Ron retired in 2013 from a career of providing architectural services over more than 40 years. His last position was that of Technical Director within the architectural department of RPS group Plc, an international Environmental Consultancy. He managed a team of architectural staff delivering design services to Clients in both the Private and Public Sectors. His responsibilities extended to dealing directly with Clients, agreeing services and fees to secure commissions for future business, as well as delivering multi-million pound projects from inception to completion. Ron has experience in various forms of building construction having completed new build and refurbishment and conversion of older buildings, including Listed Buildings and projects within conservation areas.
His advised Clients in how to best deliver their aims and objectives, providing guidance and support with regard to appointing other specialist consultants, agreeing budgets, normally in conjunction with a Quantity Surveyor, and delivering a completed project on time and within budget. He has also administered building contracts on behalf of the Client with an appointed main contractor, including leading the selection and tendering process. He understands the Town & Country Planning process and the Building Regulations and has spoken at Local Government Committee meetings on behalf of the Client.
Ron joined the Board of Governors of The Polesworth School in 2009 and has since served on a variety of panels. In his role as Governor, Ron was involved with the Local Governing Body when The Polesworth School transferred to Academy Status and the founding of the Communities Academies Trust.
Ron has had two sons educated at The Polesworth School who have since developed successful careers with one being a Barrister and Part Time Judge for the Employment Tribunal (East Midlands) living in Cardiff, and the other, formerly a Forensic Scientist, but more recently a Chemical Processing Engineer for a Local Business. Ron also currently has two granddaughters attending Birchwood Primary School and understands what excellent community schooling can provide for young people.
Ron works in the voluntary sector locally and has done so for over 40 years as an officer in The Boys’ Brigade. He is President of the Mid-Staffs & Sandwell Battalion of The Boys’ Brigade with around 400 boys and girls in membership. Ron’s commitment to his local community belief in the value of education has driven him to contribute through governance of our trust.
Ron joined the Board of Directors to bring specific areas of expertise in relation to Real Estate and Property Management.