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Meet the Board

Irene Ellis MBE – Chairperson

Local resident.

Chair of the Albion Tenants and Residents Association. Irene has been a Board member since 1999.

A local business woman, Irene is keen to promote economic, social and environmental regeneration of the area.

Matt Trump – Treasurer

Financial Controller 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.

Paramjit Kaur Randhawa – Vice Chairperson

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.

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.

Mukith Miah – Board Member

I’m currently employed by the National Trust as the Visitor Experience & Learning Manager onsite (3 days a week) and the Off-site Volunteer Development Manager (2 days a week) based at the Birmingham Back to Backs.

The role involves overseeing visits from over 90 schools and 4000 children with a dedicated team of 40 learning guides.

Previous roles have included:

Civil servant – (London) 1993 – 2001
Community Engagement Manager – (Birmingham) 2001 – 2003
Active Citizenship Manager – (Birmingham) 2003 – 2005
National Young People’s Advisor / Trainer 2005 – 2010

I am pleased to be joining the NSDT and working alongside a very dedicated team of volunteers and staff.

Anthony McFarlane – Board Member

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 80s 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 the Chairman at Ward End Camera Club, Chair of OSCAR Sandwell, and Creative Director at Earth House in Winson Green, Birmingham.

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.