Nadia Al Yafai is interim Global Director of Responsible Business & Sustainability at Herbert Smith Freehills law firm. She is a board director and fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability and has held community engagement and investment roles in the Financial Conduct Authority, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyd’s of London.


Paul is a trustee of Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside.  Over a 30-year career he has held senior roles in the social housing and non-profit sectors, including with Riverside, Groundwork and Fusion21. He has run numerous programmes in employment and training, social action and environmental improvement across the UK. His experience also includes leadership of grant making foundations.  Paul is currently a full-time carer with a passion for supporting charities which change the lives of others and make big environmental impacts.


Claire Marshall is Chief Executive of Splitz Support Service, a charity delivering support services to adults and young people experiencing the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual violence. She is an experienced charity leader and fundraiser, having previously held roles in RNIB, Cancer Research UK, Air Ambulance and at a senior level in the hospice sector. Claire is Chair of Groundwork’s UK Committee, which oversees our national programmes and partnerships.


Anne-Marie is the Chair of Groundwork West Midlands. She owns an independent hospitality business and a gin production and distribution company. She was formerly an advisor to Frontier Development Capital, an alternative investment fund management company driving growth in accessible home ownership. Anne-Marie has a background in public sector land, development, housing and business practice, working at a senior level within several Government organisations across the Midlands. She is a Council Member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Chamber of Commerce.


Alexis Steadman is Corporate Responsibility Manager at the global business information company RELX, responsible for overseeing the company’s global community programme, RE Cares, which involves thousands of employees across the world. She has held similar positions in a number of leading businesses including TJX (TK Maxx and Homesense) Europe and M&S. Alexis began her career working for the youth organisations Habonim Dror and the Prince’s Trust.


Joanne is a trustee of Groundwork Greater Manchester.  She is a registered mental health nurse who has 30 years’ experience working in NHS organisations across the North West and is now a nurse lecturer at the University of Salford.  Joanne has a focus on the symbiotic relationship between the health and wellbeing of people and the communities in which they live.  She is an advocate of social prescribing and recognises the connection between access to green space and positive mental health, regularly spending time outdoors with her family and two dogs.