West Midlands Business Class Clusters

In the West Midlands, we have seven geographically-based Business Class clusters, who collectively operate 45 partnerships between schools and businesses. Each individual partnership benefits from the wider, supportive cluster to which they belong.

The Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Team were looking for a long term commitment, which would involve the whole team, and where we would be able to use our skills and experience to genuinely make a difference in our local community. In Business Class we are sure we have found this.

- Andrew Connors,
Area Director, Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking

Business in the Community is on hand to provide support and guidance at each step of the way and to ensure that the work of our partnerships is monitored and celebrated.

The West Midlands Business Class Clusters are chaired by the following people:-


  • Birmingham Cluster 1 - chaired by Richard Southgate, Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets

  • Birmingham Cluster 2 - chaired by John Rice, Partner, SGH Martineau LLP

  • Black Country Cluster - chaired by Stewart Towe, Managing Director, Hadley Group

  • Coventry & Warwickshire Cluster - chaired by Phil Evans, Construction Manager, Wates Group

  • Staffordshire Cluster - chaired by Stuart Seddon, Chairman Novus Property Solutions

  • Telford & Shrewsbury Cluster - chaired by John Gallagher, Head of Infrastructure Programmes & Service, Capgemini

  • Worcestershire Cluster - chaired by Ray Brookes, Chief Executive, The Community Housing Group

If you are interested in finding out more about Business Class in the West Midlands, please contact Dave Hughes, Regional Education Manager, West Midlands by email or on 07720 148 510.

Find out more about Business Class in the West Midlands.