Tim Byles CBE

Executive Chairman

T: 0207 871 5312
E: tim.byles@cornerstoneassets.co.uk

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Across his career, Tim has built organisations that deliver answers to complex public policy problems. Having run large public organisations and government programmes, Tim founded Cornerstone in 2011 as a new breed of social investment company. Across the last decade Cornerstone has been working with the public sector and with private investors to bring new answers to age old challenges in a broad range of challenging policy areas.

Tim acts as an advisor, coach and mentor to chief executives and facilitates change, collaboration and investment with his clients. He is Chairman of the Barking and Dagenham Trading Partnership, employing over 1000 staff, he advises a large school academy chain, and several London Boroughs, county and unitary authorities. He is an experienced Facet5 coach and uses this as a tool with a range of chief executives, senior managers and their teams.

Prior to founding Cornerstone, Tim was the Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools, the Government’s school building agency, managing the £54bn investment programme to renew all England’s primary and secondary schools. He also purchased surplus public land for conversion into social infrastructure such as in education and health facilities. As Chief Executive of PfS, Tim worked closely with Ministers, Permanent Secretaries as well as with chief executives of councils and with national investors and developers.

Before joining Central Government, Tim was Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council, where he raised the Council’s performance to the highest level, creating a wide range of public private partnerships for improved service delivery. This included the innovative Norse Group, formed out of Norfolk’s trading subsidiaries which grew to turn over more than £300m per annum. Tim’s other roles before becoming Chief Executive include Director of Economic Development at Kent County Council where he was responsible for International and European interests as well as developing new business facilities in the county.

During his time in Kent and Norfolk, Tim was involved in large-scale schools and commercial premises procurement projects and regeneration schemes, including the £1bn King’s Hill mixed –use development at the West Malling airport and the Norwich Forum, a key community building in the centre of Norwich visited by 2.5m people a year.

Tim has held a number of national leadership positions across government and pubic sector. These include his roles as Chair of the SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives), a position he held for four years, Chair of the Local Government Chief Executive’s Taskforce, and the Local Government Construction Taskforce. He also served as National Procurement Champion for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Tim received a CBE in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to Local Government.