Tim Smedley

I'm a freelance writer. I specialise in sustainability, work, and urban innovation.
Frequent journalist, sometime ghostwriter, book author in progress.

I've called this tab 'ghostwriting', but more accurately this page covers 'other paid writing outside of pure journalism' - but that wasn't quite as snappy. This includes co-author work, events write-ups, report writing, white papers, and corporate stuff. I also ghostwrite blogs for a number of major CEOs but, for obvious reasons, they aren't included on this page...

Neckermann Strategic Advisors - The Mobility Revolution

New book: "Corporate Mobility Breakthrough" by Lukas Neckermann, with Tim Smedley

Virtually all new cars sold by 2020 will have the sort of advanced driver assistance systems that allow for full-autonomous driving on highways (and highly-supported driving in cities). By 2020, Uber, Google and Apple will have launched their electric, fully autonomous fleets. Road platoons of driverless trucks will leave the port of Rotterdam across Europe. Companies will have reevaluated their own use of vehicle assets. All will strive for vast improvements on emissions and sustainability; many will reach the conclusion that utilisation rates must be improved upon; some will have launched pilot programs using autonomous logistics, including drones.The world of mobility is undergoing a vast transformation. This book - written automotive industry expert Lukas Neckermann, and co-authered by Tim Smedley - highlights the changes inherent in the mobility revolution, and how corporate and commercial users are playing a key role in supporting a breakthrough by 2020.
Corporate client

Willis Towers Watson: engagement network event

As recently as 2001 there were only 400,000 workers aged over 65 within the UK workforce. Back then all the talk was of high potentials and fast-track graduate schemes. Yet in June this year, the Financial Times reported that the number of over 65s in work had increased to one million, more than doubling in just 10 years. By 2050 there will be 19 million over 65s in the UK population, and with no default retirement age a significant proportion of them will be in work. Therefore, UK plc needs to get to grips with how to manage, motivate and reward older workers, and it needs to do so fast. At our recent engagement network event ‘Engaging workers across generations’, Yves Duhaldeborde presented recent trends in employee attitudes...
The Guardian

The Guardian roundtable: a carbon-free energy industry

With the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP) in Paris just days away, a global strategy for reducing carbon emissions is tantalisingly close. Current commitments on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are due to run out in 2020 and governments are convening in Paris to agree a roadmap for what happens in the next decade and beyond. For any such agreement to work, however, it must include a transition from high-carbon, fossil-fuelled energy production, to one where power comes from clean, renewable
The Guardian

The Guardian roundtable: palm oil industry

Palm oil is the most-used vegetable oil in the world, accounting for some 65% of all vegetable oil traded, and is found in everything from washing powder to breakfast cereals. Global production has doubled over the past decade and is set to double again by 2020. But oil palm trees only grow in tropical areas, and vast monocrops are rapidly destroying virgin rainforests and peatland. Ecosystem collapse, air pollution and species extinction have followed. Global action to reverse these trends ha