GRAHAM HARTLEY (Chair)
Graham is Managing Director of Carr’s Engineering, a division of Carr’s Group plc, a global Agricultural and Engineering business, where he has oversight of global markets that service the nuclear market for new build, operations and decommissioning. Prior to Carr’s, Graham spent 10 years with Siemens.
John is Chair of Groundwork Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. He is a qualified accountant, working with Oldham Council for 31 years and then the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, where he was Treasurer until he retired in 2018.
Ian is Chair of Groundwork North East & Cumbria. He spent his career as a Director, Chief Officer and consultant in the fields of strategic property, civil engineering, construction, highways and transport across the public and private sectors.
June is Chair of Groundwork West Midlands. She 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. She set up Ironbridge Soap, a small company producing artisan soaps in the World Heritage site, and is Secretary of the Anstice Community Trust.
Wendy is Chair of Groundwork Greater Nottingham. She was a councillor in Gedling Borough for 35 years, serving as Planning Chairman, portfolio holder for Leisure and Deputy Leader as well as undertaking numerous roles with external bodies. Since retiring from politics Wendy has been made Honorary Alderman.
Jeff is Chair of Groundwork Wales. He is an experienced education leader and consultant and worked for the Welsh and UK Government on the design and implementation of the National Curriculum. He has taught at all levels and spent 17 years at learndirect where he was responsible for the delivery of training to 70,000 adults per year across the UK.
Rowena is a trustee of Groundwork Leeds. A Landscape Architect by training, she has been responsible for major urban regeneration projects involving land assembly and derelict land remediation for the creation of new infrastructure, commercial business premises and improved business environments.
Mike is a trustee of Groundwork East. He had a long career in the ready-mixed concrete, mineral and waste industries and now runs his own mineral development consultancy. He was Director and General Manager of RMC Aggregates, where he was instrumental in the development of the company’s marine aggregates and landfill business.
Antony is Chair of Groundwork South Yorkshire. Starting his professional career as an Occupational Therapist he has worked in a series of service improvement, modernisation and programme management roles across a range of NHS organisations. He now works as a consultant implementing change initiatives in the NHS, local authorities, public bodies and businesses. He is also Managing Director of the GP Confederation Conexus Healthcare.
Paul is a trustee of Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside. He works for the Environment Agency on ways to increase investment in river catchments to improve local environments and has advised the government on the design of local growth programmes. Paul chaired the Natural Economy NW Investment Forum, which worked with organisations to stimulate new investment in the natural economy.
Alan is Chair of Groundwork London. He is a councillor in Lewisham, with a special interest in environmental and planning issues. He served as Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Regeneration, focusing on development, employment and transport. He was the lead member for London Councils on the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Commitment, leading for London on flood issues within the Thames basin.
Helen is a trustee of Groundwork North Wales. She spent the majority of her career in human resources, training and organisational development management positions in the engineering manufacturing and research sectors across Europe, before moving into further education. She manages a small fitness centre in Wrexham and chairs the Cycling 4 All charity.
Tony is Chair of Groundwork Northamptonshire. He spent over 40 years working for a commercial insurance brokers and Independent Financial Adviser in Kettering, culminating in being Chairman from 1990 to 2007. He is Chairman of Parkinson’s UK Kettering Branch and has been a member of the Rotary Club since 1982.
After volunteering to advocate for girls’ rights to education with Voluntary Services Overseas in Nepal, Faiza shifted her career purpose to focus on tackling pressing challenges of social inequality. Her experience working in the third sector has included successfully advocating to empower over 1.5 million young people across the UK to fulfil their potential regardless of their circumstances. Faiza recently received a Public Advocacy scholarship to study a masters degree in Social Development Practice at UCL.
Kate is Chief Executive of Groundwork North East & Cumbria. She Chairs the South Park Foundation in Darlington and is a director of the Northern Inclusion Consortium. She is a board member of the Newcastle Parks Trust and serves on the regional advisory board of Common Purpose and the Kirkleatham Estate Advisory Board in Redcar.
Mike is Chief Executive of Groundwork MSSTT. He sits on the Board of the Salford Third Sector Consortium and is a member of the Greater Manchester “Green Summit” environmental steering group. He is Chair of Governors at his local Nursery School and Children’s Centre.
Geoff works for Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service as Director of Professional Services taking on responsibility for all support areas of the service. He sits on the National Fire Chiefs Council as part of the national Fire Transformation Agenda, and leads the national Fire and Rescue Research and Development Function. Before taking up a career in HR, Geoff was a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force.
Jack is a Politics and History student at Newcastle University. He volunteers with the Scouts in South Shields and has held a number of national volunteer roles helping to deliver the Scouts’ youth strategy. During the summers, Jack works as a Team Leader for the National Citizen Service.