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Meet the Board

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    Anthony McFarlane – Chairman

    Using photography as Artistic Documentary, Anthony specialises in evocative images of black and white simplicity in documenting the world we live in and creating bespoke photographic limited edition books.  Born in Yorkshire he first used the camera in the 80’s to begin documenting black British performers in the Birmingham area, capturing some very iconic images over the last decade.

    During the last few years he’s developed his own photographic workshops, concentrating on using the camera as a tool for self-­‐awareness.

    Anthony is currently a Board Member of Friends of Creative Arts.  Anthony was awarded the  Charity Trustee of the Year 2018 in the Volunteer Centre Sandwell Awards.

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    Irene Ellis MBE – Vice Chairperson

    Local resident.

    Chair of the Albion Tenants and Residents Association and the Albion Neighbourhood Watch. Irene has been a Board member since 1999.  Irene works as a Carer for the local authority and is keen to promote economic, social and environmental regeneration of the area.

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    Matt Trump – Treasurer

    Director of National and Internation Finance of Hadley Industries Plc, a globally successful business with a long standing head office and manufacturing location in Smethwick.

    I am a Chartered Accountant with experience in the Audit, Corporate Finance and Manufacturing sectors. I hope to apply the financial skills I have developed during my career to help the NSDT become the successful and sustainable social enterprise it strives to be.

    I am enthusiastic about supporting people and organisations in achieving their goals through insightful and pragmatic financial advice.

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    Paramjit Kaur Randhawa – Board Member

    Local resident and former St. Paul’s ward Councillor.

    I have been a Board member since 1999 and former Chair of the Trust.

    I currently work in a local primary school and am chair of governor’s at another local primary.

    I take pride and a keen interest in both local issues and the local environment. I believe in moving the area forward through regeneration and consultation.

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    Rakesh Aggarwal – Board Member

    Director of the Trust since its inception in 1992.

    Local resident, local businessman and pharmacist and has local pharmacy and properties in the area.  Married with a family and very keen on environmental issues.   Rakesh was recognised for 25 years service in the charity sector in the Volunteer Centre Sandwell Awards 2018.

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    Steve Bloomer – Board Member

    A Finance and Business Professional with significant international experience leading large functional areas.

    An alumni of both the Windsor Leadership Trust Emerging Leaders Programme, and the Foundation for Social Improvement Non-Executive Director Programme which introduced me to NSDT.

     A pre-requisite of these being to demonstrate and evidence experience of contributing input to original strategic decisions which have been adopted and effected future direction and success.

    Husband, proud father of two, lifelong Baggies fan and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. I strive to harness my skills to drive and encourage positive outcomes.