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Name of Practice: Pryor Knowledge, ARBN: VIC 1000795Z, ABN 80 219 671 234
Registered Office and Postal Address: Pryor Knowledge, 39 Barkly Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Telephone: +613 8254 9388
Facsimile: +613 8266 9388
Mobile: +614 6912 1855
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

description of primary business

Pryor Knowledge (Pryor Knowledge) is the registered business name of Simon Pryor who works with other appropriately qualified and experienced colleagues to provide consultancy, evaluation and facilitation services in community, employment and economic development, education and training, market research, strategic planning, association management and business plan development.

Through Pryor Knowledge, Simon provided a secretariat and business planning service to the Meetings Industry Association of Australia for several years. It was through Pryor Knowledge that he was actively involved in local economic development through coordination of the Moreland Community Enterprise Centre (a project he conceived and successfully promoted to the City of Moreland). Pryor Knowledge supports his business facilitation and economic development consulting and association management advice. He is also director and chair of the celebrated inner city "micro-brewer", Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd.

management

Pryor Knowledge is managed by Simon Pryor.

He has previously served as Chief Executive Officer for the Employment and Economic Development Corporation Limited, a not-for-profit regional development body for inner Melbourne. There, he demonstrated a capacity to function as effective network brokers between public and private interests and as a project manager of research and economic development projects. Simon Pryor has demonstrated a capacity to assemble and manage teams of people for specific projects, delivered on time, on budget and meeting contract specifications in full. He continues to refine his management skills at his current assignment as Executive Officer to the Mathematical Association of Victoria.

capability

Simon Pryor has experience as an association manager, policy developer and commentator, strategic planner, meetings and events organiser, as a business facilitator and trainer and in economic research. He has continually served as an executive officer of professional and industry associations for the past twenty years.

Between 1999 to 2003 Pryor Knowledge provided secretariat, research and planning services to the Meetings Industry Association of Australia (Victorian Branch). In recent years the practice has also undertaken market research for Spotless Services Limited and research and evaluation with and on behalf of Street Ryan and Associates. Through McLeod Nelson he provided evaluation services to the VicHealth Mental Health and Arts and Environment Scheme. In June 2002, working with Kate Dempsey & Associates he completed a Children's Services Strategy for the City of Boroondara.

In 2000 Simon Pryor completed a major business planning and development project for the Tertiary Education Disability Council of Australia (TEDCA). There, he prepared the business plan, started the business and assisted with the recruitment of ongoing staff for the new information age based National Clearinghouse on Education and Training for People with Disabilities. This project was publicly launched by the Commonwealth Minister for Education in September 2000. Simon has also assisted with a strategic planning process for the Access Training and Employment Centre and led Wheelchair Sports Victoria through a review of their business plan.

He was trained as an evaluator by Dr John Owen at the Centre for program Evaluation and was the principal worker for the 1989 Commonwealth funded, Australia wide, Arts for Youths' Sake evaluation project.

A principle interest of Pryor Knowledge is the concept of local community leadership and action to grow and sustain a community both spiritually and economically. As Chief Executive Officer of a regional development body for inner Melbourne for over six years, Simon Pryor was responsible for the initiation and management of programs to promote employment and economic development opportunities in cooperation with local government.

In 1998 he attended the International Community Development Society's conference in Kansas, the National Business Incubation Association annual conference in Philadelphia and an International Society for Business Retention and Expansion conference in Roanoke. During that time he also travelled in Ireland, Britain and across the United States investigating community, employment and economic development agencies and projects.

Since then, he has been invited to write, speak and provide training in areas to do with approaches to community economic development, community enterprise and business development and local government. As an example he was a guest lecturer at the RMIT University and VLGA public lecture series, Living Cities.

Over the past twenty years Simon has been required to demonstrate leadership and management skills in a variety of settings. He has managed complex projects, developed and managed services to Boards of public companies and Committees of Management and engaged in contract preparation, negotiation, management and conciliation. He brings to the practice a complete set of professional planning, research, consulting, training, liaison and communication skills.

As Manager, Victoria, with Engineering Education Australia, Simon managed a growing business office and a large team of academics, open learning advisers, publication specialists and graphic artists to produce high quality continuing education materials for the engineering work force. This involved overseeing a $1 million education development fund and instigation of innovative approaches to education and training in the private sector. Simon needed to display a clear capacity to innovate and lead in the field of education and training. His development of a distinctive approach to the provision of "open learning" was especially notable.

quality of service

Pryor Knowledge is managed on a quality conscious basis and the consultants are able to demonstrate many years of expertise in economic development and planning. The practice follows the quality assurance process laid out in the annual awards framework of the Australian Quality Council.

Equal employment opportunity

Pryor Knowledge has adopted the principles of equal employment opportunity as part of their quality strategy. The practice will recruit and promote on the basis of demonstrated competencies will support this through a comprehensive professional development plan.
Pryor Knowledge will not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, genetic information, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex or sexual orientation.

sample of projects undertaken

  1. Present findings of Mathematical Association of Victoria research into TAFE mathematics education, Brno, Czech Republic, 2003.
  2. Boroondara City Council Children's Services Strategy, 2002 - 2005
  3. National Clearinghouse on Education and Training for People with Disabilities Inaugural Business Plan, April 2000 to March 2003
  4. Rent review and tenant consultation, Ross House Association, December 2001
  5. Strategic Plan, Access Training and Employment Centre
  6. Evaluation of the joint NEIS/AusIndustry Export/Import Replacement Project
  7. SSL Business Services Food Client Survey 2000
  8. The Strategic Regional Plan 1998 - 2001 of the Area Consultative Committee for inner Melbourne
  9. Grattan Gardens Community Centre Business Plan, Stonnington City Council (with Street Ryan)
  10. Hume City Council Employment Development Strategy
  11. Shire of Hindmarsh Economic Development Strategy
  12. 1998 - 1999 Business Plan for the Area Consultative Committee for inner Melbourne
  13. An Assessment on the Feasibility and Financial Viability of a Business Incubator Proposal by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.
  14. The National NEIS Association's New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Enhancement Proposal to the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
  15. Southside Business Centre
  16. A strategy for promoting economic and employment development in the inner region of MelbourneEconomic Profile for the City of Moonee Valley
  17. The City of Hobsons Bay: An Economic Overview
  18. Arts and Culture in Whitehorse: Towards a Strategy; Stage One
  19. Planning for Arts and Culture in Hobsons Bay
  20. MSS Moreland: Formulation of Strategic Options for the Upfield Corridor
  21. Inner Melbourne Youth Employment Project
  22. A strategy for promoting economic and employment development in the inner region of Melbourne
  23. Project management of various labour market development projects for inner Melbourne
  24. Instructional design of five Diploma of Engineering modules in open learning format for RMIT University
  25. Interim Youth Services Strategy Plan City of Melbourne (with McLeod Nelson)
  26. Television program and manual on the use of 'Hypotheticals' in the classroom for the Commission for the Future
  27. National Arts in Australian Schools Project, Arts for Youth's Sake