making sense of place economics

Meet the GENECON team

David Tuck

Managing Director

David established GENECON in 2004 following a professional career in public and private sectors, including in local government and a global management consultancy. Having worked at a senior level in economic development and urban regeneration for over 30 years, he has been involved in most of the key areas of change in the UK's urban landscape including core cities and growth points as well as areas undergoing fundamental economic transition.

He specialises in economic growth strategy and project advice from an economic perspective. He understands the dynamics of urban economies and the evidence required to assess competitive performance and to develop clear and achievable local growth plans. His strategy work in cities such as Leeds and Sunderland and sub-regions such as the Black Country, Tees Valley, the Fylde Coast, East Sussex and Kent has promoted fresh approaches to place economics. He has consistently promoted a focus on the economics of urban investment, working alongside leading urban design practitioners and other disciplines to ensure that growth-based investments in infrastructure and business support has a coherent rationale, capable of leveraging private investment and jobs.

David has led successful case-making to Government for many key economic and regeneration projects including several successful project and programme bids for Regional Growth Fund and supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships in relation to Growth Deals, Growing Places Fund, Enterprise Zones and other new funding streams. He has been a national economic adviser to the HCA since its establishment, advising on the economic case for investments across the UK.

His recent influential work for BIS on high street performance & futures, his role as a retained economic adviser to HS2 on the case for high speed rail, and his close involvement in providing strategic advice to LEPs, has been instrumental in driving economic policy and investment strategies across the UK.

David also understands the local delivery challenge - he has advised on new governance models to drive local economic growth and delivery vehicles, as well as innovative public-private collaborations in fields such as renewable energy and business sector growth.


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