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We are an independent charitable Trust and a member of the national federation of Groundwork Trusts.

The Trust is registered both as a charity and a private company limited by guarantee. Our constitution allows each of the company members – Bolton Council, Bury Council, Oldham Council, Rochdale Borough Council and Groundwork UK – to nominate members to the board. In addition up to seven more members may be co-opted to the board. Board members also act as Trustees to the organisation.

Our board members:

The Federation of Groundwork Trusts Nominees

  • Carol Hopkins - Business Investment Manager, Rochdale Development Agency (Jan 2007)
  • Toni Carter - Participation and Skills Support Officer, Early Help and Schools RMBC (July 2015)
  • Dr Emma Metcalfe-Dunham - Head of Rochdale Education and Learning (REAL) Trust (Feb 2014)

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

  • Cllr Howard Sykes MBE (Vice-chair)- Councillor for Shaw, Oldham (May 2000)
  • Tom Stannard, Director of Skills and Enterprise, Oldham Council (May 2016)

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

  • Cllr Ann Stott - Councillor for Littleborough Lakeside, Rochdale (Nov 2011)
  • Jon Searle - CEO Rochdale Development Agency (Nov 2015)
  • Cllr June West - Councillor for East Middleton (May 2016)

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

  • Cllr David Chadwick - Councillor for Westhoughton South, Bolton (May 2015)

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

  • Cllr Susan Southworth - Councillor for Elton, Bury (May 2015)

Co-opted Nominees

  • John Bland (Chair) - Treasurer and Deputy Clerk GMWDA (Feb 2011)
  • Steve Brindle - Consultant (Feb 2013)
  • Lorna Bustard - Tenancy Sustainment and Safeguarding Manager, Leeds City Council (May 2015)
  • Ian Whittaker - Independent Community Member (Feb 2014)
  • Lilian Barton - Chartered Marketeer (May 2015)

*dates in brackets indicate the date joined Trust Board

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