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Our Directors

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


 Jon Cotgreave

Executive Director

Jon Cotgreave is the Director of Groundwork West Midlands.  Groundwork is a regeneration organisation working to improve the local environment, the lives of local people and to strengthen the local economy. 

With its commitment to partnership and wide range of project work with local communities, Groundwork has played a leading role in ensuring regeneration reaches and benefits people living in some of the most deprived parts of the West Midlands. 

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.

Email: jon.cotgreave@groundwork.org.uk


 Julie Read

Charity 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.  Julie is now the Operations Director for Charity.

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.

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