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Groundwork London Board

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Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy has been chair of Groundwork’s London Regional Committee since 2001 and chair of Groundwork London since 2007. He was chair of Groundwork Southwark, latterly Groundwork Southwark and Lambeth, from its formation in April 1995 until it merged with Groundwork London in November 2007. Before that he was a Board member of the Southwark Environment Trust, where he led the campaign to preserve the burned-out station building at Denmark Hill - now a thriving pub, The Phoenix - and from 1987-95 was its chair. He was a Board member of the Cross River Partnership from 1995-2006 and of the Southwark Alliance (LSP) 2006-08. In 2003 he received the Southwark civic award of Citizen of the Year.

He has served on the Groundwork Federation Board since 1999 where he chaired the Policy and Programmes Committee from 2003-07 and is now Chair of the Open Grants Committee.

By profession, Jeremy is a television producer and documentary filmmaker. He worked for many years as a producer/director for BBC TV before setting up his own company, 3BM Television Ltd., in 1995 where he was managing director for seven years before finally retiring in 2004.

Peter Head

Peter Head OBE

Peter is a champion for developing global practice that demonstrates that the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if the public and private sector adopted sustainable
development principles. He is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced
composite technology, and now in sustainable development in cities. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal.

He joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team. He was appointed in 2002 by the Mayor of London as an independent Commissioner on the London Sustainable Development Commission and leads the planning and development sub-group of the Commission. He is a judge for the Prince Philip Designers’ Prize.

Peter is project director for the planning and development of the Dongtan Eco-city demonstrator on Chongming Island in Shanghai, and the Wanzhuang Eco-City in LangFang near Beijing for the client Shanghai Industrial Investment Co.

Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan

Mark was Chair of Groundwork West London from 2005 to 2008 and prior to that was involved in the local community in Ealing as a school governor and leader of its programme to generate significant income for new school buildings.

Mark has substantial direct knowledge of and record in income growth in charities and businesses, combined with a long standing background in not for profit health and international bodies.

Mark has worked for the BBC, the Royal College of Nursing, Diabetes UK and private sector organisations, as well as running his own communications consultancy for three years. He is currently Director of Policy and Communications at the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Mark has a degree in Medieval History, an interest in cathedrals and lives in Surrey.

John Harley

John Harley

John Harley is Ernst & Young’s head of private equity.

John joined Ernst & Young in 2000 as global leader responsible for the technology, media & telecoms corporate finance practice, before stepping up to run the TMT European team between 2003 and 2005, where he was responsible for major changes to Ernst & Young's global approach to serving clients.

John has been leading Ernst & Young's private equity business for Europe, responsible for the activities of over 100 partners, since January 2008. Most recently he was appointed Global Head of Private Capital and became EMEIA Leader for private equity. Previously he was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers.

John has extensive experience in audit, business advisory services and corporate finance and has led UK, European and global practices and industry sector teams specifically for the telecoms, technology and media and entertainment industry sectors. He has previously worked in South Africa, the Netherlands and Germany. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Member of the Chartered Accountants of South Africa.

Matthew Craston

Matthew Craston

Matthew Craston is currently Head of Leveraged Loans at European Credit Management Limited (ECM) in London

Founded in 1999, ECM is a London-based investment management company with approximately £18 billion in institutional assets under management, invested in European corporate bonds, bank capital, European emerging markets, asset-backed securities and leveraged loans. In 2004 Matthew joined ECM to set up a new division investing in loans and mezzanine used to finance leveraged buyouts, and he has built that business into a significant component of ECM. Since April 2007 Matthew has also been a member of ECM's Operating Committee.

Prior to ECM, Matthew spent 12 years at UBS Investment Bank in London, which was previously named SBC Warburg and Swiss Bank Corporation, and he was appointed as Managing Director in 2001. Prior to that, Matthew spent nine years at the Chase Manhattan Bank in London, latterly as a Vice President. Matthew was educated at Ampleforth College and Oxford University, where he took a Classics degree. He is married with three daughters.

Matthew has been involved in Groundwork for about ten years, first as Trustee and then Chair of Groundwork East London, where he presided over the Trust's expansion from Groundwork Hackney, and subsequently as Trustee and then Chair of Groundwork Merton.

June Campbell

June Campbell

Born in Tyneside, raised in Cheshire, Politics degree from University of Kent, June spent 15 years in Marketing & Business Strategy eventually heading up BT’s Business Product Marketing team.

In her spare time she studied complementary therapies. After qualifying as a sports therapist in 1997 she left BT and launched her own business offering welbeing services to corporate clients. Now the Mobile Feel Good Company has over 150 therapists available nationally working on everything from regular office massages through to PR events, exhibition stands and chill out zones at music events.

In 2004 she joined the Management Committee at Volunteer Centre Camden, was appointed Treasurer in 2005 and Chair in 2007. She joined the Groundwork West London Board in 2006 and was recently appointed Chair of the newly formed Sub Regional Committee.

June is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has lived in Kilburn for over 20 years and spends any remaining spare time with friends, in the garden, or on an endless series of home improvement projects.

Cate Newnes-Smith

Cate Newnes-Smith

Cate Newnes-Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of the London Innovation Centre, which provides business advice and support, with a particular focus on innovation, to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Prior to joining the London Innovation Centre, she ran her own consultancy business for five years, focusing on strategy facilitation, helping management teams to create and implement strategy. In these roles she helped over one hundred companies to plan their future.

Previously Cate has worked as marketing and product manager at two high tech SMEs in the Digital Rights Management and Digital Radio markets. Cate
started her career with eight years at Reuters, the global information company, doing a variety of technical and business management roles and spending time abroad in the US and France.

As well as her role on the Groundwork London board, Cate is also a member of the Groundwork Community Spaces Committee, overseeing the distribution of £50m of lottery money.

She has an MBA from Cranfield University and a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College.

Cate is married with one child. Outside of work, she enjoys participating in many sports including football, cycling and skiing and she ran the London marathon in 1995.

Martin Hurst

Martin read economics at Queens College Cambridge, followed by a masters and PhD at Southampton. He joined the Treasury, spending eight years as an economist (including world UK and monetary forecasting) and then 2 years running indirect tax.

In 1995 Martin became a senior civil servant, in what was then the department for the environment. He covered a number of issues, but ended up running policy and delivery on air quality, industrial pollution control and noise pollution.

In late 2001 he was asked to move to 10 Downing Street, and spent three and a half years advising the Prime Minster on housing, planning, environment, farming and rural affairs, while choosing the art for Number 10 in his copious free time. Towards the end of this time he worked half time for Sir Andrew Turnbull, on two projects in the area of civil service management.

For a year from April 2005 he was charged with setting up the ‘Natural England’ agency: a new body, bringing together 1,500 staff from two non-departmental public bodies and 1,300 Defra civil servants. A short post as director of regulation in Defra followed.

Since February 2007 he has been director for water and floods in Defra, and is also responsible for sponsorship of the environment agency and for chemicals, noise and local environmental quality.

Martin is vice chair of the Wandle housing association, is a non-executive trustee of Groundwork London and is the non-executive on the board overseeing the creation of the Homes and Communities Agency and the new social housing regulator.