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Our Board for Groundwork West Midlands

June Campbell - Chair of Groundwork West Midlands

Chair of Groundwork West Midlands

Chair of Groundwork West Midlands Board and previously Chair of Finance and Audit, June lives in Madeley, Telford and joined the Board in 2012.

A resident of North London for over 20 years, 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. A former Chair of Volunteer Centre Camden, June joined Groundwork West London Board in 2006, and became Chair of the West London Sub Committee, a member of Groundwork London Board and Groundwork London Finance and Audit Committee. She was also a member of the Western Riverside Environmental Fund Reference Group.

Since returning to the Midlands, June has set up Ironbridge Soap, a small company producing artisan soaps from her workshop in the World Heritage Site. She is an active member of the Anstice Community Trust, a member of Made in Shropshire and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Ruth Page - Company Secretary / Finance Director

Company Secretary

Ruth joined Groundwork in July 2018. An accountant, Ruth qualified with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for over 20 years, with experience across a wide variety of industries. She initially started her career in Retail Business Banking, but released that she felt more engaged by the clients businesses, than their banking facilities.

Ruth started her Accounting career in a small manufacturing firm in Oldbury and has stayed loyal to Black Country businesses ever since, working in Marketing, Online Retail, Wholesale, IT & Cyber Security and Healthcare, and spending  8 years working with Not for Profit/ Charity Sector, linked to Education, Residential care and Healthcare provision. During this time Ruth has become a specialist in Mergers and Acquisitions, with experience of both sides of the deals.

Jay Patel - Vice-Chair & Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Jay Patel is Business Development and Investment Manager at Wolverhampton City Council.

He has been supporting businesses in the City with key partners since 2007. He is also responsible for inward investment and developing key sectors such as advanced engineering with a focus on automotive and aerospace.

Jay’s career has been in construction as Finance Director of Freyssinet Ltd. He was responsible for operations in Ireland, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, South Africa and India. His time in construction reflects an expertise in motivating and managing human and financial resources, through strategies that enhance productivity.

Jay has held a number of Board positions in the Black Country including Chairman of Black Country Reinvestment Society and Director of Coventry & Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust Ltd. His other directorships have included the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Regional Action West Midlands. He was a member of the Regional Assembly until December 2006.

Currently Jay is a Director of Wolverhampton Science Park Ltd, Midlands Aerospace Alliance Ltd (MAA); he is also Chair of the Aerospace Cluster Operations Group.

Mark Chambers - Vice-Chair & Chair of Strategic Performance and Development Committee

Mark, who is originally from Sheffield and is the proud father of three children, is the one of the Founding Directors of Syndicate Communications, which is a UK-wide PR company. He was Regional Director of the Central Office of Information in the West Midlands between May 2008 and April 2012. During this time he led on marketing campaigns across the country for UK Trade & Investment, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Office of Fair Trading, and was a finalist in the Birmingham Young Professional of Year in 2011.

Mark is a Chartered Marketer and has a CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and an MSc in Marketing. Mark has previously worked for the Sector Skills Council Lantra, where he was the Executive Board Member with responsibility for Marketing and Communications. The role included setting up the companies first major marketing campaign and he was responsible for the successful restructuring of the marketing team. Mark has also worked at Fair Cities, The Learning and Skills Council and Dudley College. Mark sits on the Midlands Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Steve Barras - Board Member

Steve has several years’ experience as a senior banking manager gained at HSBC Bank and Clydesdale Bank. From a rural background, he specialised in agricultural banking before joining The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board as Business Improvement Manager. Developing a keen interest in sustainable agriculture Steve joined AB Sustain, part of ABF plc, as Head of Business Development. Steve has recently set up his own consultancy assisting a variety of businesses to improve their environment impact and gain environmental accreditation.

Away from work Steve’s main interests are environmental sustainability and young people’s services and he has served in several volunteer roles in these areas. Although not a musician himself Steve’s wife and two children are and together they are involved in a number of youth music projects both fund raising and promoting participation.   

Ben Brittain - Board Member

Ben has keen involvements in the strategic development of educational services, clinical 

healthcare, community action groups, and the provision of training and continued professional 
development of staff in Local Authorities.

At 20 years old Ben Brittain was one of the youngest Local Elected Authority Governors in the United Kingdom. He extended this achievement and at 21 become one of the youngest people to sit on an executive committee and was elected out of 6.000 governors to become a committee member on the Birmingham Governors Network. When an LEA Governor at a school of Cognition and Learning, Ben worked in conjunction with the executive board of Autism Action that he was Chair of in providing revolutionary Autism Awareness Training.  
He also had involvement in the construction of one of the U.K’s first adult Autism diagnostic pathways and a befriending service.

Ben presently works in mental health at a forensic psychiatric hospital; here he supports vulnerable people in their recovery. His deep passion for empowering people shows in his work in local politics, and he has overseen the development of new services within the local community. Ben is also set to complete a doctorate in psychological behaviour and voting intentions in referendums.

