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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


The Board’s Terms of Reference were agreed at its first meeting on 14 January 2020 and can be viewed here.


Member Profiles


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 Marc Bayliss (Worcester City Council)

Marc is the Leader of Worcester City Council and has been a councillor since 2002. He is an experienced economic researcher and strategist with background in both public and private sectors having been managing director of Worcester Research Limited.


Councillor Chris Mitchell (Worcester City Council)

Chris spent nearly 20 years in the Army before venturing into the business world. He runs his own business, providing business development, strategy and supply chain management advice and support to clients and board level leaders, primarily in the defence and aerospace industry. Chris has been a City Councillor since 2011. He joined the Board in June 2021.


The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson (Worcester Cathedral)

As the Dean of Worcester Peter is responsible for governing and directing the life and work of Worcester Cathedral, working with the rest of the Cathedral Chapter.  Before becoming Dean, he was a Residentiary Canon and Chancellor of Chichester Cathedral. He has been a vicar in a number of different parishes and Principal of Chichester Theological College. He studied theology at St. John's College, Oxford and was ordained deacon in 1979 and priest in 1980.


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.

Professor 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.


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.


Councillor Jan Scrine BEM (Warndon Parish Council)

Jan was elected to the Parish Council in 2019. 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.


Mark Stansfeld (Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership)

Mark started his career in the food industry at Cadbury Schweppes and Kraft Foods, but quickly moved into technology with positions at BT, T-Mobile and as Commercial Director for O2, where he was part of the board team who brought the brand to market leadership. Alongside his Executive Director roles, Mark held non-executive roles on a number of boards spanning technology, finance and health. Currently, as well as being Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire 5G Consortium and board member of UK5G, Mark is also a Board advisor to Three Mobile and Chair of Airband, a leading rural broadband provider.


Robin Walker (Member of Parliament for Worcester)

Robin was appointed Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office on 13 February 2020. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office from July to December 2019. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from July 2016 to July 2019. He was first elected as the Conservative MP for Worcester in May 2010.


Nicki Williams (Heart of Worcestershire College and 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.


Laura Worsfold (Severn Arts)

Laura joined Severn Arts as CEO in January 2019. Laura is responsible for leading the organisation and strategic direction for this new charity and is instrumental in managing organisational change, and complex partnership projects, including the development and implementation of several pioneering public and private sector arts partnerships. Laura is an advocate for creative education and champions the role of music and the arts in shaping and enlightening our hearts and minds.


Register of Members’ Interests


Board Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary and/or non-pecuniary interests. A Register of Interests is in place for all Board Members and is available on request. Contact