North West of England

Groundwork CLM Senior Management Team

Andrew DarronAndrew Darron
Executive Director

Working to the Board of Trustees, Andrew leads the development and implementation of the Trust’s long term strategic plan.  An engineer by background he has worked for Groundwork for over 19 years, joining initially as an unemployed graduate volunteer.

He developed the Business Services Team at Groundwork in Oldham, before moving to our NW Regional Team as Head of Regional Development where we led on the development of the award winning £13m Target: Wellbeing programme, our long running United Utilities CSR partnership – United Futures, and the Newlands Derelict Land Programme.  Following this he moved to Groundwork Manchester where he extended the work of the Trust into Stockport and established Blue Sky North – a social enterprise with the sole purpose of helping ex-offenders to find work.

He has been the Executive Director since 2010 and led the expansion of the Trust into Merseyside and creation of Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside following the merger of Groundwork Cheshire and Groundwork Lancashire West & Wigan.  He has a specific interest in exploiting the role that local environments can play in improving wellbeing and tackling long term barriers to employment.

You can find Andy on Twitter: @ajdarron and on LinkedIn

Colin GreenhalghColin Greenhalgh
Programme Director for Employment and Skills

Colin Greenhalgh is Programme Director for Employment & Skills, having delivered the Trust’s first youth focused project in 1995. Colin now controls and develops a portfolio of projects and programmes that include Personal development programmes, Prince’s Trust Team programme, Employment programmes, Training programmes, alternative education, Information advice and guidance, vocational education, volunteering, traineeships, mentoring and apprenticeships.

Colin is also chair of the Voluntary and community sector assembly in Wigan and sits on many employment taskforces across the region.Colin can be found on Twitter @colggwk and on LinkedIn.

Jon HutchinsonJon Hutchinson
Programme Director – Communities

Jon Hutchinson is the Programme Director for Communities having worked at Groundwork since 2010.

Jon has strategic control of Groundwork’s Community Programme delivering projects under the core themes of Affordable Warmth, Blue Green Economy, Circular Economy, Connecting Communities with Greenspace, Health and Wellbeing and Heritage.

Jon is passionate about supporting the development of sustainable communities where individuals and the environment are given opportunities to flourish. You can find Jon on Twitter: @jonhutchinson0 and on LinkedIn

Greville KellyGreville Kelly
Director of Business

Greville Kelly is the lead Director for delivery of Groundwork’s businesses services in Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside. An IEMA registered Environmental Auditor, with 20 years’ experience of working with businesses on a range of sustainability challenges and opportunities, Greville specialises in environmental / carbon management and Business Improvement Districts.

Recent projects include managing the delivery of 55 low carbon business energy audits for companies in Cheshire & Warrington, the development and management of business improvement district projects in town centre and business park locations in the North West and delivery of pollution prevention projects for the Environment Agency.

Key achievements

  • Development of the UK’s first non-retail Business Improvement District (BID) and subsequent development of 20 BIDs in retail and non-retail locations generating £18million+ of private sector investment into town / city centre and business park locations.
  • Delivery of the ENWORKS low carbon resource efficiency programme delivering £7.6million of business cost savings, generating 38,700 tons of carbon savings through assisting 1400 companies.
  • Development and delivery of multi-annual pollution prevention programmes for the Environment Agency resulting in reduced pollution risks to rivers and water bodies.
  • Delivery of low carbon energy cost reduction programmes for a network of businesses across Cheshire & Warrington

Greville has led the development of 20 Business Improvement District projects that have now been approved at vote and has secured £18million of private sector investment for town / city centre retail locations and various business parks. Greville’s BIDs team actively manage 6 established BIDs in North West England, whilst supporting a range of partners to develop new BIDs across the UK. Groundwork’s business support services have helped 1000s of organisations to lower costs, carbon emissions and improve their management of risks around environment, health, safety and quality.

So get in touch with Greville on 0771 432 2023 or email to start the conversation.