Anne Cranston - Board Member

Anne Cranston Anne is Project Manager of Gloucester Cathedral’s £6m Project Pilgrim.  She has overall responsibility for delivery of this Heritage Lottery Funded initiative, a once in a generation opportunity to help the Cathedral reach its potential for people now and in the future.  

Project Pilgrim is an holistic and ambitious ten-year programme of capital development, regeneration and community engagement designed to ensure that all people feel welcome at the Cathedral and to will help make Gloucester a vibrant place to live, work and visit.  Highlights of the project include the installation of a solar PV array to the nave roof of the grade 1 listed, thousand year old Cathedral!   Anne is also a Board member at Gloucester’s newly established Culture Board.

Anne joined Gloucester Cathedral from Groundwork West Midlands where she was Operations Director and key to the development of health, wellbeing and low-carbon provision. She has over 20 years’ experience working with community groups and other stakeholders on neighbourhood planning and service co-ordination and remains passionately committed to social justice including achieving positive change for individuals and communities. Returning to Groundwork West Midland as a Board member is one more way of helping deliver fairer life chances for all.

Matt Daniels - Board Member

Matt is the Managing Director of Midan Limited, a consultancy that works across the Voluntary and Cultural Sectors offering support with organisational development, cultural development, fundraising and programme development and co-ordination.

After over a decade in leadership positions of regional charities Matt established his own consultancy firm, Midan Limited, in April 2012 and has undertaken a raft of wide ranging contracts from the establishment of a commercial trading arm for a charity through to large scale consortia fundraising, community driven cultural development facilitation, and multi-agency programme co-ordination. As well as an active Board Member of Groundwork West Midlands, Matt is the Chair of Birmingham LGBT, and is Policy Officer for the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership. 

Ian Priest - Board Member

 Ian spent 31 years in banking and was managing partner for Clydesdale bank in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. He started his own business in 2011 and works with small and medium-sized businesses to help them get and retain finance. In addition to finance raising Ian undertakes small business growth coaching for Worcestershire county Council.

For the past 17 years, Ian has been a member of the Institute of Directors, and sits on the Regional board with responsibility for the Black Country, and is also treasurer for the Federation of Small Business in Worcestershire.

He is active in a number of voluntary roles including Worcestershire LEP Business Board and Business Growth Board. He sits on various grant bodies including the Wolverhampton Green Shoots board. Ian is currently chairman of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund regional Advisory Board and works closely with the British Business Bank.

Ian Shepherd - Board Member

Ian is one of 2 founding partners in Birmingham based D5 Architects LLP whose work includes both new build and refurbishment projects in the education, community, residential and transport sectors throughout the UK. The practice believes that well designed buildings and public spaces have a significant impact on perception and behaviour making a positive contribution to the urban realm. Ian is committed to fostering a design led approach throughout the practice and through wider stakeholder engagement. The practice is also committed to the responsible use of materials and the reduction of energy during construction and in use.

In addition to his commitment to architecture and the built environment through the practice, he has recently joined Birmingham School of Architecture as Director of Professional Studies and Programme Director for the Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Practice to further his interest in architectural education. In particular the symbiosis between education and practice and how we best equip students with the skills necessary to transfer the quality of design thinking and theoretical exploration in to practice. Ian has been involved with Birmingham School of Architecture for many years in various including as a visiting tutor on the BA course and as a Professional Examiner for the Part 3 course in Architectural Practice.

Ian is also currently a parent governor at our local secondary school giving further opportunity to work in the community and develop an understanding of school management and current education delivery. He has also been involved with a number of local secondary schools supporting careers events working with both years 9 and 11 in helping to develop their awareness of what lies beyond school and to prepare them for the transition to work or further education.

Ian joined the Groundwork West Midlands Board in 2010 is a member of the Strategic Performance & Development Committee.

Steve Woods - Board Member

Steve began his career building his own businesses in both child care and catering before moving into the social housing sector where he became Director of Business Development for Adullam Homes Housing Association. Leading on business growth through social enterprise and tenders, Steve was also responsible for marketing and communications in addition to developing their housing and support portfolio. Leaving the housing sector Steve joined Groundwork West Midlands as Commercial Development Director before joining My Time CIC, a mental health social enterprise, as Managing Director. 

Qualified at Law, he now holds a national role with The Regard Partnership, a large private sector mental health support organisation, where he manages all of their Estates & Development projects.

Steve has returned to Groundwork as a voluntary Board member to follow his passion for helping disadvantaged and excluded groups. He believes that Groundwork can put his experience and knowledge to good use. He enjoys working with fellow Board members, the Director and Senior Team to help Groundwork West Midlands meet the needs of the community by becoming one of the best support and enabling organisations in the Midlands.