Career History

Cassie joined KADA Research in 2022, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in economic development. She has worked in the public and private sectors to the role.

Having started her career with Sheffield Training and Enterprise Council, she moved to Sheffield Hallam University’s Business School, before joining the economic development consultancy, ekosgen.

She was later seconded to Sheffield City Council as Head of Economic Strategy and Marketing, before taking up an Associate Director role at AMION Consulting.


Having worked on a variety of economic development and regeneration projects for clients including local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Universities, her work covers a wide range of economic development activities, including innovation and business growth, skills and employment, and physical regeneration and capital investment. The work she undertakes ranges from baseline analysis and research to strategy and action planning, project development and business case preparation and monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.

Such studies have included developing economic baselines and providing regular economic intelligence and technical advice on job targets.


Cassie has extensive experience of reviewing the growth prospects of local economies, current performance and local intelligence, and a recent focus has been on developing funding bids and business cases, across a wide range of funding streams including Levelling Up Fund, Towns Fund, and the Future High Street Fund.

She is an experienced project manager, successfully ensuring projects are delivered on time, to budget and to meet the needs of clients in the public, private and third sectors.


Cassie has a degree in Economics from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Economic Development and Policy from the University of Birmingham.

She has a background in economic data analysis and research and specialises in the development and evaluation of economic development strategies and projects at local, sub-regional and regional level.

With considerable experience in engaging stakeholders and consulting with a wide range of senior officers from both the public and private sector, Cassie is practised in identifying key messages and clearly communicating the implications of detailed data analysis to a range of audiences.

Outside of Work

Cassie lives in Sheffield with her husband and two teenage daughters. She enjoys reading and current affairs.

Interesting Fact

Cassie’s family acquired Stanley, a Jack Russell puppy, over the summer, so she is currently coming to terms with life as a dog-owner.