Andrew Whitehead

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Andrew Whitehead

Senior Partner and Head of Energy,
Shakespeare Martineau LLP

West Midlands Leadership Board

Andrew Whitehead is a Partner and Head of Energy and Climate Change at SGH Martineau, a leading law firm. Andrew joined Martineau in 1986 as a trainee when it was Ryland Martineau, becoming a partner in 1994. He launched the firm’s energy practice in 1995, and became head of the Commercial Group in 2006. Andrew is also an elected member of Martineau’s executive management board.

Andrew has considerable experience of energy and water sector issues, with a particular emphasis in recent times on climate crisis initiatives and environmental sustainability. He has worked for major utility companies in the electricity, gas and water sectors for many years, as well as renewable developers. Andrew is a regular in the “Top 50” Midlands Lawyers list and recognised in the legal directories for his particular expertise in relation to electricity transmission, gas metering and balancing services.

Since 2007, Andrew has been leading Martineau’s’s involvement in the Legal Sector Alliance as a founder member, and through the LSA is working to spread awareness among law firms, in-house counsel and barristers’ chambers of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable best practice.

Andrew lives in Warwick with his wife and daughter, and is an enthusiastic pianist and blues guitarist.

David Roper

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David Roper

Partner and Regional Head of Financial Services,

West Midlands Leadership Board

David Roper is a partner at PwC, a multinational professional services network. David is based in Birmingham, and is the firm’s regional financial services leader for the Midlands.

Prior to joining the WM board in 2013, David was actively involved in BITC in the NW for over 12 years and formed part of the Leadership Team of Greater Manchester Cares for six years. As part of his work he championed BITC’s Business Class project, a unique business and education partnership programme.

In addition to this, David has maintained his focus on education by serving on the Board of Governors of the Royal Northern College of Music for five years and, more recently, has been appointed a trustee of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

He was named HRH Ambassador for Responsible Business in the North West in Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence 2009.

Kevin Davis

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Kevin Davis

Chief Executive Officer,
The Vine Trust 

West Midlands Leadership Board

Kevin Davis is Chief Executive Officer of The Vine Trust Group, a pioneering third sector organisation based in Walsall, that `prepares young people for life’

He is a prolific social entrepreneur, with an intrinsic talent for conceptualising and communicating vision.Kevin has an ability to empower consensus, across the public, private and third sector for the achievement of common goals.

Kevin serves his local community as a third sector champion with particular success in the development of responsible business and faith inspired organisations.

The Vine Trust, is a community development trust that operates as an innovative faith inspired social enterprise, working to support and elevate the lives of ‘hard to reach’ young people (13-25 year olds).

It is actively engaged in economic, environmental and social regeneration and mainly sets up and runs an inclusive mix of services and facilities which respond to the needs of its communities. Projects include property development, managed workspace, community businesses, arts programmes, sports and leisure facilities, retail and market space, town centre management, environmental improvement, education work, employment training, information services, community development, social provision, horticulture and agriculture, and so on in both the Black Country and Cardiff.

Kevin has spearheaded the construction of the new Goldmine Centre in Walsall’s St Matthew’s Youth Quarter, as a new home for the Vine Trust from late 2012 onwards. The £2.7m purpose-built building will include training rooms, a library, performance spaces and a home for the Trust’s independent `Second Chances’ school.

Wade Lyn

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Wade Lyn

Managing Director,
Cleone Foods

West Midlands Leadership Board

Wade Lyn is the Managing Director of Cleone Foods Ltd, manufacturer of the Island Delight Patties and Slices.

Cleone Foods has displayed continuous growth in a very competitive market, being showcased on many occasions as an example for other small- and medium-sized enterprises and ethnic business. Wade Lyn has advised and contributed to government select committees and departments, as well as ongoing mentoring for local businesses, also serving on the boards of several community and business associations.

Wade is also a committee members of the Birmingham North-West Business Association and works closely with Birmingham City Council, Sutton College and Birmingham College of Food.

Simon Rice-Birchall

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Simon Rice-Birchall

Eversheds Sutherland

Yorkshire and Humber Leadership Board

Simon is a partner in the Employment Group at Eversheds Sutherland, a global, multinational law firm.

