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July 2022 | Human Engine Insights

Updated: Jul 26, 2022

3rd Edition | July 2022 | Human Engine Insights

Human Engine Insights is our monthly digest of what's happening in our world. Each edition will include industry news and thought pieces from our team on what's happening within the private and public sector.

July has unfortunately been a month of chaos... Rail strikes, airport delays, a new wave of COVID, political change and (as we write this), the UK is experiencing the hottest day since records began! It's however not all doom and gloom, summer is here and for many, this signals holidays and a time to reflect (with a big glass of sangria).

Whilst sweltering in the heat, our team have been busy inside and outside of work. Please keep reading for the goings-on from Team #HumanEngine!

LGA Conference 2022: Thank You!

LGA Conference 2022 - Ali Macdonald and Kelly Page
LGA Conference 2022 - Ali Macdonald and Kelly Page

Our team was excited to be back exhibiting face to face at the LGA Conference in Harrogate this month. For those who do not know, it's the biggest event in the Local Government calendar!

It was a great experience reconnecting in person with clients and colleagues from across the sector, after as long as 3 years in some cases! Thanks to everyone who came over to see us at the Human Engine stall.

Human Engine’s Managing Director, Jonathon Noble said:

'There was so much rich discussion, debate and sharing that it would be impossible to distil into anything like a complete summary. Instead, just a few key takeaways for me:

  1. Whether it's the rising cost of living, supply chain insecurity or humanitarian crises, local government is at the sharp end of global issues.

  2. The sector has a resilience and ingenuity that deserves to be envied and emulated by any part of the public sector or industry. There are few parts of the economy that do as much with as little.

  3. Local authorities share many of the same challenges. The solutions they come up with are often so wonderfully different. Diversity and creativity are two of the sector's greatest strengths - so it's essential to keep sharing the good practice.

  4. A lot of people look different with legs!'

Our team was on hand to talk to visitors about three of our key services. Over the next few issues, we will detail these. The first, which aroused much interest is:

Delivering Hyper-Localism

LGA Conference Stand 2022 - Harrogate
LGA Conference Stand 2022 - Harrogate

Local government has witnessed a new wave of hyper-local service provision, bringing services closer to communities and empowering community groups to deliver hyper-local services that are important to them.

We know place-based service delivery can have a positive social impact on the wider determinants of health and reducing inequalities, whilst also delivering financial savings and cost avoidance in high need, high-cost services.

We work with local authorities to redefine their system-wide partnership working to deliver better outcomes for the council, its communities and its partners.

For further information download a copy of our flyer here:

Or please contact Tom Mills (

Client Feedback

We would like to thank Paul Clifford, Head of Economic Development at Barnsley Council for his great feedback.

'‘Human Engine have been a true partner across all activity that we have worked together on and very much felt like part of our team’

Human Engine has been working with the talent at Barnsley to deliver projects which support businesses, communities, people into employment and provides investment in skills - as part of the Community Renewal Fund (CRF).

Feedback like this inspires our team and supports our mission; to help individuals and organisations to do the best work of their lives. Thank you.

Digital Outcomes 6 Framework!

Human Engine is pleased to have been awarded a position on the Crown Commercial Service Digital Outcomes 6 framework!

The Digital Outcomes framework enables public sector organisations to find suppliers who can design, build and provide clearly defined bespoke digital projects and services using an agile approach.

Human Engine has been awarded a position on the following lots:

  • Digital outcomes

  • User research participants

This new agreement will run alongside RM6263 Digital Specialists and Programmes. Together they will replace Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 (RM1043.7).

The Digital Outcomes framework is expected to go live in August 2022 and can be accessed via the Digital Marketplace.

As a pre-approved specialist, DOS6 makes it easier than ever for public sector buyers to procure our quality services. We're thrilled to be part of this framework!

If you would like further information, please contact Michael Curnow(

Lunchtime Learning

Do you have a passion for being commercial in the public sector? Join our commercial networking group. We meet monthly for an informal round table to share, develop ideas and network with like-minded peers. All sessions will include a mix of guest speakers, discussions and group activities. The sessions are open to commercial directors, commercial managers and business development teams from local government, central government and the NHS.

Free to attend. 12:30 – 13:30

Upcoming Schedule

  • 28th July – Business Cases – Win Hearts & Minds - Ed Gurney

  • 25th August – Confronting Price Volatility - Inflation Special!

  • 29th September – Effective Contract Management - Ali Macdonald

Julys Session: Business Cases – Win Hearts & Minds

This session will be a taster of Human Engine’s Business Case basics training course which we offer to local authorities and other public sector clients. Ed Gurney will discuss with the group:

  • Why you/organisations need a business case and what a business case should contain

  • An introduction to HM Treasury’s 5 Case Green Book Business case model (which you may be aware of)

  • Outline the skeleton to Human Engine’s training course, which focusses on how to create a compelling case for change

Ed makes the case that the business case should be seen as the first part of the project and that by writing a business case in a project setting, it helps set up a project which is much more likely to be approved and to succeed.

Free to join - We look forward to seeing you!

Finally - Supporting Good Causes

Our marketing manager, Ben and his friends and family 'The Menaces' took part in the 10-mile midnight walk for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. To date, Ben and his team of 'Menaces' have raised over £7,200! This is equivalent to providing end-of-life care at home for 3 families - at a time when they need it most.

Feeling Kind? Donate

Ben, Chris and Michael - Florence Finishing Line
Ben, Chris and Michael - Florence Finishing Line

About Human Engine

Human Engine is a leading management consultancy with specialisms in strategy, change, digital, commercial, procurement and projects. We work with local authorities, central government, charities and NHS organisations nationally to help transform their strategies, operations and cultures to improve outcomes for customers and communities.

If you wish to find out more about us - Visit Our Website

Ben Smith - Florence 10 Mile Walk
Ben Smith - Florence 10 Mile Walk

Until next time!

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