Barnsley 2030

About the Barnsley 2030 Board

The Barnsley 2030 Board is a group of key stakeholders, from different businesses and organisations across all sectors, that provide oversight for the delivery of the Barnsley 2030 Strategy and make sure that we all play a part in achieving our borough's vision and ambitions.

Board members

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE - Chair of the Board

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE

Leader of Barnsley Council

I'm very pleased to take the Chair of the Barnsley 2030 Board. The membership includes some of Barnsley's key anchor institutions: the Clinical Commissioning Group, the college, Berneslai Homes, the Chamber of Commerce, and many others.

The Board's role provides oversight for the delivery of the Barnsley 2030 strategy, and acts as custodians of our borough's story moving forward. We all want Barnsley to build back better and hep communities move on from the pandemic. The 2030 vision, it's ambitions and the activities that will come from that, which we will launch later on this year, will focus on the next nine years to make our borough a place where anything is possible.

Yiannis Koursis - Vice-Chair of the Board

Yiannis Koursis

Yiannis Koursis

Principal and CEO of Barnsley College

I'm really proud to represent the college on the Barnsley 2030 Board. As the vice-chair of the Board I am delighted to work alongside a great group of people and anchor institutions from our town in guarding, promoting and advancing Barnsley's action plan.

This is a place-based partnership that will deliver the levelling up agenda and the 2030 vision. We will achieve this by focussing on our residents' lives, sustainability, learning and business growth.

Finally, being involved in this project will allow us, the college, to continue being at the forefront of skills development and ensure our curriculum is aligned to the needs of the area.

Sarah Norman

Sarah Norman

Sarah Norman

Chief Executive of Barnsley Council

I have been involved with the Barnsley 2030 work from the start and I am really excited to work with partners and communities across the borough to realise our vision to be the place of possibilities.

I see my role as ensuring that the council does everything it can to help the borough realise its ambitions and working with colleagues on the Board to seize opportunities and overcome any challenges that we face.

Adrian Waite

Adrian Waite

Adrian Waite

Chief Executive of the Business Village (formerly Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre)

Barnsley 2030 is a collaborative vision that every resident and business has had an opportunity to feed into, so I was pleased to be asked to help turn the vision into reality.

The Board’s role is to ensure that sensible objectives are delivered on time, and I expect to contribute in particular to the Growing Barnsley theme where our ambition needs to be high.

Amanda Garrard

Amanda Garrard

Amanda Garrard

Chief Executive of Berneslai Homes

I am proud to have been asked to be part of the Barnsley 2030 Board.

Although I work in housing, the work we do is much more than this and links well to the broader work that the Barnsley 2030 Board steer and oversee. I am particularly interested in how we grow Barnsley in its broadest sense – economically and physically – new homes and businesses within the borough. Growth brings with it opportunities to enhance learning, skills and jobs and provides the chance for tenants and residents to improve their circumstances and income.

I bring a wealth of social housing and community knowledge to the Board but also a passion to work with communities creating vibrant, diverse and thriving neighbourhoods.

Andrew Denniff

Andrew Denniff

Andrew Denniff

Chief Executive of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber

The Chamber currently has a membership of over 1,100 businesses across Barnsley and Rotherham and engages widely on behalf of its members with a number of organisations and partners.

In Barnsley, we have learnt to accept and be proud of our past. We are comfortable with that, but our aspirations and expectations must be for a better future for all of us. Barnsley 2030 is that future and together it lies in our hands to make the changes and influence the direction of travel to reach our objectives.

Bob Kirton

Bob Kirton

Bob Kirton

Deputy Chief Executive at Barnsley Hospital

I’ve worked in Barnsley for over 10 years, and I love the place. There is so much pride here and it is great that we have been able to bring everyone together to ensure we focus our collective efforts in making Barnsley an even better place.

I’m passionate about improving our environment, I have a good understanding of how health works, and the Trust is one of Barnsley’s biggest employers so I’m hoping I bring insight around this too.

James Abdy

James Abdy

James Abdy

District Commander for Barnsley at South Yorkshire Police

I have been with the force for over 25 years working in various roles both in local policing and specialist crime across South Yorkshire. My focus is to build on the excellent work taking place with our communities and partners across the town to make it a safe place for all.

Barnsley is a fantastic place with a strong sense of community and I intend to harness this to ensure we make our communities resilient, inclusive and safe. I look forward to working across this, and other partnerships to address the issues which concern local people the most. This means being proactive in our approach, listening and engaging with local people and businesses to solve problems.

