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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.  

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
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Graham Hartley, Chairman (Co-opted)

Graham Hartley is Groundwork's chairman.

Graham Hartley Groundwork ChairmanGraham took over the role of Groundwork Chairman in September 2015.  He is Managing Director of Carr's PLC, a global agricultural and engineering business, where he has oversight of global markets that service nuclear 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 30 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 and the Confederation of British Industry, which gives him access to both local and national policy.

Geoff Howsego, (Co-opted)

Geoff joined Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service as HR Director in August 2007. Previously Geoff held director and deputy director posts in the NHS and the Civil Service.

Before taking up a career in HR, Geoff served with the Royal Air Force, completing operational tours 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 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. He joined the Strategic Rail Authority in 2002 and was asked to resolve the many issues in the ailing West Coast Main Line project.

In 2005, he moved to the Department for Transport, where he retained West Coast Main Line responsibility until its completion in late 2008. Recently, he has taken charge of all major rail investment schemes outside London. These include the replacement of all Inter City trains, Birmingham New Street rebuilding, and the upgrading of the Great Western and East Coast routes.

He was awarded the OBE in January 2010.

Tony Berry (North West)

Tony BerryTony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and holds postgraduate status with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

With a career spanning over 30 years in housing regeneration/development, estate management and social housing, Tony has an active interest in the links between health, housing, communities, employment and the environment. This has led to non-executive director roles on the boards of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trustand the St Peter's Community Partnership.

Tony's current career role is as chief executive and company secretary of Ashton Pioneer Homes, a community-based Housing Association in Tameside, with a strong emphasis on service quality and excellence, customer engagement and continuous improvement.

Mike Master (East)

Mike has had a career in the ready-mixed concrete, mineral and waste industry and now runs his own mineral development consultancy.

Mike retired in 2003 as Director and General Manager of RMC Aggregates (Greater London) Ltd – formerly St Albans Sand & Gravel – where he was instrumental in developing 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 has a keen interest in the potential of the quarrying industry to foster nature conservation initiatives. He is Chairman of the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, a Trustee of the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, a Director of the Mineral Products Association Restoration Guarantee Fund, and a life member of the National Trust.

Steve Harvey, (Co-opted)

Steve Harvey

Steve is Executive Director of Groundwork East and Chair of the Federation Executive Team.

Before joining Groundwork Steve worked for Thomas Miller, a specialist insurance firm, providing third party liability insurance for ship-owners through the UK Protection & Indemnity Association (P&I). Originally, Steve worked as a claims handler before going on to manage the specialist personal injury team involving extensive travel around the world negotiating claims settlements, attending trials and mediations and marketing services to potential ship-owner customers. Steve was appointed Regional Operations Director (Europe) for the P&I business in 1997 with responsibility for 100 staff based in London and Greece.

Steve joined Groundwork in 2004 after taking a sabbatical from Thomas Miller to undertake voluntary work with the organisation.

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 Executive Director of Groundwork North East and Cumbria and Vice-Chair of the Federation Executive Team. She has over 22 years experience of working for Groundwork in the North East.

During her time in Groundwork Kate has led a number of change management processes and large programmes including building of a £4.5m business centre 'The Greenhouse' in County Durham and leading the merger of six Groundwork Trusts in the region into a single structure.

Kate is a Board Member of Vonne (Voluntary Organisations North East), Advisory Member of Common Purpose, Member of the Institute of Directors, Director of the Northern Inclusion Consortium, and a Director of The Greenhouse Trading Company and Butterwick Trees CIC.

Alan Smith (London)

Alan Smith

Alan has been a councillor in Lewisham since 1998, focusing on 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.

Since May 2010 he has been Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Regeneration, focusing on development, employment and transport in Lewisham. He is currently a board member of TGLP, a member of London Councils Transport and Environment committee and a member of the Recycle for London Steering group.

He represents Lewisham at the quarterly London Congress meetings with the Mayor of London.

June Campbell (West Midlands)

June Campbell Groundwork BoardJune lives in Madeley, Telford and joined the Board in 2012.  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 with clients such as O2, Marks and Spencer and the BBC. June recently set up Ironbridge Soap, a small company producing artisan soaps, creams and lotions from her workshop in the World Heritage Site. She is a member of Made in Shropshire and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Wendy Golland (East Midlands)

Wendy has lived almost all her life in Nottingham. She was a Gedling Borough councillor for 35years serving as Planning Chairman, portfolio holder for Leisure, Deputy Leader and numerous outside bodies. One of these was the Association for Public Service Excellence as the Vice-chairman of the Midlands Region. Since retiring from politics she has been made Honorary Alderman. She has recently resigned from the chairmanship of the East Midlands Museum Service, a position she held for eleven years, but remains a member of the Sherwood Forest Initiative.  As a grandmother, and the past Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital she is very interested in provision for young people for their leisure activities, and helping them into employment.

Jenny Bradley (South)

Before retiring from full time employment, Jenny was Director of Corporate Communications for UK airports at BAA, where she ran Heathrow's campaign for permission to build a fifth terminal, with particular emphasis on community involvement and consultation. She also developed and implemented the company's corporate social responsibility strategy.  Jenny began her working life as a journalist and worked in PR for a number of major companies including Marks and Spencer, Dairy Crest, and the English Tourist Board.  Her professional specialisation is in crisis and reputation management.

Ian Brown (North East & Cumbria)

A highly experienced strategic property, civil engineering, construction, development, maintenance, design and FM, technical services, highways and transport, Director/Chief officer and Consultant, in public and private sector.

Delivered complex change and service transformation programmes/projects and extensive strategic service reviews in sensitive environments. Highly experienced negotiator in property, service and construction contracts, employment issues and working with government. Experienced in government contracting procedures including OJEU, PFI, frameworks and corporate procurement. Professional background is Construction, Property, Regeneration, Housing, Highways and Technical Services having trained as a Chartered and Incorporated Quantity Surveyor (MRICS).