Andrew Darron is the Executive Director at Groundwork.
Working to the Board of Trustees, he leads the development and implementation of the Trust’s long term strategic plan. An engineer by background he has worked for Groundwork for over 19 years, joining initially as an unemployed graduate volunteer.
He developed the Business Services Team at Groundwork in Oldham, before moving to our NW Regional Team as Head of Regional Development where we led on the development of the award winning £13m Target: Wellbeing programme, our long running United Utilities CSR partnership – United Futures, and the Newlands Derelict Land Programme. Following this he moved to Groundwork Manchester where he extended the work of the Trust into Stockport and established Blue Sky North – a social enterprise with the sole purpose of helping ex-offenders to find work.
He has been the Executive Director since 2010 and led the expansion of the Trust into Merseyside and creation of Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside following the merger of Groundwork Cheshire and Groundwork Lancashire West & Wigan. He has a specific interest in exploiting the role that local environments can play in improving wellbeing and tackling long term barriers to employment.
You can find Andy on Twitter: @ajdarron and on LinkedIn
Director of Finance and Support Services
Pam has over 20 years' experience as a Senior Finance Executive working in the third sector, including young peoples' services, adult social care, social housing and social enterprise.
As an integral member of the Senior Management team, Pam plays a crucial role in contributing to the Trust's strategic planning.
She also provides leadership and direction to the Trust's Finance and Support Services Team, continuously developing the service to ensure that it is as efficient and effective as possible.
Programme Director for Employment & Skills and Land Team
Colin Greenhalgh is Programme Director for Employment & Skills, having delivered the Trust’s first youth focused project in 1995. Colin now controls and develops a portfolio of projects and programmes that include Personal development programmes, Prince’s Trust Team programme, Employment programmes, Training programmes, alternative education, Information advice and guidance, vocational education, volunteering, traineeships, mentoring and apprenticeships.
Colin is also chair of the Voluntary and community sector assembly in Wigan and sits on many employment taskforces across the region.Colin can be found on Twitter @colggwk and on LinkedIn.
Programme Director – Communities
Jon Hutchinson is the Programme Director for Communities having worked at Groundwork since 2010.
Jon has strategic control of Groundwork's Community Programme delivering projects under the core themes of Affordable Warmth, Blue Green Economy, Circular Economy, Connecting Communities with Greenspace, Health and Wellbeing and Heritage.
Jon is passionate about supporting the development of sustainable communities where individuals and the environment are given opportunities to flourish. You can find Jon on Twitter: @jonhutchinson0 and on LinkedIn
Director of Business
Greville Kelly is the Director for the Business Team at Groundwork. Greville is our SMT lead for Cheshire, and has prime responsibility for managing the business team. The business team delivers Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and a range of business support services including consultancy and training across a broad range of environmental, health / safety and quality management areas.
Greville has lead the development of 14 Business Improvement District projects that have now been approved at vote and has secured £14million of private sector investment for town / city centre retail locations and various business parks. Greville's BIDs team actively manage 4 established BIDs in Cheshire, whilst supporting a range of partners to develop new BIDs across the UK. Groundwork's business support services have helped 1000s of organisations to lower costs, carbon emissions and improve their management of risks around environment, health, safety and quality.
So get in touch with Greville on 01606 723175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation