Our Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees usually meet about ten times a year, in the evenings. The Board is the overall management body for the Trust and the Chief Executive is accountable to it.
We are responsible for agreeing the Trust’s budget and its strategy and plans.
We review the work of every part of the Trust each year, and we must ensure that the Trust works within its aims and objectives, and within charity and company legislation.
Patrick Wing MBE JP – Chair of Trustee /Chair of School Governors
Pat became a member of the governing body of the St Paul’s school a good few years ago and then later joined the Trustees board. He retired as a police officer and then worked in the community with Balsall Heath Forum.
He and his late wife fostered children for over 30 years looking after a number of children with disabilities. Pat now sits as a Magistrate on the Birmingham bench and on the governing boards of a college and a Special School in Coventry.
He is an ageing sportsman and having finally given up playing rugby has taken to running (very slowly!).
Pat was awarded the MBE in 2015 for services to the community.
Mark Riley – Trustee
After graduating with a Visual Arts degree Mark worked at St Pauls Venture from 1994 -1998, before moving onto environmental community development across Birmingham.
In 2003 he became a freelance community artist and creative practitioner, working in community settings, schools, and Forest School.
Paul Chew – Trustee
My name is Paul Chew. I have lived in the area since 1994 and I am delighted to be a Trustee. In my professional life I am a self-employed accountant and I provide accounting and consultancy support to a variety of organisations.
I hope I can use my skills and experience to support the development of the Trust. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, watching cricket and I am a Governor at my daughters school.
Miles Parker – Trustee
Miles was born and raised in Birmingham and resides in Harborne. Miles worked for two companies after graduation before joining IBM where he worked in a variety of roles in sales, marketing and services provision for over 30 years, before stepping down four years ago. Miles is passionate about his hometown and wants to give back in support of those less fortunate than himself.
He is impressed by the work being undertaken by St Paul’s Trust and wishes to help the CEO and team by providing his time, business and personal skills, and energy in helping then move forward.
Clare Reardon – Trustee/Governor
I am a Public Health specialist with 17 years’ experience in both NHS and Local Authority Public Health teams. Throughout my career, I have led on a wide range of Public Health related policy, strategy and service delivery areas including; sexual health and teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, inclusion health, violence against women and girls, and more recently counter terrorism.
I am passionate about reducing health inequalities and improving outcomes for communities, particularly those who are most vulnerable, marginalised and excluded.
The values of St. Paul’s are strongly aligned to both my personal and professional values and learning more about the history and work of the Trust, I feel an affinity with its ethos.
Amy Lassman – Trustee/Governor
Amy is the headteacher of Nelson Mandela Primary School in Sparkbrook. She is also a governor at St Paul’s School. Amy was born and educated in Birmingham before studying at Leeds University. After many years living abroad and in London she returned to Birmingham in 2015.
Elaine Meredith – Trustee
Elaine retired from her role as Clinical Lead for Health Visitors in Birmingham in 2020. As a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor she has worked in many hospitals and communities across Birmingham, including Balsall Heath. She was part of the team who created Birmingham Forward Steps of which St. Pauls Community Development Trust is a partner.
Elaine has many years experience of working with families and young children and is keen to continue her support of early years services.
Kashaf Ali – Trustee
I joined St. Paul’s as I am passionate about social justice and helping disadvantaged individuals and communities to improve their life chances. I’m familiar with some of the challenges the local community faces having spent time growing up in the area.
In my professional life, I work in community finance providing solutions to help improve the financial health and well-being of individuals, families, and businesses.
I’m excited to be a Trustee at St. Paul’s and look forward to making a positive contribution and helping it to continue supporting individuals and families in Balsall Heath and the wider area.