John Edwards

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John works as a social value consultant at Costain support their advisory approach as illustrated below. The goal of the team is to maximise the positive impact our clients, business units and projects can have on people’s lives. Using both traditional and digital solutions coupled with our insights into data management we enable our clients to:
• Shape their social value capability to address global challenges, aligning with the UN SDGs.
• Unlock the social value potential within their assets and stakeholders.
• Maximise the value they can deliver across the entire asset life cycle, from concept through to end-of-life.
• Analyse and quantify current social impacts, creating a trusted account of the value delivered and the legacy left behind.

John has over 10 years’ experience working in nuclear and energy markets ‘improving peoples’ lives’ by unlocking their potential. This was initially in executive search, before expanding services to include commercial research. He has recently moved into his current specialism of social value and helps Costain and other customers unlock the power of local communities through the development / discovery of social value created as part of their business activities.

John is also an experienced trainer who uses intelligent questions to encourage critical thinking from participants. This is supported by the latest technology and a variety of media and ensures delegates engage with the content and achieve their learning objectives. This enables delegates to understand how to maximise social value through their professional roles and to understand the role digital can play in this. Participants will gain an understanding of how to shape the social value in their organisations, including the latest policy drivers, how they can unlock the maximum social value for their stakeholders, and how to capture data and analyse impact.

John is an Assured Social Value Practitioner with Social Value UK (SVUK) and has an MA Social Policy with Distinction from Liverpool Hope University and LLB Law with Politics from the University of Chester. John’s research interests are in the maximisation of social value on major infrastructure projects, and he is a member of Social Value UK, the Social Policy Association, and the Social Research Association.

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