Linda O’Halloran is the founder and managing director of Thinking Development Consulting Ltd, an organisation born out of developing planning NGO, Thinking Development.
She set up the charity in 2010 to design and build environmentally and socially sustainable school and community infrastructure in Haiti. She sat on the advisory board to the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction until the development project in Haiti was completed in 2016.
In 2011, Linda began working with the British Government on its digital outreach programmes, gaining experience in new kinds of interdisciplinary project planning, including digital service design and agile project delivery.
She worked in a number of roles in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Local Digital Programme, ultimately being Head of Products and acting Programme Lead. There she ran the local-waste service standards project, a MHCLG-funded project to define the data standards that would allow councils revolutionise their waste management services and their relationships with suppliers.
Linda set up Thinking Development Consulting Ltd in 2016 to further practise and develop techniques to help large organisations solve common problems and make the most of new technologies. Here she has led GDS projects to deliver the UK’s first common service patterns, which aim to define best practice guidelines and templates for online local authority services. She has also led the development of the 2018 Local Digital Declaration, and set up the Local Digital Collaboration unit for MHCLG.
She is currently a member of the Smart London Board, which advises the Mayor of London on Smart City Policy, and the London organiser for the Circular Economy Club, a voluntary global network aspiring to join up all those necessary to realise a fully circular, zero-waste economy.
Linda holds a BA International from UCD, Ireland, an MPhil in philosophy from UCL, UK, and a Scaled Agile Consultant Qualification from SAFe, 2015.