About Blue Mirror Insights

Blue Mirror Insights was established in 2017, initially to develop data products incorporating the detailed work content of occupations to support UK educational development.

Our vision is to become a key data and content provider to Industry and Education, by developing a series of databases and analytics which support job design and associated elements of entry paths and qualifications, career pathways and progression to support individual choices and circumstances, and as a way of improving labour market responsiveness (flexibility and productivity).

Our affiliate and partner network is wide ranging, consisting of thought leaders and experts from business and industry, academia, education and government.

Our technology combines databases of occupational and educational data with a powerful natural language processing (NLP) engine that compares incoming unstructured text such as learning outcomes or job profiles or resumés against standardised forms of the data.


Founding Directors

Dr Michael Cross

Michael is an experienced occupation researcher and analyst and has held roles at several universities (Durham, City University, Manchester Business School, Technical Change Centre/Imperial College, and the London School of Economics) and has written numerous papers and books on occupation content and job design.

He is currently a Founder and Director of Rezatec Ltd (a data products business using satellite and EO data to support decision making in agriculture, forestry, infrastructure and water); a Regent of the University of Edinburgh; Director of Twyford Church of England Academies Trust (we run four secondary schools in West London); and is a Freeman of the City of London.

Fraser Harper

Fraser is a professional management consultant, project manager and data specialist with wide experience in managing and participating in large IT-related projects, and helping clients leverage their data for best business value.

Originally trained in aeronautical engineering, Fraser has worked across a range of complex business and technical environments, including government, space and defence, energy and commodity trading, legal and financial services, upstream and downstream oil, metals production, CPG and process sectors.