SSE Midlands Board Members

Board members: 

We are very fortunate to have a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, supportive and well connected Board of Directors:

Dr Chris Handy OBE, CEO, Accord Housing

Chris has been Chief Executive of Accord and its precursors for over 20 years, previously working in other housing organisations and local government. Chris is on the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Board and leads on enterprise and the green growth agendas for the region.

Jan Golding, CEO, Roots HR

Jan is a fully qualified and highly experienced senior Human Resources professional with a career in people management in the service industries spanning over 25 years. Inspired by Social Enterprise Week 2008, she founded Roots Human Resources CIC in January ’09 with the aim of growing an ethical company to fill the gap in HR service provision to small and medium-sized civil society organisations.

Kevin Davis, CEO, The Vine Trust

Kevin Davis is Chief Executive Officer of The Vine Trust Group, a pioneering third sector organisation based in Walsall that `prepares young people for life. Kevin serves his local community as a Third Sector champion with particular success in the development of CSR and faith inspired organisations.

Amy Barbor, Network Manager, SSE Central

Amy is the Network Manager for SSE Central, helping to manage the social franchise relationship. Amy is an experienced Action Learning Facilitator and also supports delivery of programmes and Action Learning for the London and other network schools.

Amy is a fellow of SSE, having run her own social enterprise, Living Lens for 10 years.  Living Lens delivered creative projects, primarily video for women and girls.

Mark Rogers, Chief Executive & Director of Economy, Birmingham City Council (Chair of SSE Midlands Board)

Mark is passionate about social change and the potential for social enterprise to contribute to lasting positive change in local communities. Whilst Mark heads up Birmingham City Council, he is also President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE) and so takes a wider view across the region.

Martin Hogg, CEO, Citizen Coaching

Martin created Citizen Coaching in 2005 to provide an effective personal development programme built on a solid coaching methodology combined with Gestalt counselling. Citizen Coaching uses the profits from its five business to deliver social value through local community projects and the creation of employment opportunities. Martin is also a Fellow of SSE having completed the Lloyds Bank Scale Up programme in London. Martin therefore adds a student voice to our Board.

Nick Venning, Marketing & Business Development Director, PwC

In addition to his role at PwC, Nick has always active in community affairs and has been involved with many charities and voluntary sector organisations including St Basils, Birmingham Civic Society, Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation, Bromsgrove School and The Prince’s Trust. Nick was a founder of Thrive, Birmingham’s CSR network.

Phil Mayhew, Director of Business Transformation, Solihull MBC

Phil has worked for Solihull Council since 1990 in a number of different roles. As Director of Business Transformation, Phil has overseen the deployment of Lean Thinking as the core component of the Council’s approach to Commissioning. Phil is also an enthusiastic supporter of social enterprise and how it can bring about transformational change.

You? Private or Funding, Senior level

We are keen to recruit an additional Board member with experience at a senior level within either the Private Corporate sector or from a Funding background to help develop the sustainability of SSE Midlands. Contact Charles Rapson on 07500 081 219 if you would like to know more.


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