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Tracy Fishwick
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Tracy has a 20 year career in local government leading the employment, skills and social inclusion agendas at both borough and sub-regional levels. She is passionate about social enterprise, charitable work and working with people who want to make a lasting difference.  She has founded a number of innovative employment programmes, creating opportunities to connect unemployed people with the labour market in areas of social deprivation. 

Tracy has been a Board Director, governor and trustee for a range of social enterprises, charities and forums and is a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals.

Dr Alison Giles

Anglea GilesThroughout her career, Alison has made a significant contribution towards improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequality within local communities. Her previous roles include working for the Department of Health, the National Heart Forum and King’s College School of Medicine & Dentistry.

She is currently Chief Executive of Our Life, a charitable social enterprise that ensures that people have opportunities to influence and create change to support their health and wellbeing.

Todd Holden

Todd Holden Image In a variety of local, regional and national roles, Todd has spent his entire career helping businesses to adopt low carbon energy efficient opportunities to achieve economic benefits. He is currently Programme Director of ENWORKS, which he developed from an idea into what is widely recognised as best practice in environmental business support.

Todd is currently a member of a number of national and regional bodies relating to sustainability and climate change.


Sian Jay ImageSiân has more than 30 years’ experience of working in the public and voluntary sectors. She has well-honed strategic development skills with significant experience in redesigning and restructuring services and a successful track record in programme and project management.

She complements this with strong understanding and experience of engaging communities and considerable success in using equality and human rights to improve how organisations meet the needs of their communities. She has been a Board Member at Groundwork since 2013 and is currently Director of Social Re:Focus, which helps social organisations to change and grow. Siân is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a Visiting Fellow at Edge Hill University and a SFEDI accredited Business Mentor with the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.  She also serves as a Board member at Wigan and Leigh CVS and West Lancashire CVS.

Paul Roots

Paul RootsPaul works for the Environment Agency (EA) as a Senior Advisor and recently advised the government on the design of the £6bn ESIF Growth Program. He is experienced in and passionate about protecting the environment and supporting social enterprise. Whilst at the EA, he has developed environmental projects that provide young people with stepping stones into employment and created opportunities for social enterprises to deliver asset maintenance contracts. 

Paul Chaired the Natural Economy NW Investment Forum, which worked with organisations to stimulate new investment in the natural economy.

Pamela Stewart

In addition to being a Groundwork Board member, Pam is also a local Councillor for the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan. Over the last 20 years she has supported a wide range of local and regional organisations and developed extensive knowledge and experience in local governance, policy development and implementation strategy. These include roles as; School Governor, Community Partnership Chair, Director of WAVE Domestic Violence Centre and Urban Forum Trustee amongst others.  

Pamela’s commitment and dedication to public service was recognised in 2013, when she was awarded an MBE for Voluntary and Community Service.

Andrew Upton

Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor and experienced technical director. He has worked for over 30 years’ within the social housing, local authority, commercial and retail sectors.

Andrew has a wealth of strategic, technical, project, contract and staff management experience in development, asset management, housing maintenance, grounds maintenance, third sector and commercial areas. This experience has covered the delivery of sustainable technology and innovative projects, with a focus on improving both performance and customer service. He is currently Director of Community Regeneration at Community Gateway Association in Preston, having previously worked for a number of housing providers at a senior level.

Guy Parker
Guy has over 30 years’ experience working at Senior Management and CEO level within the development sector. This includes the management and development of commercial and complex mixed use property assets and sites.

Guy is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In 2013, he set up his own company Arke Developments Ltd, which recently completed the development of two food stores in Cornwall and Peterborough, with a combined investment value of over £40million.

Mick Warner

Since 1998 Mick has worked at a senior level for the social housing regulator in a variety of roles and has spoken at national housing conferences and written and edited a number of published regulatory documents. He is currently Deputy Director of Regulatory Operations at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) having previously been Assistant Director of Financial Appraisal and Assurance at the Tenant Services Authority.

Mick is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and also holds the Association of Corporate Treasurers qualification.  He is also a regular volunteer within the charity sector.