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About Hilary Burrage

Welcome to Hilary’s professional website. Hilary is a consultant in strategic policy. Her interests range from the knowledge economy to what makes a good community engagement strategy, taking in eco-issues, sustainability, science, equality and diversity, and the arts and culture, along the way.
Hilary’s work is about communication, and the ‘translation’ of dialogue between different groups. She hopes you will join in this dialogue via the Comment sections of this site.
Hilary writes (on 1 January 2009):
I am an enthusiast who draws on wide practical experience to help and encourage people seeking to make things better…. the environment, renewal of our rural areas, towns and cities, social equity, and sustainable communities and economies are all a part of this.
Previously a Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care, I have developed a fascinating new independent practitioner portfolio after the onset of my own mid-life health challenge. This led me, as I took control of the situation, to a different emphasis, on arts & culture, community engagement, regeneration, environmental issues and science / technology policy – a wholesale professional transition which, looking back, I have never regretted!
I am currently, or have recently been, a member of the Boards / Councils of the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA), Defra Science Advisory Council, an NHS Ambulance Service (as a Non-Executive Director), Liverpool Chamber of Commerce (as chair of the Arts & Culture Committee), a group advising government ministers on Asset Transfer to the Third Sector, and a Trustee of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, as well as the Equality and Diversity Champion for BURA, Founding Chair of HOPES: The Hope Street Association (Liverpool) and Vice-Chair of the NW Sustainable Development Group (which advises on / promotes S.D. in NW England). Details of these various roles are given below.
I also teach one of the new web-based Home and Communities Agency / Academy professional courses on Sustainable Development, and I am an Independent Consultant who advises Local Authorities and similar bodies on service and policy alignment to secure appropriate delivery for customers and the general public. Much of my work with local government has centred on services for the very early years (especially Sure Start and Children’s Centres) and for young people, with a focus on health, employment and economic issues.
As an adjunct to my usual activities, I am manager of a number of small ensembles of classical musicians (my husband, the musical director, is a professional violinist) who perform interesting concerts at a range of levels of formality in community, educational and local venues. I am also promoter and producer of an annual community-based concert, HOTFOOT on Hope Street, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. In all these activities we have a particular commitment to promote the music of Britain’s foremost black classical composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. We also collaborate with classically trained Indian musicians.
In the course of this whole gamut of tasks and roles I have prepared and presented numerous papers and talks, and have led many workshops and debates.
I am a keen (published) writer, weblogger – – and photographer, often combining these activities in my commentaries on Liverpool life and my visits to other European cities.
Originally a student of natural science (and a trained singer!), I have a first degree in Social Sciences, I am a qualified teacher, I have a Master of Science degree in the Sociology of Science and Technology and I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
A disciplined and focused researcher, speaker and teacher, I am always positive and enthusiastic about my work and interests, whilst also maintaining the experience-based realism required to deliver a balanced and pragmatic ‘can do’ approach to professional, policy and delivery issues. This focus on making things happen is my moving force, whether I am considering the knowledge economy, equality and diversity, regeneration and sustainability, science in government, life in Liverpool or how to put on a community concert!
I am consistently keen to promote discussion about how to engage people of all sorts more in the decisions which affect their lives. This relates both to community development and to wider issues around regeneration and sustainability at both local and national level. (I know that we all need to work harder to develop shared meanings in these matters; this is what makes it so interesting.)
I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the arts, and especially music, as a means towards social cohesion, or what we might call ‘social glue’….
My aim, whatever the topic and whoever the client or audience, is to get people to feel it matters, and to believe that they can (and indeed perhaps ‘should’) take a view for themselves.

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Hilary’s professional and honorary roles and interests include:
* Independent Consultant in Strategic Policy, Writer & Public Speaker; areas of interest are indicated on this website and include
~ a specialist focus on complex organisational or public sector transitions requiring a multi-disciplinary or cross-professional approach;
~ issues around regeneration, the knowledge economy (highly skilled activities in technical and / or cultural and artistic areas) and sustainability; and
~ diversity and community cohesion.
Current Appointments & Roles
* Independent Consultant in Strategic Policy, Writer & Public Speaker
* Member, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Science Advisory Council
* Vice-Chair, North West Regional Sustainable Development Group
* Hon. Director, British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA), with responsibility for BURA Education & Training, and as Diversity Champion
* Council Member, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(& Hon. Chair, LCCI Arts & Culture Committee)
* Member, Editorial Support Team, Neighbourhood: The International Journal of Neighbourhood Renewal
* Hon. Chair, HOPES: The Hope Street Association
* Member (previously Trustee), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
* Member, North West Business Leadership Forum
* Founder / voluntary organiser of Monday Women
* Hon. Agent for Mrs Louise Ellman MP
* Manager-Producer of classical music ensembles (Ensemble Liverpool, Elegant Music and Live-A-Music)
Recent and Previous Appointments
* Non-Executive Director, Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust
* Lay Partner & Lay Visitor, Health Professions Council
* Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Wirral Metropolitan College
* Lecturer and Researcher, University of Liverpool and the Open University
* Hon. Chair, Liverpool Riverside Constituency Labour Party
* Vice-Chair, Liverpool Community Network Arts & Culture Steering Group
* Non-Executive Director, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society

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Hilary’s Publications

A list of Hilary’s main editorial duties, publications and lectures over the years, including those written before this website was created. Some entries here are hyper-linked for immediate access. More recent publications and lectures are not listed here and are located  individually as posts on Hilary Burrage’s website.

