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.

You can view the key highlights and actions from each meeting below.

2030 Board meeting 7 June 2022

A number of key topics were covered from across all four of our 2030 themes, key highlights included:

  • Learning Barnsley – Barnsley College delivered a presentation focusing on the curriculum journey to 2030.
  • Growing Barnsley – We heard that the Barnsley Housing Strategy is undergoing a refresh, and also that Barnsley has been chosen to take part in a pilot to begin to assess digital exclusion across the borough.
  • Healthy Barnsley – colleagues from Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Barnsley Council Public Health delivered a facilitated workshop which focused on the recently published Marmot report and recommendations with discussions about how we can work together to tackle inequalities in health, economy, education and sustainability.
  • Sustainable Barnsley – work is taking place to develop a Sustainability Communications and Marketing Strategy, requiring input from all 2030 stakeholders in the coming months.

2030 Board – Key action points

Scaling up apprenticeships for both young people and adults across Barnsley

  • ACTIONS:
    • Work with employers to try to ensure all low skill roles have real progression training opportunities.
    • Address financial disincentives for both young people and adults undertaking apprenticeships, so they don’t have to choose between doing an apprenticeship and the National Living Wage.
    • All partners to all look how numbers of apprenticeship opportunities could be dramatically scaled up, taking on board the above.
    • Develop the ‘job shop’ approach used at Barnsley College to show young people and adults across the borough the opportunities and career pathways available to them.

  • OWNERS: Initially owned through Inclusive Economy Board - a collaborative approach between Barnsley College, Northern College, Chamber of Commerce, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Barnsley Council Employment and Skills service, but quickly to include all 2030 partners in this work.

Enrichment for young people (eg, 2030 Possibilities Club)

  • ACTION: Develop a community enrichment programme within Barnsley, focusing on children and young people, on top of what they might already receive at school or college.

  • OWNERS: All 2030 partners to significantly contribute to this. Initially, the Inclusive Economy Board – specifically Barnsley School’s Alliance, Youth Council, Barnsley College, Northern College and Barnsley Council Regeneration and Culture will begin to take this forward. Task and Finish Group to be set up in the first instance.

Investing in health, wellbeing and active travel for young people (so-called piloting free bikes)

  • ACTION: Understand the scope of how we can begin to enforce behaviour change quickly to encourage young people to become active. This might involve piloting free bikes, discounted gym membership, or giving every child a What’s Your Move voucher that they can use on sports shoes, gym membership or towards a bike. We need to commission a piece of work to ensure we target the right areas.

  • OWNERS: Health and Wellbeing Board, specifically the Active in Barnsley Partnership to begin scoping out what this work might look like and identify any sensible quick wins.

Engagement with Youth Council / Youth Voice

  • ACTION: Work with the Youth Council to engage them in helping us to track and monitor the achievement of our 2030 ambitions, from their perspective. In tandem, we will work to ensure that our priorities are aligned, and that Youth Council have a voice on all 2030 matters. Opportunity for Youth Council to do a deep dive exercise at a future Board meeting, to encourage engagement from wider partners.

    The Place Manager will also begin to invite a young person to join in at some of the thematic KIT meetings.

  • OWNER: 2030 Place Manager with Emma Baines (Head of Targeted Youth Support Service) initially.

Understanding the ‘economically inactive’ cohort – including further development of the vulnerability index

  • ACTION: Understand who the cohort of ‘economically inactive’ persons are in Barnsley, the barriers they face and what support they would need to become economically active – building on the vulnerability index work undertaken during the pandemic.

  • OWNERS: Inclusive Economy Board (Kathy McArdle, Tom Smith, Ken Coupar) engaging with Andy Snell and Bob Kirton (Barnsley Hospital), Amanda Garrard (Berneslai Homes) and Malachi Rangecroft and Lucie White (Barnsley Council). Task and Finish Group to be set up in the first instance.



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.

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.

Anthony Baker

Anthony Baker

Anthony Baker

Chief Executive Officer – The Civic (Barnsley)

Anthony is currently the CEO of The Civic in Barnsley, where he started in that position in September 2021.

The Civic is on a rapid trajectory of development, with its aim of becoming a significant arts centre for the region and beyond. This includes a capital development which will open the original front doors of the building and add additional infrastructure to the Eldon Street end, including bars and catering.

Anthony has worked in the arts for over 20 years, most recently as Executive Director and CEO at Freedom Festival, an ambitious and important year-round arts deliverer and major festival producer in Hull. Prior to that he spent almost 10 years at Dance City, transforming the organisation to one of great success in its dance programming, its further and higher dance education delivery and its community dance class delivery. Alongside this he supported many local and regional dance artists to make and tour their work nationally and internationally.

Anthony is excited and proud to have been asked to join the Barnsley 2030 board. Having recently moved to Barnsley he is keen to support the town and the borough to grow and develop, particularly around the cultural offer but also to develop economic opportunity and retain talent in the region.

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

Joada Allen

Joada Allen

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.

Ken Merry

Ken Merry

Co-Chair of the Barnsley School’s Alliance and Vice Principal for Quality at Barnsley College

Matthew Stephens

Matthew Stephens

Matthew Stephens

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.

Melvyn Lunn

Melvyn Lunn

Melvyn Lunn

Chair of Barnsley CVS

Richard Barnard

Richard Barnard

Richard Barnard

Area Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber RSPB

The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, working across the UK and globally to deliver our vision for a world richer in nature. I have been with the RSPB in Yorkshire for 10 years, managing our conservation work across Yorkshire and the Humber for the last two.

Barnsley is home to one of the UK’s great conservation success stories – the regeneration of the Dearne Valley from one of Europe’s most polluted post-industrial landscapes to a nationally important, nature-rich network of wetlands protecting homes and businesses from flooding, providing jobs for local people, and offering amazing, nature-rich recreation opportunities, alongside homes for wildlife. This beacon of hope was only possible because of genuine partnership working involving both organisations and local people, all with a shared goal of improving a place they care about for the benefit of all. Now until 2030 is a critical period for us to tackle the nature and climate emergency, for both people and wildlife, so I am excited to be a part of Barnsley 2030 working collaboratively with others to create the best future possible for Barnsley.

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.

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.

Torri Crapper

Torri Crapper

Torri Crapper

General Manager, Wentworth Castle Gardens (The National Trust)

I’m really excited to join the Barnsley 2030 Board as we look forward to the future together with a shared vision, and a collaborative and inclusive approach which puts people at the heart of Barnsley being the place of possibilities.

This shared vision and ambition for the future of Barnsley maximises our opportunities to work in partnership to really make a meaningful difference for the people who call Barnsley home.



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