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Governance

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)
  • Vacancy
  • Vacany


Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

  • Cllr Howard Sykes MBE (Vice-chair)- Councillor for Shaw, Oldham (May 2000)
  • Cllr Ruji Sapna Surjan - Councillor for Coldhurst, Oldham (May 2019)
  • Andrew Sutherland - Director of Education, Skills and Early Years, Oldham Council (January 2019)

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

  • Cllr Tom Besford - Councillor for Littleborough Lakeside, Rochdale (May 2019)
  • John Searle - Director of Economy, Rochdale Counci (November 2015)
  • Cllr June West - Councillor for East Middleton, Rochdale (May 2016)


Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

  • Cllr Derek Bullock - Councillor for Hulton, Bolton (June 2018)


Bury Metropolitan Borough Council Nominees

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


Co-opted Nominees

  • John Bland (Chair) - Independent Community Member (February 2011)
  • Lorna Jones - Service Improvement Manager, Leeds City Council (May 2015)
  • Ian Whittaker - Independent Community Member (February 2014)
  • Neil Manning - Independent Community Member (February 2018)
  • Jess Brindle - Finance Manager, The Social Chain Ltd. (February 2019)
  • Richard Perkins - Account Manager, Rochdale, GC Business Growth Hub (May 2019)
  • Vacancy


*dates in brackets indicate the date joined Trust Board


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