Lawley Management Committee
In 2020 important changes were made to the Lawley Management Committee (LMC) – previously LVMC. These were made to ensure Lawley residents continue to be represented and decisions made with residents voices clearly heard.
The committee consists of 11 members, which are made up of: five directly elected Lawley residents, three nominated from Lawley Village Community Association (LVCA), two BVT executive team members and a parish councillor nominated by Lawley and Overdale Parish Council.
Currently the committee consists of the following members. An election will take place in 2022 and further details will be announced on the website and on our social media pages.
Benedict Croft – Chair
Chair of the committee Benedict has lived in Lawley Village for six years. Benedict is an IT Desktop Support Officer with Shropshire Council working with both internal and external customers as well as providing technical support to Shropshire schools. Previously Benedict worked within a number of sectors including being in the Merchant Navy and in retail management.
Benedict also holds the position of Secretary for the Lawley Village Community Association (LVCA) as well as being an assistant leader in the Lawley cub and scout group. In his spare time, Benedict enjoys interacting with local groups and leaders within the community encouraging discussion and debate to agree and implement solutions.
Helen has lived in Lawley Village for six years and has been a part of LMC for the past three years. She has a background in the Military and Local government, so has strong ethical values and determination while being able to think critically and analytically. Equally important to Helen is to be able to think objectively and listen to discussions and be flexible when other opinions are offered that are different to hers.
Helen has been pleased to witness some big changes within BVT already and is looking forward to supporting this momentum of positive innovation.
James has spent many years working at management level in the retail sector before moving into IT. He now supports schools with their IT provision. In his spare time, he is also studying an IT and computing degree.
When James’s children began school, he volunteered with the PTA supporting with their fundraising and events. This led to James becoming a school governor, which he enjoyed. During this role, James specialised in areas of compliance, finance, curriculum and governor development. He also supported other school governing bodies on their improvement journeys. As James has a disabled child, he is particularly interested in helping build inclusive environments to allow everyone to reach their maximum potential by breaking down barriers and enabling them to thrive.
Julie has lived in Lawley Village for two years and currently works as a Service Manager for Shropshire Recovery Partnership. The role involves Julie overseeing Adults and Young People Drug and Alcohol services across the borough.
The skills and experience Julie has within her job are transferred to the role of committee member and she understands the importance of partnership working and building relationships with other agencies and promoting the services BVT provides. Julie believes in fostering good neighbour ethos and rewarding community groups that make a positive difference. She wants to contribute to maintaining and developing Lawley Village.
Pete is the Chief Executive of BVT. He oversees the overall strategic mission and aims of the Trust and works with the Board of Trustees to ensure our Business Plan is robust, carefully managed and ambitious. Pete is also responsible for the overall leadership of the organisation, leading the Executive team and is the Trust’s principal ambassador. A former chair of Birmingham’s Social Housing Partnership and commissioner of Birmingham Poverty Truth, Pete led Pioneer Group (formerly Castle Vale Community Housing Association) for 20 years before joining BVT. He also worked for Sanctuary Housing Association, William Sutton Trust (now Clarion Housing Group) and Walsall and Birmingham local authorities. He was appointed as Chief Executive of BVT in 2018.
Ellen spent more than 30 years in Human Resources and Emergency planning for local government. Her roles required her to deliver on large and small scale projects which included negotiation with senior managers, employees, partners and residents.
Ellen has represented the interests of residents at both the Lawley Village Community Association (LVCA) and the Lawley Management Committee (previously LVMC) over the last three years. She is passionate about Lawley Village and wants to ensure both the area and the community flourish and BVT provides an excellent service that is valued by residents. Ensuring BVT deliver services to a high standard at the most cost-effective way is a particular interest to Ellen. She also has a keen interest in the Design Guide, ensuring it is fit for purpose and alterations and breaches are handled both efficiently and fairly.
Over 14 years’ experience in social housing, working across all fields including Community Safety in Birmingham. Having worked at Birmingham City Council for almost 10 years, I moved to BVT in 2017 and during that time have moved from Head of Housing and Customer Services to Director of Communities with a wide remit of community development, estate and stewardship, housing and customer services and heritage.
Previously Birmingham City Councils nominate board member for Stockfield Community Association, Committee member on Lightmoor and Lawley Management Committee.
Interested in community engagement to deliver services that matter most to the people living there through partnership working and relationship building.
Jim has lived in Lawley Village for 14 years. Over the years Jim became active in the campaign for a resident led committee and was pleased to see this came to fruition with the elections in 2020. As part of the committee, Jim wants to play his part in delivering a well-managed community, with social activities, high standards of maintenance and a place where families could thrive, which is what BVT said the Village would have.
Jim values the opportunity to work closely with other stakeholders such as the Parish Council, TWC and community groups to make Lawley a place that everyone is proud to live in.
One of Jim’s first priorities was addressing concerns residents have about the delivery of the Stewardship Scheme and ensuring the new structure ensures a high quality service is provided.
Grant is a trade union Legal Officer and regularly appears at the Employment Tribunal representing claimants, as well as the Central Arbitration Committee, Social Security Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Grant has previously worked in urban regeneration in Birmingham, running programmes under Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities, European Regional Development Fund, Big Lottery Fund and also local authority and Training and Enterprise Council funding. Prior to that Grant worked in industry.
Grant is also a member of LVCA and was previously Chair of the Birmingham Local Development Agencies Network, a member of the Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Tyseley Area Regeneration Initiative Board. He was a Governor of Shelfield Comprehensive School, Pelsall Comprehensive School in Walsall and Yardleys School and Castle Vale Comprehensive School in Birmingham.
Grant has a particular interest in governance and resident empowerment. As a District Councillor in the 1990s he was involved in assessing over 1,000 planning applications and takes a keen interest in the planning appeals that are submitted via BVT.