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Our Directors

Meet the directors who are responsible for the running of the charity.

 Jon Cotgreave

Executive Director

Jon has worked at Executive Director level in regeneration for 20 years and been active on many committees and boards.  Before West Midlands, Jon worked for Groundwork in Stoke-on-Trent and Wrexham.  Jon has also spent time working for local authorities and the private sector and in countries such as Romania and Ukraine supporting regeneration projects.


 Julie Read

Operations Director

Julie has worked in Regeneration for 17 years; originally joining Groundwork Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire as Development Manager in 2006, taking on the role of Youth and Education Theme Manager upon the formation of Groundwork West Midlands. 

Prior to joining Groundwork, Julie worked for Business Link Staffordshire between 1997 and 2006 leading all Service Delivery and Brokerage including specialist services in SME skills development, business consultancy and sector specific support.  This led to a wealth of experience working on service delivery contracts for DEFRA, RDA, ERDF, ESF and LSC.

Julie worked in the private sector for the first 10 years of her career, as a ‘local’ to Stoke on Trent, much of this was in the local pottery industry.

 Ann Thadzi

Business Development Director

Ann has worked with and supported businesses across the West Midlands for over 15 years.  Prior to joining Groundwork, Ann worked at Remploy as a Business Development Manager and has also managed and delivered many Welfare to Work contracts, including apprenticeships and work placements.  Ann has also worked with Black Country Chamber of Commerce and supported local businesses to address issues such as crime, anti-social behaviour, changes to legislation and barriers to growth.  She was also instrumental in the roll out and delivery of the Train to Gain scheme, initially in the Black Country and then to the wider West Midlands.  

 Ann spent many years working in International Development before returning to the UK in 2003. During this time, she managed a fundraising project for an international charity in Malawi and has also worked in Angola, Denmark and Ireland.