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The Senior Management Team

Martyn Poessinouw - Chief Executive Officer

This is Martyn’s first charity post. Previously he has worked at a senior or CEO level in Defence, Health, Government, Academia and the private sector. For the last 19 years he has been engaged in economic research and consultancy, of which the last 10 years have included the Green Economy, Green Growth, and Green Jobs. Recent projects include working on EU- funded programmes (Climate), UK government on Low Carbon Goods & Services and with global mega-cities to baseline and benchmark their Low Carbon/ Green Economy. Martyn’s main priorities for the Trust are to extend current employability programmes, grow the Trust’s “green portfolio”, enable more sustainable communities across Nottinghamshire and diversify funding sources to achieve this.


Phillip Shaw - Chief Financial Officer

Phillip joined Groundwork Greater Nottingham in 2004. He is a qualified accountant and is responsible for financial leadership to the charity and, additionally, leads on the provision of human resources, facilities, governance and ICT services for the charity.


Claire Hale - Head of Contracts, Quality and Performance

Claire worked in supported living for a total of 4 years and then moved to work in the housing sector as a housing support co-ordinator.  This involved setting up and running a floating support service across 7500 properties in Hampshire (support focused on tenancy sustainment, budgeting, life skills and involvement in welfare rights issues, as well as multi-agency working with healthcare providers and mainstream support services where involvement was needed.  Following this Claire worked as a homelessness officer, assessing and making decisions on homelessness applications, finding suitable accommodation for people to whom there was a statutory duty and providing intervention and support to help prevent those in insecure accommodation becoming homeless.  This then led to Claire working for Nottingham YMCA, first as Assistant Housing Manager, then Housing Services Manager responsible for managing up to 107 bed spaces for homeless people aged 16+ with medium/high support needs.  Claire joined Groundwork Greater Nottingham in 2010.


Jo Phelan - Head of Programmes

Jo, a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute since 1989, is the manager of Groundwork Greater Nottingham's Places Team.   She has over 20 years experience of delivering all elements of landscape consultant's services for public and private sectors including: project management, monitoring and reporting, full project design and specification, contract administration of implementation through to completion, establishment and handover, full community consultation and engagement, fundraising, planning and environmental control.  Over the years Jo has worked in all sectors - private, voluntary and public and demonstrated her genuine commitment to sustainable development and design.  Jo has worked in the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands on wide ranging projects including: housing regeneration, land reclamation, school grounds, formal, informal and natural play, private gardens, trails and long distance routes, heritage landscapes, master plans, eco-housing developments and care homes, conservation landscapes and public realm.  Jo joined Groundwork Greater Nottingham in 2008.


Colin Bradley - Head of D2N2

Colin’s background is in setting up and managing new projects and businesses.  Prior to joining the team at Groundwork, he set up a Social Enterprise, leading to the founding of a new type of Alternative Provision Free School for which he still volunteers as a Governor.   On joining Groundwork in May 2015, he led the Talent Match project, before taking a more senior position on the Senior Management Team when also adding the new £7.4 million project , Building Better Opportunities to his area of responsibility. 


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