GRAHAM HARTLEY (Chair)

Graham is a Principal at Seismic Venture Partners, a family fund manager focused on supporting the development and growth of UK businesses and promoting a more circular economy.  Graham has worked in senior operational business management for over 25 years, both in large corporate and public limited businesses.  He was most recently Managing Director for the Engineering Division of Carr’s Group Plc and prior to that spent 10 years with Siemens, overseeing the start of the transition from fossil-based energy sources to green energy including wind and biomass.

 


ANNE-MARIE SIMPSON

Anne-Marie is Chair of Groundwork West Midlands.  She is an independent business owner and an advisor to Frontier Development Capital, an alternative investment fund management company driving growth in accessible home ownership. Anne-Marie has a 25 year background in land, development and business practice and previously worked as Head of Midlands Central for the Homes and Communities Agency.  She is a board member on the Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce and Sutton Coldfield Business Improvement District.


WENDY GOLLAND

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 GREENIDGE

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.


ANTONY NELSON

Antony is Chair of Groundwork 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 ROOTS

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 SMITH

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.


STUART BONHAM

Stuart is Chair of Groundwork Northamptonshire.  He has significant experience of commercial management with a background in corporate banking, having spent 27 years with Nat West/RBS including serving on the UK Operating Board.  An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, he retired in 2015 having been Senior Vice President of European Operations for First Data, part of the company’s small global leadership team, and Chair of Amsterdam-based European Monetary Services.


FAIZA AMIN

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 CULVERHOUSE

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 ORMEROD

Mike is Chief Executive of Groundwork Greater Manchester. 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.


JACK WHITE

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.


PATRICK HUGHES

Patrick is the Chair of Groundwork East.  He is also Vice-Chair of Papworth Trust, the Cambridgeshire-based disability charity, and a trustee of Clarion Futures, the charitable arm of the Clarion Housing Group. Patrick is also a member of the St Albans Employment and Skills Partnership. He runs a small strategy consultancy, Salientwork Ltd, focusing on spreading good practice in the employment and employability sectors in the UK and Europe. His previous civil service career was largely with DWP running Jobcentre services and implementing employment and skills programmes.


NIGEL READER

Nigel is Chair of Groundwork North Wales. A chartered management accountant, he has had a long career in public service and environmental management, including 15 years as Finance Director for The Environment Agency and, before that, roles with Wessex Water Authority and the National Rivers Authority. Since retiring from full-time employment, Nigel has developed a non-executive portfolio which has included roles on the boards of the Marine Management Organisation, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. He is currently a member of the board of the Animal & Plant Health Agency and chairs Welsh Government’s Health & Social Services Group’s Audit & Risk Assurance Committee. He has a long association with the charity WaterAid, serving on the board of trustees for 12 years. Nigel was awarded a CBE for services to the environment in 2003.


ANDREW THURSTON

Andrew is Chair of Groundwork North East & Cumbria and a trustee of Groundwork South & North Tyneside. Andrew has 35 years’ management experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors including working in a strategic development role for Boots. Andrew is currently Honorary Lay Canon for Durham Chapter, supporting the financial operations of the Cathedral and attending the Resources, Audit and Investment Committees.