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Groundwork CEO to become CEO of Action for Children

Posted on 11 December 2013

Sir Tony HawkheadGroundwork today announced that its national Chief Executive Sir Tony Hawkhead will be leaving the organisation in the spring to take up the post of Chief Executive of Action for Children.

Tony has led Groundwork UK – Groundwork’s national body  – for 17 years, a period of significant growth for the organisation which last year delivered projects to the value of more than £100 million, mobilising more than 500,000 days of community action across the UK.

Earlier this year Groundwork agreed a new strategy designed to help 10,000 people into training or work, support 100,000 households out of fuel poverty and improve 1,000 green spaces benefiting 1 million people.  The organisation is also progressing a major internal change strategy focused on maximising its impact through a simplified and stronger structure.

Groundwork’s national chairman Bob Lawson said “After 17 years of dedicated service, Tony decided that the time was right to move on to his next professional challenge and we wish him all the best.  His commitment to the cause of changing places and changing lives is second to none and our organisation –and the communities we serve – have benefited immensely from his passion and pragmatism.  Groundwork is also entering the next phase of its development and we’ll be taking this opportunity to determine the structure and skills we need to take us forward.”

Sir Tony Hawkhead said “I have been very privileged to lead such a wonderful organisation and I am proud that we have grown to the point where our impact is of national significance.  I am confident that Groundwork will go on to even greater things and I wish everyone involved much future success.”

For further information, contact:  

Graham Duxbury, Development Director, Groundwork UK on
0121 2375805/07713 403086