About the Town Deal Board
The Town Deal Board is
the vehicle to establish the Town Investment Plan for Worcester,
inform the deal and coordinate the stakeholders to ensure that key
local institutions, businesses and communities are involved in the
development of the strategy and vision.
The Town Deal Board
provides overall strategic oversight and direction in the
development of a Town Investment Plan, leading to a Town Deal for
Worcester. It will provide assurance to Government and to the
governing bodies of Board Member organisations that the Town
Investment Plan is being developed according to the requirements of
Government and is within the scope of the organisational approvals
established by the Board Members.
The Board shall act as
an advisory body, steering the direction of the work of the Lead
Council (Worcester City Council) and considering issues which
require referral for further approval by Member
organisations’ governing bodies and/or which have a material
impact on the delivery against Government requirements.
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference were agreed at its first meeting on 14 January
2020 and can be viewed at
Worcester City Council - Council &
Democracy - Agenda for Town Deal Board on Tuesday, 14th January,
2020, 5.30 pm
Craig Moule (Sanctuary)
The Chair of the
Board, Craig has been with Sanctuary for over 30 years, having
joined the organisation in 1989 from Coopers & Lybrand. Craig
was appointed Group Chief Executive on 1 January 2019. Prior to
this he was the Group’s Chief Financial Officer. While
holding this position, Craig oversaw Sanctuary being the first
housing association to implement a SAP enterprise solution and the
formation of a Corporate Shared Service Centre. Craig is an
ex-officio member of the Sanctuary Group Board.
Councillor Lynn Denham (Worcester City Council)
Lynn is Joint Leader
of Worcester City Council and Labour Group Leader at the Council.
Lynn has lived in Worcester for 30 years, working as a hospital
pharmacist and senior NHS manager. She
has been a Worcester City Councillor since 2012 and is involved in
many community projects. She is Chair of the Friends of Fort Royal
Park and Worcester Dementia Action Alliance.
Councillor Marjory Bisset (Worcester City Council)
Marjory is Joint
Leader of Worcester City Council and leader of the Green group on
the Council. She has lived in Worcester for over eight years and
was first elected to the City Council in 2019. She is experienced
in project management both as a politician and in her past career
in the IT industry. She has a particular interest in Worcester
having a thriving arts and culture scene that is accessible to
Michelle Dowse (Heart of Worcestershire College)
Michelle is the
Principal and Chief Executive of the largest further education
college in Worcestershire. She has
extensive experience of the private sector and has worked in
education since 2008. The College
offers a wide range of vocational and
technical courses in specialist subject areas alongside a vast
array of apprenticeships and higher education courses. Michelle is
passionate about nurturing the brilliance of every student and
ensuring that learners develop both technical and employability
skills to meet regional needs.
The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Edwards (Worcester Cathedral)
As the Interim Dean of
Worcester Stephen is responsible for governing and directing the
life and work of Worcester Cathedral, working with the rest of the
Cathedral Chapter. He has been a Residentiary Canon since 2019,
appointed Vice-Dean in 2021, and Interim Dean in 2023. Previously
he was an incumbent of parishes firstly in north Wales and then in
Manchester. He trained for ministry at Westcott House Cambridge,
ordained deacon in 1996 and priest in 1997.
Sally Ellison MBE (Worcester Community Action)
Sally has over 20
years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector
finishing as Chief Officer of Worcester Volunteer Centre. She has
experience of project management, funding bid writing, development
of policies and procedures, governance, registering charities etc.
Sally also has vast experience in managing volunteers, recruiting
and retaining volunteers, support & training volunteers.
Councillor Simon Geraghty (Worcestershire County Council)
Simon is Leader of
Worcestershire County Council. He has a keen interest in seeing
Worcestershire businesses grow and succeed and he represents the
County Council on the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Simon has been a County Councillor since 2005 and a City Councillor
representing the St. Clement Ward from the year 2000.
David Green CBE (University of Worcester)
David is the Vice
Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester. He
has been the University’s executive head since 2003 and is
accountable to the University’s Board of Governors for the
strategic leadership, overall performance and management of the
University. He has led Worcester to successful applications for
full University title in 2005, and for Research Degree Awarding
Powers in 2010.
Councillor Mrs Lucy Hodgson (Warndon Parish Council)
Having served on
Warndon Parish Council since 2019, Lucy became Chairman in May
2023. Until the May 2023 Elections this year she had been a City
Councillor for 20 years and was Mayor in 2008/09. In recent years
Lucy chaired the Place and Economic Development Committee and was
also the Heritage Champion.
Mohammed Iqbal (Community Representative)
Mohammed Iqbal is
Secretary General of Worcester Muslim Welfare Association, a local
charity based in Worcester which has been serving the local Muslim
community since 1979.
Councillor Roger Knight (St Peter’s Parish Council)
Roger has lived in the
city since 1991 and has served as both a Parish and a City
Councillor, having been first elected in 2004. A retired retail
executive, he is a former Mayor of Worcester.
Jan Scrine BEM (Worcester Civic
Jan is Vice-Chair of
Worcester Civic Society. A former Mayoress of Bromyard, she was
awarded the British Empire Medal in 2016 for services to roadside
heritage, being a founder member of the Milestone Society, where
she has served as Honorary Treasurer and Chair. Jan is a
well-qualified human resources professional, having held Board
appointments in blue chip companies.
Robin Walker (Member of Parliament for Worcester)
Robin was first
elected as the Conservative MP for Worcester in May 2010. He was
Minister of State at the Department for Education between 16
September 2021 and 6 July 2022. Previously he had served as
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for
Exiting the European Union from 2016 to 2019, Parliamentary Under
Secretary of State at the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland
Office from July to December 2019, then Minister of State at the
Northern Ireland Office from February 2020.
Nicki Williams (Worcester BID)
Nicki is a member of
the Heart of Worcestershire College Executive team, working as
Vice-Principal. An experienced education sector senior manager, she
has strategic responsibility for Finance, HR, MIS, IT, Estates,
Marketing and Learner Services, and direct operational
responsibility for H&S and E&D, and a proven record in
change and project management.
Gary Woodman (Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Chief Executive of
Worcestershire LEP, Gary has a wealth of business insight and
networks as well as considerable experience of Government policy
and delivery. Educated at the University of Wales, Cardiff, where
he obtained his degree in Leisure and Recreation Management, and
the University of Gloucestershire, where he studied for his
postgraduate diploma in Business Administration, he previously
worked for Gloucestershire County Council’s market towns and
economic development arm, then went onto become Head of Policy and
Education at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of
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