Philippa Parry

Philippa works as an Analyst at Citymart and is currently working on introducing problem-based procurement to the governments of Long Beach and New York City, supporting challenge-based procurement strategy and delivery at all stages. Philippa also led the strategy and research on past Citymart challenges with the Government Laboratory in Chile, focused on how to the healthcare system could better meet the public’s needs, and the Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge (UK), improving social integration in a rapidly changing city.

Her experience and responsibilities involve a detailed understanding of each city’s needs, translated into a clear, practical and inspiring challenge statement, while understanding the needs and motivators for applicants. As an analyst, Philippa puts these two perspectives together to help ensure optimum engagement between the city’s problem and vendors’ proposals. Philippa then leads the research and outreach phases, identifying different solution types and taking charge of communicating the opportunity to vendors and the wider public.

Prior to Citymart Philippa worked as a freelance sustainability consultant, advising the Barcelona area local authority, AMB, on their sustainability education programme. Other projects included working with European civil society organizations, defining how systems thinking can and should change the way they organizations work and campaign.

A native Londoner, fluent in Spanish and Catalan, she is an experienced translator, linguistic corrector and university-level English teacher.

Philippa holds a Masters in Leadership in Sustainability from London-based Forum for the Future and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Classical Literature and Civilization from the University of Birmingham, UK.