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Stephen Sears

Principal Consultant

Stephen combines a cross-sector strategic approach with a profound understanding of contemporary public policy issues and an ability to engage successfully with stakeholders at all levels.

He has a flair for innovative approaches to social and environmental challenges and a successful track record in the public sector, social enterprise and commercial business.

Stephen is a successful enterprise leader with over 20 years’ experience in bidding and winning public service contracts. He has personally engaged with over 60 local authorities of all types across the UK and has led the process of securing over £500 million of business. He has a detailed understanding of the tendering process and is applying this expertise at Eunomia to support both commercial and public sector clients.

As a former local government politician with 16 years’ experience at a senior level Stephen has an understanding of the local government decision-making process matched by few in the outsourcing industry.

Although Stephen’s principle field of activity has been recycling-led waste management he also brings to bear insights from successful business development in community and public transport, community railways and railway engineering and primary health care.

 

Recent Experience

Since joining Eunomia Stephen has supported clients in the procurement of recycling services and undertaking efficiency reviews of in-house services. He is engaged with supporting partnership working between authorities and providing technical advice focused on improving environmental performance and reducing costs.

He is also centrally involved in developing Eunomia’s work on street scene issues, integrating policy and strategy with practical steps to improve operational performance and cost effectiveness.

 

Career History

Stephen’s career has included time with charities, social enterprises, commercial business and local government, with the focus always being on bringing improved efficiency and effectiveness to public services.

His principal former role was as Chief Executive of the ECT Group social enterprise, where he led the process of creating and developing a multi-function £50 million per annum turnover social enterprise.

Stephen also pursued a parallel career as a leading Councillor in the London Borough of Ealing as Chair of the Environment Committee and later Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport. During this time he helped transform the Council into a more efficient, effective and customer focused organisation, initiating major changes in policy including the integration of the Council’s environment functions into a single department.

 

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