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Structure and governance

We are a federation of independent charities.  Each Groundwork Trust is a member of the federation and signs up to a series of common aims, objectives and processes.

Groundwork UK is the national body of Groundwork and works to support its local delivery through national relationships, resources and representation.  

Groundwork is governed by a Federation Board, chaired by Graham Hartley.  

We also have sister organisations working in the USA (Groundwork USA) and Japan (Groundwork Japan).

Our Chief Executive is Graham Duxbury.

Graham was appointed Groundwork UK's Chief Executive in March 2014.  He has nearly 20 years experience of helping public and voluntary sector organisations reach new audiences and deliver strategic communications and development campaigns.

He was previously Groundwork’s Director of Development – responsible for building national relationships and partnerships, generating income, developing national programmes and leading on policy and strategic communications. 

Graham joined Groundwork UK in 1998, prior to which he undertook a number of communications roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors.


Our Federation Board
Click on the links below for information on our board.  

Graham Hartley, Chairman (Co-opted)

Graham Hartley Groundwork ChairmanGraham took over the role of Groundwork Chairman in September 2015. He is Managing Director of Carr's Engineering, a division of Carr's Group plc, a Global Agricultural and Engineering business, where he has oversight of global markets that service the Nuclear market for new build, operations and decommissioning 

Prior to Carr's, Graham spent 10 years with Siemens, where he was Projects Director at Energy Service before being appointed Managing Director of Siemens Power Generation Services. During 35 years in the engineering industry, he has worked in the UK and overseas taking senior positions in project management, service and manufacturing. 

He is a contributor to the Engineering Employers Federation, which gives him access to both local and national policy. 

Geoff Howsego, (Co-opted)

Geoff initially became involved with Groundwork as a Trustee of Groundwork Solent, prior to its merger into what became Groundwork South. He was subsequently co-opted to join the Groundwork Federation Board and has served as Chair of the Groundwork UK Committee since 2014.

Geoff joined Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service in August 2007, initially as their HR Director and in 2014 was appointed Director of Professional Services taking on responsibility for all support areas of the service. In 2015, he was elected to serve as a Director of the Cheif Fire Officers Association, Which at the time was the professional body representing UK Fire and Rescue Services. This has subsequently transformed into the National Fire Chiefs Council as part of the national Fire Transformation Agenda, on which he serves as the Chair of the Sector Improvement and Assurance Committee, as well as leading the national Fire and Rescue Research and Development Function. He previously held Director and Deputy Director posts covering HR and Corporate Services in the NHS and most recently within the senior Civil Service. He also serves as a Director of the Fire and Rescue Indemnity Company. 

Before taking up a career in HR, Geoff was a commissioned officer within the Royal Air Force, completing operational tours both in the UK and overseas. Geoff holds a degree in law, is a fellow of the CIPD and completed a Masters degree in HR leadership in 2007.

Stuart Baker OBE (Yorkshire & Humber)

Stuart has been a Trustee of Groundwork Leeds since the early 1990s and was appointed Chairman in 2006. In 2007 he was elected to the Federation Board and is now Vice-Chair. 

Stuart has worked in the rail industry in a mix of roles, primarily in commercial and operational areas in the North East and North West of England, often with significant staff responsibilities. He moved to the Strategic Rail Authority in 2002 and was asked to resolve the many issues in the ailing West Coast responsibility until its successful completion in late 2008. Recently, he has taken charge of major rail investment schemes outside London and the South / West. These include the replacement of all InterCity trains, Birmingham New Street rebuilding, and the upgrading of the rail network across the North of England.  

In 1977 Stuart wrote the 'Rail Atlas of Britain and Ireland', the standard reference work of the current rail and metro networks. 41 years on, this is now in its 14th edition and has over 150,000 copies, In 2010 he was awarded the OBE.

Mike Master (East)

Mike has been a Trustee of Groundwork East (previously Groundwork Hertfordshire) since 2006 and has served on the Federation Board since 2008. He is Chairman of the Groundwork UK Audit Committee. 

Mike has had a long career in the ready-mixed concrete, mineral and waste industry and now runs his own mineral development consultancy. He retired in 2003 as Director and General Manager of RMC Aggregates (Greater London) Ltd, where he was instrumental in the development of the company's marine aggregates and landfill business. He was also a member of the London Planning Advisory Committee, advising the Secretary of State on marine aggregate planning policy for London. Mike is Chairman of the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, a Director of the Mineral Products Association Restoration Guarantee Fund, and a life member of the National Trust. 

Bryn Davies (Wales)

Bryn DaviesBryn Davies was the Principal of Ystrad Mynach College until July 2013.

He is the Chairman of Venture Wales and has worked as a civil servant, school teacher and college lecturer. Bryn was Managing Director of a sizeable commercial training company, set up an enterprise agency and has been the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sussex and Somerset.

He is a Council Member of City & Guilds and chairs its Wales Advisory Committee. He is also a member of NIACE Dysgu Cymru and sits on the board of UFI Learndirect.

Kate Culverhouse, (Co-opted)

Kate Culverhouse

Kate is Chief Executive of Groundwork North East & Cumbria with over 25 years experience of working for Groundwork in the North East. During this time she has led on the development and management of major initiatives including the merger of five trusts in 2009; the build of a £4.5m eco-business centre in Co Durham and more recently the build of a £1.5m Heritage Centre / Cafe in Gateshead and the development and delivery of numerous EU and HLF funded partnership programme across the region.