Jeremy Budd

Jeremy Budd

Jeremy Budd

Director of Strategic Commissioning and Partnerships at NHS Barnsley CCG

My role is to work with my CCG colleagues and with health and care partners to make sure that we are all focused on delivering services that improve the lives of the people of Barnsley, and their experience of health and care.

Partnership working is very important to me, and the Barnsley 2030 Board is an exciting opportunity to bring all our partner organisation strengths together in areas where we might not ordinarily focus. Barnsley 2030 will help us to do that even more effectively and really help to ensure that all our NHS organisations in particular can come together to deliver the ambitions of the Barnsley 2030 plan.

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor

Operations Director at Barnsley Norse

Barnsley Norse is a soft facilities management company based here in Barnsley. We provide cleaning and caretaking services to facilities throughout the Yorkshire region, employing over 700 staff, and delivering services to key public-sector clients.

Being on the Barnsley 2030 Board is an exciting opportunity for me to contribute back to the borough and its communities, especially as I have lived and worked here for many years. I am looking forward to being part of this process and hearing from the whole Barnsley 2030 team whose multiple perspectives of industry and social life will be enlightening and enriching.

The Barnsley 2030 Board will help level up our economy, through increased opportunities for people, and help to make Barnsley a better place to live through sustainability, innovation, and infrastructure in the region. I am honoured to have been asked to join the Barnsley 2030 Board and contribute to Barnsley’s development and successful future!

Joada Allen-Booth

Joada Allen-Booth

Joada Allen-Booth

President of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Director of Visualised It Video Production

I am a local businesswoman, mother and stepmother. My interest in Barnsley runs deep as I have spent many years teaching the hardest to reach young people who are often from our care system or from families in poverty.

I was also once a business start-up with a big dream and no money and have seen how the right support can help individuals and businesses to grow dramatically. Recently as President, I have witnessed the Barnsley business community survive and thrive in the face of adversity. I've seen great things from individuals and institutions who are all proud to be from Barnsley.

I am objective in my thinking and always think inclusively, and I am often the person to ask difficult questions. There is no reason that we should be leaving people behind in our development for any reason. My role is to listen, understand the Barnsley 2030 plan and give my input, to benefit Barnsley and support an inclusive economy.

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Development Director at Quest Property and the Vice President of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

I am privileged to represent the Chamber of Commerce on the Barnsley 2030 Board. I have gained extensive experience in placemaking through maximising the potential of public spaces to help regenerate localities, create new jobs and improve skill sets within the local community.

I’m also a board member of the Principal Towns project which has set a strong foundation upon which to build the Barnsley 2030 vision. The role of the board will be to deliver the Barnsley 2030 vision, turning Barnsley into the place of possibilities.

My experience within the property development sector will complement the wider board membership. I will also provide a link through my role at the Chamber of Commerce with the local Barnsley business community which will enable the voice of the business to form part of the strategy that will drive the Barnsley 2030 project.

Nick Bowen

Nick Bowen

Executive Principal at Horizon Community College and Chair of Barnsley Schools Alliance

Being on the Board means that the voice of schools will be heard. It also ensures the real importance of keeping learning central to the discussions.

This will really benefit Barnsley because it ensures that we have more and better qualifications, leading to more and better jobs. That's good for the people of Barnsley and it's good for Barnsley.

Sylvia Ward

Sylvia Ward

General Manager of Wentworth Castle and Gardens for the National Trust

I'm really excited to be on the Board of Barnsley 2030. When the National Trust came here it was to work in partnership with Barnsley Council and Northern College. So this kind of collaborative partnership approach, working together for a shared vision of the future feels like absolutely the right approach and I'm really pleased to be a part of it.

I think Barnsley stands to gain hugely from this work. I think having a clear vision of where we want to go as we emerge from the pandemic will really stand us in good stead to maximise the chances that Barnsley and all the fantastic people who live here can really achieve their potential.

Sharon Thorpe

Sharon Thorpe

Sharon Thorpe

Service Lead at South Yorkshire and Makerfield Service Centre

I have been in the department since 1992, starting my career as a Work Coach. I’m experienced in a multitude of roles and I’m highly passionate about inspiring others to deliver quality and excellence.

I’m looking forward to collaborating to develop a clear vision and a compassionate service. I want to help change the lives of our claimants, their families and communities.



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