Program and project management and support

dere-street is an Edinburgh-based consultancy run by Dave Fitch that provides program design and management, innovation support, funding and proposal development, and research management services.

I’ve designed, set up, and delivered more than £50M worth of large-scale innovation programmes. Let me help you and your project teams design and deliver better projects, with less stress and with more impact. Large multi-partner collaborations are my speciality!

What I do:

Programme design and delivery

I’ve more than a decade’s experience setting up, managing and delivering over £50M worth of large, multi-institution collaborations, innovation projects, and knowledge-transfer programmes. Find out more about the programmes I’ve worked on, the projects I’ve set up, the content strategies I’ve delivered, what I’ve learned and how I can help you.

Innovation support

I’ve set up and delivered more than £50M worth of innovation programmes that deliver innovation at scale – adding hundreds of jobs, improving thousands of services, and enabling millions in economic growth. From Smart Cities to e-government to data to health, see how I can help you.

Content, public engagement, and content management strategies

Do you need to get your message out? Struggling to tell your story? Need to build a strategy to pull your stuff together so you can show impact? I can help you develop and deliver content strategies, and I write magazines, articles, and blog posts to get your story across to the right audiences

Funding applications, proposal development, pipeline/application management

I’ve been involved in successful funding bids for innovation funding for over £35M, for European funds for over €12M and for health funding for £1M. Get in touch to see how I can help you deliver successful bids.

KPIs, impact and outcome management

I’ve helped many large programmes organise themselves so they can report on their KPIs and track their impact using evidence to support programme delivery and evaluation. Find out more!

Research programme management

I’ve almost 20 years experience doing research and analysis, and have managed almost £10M worth of research funding. From programme design to call management to commissioning to contracting, I can help you get what you want from your research programme.

Want to see more? Go to my case studies, projects and resources.

How can I help you? Get in touch!

BLING – Blockchain in Government – 2021 Online Conference

Join us on March 3rd 2021 for BLING’s Blockchain in Government online conference. Chaired by Hannah Rudman, it will combine expert presentations, start-up pitches, and introduce 8 new blockchain use-cases developed by BLING.

Read more about BLING, BLING’s unique approach to de-risking blockchain development and adoption, or go to the BLING website.


Learning from LIKE – developing local innovation cultures:

Like! is a 10 partner €4.2M collaborative innovation project that I set up in 2016 to stimulate the demand for innovation in government and to deliver innovative solutions that improved e-government and local public service delivery. I developed a Digital Innovation Culture approach for LIKE that was designed to build local innovation capacity. This enabled accelerated service development and service improvement through the use of the LIKE Cycle model – an iterative model for leveraging capacity development to deliver innovation.

Visit the Like website for more information on the project: