Ken Coupar is a planning, policy and research professional with
a background in local economic development, housing, and strategic
planning. Ken combines well-developed research skills with an
in-depth knowledge of policy issues in the field.
Since joining GENECON in 2013, Ken has gained partiuclar
experience in the preparation and appraisal of investment business
cases for economic growth projects. He worked on the
successful case to Government for a new Enterprise Zone in Derby,
business growth facilities in Greater Manchester and the North East
and a 1,350 unit residential development in Scarborough.
Ken is closely involved in GENECON's work for Local
Enterprise Partnerships, including ongoing work to advise on
project development and business case appraisal for transport and
economic growth investments. Ken plays a key role in this
respect for Sheffield City Region LEP under the SCRIF investment
fund. He is also closely involved with the appraisal of Regional
Growth Fund investments under the Textile Growth Fund, a £32m fund
to support SME growth in the textile sector in the North
Ken is experienced in reviewing and synthesising economic policy
and defining key drivers for economic strategy and action planning.
He is also experienced in analysing and presenting complex
socio-economic data to support policy and strategy development. He
has undertaken place-based research to inform economic development
strategies for the port of Newhaven, Lansdowne business district in
Bournemouth, Northstowe, a 10,000 home new town in Cambridgeshire,
and a refreshed economic strategy for Redcar & Cleveland.
Prior to joining GENECON, Ken worked for the Centre for Cities,
a leading urban economic think-tank. He contributied to a number of
research projects on investment and local economic performance and
a policy impact evaluation for the Spatial Research Centre at LSE.
He also worked for CABE, the Government's advisor on architecture
and urban design.
A Politics graduate, Ken holds an MA with distinction
in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Sheffield, the
UK's top planning school. He spent four months on the Urban
Planning and Management Programme at Aalborg University, Denmark
and also worked for a leading planning consultncy in Leeds. Ken is
a Licentiate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
T: 0113 245 2200