John Blundell is a consultant at Volterra. He joined in the summer of 2015 after completing his BA(Econ) in Economics from the University of Manchester. In his time so far at Volterra he has worked on the Greater Manchester Acc:Den model working with TfGM and New Economy Manchester.
John has recently worked on assessing the potential residential development generated by Crossrail 2. He achieved this by measuring the change in people’s ability to reach jobs before and after Crossrail 2 will be completed. This approach is a valuable sense check on the potential scale of the economic benefits of large infrastructure projects.
John is also a councillor on Rochdale Borough Council (elected during his final year at university) with special responsibility for borough regeneration. He was shortlisted in the 2014 Councillor Achievement Awards in the Young Councillor of the Year category following his work introducing a reduction in business rates for empty shops on the high street and grant schemes for shop fronts.