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Meet the NSDT Board

  • North Smethwick Development Trust is overseen by a Board of Trustees, who ensure that the charity, its activities and Brasshouse Community Centre operates within its core objectives.

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    Anthony McFarlane – Chairman

    Anthony is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

    He is an established photographer - using photography as Artistic Documentary, specialising 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 and is currently also 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

    Irene is the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

    She is the Chair of the Albion Tenants and Residents Association and the Albion Neighbourhood Watch, and as a local resident has  been a Board member since 1999. 

    Irene works as a carer for the local authority and champions the promotion of the economic, social and environmental regeneration of the area.

    Irene was award the Member of the British Empire for services to the community of Smethwick in 2014.

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    Matt Trump – Treasurer

    Matt Trump is the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees.

    He is the Director of National and International Finance of Hadley Industries Plc, a globally successful business with a long standing head office and manufacturing location in Smethwick and is a Chartered Accountant with experience in the Audit, Corporate Finance and Manufacturing sectors.

    His background in finance help the charity to be successful and sustainable social enterprise it strives to be.

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

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    Paramjit Kaur Randhawa

    Paramjit is a local resident and former St. Paul’s ward Councillor and has been  a Board member since 1999 and is former Chair of the Trust.

    She works in a local primary school and is the Chair of Governors at another local primary.

    She has a passion for local issues and the local environment and believes in moving the area forward through regeneration and consultation.

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    Rakesh Aggarwal

    Rakesh has been a member of the Board  since its inception in 1992.

    He is a local resident, local businessman and pharmacist and has local pharmacy and properties in the area.  He's 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

    Steve is 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 him to the Trust, which have allowed him to offer strategic decisions which have been adopted for future direction and long-term success.

    A husband, proud father of two, lifelong Baggies fan and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he strives to harness my skills to drive and encourage positive outcomes.