Emma Thomson


BA (Hons) Researcher, Evaluator, facilitator and strategy developer

Career History

Emma Thomson has over 25 years’ experience in economic, strategy and policy development and education. Her career began north of the border at Scottish Enterprise before moving to London where she worked for an education business partnership and the business campaign group London First before becoming Head of Strategy at the London Development Agency.

Since 2007, Emma has been a freelance consultant and lecturer. Her varied client portfolio includes the charity sector, universities, sports businesses, public sector bodies and the health sector. Emma also works regularly with Kada Research on evaluation and strategy development.


During her time working with Kada Research, Emma has developed knowledge and expertise in a number of sectors including low carbon and renewable energy, ICT and technology, creative and cultural and health. She has worked on a number of innovation projects, economic development strategies and large scale evaluations of business development, innovation and low carbon programmes.


Her extensive work with Kada Research has covered the LEP network, local authorities across England and Wales, City Regions and the university and health sectors. Her wider portfolio has included a range of private, public and third sector clients from homeless healthcare charities to motor racing circuits.


Emma’s skills include: facilitation and lecturing; mentoring; communication; qualitative and quantitative analysis; strategy and policy development; economic impact assessment; report and case study writing; interviewing and consultation; presentation; project management; working to deadlines.

Outside of Work

Emma’s big passions are dancing and Formula 1. She attends dance classes in lots of different styles including ballroom, street commercial, contemporary and hip-hop. Emma has been lucky enough to attend Grand Prix all over the world. She also loves reading, walking and travel.

Interesting Fact

Emma occasionally writes about Formula 1 using the moniker Dancing Petrolhead.


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