for public, private and third sectors initiatives; and providing evidence for sectoral programmes. He has worked as a research manager in economic and social policy units for South Yorkshire local authorities and Milton Keynes Development Corporation; was research and evaluation manager for an Objective 1 European programme; and was head of strategy at Sheffield City Region LEP.

Costas’ European experience includes writing strategic documents; providing analytical evidence to support interventions; and lobbying and negotiating with the European Commission. He has not only worked on the design and architecture of European strategy documents but was also employed for eight years on the delivery of one of the UK’s largest European programmes, the £800m South Yorkshire Objective 1 Programme. Further experience of European funding include Yorkshire and Humber Objective 2, RECHAR, RESIDER and URBAN; and providing advice to national community funds in Hungary and Bulgaria under the PHARE programme.

Other work experience includes a deputy manager at a community programme agency, tutor on equal opportunities and personnel officer. Costas has worked extensively on a broad range of Kada assignments – these include business support, regeneration, innovation and learning and skills.