Andrew Darron is the Executive Director at Groundwork.
Working to the Board of Trustees, he leads the development and implementation of the Trust’s long term strategic plan. An engineer by background he has worked for Groundwork for over 19 years, joining initially as an unemployed graduate volunteer.
He developed the Business Services Team at Groundwork in Oldham, before moving to our NW Regional Team as Head of Regional Development where we led on the development of the award winning £13m Target: Wellbeing programme, our long running United Utilities CSR partnership – United Futures, and the Newlands Derelict Land Programme. Following this he moved to Groundwork Manchester where he extended the work of the Trust into Stockport and established Blue Sky North – a social enterprise with the sole purpose of helping ex-offenders to find work.
He has been the Executive Director since 2010 and led the expansion of the Trust into Merseyside and creation of Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside following the merger of Groundwork Cheshire and Groundwork Lancashire West & Wigan. He has a specific interest in exploiting the role that local environments can play in improving wellbeing and tackling long term barriers to employment.
You can find Andy on Twitter: @ajdarron and on LinkedIn
Director of Sustainable Communities
Mike Crowther is the Programme Director for Sustainable Communities (North). His key role is to provide Strategic Leadership for implementing the Sustainable Communities Team’s Vision which is:
- Empowered local communities which are a vibrant, healthy and safe
- Building on strengths, assets and aspirations for a more sustainable and enhanced quality of life.
The team he leads works towards achieving Groundwork's ambitious vision by developing and delivering our programmes under five themes:
- Improving health and wellbeing
- Connecting communities with green spaces
- Developing young people to become active young citizens
- Tackling fuel poverty
- Heritage specialist services
Mike has worked in the Third Sector for twenty years beginning as a volunteer for a local young homeless charity. Since then he has worked for Housing Providers and Health and Social Care Charities before joining Groundwork in 2012. The common theme for all of his previous experience is managing and leading teams committed to working with some of our most challenging and vulnerable people to give them the opportunity to improve their lives and changing the places where they live.
You can find Mike on Twitter: @MikeCrowtherGwk and on LinkedIn
Programme Director for Employment & Skills and Land Team
Colin Greenhalgh is Programme Director for Employment & Skills, having delivered the trust’s first youth focused project in 1995. Colin now controls and develops a portfolio of projects and programmes that include Personal development programmes, Prince’s Trust Team programme, Employment programmes, Training programmes, alternative education, Information advice and guidance, vocational education, volunteering, traineeships, mentoring and apprenticeships.
Colin is also chair of the Voluntary and community sector assembly in Wigan and sits on many employment taskforces across the region.Colin can be found on Twitter @colggwk and on LinkedIn.
Director of Business
Greville Kelly is the Director for the Business Team at Groundwork. He is passionate about the sustainable business agenda, and through the business team delivers a programme that supports hundreds of companies every year to become more sustainable through lowering their costs, cutting carbon emissions, growing their sales and improving their management of business risks.
Greville has also pioneered the development of Business Improvement Districts across England’s North West, and to date has helped business communities secure more than £10million of private sector investment to transform their trading environments. Recent highlights from the business programme also include Groundwork playing a key role in supporting 900+ SMEs across Cheshire & Warrington to gain a competitive advantage from the role out of superfast broadband, through the ERDF supported Connecting Cheshire Superfast Business Programme.
Greville is keen to work with customers, suppliers and wider stakeholders on low carbon, business support or business improvement districts, so get in touch with Greville on 01606 723175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.