As well as over 12 years experience as a journalist, Tim has over seven years' experience producing influential policy reports, notably for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. These include policy publications on home-based working, housing, regeneration, community arts, social care and planning/development

Recent work has included a Government report on the New Deal for Communities regeneration programme and an evaluation report for Peabody Trust on one of the UK's largest 'live/work' developments in London docklands. He has recently completed a policy report on home-working employees for the Work Foundation

Policy expertise
Tim's expertise ranges from regeneration and housing to economic development and flexible working. Ten years on ROOF magazine, the leading housing policy journal, has given him in-depth knowledge of the housing market, and the strengths and weaknesses of local authorities/housing associations

He is an expert in regeneration, having written extensively on this for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and more recently the Government's Neighbourhood Renewal Unit. He is also a leading commentator on home working and the 'digital divide' and director of an innovative organisation that supports remote teleworkers in Cornwall. His JRF report Living at Work was launched by the e-commerce minister Patricia Hewitt at the EU-wide Telework 2000 conference

A journalist since 1987, Tim started out writing for London magazines Time Out and City Limits. After a period contributing to national papers including the Guardian, Observer and Independent, he worked as a researcher on BBC Panorama's programme on Lady Porter's Westminster city council 'homes for votes' policy

He went on to specialise in housing, writing for New Statesman and Housing Associations Weekly. In 1989 he joined Shelter's magazine ROOF as assistant editor, becoming editor in 1993 before moving to Cornwall in 1996 to work long distance, an early teleworker

Part of Tim's ROOF work was to gain national media coverage for stories on repossession, mortgages, homelessness etc. His press work placed prominent stories in every national paper from the Financial Times to the Sun. Tim has been interviewed on the Today programme, Newsnight, BBC news, ITN news, Sky and a wide range of other TV and radio media

He has also achieved both regional and national coverage for Cornish projects: Penzance in Colour www.pzcolour.org.uk a website campaigning for colourful houses in Penzance and Digital Peninsula Network www.digitalpeninsula.com - see below. He is currently providing PR advice to south west based housing associations and local authorities

Setting up projects
In 1999 Tim helped establish Digital Peninsula Network, an EU-funded organisation supporting over 200 small digital businesses and freelance knowledge workers in West Cornwall. As chairman of the network, he has helped it gain over over £1m of funding, including one of the first successful DTI 'innovative cluster fund' bids in the UK. The network now offers members broadband, a website, business support, regular meetings and high-end computer equipment at its Penzance centre. In 2002 it gained EU Objective One funding