Towns Fund Board

Information about the Towns Fund Board

Stapleford Towns Board was set up as the decision-making body to develop the Town Investment Plan bid and govern the successful delivery of its Towns Fund projects.

It is made up of residents and representatives from local businesses, environmental and transport organisations, local and regional government, universities and colleges, NHS, sports providers and others.

Please note that we are currently in the process of updating the Board members details due to a review of the Board taking place and there will soon be newly selected members on the Board.

Board Members

Name: Ian Jowett

Profession: Property developer
Organisation: William May Property Development Limited, Director
Role on the board: Chair
Profile: Ian, was born and raised in Stapleford. Now a successful business owner, Ian takes a keen interest in the town in terms of its economic and social development. He has been involved in a number of developments that have regenerated and improved a number of sites; creating homes and jobs for the local population. He wishes to continue to support the community through his role as Chairman of the Towns Deal Board.

Name: Paul Sweeney

Profession: Property lettings and sales
Organisation: Robert Ellis Estate Agents, Director
Role on the board: Vice Chair
Profile: Paul schooled in Bramcote and after attained a degree in Valuation Surveying. He then embarked on a career in Estate Agency with Robert Ellis, he purchased his first home in Stapleford. 26 years on Paul is a senior director and responsible for the Stapleford branch. Throughout Paul’s career he has been part of the local community and member of business forums. He is passionate about the town and excited about being able to help in his role as vice chair of the towns fund in delivering a transformational environment for both the community and businesses.

Name: Darren Henry

Profession: Member of Parliament for Broxtowe
Organisation: Conservative Party
Role on the board: Board Member
Profile: Current MP for Broxtowe, Darren was elected in to his position in the 2019 general election. He has been driving forward the Towns Fund agenda in Parliament to ensure that Broxtowe is not left behind.

Name: Jeff Edwards

Profession: Solicitor
Organisation: Edwards Clegg Solicitors, Partner
Role on the board: Board Member
Profile: Local solicitor, one time senior solicitor with Nottinghamshire County Council, now in private practice and based in Beeston for more than 30 years. Jeff specialises in commercial property and planning.

Name: John McGrath

Profession: Local businessman
Organisation: The Old Cross Limited, Owner
Role on the board: Board Member
Profile: Born and bred in Stapleford, John is an active member of the community. Owner of the Old Cross Pub and local postman he offers a well-rounded understanding as to what Stapleford needs. He is the longest serving Stapleford councillor for Stapleford South East, having supported a number of projects within Stapleford in this time. He currently represents Stapleford Town Council on the Helpful Bureau and sits on the Stapleford Traffic and Transport group.

Name: Richard MacRae

Profession: Councillor for Stapleford North Ward
Organisation: Broxtowe Borough Council
Role on the board: Board Member
Profile: Having lived in Stapleford all of his life, Richard was elected to the Town Council in January 2014 and re-elected again in 2015 to both the Town and Borough Council. Richard retained his seat in 2019 for the Stapleford North Ward on both Stapleford Town Council and Broxtowe Borough Council. Throughout his time as Councillor, Richard has been recognised for his commitment to the Stapleford community through a number of National
and regional awards. Currently, Richard is Chairman of Stapleford Community Group, a member of the Broxtowe Borough Council Housing Performance Group, also serving as a committee member of the New Stapleford Community Centre and Broxtowe Youth Homelessness. He has an honorary member of the Stapleford Combined Services Association and Chairman of the Stapleford Traffic and Transport Working Group.

Name: Ruth Hyde OBE

Profession: local government officer, Solicitor
Organisation: Broxtowe Borough Council Chief Executive Officer
Role on the board: Board Member
Profile: Ruth Hyde OBE is Chief Executive of Broxtowe Borough Council; a position she has held for 16 years. A lawyer by profession, (she specialised in both planning and social services litigation) she worked with Bedfordshire County Council, Bedford Borough Council and Charnwood Borough Council before being appointed to Oadby and Wigston Borough Council as Chief Executive in 1991. While in Leicestershire she served as a governor of Leicester University for 6 years. Ruth was appointed Chief Executive of Broxtowe Borough Council in 2006. She was a governor of Broxtowe FE College for six years, and chairs the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership; the hate crime partnership and the Notts water safety partnership. She is chair of and a non-executive director of Solace in Business Ltd, and is a non executive director on the  board of the professional society for local government chief executives and senior managers . She is also  a non-executive director of EMDevco – a company aiming to promote the regeneration of three major sites in the East Midlands She was awarded the OBE for services to local government in Leicestershire in 2004.

Name: Teresa Needham

Profession: Leader of Stapleford Town Council
Organisation: Green Party
Role on the board: Board Member
Profile: Having lived in Stapleford for over 40 years, Teresa is a Town Councillor for Stapleford South East. Teresa currently chairs both the Planning & Environment, and Finance & General Purposes Committees. She is also Deputy Chair of Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan steering group. A former science teacher, Teresa now works as a Laboratory Manager at a local university. She represents Stapleford Town Council on Stapleford Town Deal Executive Board.

Name: Babs Sandhu

Profession: Business owner

Organisation: Euronics Appliance Village
Role on the board: Board Member.

Profile: Babs is one of the longest serving businesses owners in the town, opening the store back in 1986. He and his family have lived in Stapleford ever since.

Name: Will Morlidge

Organisation: D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Head of Policy and Strategy
Role on the board: Board Member
Profile: Originally from Bolton, Lancashire, Will has lived in Nottingham for over 20 years. During this time, he has worked in a variety of roles relating to the economy, housing, skills and regeneration. In his role at D2N2 he is responsible for the region’s economic recovery and growth strategy and leads on issues relating to low carbon, energy and the rural economy. He has a particular interest in special education needs and disabilities and volunteers as an Enterprise Adviser at Nethergate Academy in Clifton.

Tom Spink  

Profession: Residential Developer

Organisation: Director, MyPad
Role on the board: Board Member

Profile: To follow.

Name: Richard Jackson

Profession: County Councillor
Organisation: Nottinghamshire County Council, Conservative Party.
Role on the board: Board Member

Profile: To follow.

Name: Zulfiqar Darr

Profession: Finance
Organisation: Broxtowe Borough Council, Deputy Chief Executive and Section 151 Officer
Role on the board: Board Member (Substitute)

Profile: To follow.

Future Stapleford Towns Deal Executive Board Dates 

  • 8th September 2023 
  • 8th December 2023 
  • 8th March 2024 

Stapleford Towns Deal - Local Assurance Framework

The Local Assurance Framework sets out the governance and assurance process for the Stapleford Towns Fund for stage 2 and 3. The Local Assurance Framework can be found below:

Local Assurance Framework (.pdf) (1026KB) (Opens in a new window)


Stapleford Towns Deal Executive Board meeting minutes