Get the Point Ltd is Philip Immirzi (MCIEEM CENV Rtd). Helping anyone who has ideas that they wish to assess, develop or evaluate, big or small, anywhere in the project cycle from birth to wind up and ex-post evaluation / post mortem. Philip is a Chartered Environmentalist and member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, well he pays his dues anyway.
He completed an MBA in 2005, with options in Strategy, Finance, Creativity and International Development. He also holds various Certificates and Diplomas in management, pretty pointless bits of paper.
After a post graduate spell (1987-1993) at Exeter University as a research scientist looking at fire damage in peatland soils, carbon dynamics for Friends of the Earth, acid rain for National Power (now RWE) and sustainable swamp forest management (IUCN). He was doing everything from project pitching to project delivery and nappy changing. In his hols and the breaks between each crappy un-superannuated contract, he undertook statistical analysis of mass tourism surveys (as if statistical sampling had not been invented!), implemented contract surveys (for business development in Devon & Cornwall) and other consultancies. Then he joined Scottish Natural Heritage, where he commissioned research, developed policy advised on the ecology of those organic wetlands which Scotland is so rich in and are finally finally getting the protection they deserve. He played a small part in reversing institutional attitudes in his own and partner bodies (the senior management’s negativity was palpable). Then he was involved in the multi million pound investment programmes, the structural funds, in planning process, supporting the closure and renewal of 5 programme areas in Scotland, improving the profile of the sustainability of the individual programmes and the central oversight and benefits. In between things he finished off the Tropical Swamp Forest studies and wrote a few papers.
Inadvertently his career branched and took him into public administration, overseeing a significant 2 year customer survey programme (and the complaints department – which rose from less than 10 a year to 2000 annualy, a success?). An interest, a long standing one, in digital transformation (pressing buttons on a computer rather than a calculator) drove an ambition to changing the way things were done at SNH. He inveigled himself into a bunch of cross cutting initiatives designed to drag the quango into the 21st century, which had invested millions in IT but was only scratching at the surface of what it could do. He left just as the organisation was recognising this was the only valid survival strategy in the face of an imminent digital data revolution. At exactly that point the organisation was bowled a political googley and a given a direction to move up to Inverness by Scottish Ministers, or else. The organisation was stable and strong and managed the migration as well any could have, though the costs were unprecedented and unjustified. Even with hindsight, this was clearly a political blunder that cost the tax payer dearly (thanks guys, I’m still spending it!). No other public body had more offices close to its customers and more customer facing staff (80% out of Edinburgh). Quango bashing ceased shortly after.
Get the Point Ltd was originally formed to propel the world’s first ever smart online green reward programme, using a primitive AI rules based system to classify and rate products that people buy every day, but that was a long time ago. The name has not changed, but no more points have been issued since 2009.
Philip now likes to help anyone looking to leverage bigger change than their tight budget would normally permit, with a focus on small organisations working at grassroots level.
Some of the things he like to do:
- quantitative and qualitative research / find out fast, using a wide repertoire of professional tools
- evaluating and assessing anything to do with the environment and ecology, sustainable development, policy, and organisational management
- troubleshooting and analysis to get to the bottom of a problem or an issue … especially intractable ones
- data exploration, making sense out of messy data
- cutting out bureaucracy, but without muddling your business processes
- resuscitating broken projects and programmes
- closing down projects that are past their use by date
- using ICT more effectively, without this costing you an arm and leg
- get you working better with online tools, virtual offices, collaborative software, social media
- writing stuff up, convert your messy results, mission or objectives into something more engaging, persuasive and cogent
- communicating better, using open-source software and other media to get an extra bit of edge
As well as developing that innovative online green incentive scheme, Philip has:
- advised EU member states on improving the sustainability of Structural Funds investment worth several billion euro,
- investigated the corrosive business models that exacerbate the poverty premium (a phenomenon whereby the poorest pay more for all kinds of services)
- helped Social enterprises get their ducks re-aligned once the initial enthusiasm has waned and cash has started to run out,
- helped write pitches for funding
- written up Climate Challenge Fund reports, and advised on the latter,
- used open source GIS to set up a community mapping service
- undertaken numerous website/GIS mapping projects in transport and other spheres
- created a hyperlocal web publishing platform for community groups
- introduced Google Apps (now Workplaces) and document sharing to small organisations,
- principal project architect for a Zero Waste Communities project
- ran a feasibility study for hyperlocal hydrogen storage.
What is next?
Philip has wide experience of environmental and related research for policy, data gathering / exploration and formal survey methodologies that require a confidence interval.
He has used these for over 30 years in social, environmental and management studies in a diversity of cultural contexts from Europe to the Far East.
Philip has published many articles, reports, peer-reviewed articles in journals, reviews and book chapters and has many more unpublished reports to his name, including far too many blog posts on dozens of blogs, under various pseudonyms.
In his spare time Philip helps community projects, often behind the scenes. He is an advocate for conservation in the built as well as the natural environment, loves restoring old houses and furniture (but needs a shed), entertains guests from all over the world in his holiday accommodation and home, makes pointless videos and music for fun, and blogs about most of these things and much more.
Research & Analysis – finding out fast using a wide repertoire of tools
Problem solving and innovation – creative responses to difficult situations
Programme / project / policy analysis – design and development / management and rescue
Organisational development and change management – the right medicine probably isn’t off the shelf
Management advice – for small business / startups / social enterprise and beyond
The office address: 29 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1EN
Registered in Scotland No. SC 308321: C/O Douglas Home & Co, Chartered Accountants, Kelso Office, 47-49 The Square, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HW
GTP has Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity of £1m and £0.5m respectively.