Dr Paul Williams 
Dr Paul Williams 
Reader in Public Management and Collaboration

Department: Business and Management
Room No: O1.41e
Telephone No: +44(0)29 2041 6386
Email Address: pmwilliams@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I combine extensive experience of working as a public sector manager in Welsh local government for over 20 years with academic experience as a researcher, lecturer and consultant in public policy and management. I trained as a professional town planner and subsequently worked in a variety of senior management roles in both service departments and the Chief Executive's Department of local authorities undertaking strategic management, business planning, customer and market research and total quality management. My experience spanned a number of different policy areas especially economic development, housing, community development, health and sustainable development.

I was particularly responsible for the development of support services for local councillors in Swansea which achieved national acclaim, prepared the first housing strategy using business models in Wales, and represented Councils on local multi-agency partnerships and national bodies such as the Welsh Local Government Association and Local Government Association. I developed an early interest in research through my involvement with the Local Authorities Research Consortium at the University of Warwick and the catalyst for a move to academia followed the successful completion of an MSc in Policy Studies at the University of Bristol in 1998.

I joined the National Centre for Public Policy in the University of Wales Swansea as Senior Research Fellow in 2000 and was involved in research, teaching and consultancy in a number of different areas of public management, and was retained by UNISON Cymru as its policy advisor between 2000 and 2005. At the end of 2005, I moved to UWIC as Senior Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Management and in 2008 I was awarded a Readership in Public Management and Collaboration.

In recent years, I have been an active member of a number of different organizations, both as a reflection of my professional practice (details outlined below) but also in relation to other community interests. I have been a community councillor and held senior non-executive positions with a number of national homeless and disability charities including, Board member and Treasurer of Shelter Cymru and Board member of Shelter UK; Chair of the Swansea Young Single Homeless Project and Chair of the Pan Equality Disability Forum for Wales.