We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mick Smith as our new Managing Director.
Mick originally joined the company as a volunteer in 1993 and worked his way up through the company to his most recent position as Director of Business Services. He will be taking the reins from our current chief Peter Neill, who has led the company since 2004. Peter headed up the merger of the then named Groundwork Blackburn with two other local Groundwork Trusts and was instrumental in its transformation from a charitable trust to the award winning social enterprise it is today. Peter will be retiring in June.
With an MA in Social Enterprise Management and more than two decades of experience within the company, Mick is ideally placed to spearhead the business’ regional growth strategy. He said: “Peter is leaving Newground in a very strong position with opportunities to grow the business both internally within the Group and externally with the public and private sectors. We already provide professional services to a number of blue chip companies and we’ll be aiming to extend our range of services and our area of coverage, generating more surpluses to be invested into community projects. There are lots of new environmental and social projects to explore and we’re very excited about the future and what it has to offer.”