Please note:  What follows is historical.  Recent work is as above.

2011: ‘Green Hubs, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement’, Municipal Engineer Vol.164 Issue ME3, September (subsequently shortlisted for an Institution of Civil Engineers 2012 Award.)

2009: ‘From Regeneration to Sustainability: A northern take on knowledge’, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, October

2009: ‘Where should we put the ‘evidence base’ when we make policy?’, New Start blog, July

2009: Biography (‘The tale of a jobbing sociologist’), British Sociological Association Sociologists Outside Academia magazine, June

2009: ‘Can Liverpool’s Arts And Culture Businesses Thrive Post-2008?’, Liverpool Chamber magazine of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, January / February

2009: ‘Was Liverpool a truly inclusive Capital of Culture in 2008?’, New Start magazine, January

2008: ‘Arachnid ‘art’, big toys and cultural communties’, a-n magazine, December

2008: ‘Liverpool 08: Cultural Turn or Cultural Tourism?’, lecture at the Architectural Association seminar supported by the Architectural Review, London, 5 December

2008: ‘If only scientists could remember – science has its responsibilities’, an analysis of the DIUS A Vision for Science and Society, Science Review, 5 November.

2008: DIUS Science and Society consultation submission, October

2008: From ‘Regeneration to Sustainability: A Northern Take On Knowledge’, keynote address at the NUREC conference, Liverpool, 28 July

2008: ‘Regeneration Rethink’ (equality and diversity), Public Service Review: Transport, Local Government and the Regions, issue 12, Spring

2008: ‘Places for People: Hope Street Quarter as a case study’, Communities and the Public Realm Masterclass, Bradford, 21 April

2008: ‘Alice in economic context’, (re: Big Science in Regional Economic Contexts: Daresbury Laboratory and the ALICE programme) Education Guardian letters page, 13 April

2008: Introductory speaker (and instigator) at the BURA Equality and Diversity Network Launch, London, 20 February

2008: Member, Editorial Support Team, Neighbourhood: The International Journal of Neighbourhood Renewal

2007: Putting scientific research in context, The Guardian (letters), 17 February

2006: ‘Can I have a speaker that reflects the community? Too white, too male and too posh. It’s time conferences had an injection of diversity’, New Start, 27 October, p.11 (website version)

2006: ‘Should women be starting more businesses?’, Vision (Liverpool Daily Post‘s regional business magazine), Summer, p.52

2006: Sure Start in Halewood: Service Provision Overview, report for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, March

2006: ‘No-Win or Win-Win Gender and Babies Agenda?‘, Diverse Liverpool , March, pp. 113-115

2006: ‘Knowledge Economies and Big Science: A challenge for governance,’ Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) Local Work: Voice, No.68, February (website version)

2006: ‘Make a move too far and you might find yourself exposed’, New Start, 27 January, p.11 (website version)

2005: ‘Regional Issues around the Very High Skills Knowledge Economy’, Knowledge Economy Network Conference, London

2005: Evaluation Report on the Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) & Schools and Youth Service (SaYS) Collaborative Programme, Salford Youth Service

2005: ‘The Hope Street Quarter, Liverpool’, Northern European Cathedrals Conference, Liverpool2002: ‘Cultural Tourism as a Catalyst for Renaissance’, Mersey Partnership Cultural Impact Conference.

2000: Paper presented to the Secretary of State for Culture, and the Millennium Commissioners on the Hope Street Millennium Festival, London, September

2000: ‘Imagine all the people – and all the things they’d do…..‘, Manifesto for a New Liverpool (eds: M. Lyons & J. Egan), University of Liverpool et al

2000: Art at the Heart: The Role of Established Cultural Quarters in City Renaissance (commissioning editor, for HOPES: The Hope Street Association)

1987-96: Member of Editorial Board of Gender and Education

1993: ‘The Sociology of Science and the Science of Society’, Chapter 1 of Sociology Reviewed (eds: T. Lawson et al), Collins Educational

1991 onwards: articles and reports in the arts media and cultural publications (eg: Classical Music magazine, writing as Frances South) & many response / positional documents for CAMPAM and HOPES.

1991: ‘Gender, Curriculum and Assessment Issues at 14-16+’, Gender and Education, vol.3, no.1 (March)

1990: ‘Health Education’, Chapter 4 in The New Social Curriculum (ed: B. Dufour), Cambridge University Press

1986-90: Editor, Social Science Teacher (national professional journal)

1989: ‘”Recent, Relevant Experience”: How CATE legitimates narrowly defined concepts of teacher education’ (with W. Boxall), Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol.13, no.3 (Autumn)

1987: ‘Epidemiology and Community Health:a strained connection?’, Social Science & Medicine, vol.25, no.8 – later cited by WHO

1987: ‘Striking at the Heart: sociology’s place in the school curriculum’, The Guardian, 11 August

1987: The National Curriculum 5 – 16: Response of the Joint Forum of Academic and Teaching Associations in the Social Sciences

1986: Paper delivered to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences / SANA symposium of The Socio-Economic Consequences of World War Three (July, Budapest)

1986: ATSS Submission to the Winfield ESRC Enquiry on PhD Completion Rates

1984: ‘Doctors and Patients – Bird’s Eye or Worm’s Eye View?’, Scottish Medicine (December)

1983: ‘Women University Teachers of Natural Science, 1971-2: An Empirical Study‘, Social Studies of Science, vol.13, no.1, (February) (Report of M.Sc. research of same title)

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