Meet the One Walsall Board
One Walsall is governed by a board of Trustees who are also Directors for the purpose of Company Law. The Board have overall legal responsibility for the charity, oversee the strategic direction and delegate tasks to the CEO and staff team. The board is made up of individuals who live or work in Walsall, and each contributes a wide range of skills and experience to the organisation. Trustees are unpaid and give their time on a voluntary basis to support the organisation and wider VCS in Walsall. Over the coming years we will continue to expand our board and capitalise on the wealth of skills and experience available in the Borough.
Cllr Chris Towe, Chair
Chris has been in business for over 50 years, and is currently Managing Director of Chris Towe Promotions Limited, which organises Business Networks Groups in Walsall and Derby. Chris has strong links to VCS and has sat on the management committee of the successful Collingwood Centre Community Association for 14 years. He is also a Councillor at Walsall Council representing the Pheasey Park Farm Ward, being first elected in 2003. He has served in the Cabinet, with Portfolios in Finance and Education.
Neil Chambers, Treasurer
Neil is retired from a long and successful career with HM Revenue and Customs. Following retirement he established Darlaston Town (1874) FC, a Community Interest Company which provides a range of community activities, and is home to a West Midlands Regional League Division One football club. Neil brings a wealth of experience in financial management and development of community organisations, alongside a dedication to supporting opportunities to develop the Borough of Walsall and supporting its residents.
Paul Mason, Trustee
Paul has 20 years experience of community development. He is currently the CEO of Goscote Greenacres Community Garden, providing opportunities for people with disabilities, who also use the centre, as residents, community groups and schools in the Goscote. Paul has strong business development professional skills, with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation management industry and specialising in sustainable development, coaching, government, volunteer management, and community engagement.
Peter Whitehead, Trustee
Peter began his legal work in 1977, after undertaking a 2-year training contract with a firm based in Manchester. He has extensive experience in working in the criminal law department, appearing regularly in the Magistrates Court and preparing cases for the Crown Court.In the following years Peter undertook legal work in a range of disciplines including Family Law, Wills and Probate, Company and Business Law including negotiating and drafting a range of agreements for Partnerships and Companies and Court work arising out of commercial disputes.
He became involved in Commercial Landlord and Tenant cases including the drafting and negotiation of Leases for office and industrial premises, disputes arising between Landlords and Tenants and ancillary work around Commercial Property law. In 1990 Peter set up his own practice working with Manchester City Council and other Social landlords dealing with Anti-Social behaviour cases and similar court work.
Phil Griffin, Trustee
Phil Griffin is currently a Trustee and Chair of the One Walsall HR Committee. He joined the organisation in the summer of 2017 having recently retired from NHS senior management. He has considerable commissioning and contracting experience, and has operated as an Executive Director in an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, where he gained considerable experience of corporate governance in a large organisation. Since retiring Phil, has become a Trustee of three other Charity organisations and is also undertaking front line volunteering work in his local community.
Sue Evans, Trustee
Sue has have within the Voluntary Sector for all of her working life and has vast knowledge and experiences of managing a charity, project management, delivering education, securing external funding and being reactive to identified needs in communities. She started at Manor Farm Community Association 21 years ago in a voluntary placement to support the workplace requirement of the NVQ she was studying. She developed within the organisation through varying roles, before finally gaining her existing role as Charity Manager. She is a life-long Walsall resident and is passionate about the borough. She strives to raise awareness about the good work Manor Farm and other VCS organisations deliver within the communities of Walsall. Sue loves the fast pace and ever changing world of the voluntary sector but most of all she loves the difference the services, activities and support make to individuals lives.
Janet Davies, Trustee
Janet Davies is currently a Community Centre Manager at Brownhills Community Association and has been for 22 years. She manages the Brownhills Centre, Brownhills Canoe and Outdoor Centre, Pelsall Hub and Walsall Wood Hub.
Janet ensures the delivery of various activities which meet the needs and interests of the community, which ranges from the ages of 6 weeks, in the full-time Community Nursery, to the oldest member playing bowls at 93 years. Activities include Job Clubs, The Lamp Arts, various performing arts, recreational activities such as Crafty Ladies, gardening clubs, indoor social bowls, indoor bowls leagues and friendship groups. Caning sessions, bike hire, a friendly gym for people with mobility problems, exercise classes, drama and music clubs, Operatic Society and book exchange.
Emily Phelps, Trustee
Emily has been an Assistant Director of Childrens Services for Barnardo’s in the Black Country for 5 years, and 10 years prior to that as a service manager. She oversees the delivery of a range of children and family services, including work with children in care/leaving care, family support work, child sexual exploitation work, children with disability services and mental health and well-being services. She has an active role in the protection and safeguarding of children, and works strategically to develop policy, practices and frameworks to deliver high quality effectiveness and outcomes for children. Her work involves developing the children’s workforce and exploring opportunities to develop innovative and responsive services for children.
Emily's background is in Child and Adolescent Mental Health nursing and psychology, working across Birmingham and the Black Country. She is committed to representing the variety of creative and innovative work delivered by voluntary and community organisations in Walsall, and exploring opportunities to service children and families in the communities through the sector.