Lawley Management Committee
Meet our committee members
Meet the Lawley Management Committee made up of Lawley residents to represent the Lawley community.
Benedict Croft – Chair
For the past 6 years Benedict has worked as an IT Desktop Support Officer with Shropshire council. Benedict’s role is split between both internal and external customers as well as providing technical support to Shropshire schools.
Previously Benedict has worked within a number of sectors including being in the Merchant Navy and in retail management.
His many roles have provided him with a wealth of knowledge and experience to enhance and facilitate the perception and involvement between business and customers. He also brings a clear and transparent work ethic to every type of solution.
Benedict currently 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.
Previously held the role of Secretary for Shrewsbury Rugby Club for a number of years.
Benedict is interested in IT both as a career and as a hobby, helping local organisations and friends with solutions to IT issues.
Benedict is a social person who enjoys interacting with local groups and leaders within the community encouraging discussion and debate to agree and implement solutions.
Ellen has worked in local government for more than 30 years in Human Resources and Emergency Planning, for a significant part of her career she was as involved in policy development and project management. Her roles required her to deliver on large and small scale projects which included negotiation with senior managers, employees, partners and residents.
She is passionate about Lawley Village and wants to ensure that both the area and the community flourish, and that the stewardship scheme provides an excellent service that is valued by 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 3 years.
As a member of the LVCA and LMC she has been involved in the budget setting, reviewing policy, setting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) review of the Design Guide, hearing alteration appeals and many other aspects of the stewardship scheme.
Ellen has been Treasurer of the LVCA since 2018 which includes managing the budget, providing financial reports, paying invoices and where necessary applying for funding on behalf of the LVCA.
Ellen is particularly interested in ensuring the stewardship scheme is delivered to a high standard and provides cost effective services that are valued by the charge payers and makes Lawley the most desirable place to live in Telford. She also has a keen interest in the Design Guide, ensuring it is fit for purpose and that alterations and breaches are handled both efficiently and fairly.
I have many years working at management level in the retail sector before moving into IT. I now support schools with their IT provision and ensure they are compliant. I am also studying an IT and Computing degree in my spare time.
As my children began school, I volunteered supporting the PTA with their fundraising and events, this led to becoming a school governor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. During my time I specialised in the areas of compliance, finance, curriculum and governor development. I also supported other school governing bodies on their improvement journeys.
Having a disabled child myself, I am particularly interested helping to build inclusive environments to allow everyone to reach their maximum potential by breaking down barriers and enabling them to thrive.
Grant is a trade union Legal Officer and member of the TUC Union Legal Officers’ Network. He 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 a member of the Lawley Village Community Association Committee, and was previously Chair of the Birmingham Local Development Agencies Network, a member of the Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Tyseley Area Regeneration Initiative Board, has been a Governor of Shelfield Comprehensive School, Pelsall Comprehensive School in Walsall and Yardleys School and Castle Vale Comprehensive School in Birmingham.
Grant is a member of the Fawcett Society, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Labour Party.
Grant’s professional memberships include the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Grant was a District Councillor between 1991 and 1995, and was a non-executive Director of the Heart of England Tourist Board.
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.
Beckie has a background in Hospitality and Accounting, having been a Financial Controller in hotel groups Radisson & Qhotels for over 15 years. She is currently taking a career break to raise her two young sons, one of whom has special educational needs.
Beckie has recently been appointed as a Parent Governor at Haughton School, Madeley; which is the special school that her son attends.
Beckie is particularly interested in championing people, as a special needs parent she recognises the importance of advocating for SEND children and young people, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity.
As a former Accountant she also has a passion for commercial awareness and achieving best value for money. In relation to the Lawley Management Committee she would like to engage with the Stewardship Team to ensure we maximise value for the community.
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.
Other committee members include:
- Helen Gordon
- Jim Weir
- Julie Kenny
- Pete Richmond
More information on these members is coming soon.