Groundwork has appointed Graham Hartley, Managing Director of Siemens Power Generation Service as its new federation Chairman.
Graham (right) takes up the Chairmanship with the benefit of 30 years’ experience in the engineering industry, working in the UK and overseas, with senior positions in project management, service and manufacturing. He is a contributor to the Engineering Employers Federation and the Confederation of British Industry and, as part of the Siemens senior leadership team in the UK, actively engages with shaping and challenging the government’s energy policy.
His current responsibilities at Siemens include building and running a large training school, supporting young people of all backgrounds to become engineering apprentices to meet the on-going challenge of maintaining a credible modern qualified workforce.
Graham succeeds Bob Lawson, who stepped down as Chairman after seven years at the helm. He will now drive forward the charity’s ‘Groundwork 2020’ strategy with its focus on improving people’s prospects, creating better places and promoting greener living and working.
Speaking about his appointment, Graham said: “I’m delighted to become Groundwork’s new Chairman. In my ‘day job’ I work for an international business dealing with global issues of energy security and climate change and see the impacts of these global issues on local communities. That’s why I feel passionately about the work of Groundwork. We focus our activities on those communities and individuals who need most help and support to cope with the challenges of modern living. I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping Groundwork build its potential to be a significant, radical, national force for driving change in attitudes, behaviours, places and prospects in the local communities that need it most.”
Outgoing Groundwork Chairman, Bob Lawson, added: “Groundwork is a constantly evolving charity adapting to a changing world. As I hand over the baton to Graham, I would like to pay a personal tribute to all people within Groundwork who work so hard on behalf of others, and wish Graham and the team all the best for whatever lies ahead; safe in the knowledge that the benefits delivered give comfort and a brighter future to many of those that need it most.”
Groundwork’s UK Chief Executive Graham Duxbury said “We’re really pleased to have someone of Graham’s calibre and stature taking up this role. This is an exciting time for Groundwork as we build our visibility and profile and continue to seek innovative solutions to the challenges facing communities but also our partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors. We have always benefited from having senior business leaders involved in steering our activities and Graham’s expertise in renewable technologies and his commitment to education and training will bring additional value.”
For further information, contact Garry Campbell, Communications Manager, Groundwork UK on 0121 2368565.