Kate is involved in various boards to support the delivery of Groundwork delivery including three HLF Landscape Partnership boards; South Park Foundation in Darlington and is a director of the Northern Inclusion Consortium. She has recently been appointed onto the newly formed Newcastle Parks Trust as well as continuing with her role on the regional advisory board of Common Purpose. 

In her spare time, Kate is a proud member of the Darlington Hospice Choir, singing her heart out whilst raising funds for the hospice. she is on the Darlington Community Carnival Committee which runs the annual carnival starring her cake stall! In addition to being a member of two local book clubs, swimming occasionally and walking her dog, Kate tries to spend time with her daughters who now live in London and Connecticut in America. 

Alan Smith (London)

Alan Smith

Alan joined Groundwork in 2002 as a board member of Groundwork Thames Gateway London South. He has remained an active trustee through a number of re-organisations, taking on the role of Chair of Groundwork London in 2014.

Alan has been a councillor in Lewisham since 1998, with a special interest in environmental and planning issues, having been a member and Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee and a member and Chair of both ordinary and strategic planning committees. From May 2010 to May 2018 he was the Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Regeneration, focusing on development, employment, and transport in Lewisham. He was a member of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, a member of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee and a member of the Electric Vehicle for London Steering Group. He was also the lead member for London Councils on the Thames basin. He is now enjoying semi-retirement whilst working out what to do next. 

June Campbell (West Midlands)

June is Chair of Groundwork West Midlands, having joined the Board in 2012 following her relocation to the region. Prior to this June served on the Board of Groundwork West London and then Groundwork London following the merger process. 

June worked
 for BT as a Senior Manager in Marketing and Business Planning before setting up The Feelgood Company, one of the UK's first workplace wellbeing consultancies, building a national network of over 150 trained therapists. 

On returning to the Midlands June set up Ironbridge Soap, a small company producing artisan soaps in the World Heritage site. She is a member of Made in Shropshire and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also Secretary of the Anstice Community Trust, a local charity dedicated to bringing a much loved Madeley building back into community use. 

Wendy Golland (East Midlands)

Wendy recently took up the position of Chair of Groundwork Greater Nottingham, having been a member of the Trust board since 1999

Wendy was a councillor in Gedling Borough for 35 years, serving as Planning Chairman, portfolio holder for Leisure and Deputy Leader as well as undertaking numerous roles with external bodies, including acting as Vice-chairman of the Midlands Region of the Association for Public Service Excellence. Since retiring from politics Wendy has been made Honorary Alderman. She served as the Chair of the East Midlands Museum Service for eleven years and is a member of Sherwood Forest Initiative. 

Ian Brown (North East & Cumbria)

Ian was appointed Chair of Groundwork North East & Cumbria in 2014. Ian is a highly experienced Director, Chief Officer, and consultant in the fields of strategic property, civil engineering, construction, development, maintenance design and FM, technical services, highways, and transport across the public and private sectors. 

During his career, Ian has delivered complex change and service transformation programmes and extensive strategic service reviews in sensitive environments building on his training as a Chartered and Incorporated Quantity Surveyor (MRICS). He is an experienced negotiator in property, service and construction contracts, employment issues, and working with government contracting procedures including OJEU, PFI frameworks, and corporate procurement.

Ian has very recently retired. 

John Bland (North West)

John has been Chair of Groundwork, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, and Rochdale (BBOR) since 2014, and has overseen the transformation and diversification of the business during that tenure form one that was very reliant on the now-defunct Work Programme, to one based on a wide range of sustainable set of work areas.

John is keen to see BBOR have a central role in ensuring that individuals are given the maximum opportunities to meet their full potential, mature and become valued members of society, as well as ensuring that work in our traditional environment areas continues to be a central plank of the way we support the communities that we serve. It is that environment aspect that first drew John into this role from his then day job as Treasurer and Deputy Clerk for the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA)

On a personal basis, John has recently retired from full time working having spent 41 years in local government. During that time John has worked with the UK's largest waste disposal Authority since its creation in 1986 and became its Treasurer in 2002. Initially, he carried out the role alongside his position of Director of Finance at Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. In 2008 John had a pivotal role in the letting of GMWDA's private finance initiative (PFI) contract and took on a full-time role for the GMWDA Authority. Since his involvement at GMWDA at a senior level in 2002, John has played a pivotal part in driving forward recycling rates across Greater Manchester - currently delivering 46% household recycling and 88% landfill diversion for the nine districts of Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Saltford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

Since retiring John has been able to commit more time to the Groundwork cause and is very much hoping to be able to offer his experience in assisting in the currently on-going change programme and repositioning of Groundwork UK. 



Michael Ormerod, (Co-opted)

Mike is Executive Director of Groundwork MSSTT and he also chairs the Groundwork Federation Executive Team.

Prior to joining Groundwork in 2011, Mike worked for a number of local authorities in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, initially in legal services and most recently as Head of Localities and Partnerships at Lancashire County Council, working directly to the political leadership on a range of change management, policy, and major regeneration initiatives. This role also included managing engagement, grant funding and commissioning with the VCS sector in the county. Mike is a Chartered Company Secretary and holds the Law Society Diploma in Management. 

Mike is a longstanding school governor and is currently Chair of Governors at an outstanding Nursery School and Children's Centre close to his home in Rossendale; he also sits on the Boards of the Salford and Tameside Third Sector Consortia and is a member of GM Mayor Andy Burnham's "Green Summit" environmental steering group. Mike has also previously been a non-executive director at a successful social enterprise providing Early Years children's services and was Company Secretary for the Bradford Credit Union.