Rod Spires was a Director and co-founder of PACEC (Public and Corporate Economic Consultants) and before that a Director of PA Cambridge Economic Consultants. He has some 40 years experience in economics and economic development. His specialisms include economic strategy development to improve the performance of regions and industrial sectors such as high-tech, feasibility studies on initiatives, policy evaluation (economic impacts such as employment benefits and value for money) and policy advice. Policy areas cover innovation and technology, business growth, labour markets, inward investment and regeneration. Clients include EU/EC, central government departments and their agencies, regional organisations, universities and the corporate sector.