He has considerable experience of employment litigation and has a reputation in the marketplace for his discrimination law expertise: Simon has been responsible for a number of high-profile discrimination cases over the past ten years and continues to build this area of his practice. In addition, Simon’s contentious workload includes unfair dismissal, whistle-blowing and executive terminations.

In addition to his contentious practice, Simon also gives advice in relation to non-contentious matters such as the implications of the TUPE regulations in many different change situations, issues relating to proposals to change terms and conditions of employment and large scale redundancy exercises.

Simon is described in Chambers by sources as “sharp, on the ball and highly efficient”. He is a recommended lawyer in Legal 500.

Giles Taylor

Giles Taylor is a Corporate Finance and Private Capital Partner at KPMG leading transactions and client relationships across the north of England. He also leads the KPMG-wide focus on property, construction and building products in the region.

Giles has been a Corporate Finance Advisor for well over 15 years and has completed transactions over a wide range of sectors. A particular mergers and acquisition focus has been property, construction and building products. These have included; the £38m sale of Motherwell Bridge to Cape PLC, the sale of TSC Foods for Key Capital Partners, to Edward Billingtons, the £77m AIM flotation of Safestyle (UK) plc and the debt refinancing with RBS of independent housebuilder, Strata Group.

Giles is married with two children and when he gets anytime away from work and watching kids in their sporting pursuits, he loves to keep fit cycling having a best friend in Zwift!

Peter Westall

Peter Westall

Peter Westall

Chief Values Officer,
Midcounties Co-operative

West Midlands Leadership Board

Pete Westall is the Chief Values Officer for The Midcounties Co-operative, and has worked for the society for 30 years. 

Pete is part of the executive team at Midcounties, one of the largest independent consumer co-operatives in the UK. The society is engaged in markets including food, post offices, travel, utilities, pharmacy, funeral care, and childcare. The business is shaped by the Co-operative principles and built on core values of democracy, openness, equality and social responsibility.

As Chief Values Officer, Pete’s role is to ensure co-operative values and principles are at the heart of the society. Pete has a background in both retail and responsible business, and believes all businesses have a responsibility to the communities in which they trade.

Besides his role at Business in the Community, Pete is also a Director of Bright Future, an organisation dedicated to the employment of survivors of modern slavery.  

Outside work he is a keen tennis player, and past Chairman and President at Woodstock tennis club.

Teresa Brosnan

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Teresa Brosnan

Sustainability & Responsible Business Senior Manager,
Lloyds Banking Group

Net Zero Carbon Taskforce

Teresa Brosnan works across the Commercial Banking division at Lloyds Banking Group in sustainability and responsible business.

Teresa has worked in this role for the group since 2015 supporting their ambitious path to become a leading commercial bank in sustainable growth, prior to that she spent 17 years at JP Morgan. She completed the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership business and sustainability programme in 2018.

Teresa represented the Lloyds Banking Group for four years on the Environmental Leadership Team at Business in the Community. She has now transferred to its Net Zero Carbon Taskforce to increase her focus on supporting clients to transition to sustainable business models and operations, and to pursue new clean growth opportunities. 

Teresa also represents Lloyds on the Banking Environment Initiative, the Soft Commodities Compact (SCC) and Banks & Civil Society.

Business in the Community 2019 AGM

The Race At Work Charter


  1. Appoint an Executive Sponsor for race
    Executive Sponsors for Race provide visible leadership on race and ethnicity in their organisation and can drive key actions such as setting targets for ethnic minority representation, briefing recruitment agencies and supporting mentoring and sponsorship.
  2. Capture ethnicity data and publicise progress
    Capturing ethnicity data is important for establishing a baseline and measuring progress. It is also a crucial step towards an organisation being able to report on ethnicity pay differentials.
  3. Commit at Board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
    The Race at Work Survey revealed that 25 per cent of ethnic minority employees reported that they had witnessed or experienced racial harassment or bullying from managers. Commitment from the top is needed to achieve change.
  4. Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all leaders and managers
    Actions can include ensuring that performance objectives for leaders and managers cover their responsibilities to support fairness for all staff.
  5. Take action that supports ethnic minority career progression
    Actions can include embedding mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship in their organisations.

Business in the Community is creating a
skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow.