The Executive Committee

Tim Manson - Chair

Tim has been Operations & Policy Director at Marketing Birmingham since July 2005. He has strategic responsibility for public sector funding including the Companies £17.7m ERDF project.  He was also appointed Company Secretary in 2009.  Previously as Head of Leisure Tourism for Birmingham City Council he was an advisor to West Midlands LGA and on the Board of Tourism West Midlands.  Prior to that he was Assistant Director for Tourism & Culture at Conwy County Borough Council and was a Board member of British Association of Conference Destinations.  Tim took over as Chair of Geese's Board in October 2015.

Clark Baim

Clark Baim is a Senior Trainer in Psychodrama Psychotherapy and Co-Director of the Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama, a training school. In his other work, Clark is the Co-Director of Change Point Learning and Development, an organisation focusing on training in social work, criminal justice, mental health and educational settings.

In 1987, Clark was the founding Director of Geese Theatre Company UK, having toured with the original Chicago-based Geese Theatre and later establishing the UK Company as a sister organisation. Clark worked with Geese UK from 1987 – 1989 and 1992 – 2000 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2012.

Iain Lownes MA, FCA, CF  - Company Secretary

Iain is a chartered accountant and a partner in Smith & Williamson LLP, advising shareholders and boards on all aspects of corporate finance including raising finance, buying and selling companies and mergers. He has been on the Board of Geese since 2000 and is company secretary.

Selwyn Blyth

Selwyn practised for 16 years as an employment lawyer, advising and training employers, their HR teams and their managers on employment law related business issues. Between 2004 and 2014, Selwyn set up and developed Employment Law + at Pinsent Masons LLP. During this time, he managed a team of up to eight people. Now as a business consultant and trainer, Selwyn draws on his experience as an employment lawyer, trainer and manager to offer risk analysis and solutions to organisations in the public and private sectors. Selwyn has been a Board Member of Geese Theatre Company since 2004 and helps the Company with its employment relationships and internal governance. He was Chair of the Board between 2009 and 2011.

Janet Thomas

Janet has been Director of Human Resources for Acorns Children's Hospice Trust since July 2000 having worked for many years in HR across a range of industries including the retail, finance and engineering sectors. She has broad experience in all areas of people management with particular interest in strategic HR, learning and development and organisation design. Recently qualified as an MBTI practitioner strengthening interests in career development and coaching. Janet is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, has been a Parent Governor at Sharmans Cross School and joined the Geese Board in 2014.  

Kobina Hall

Kobina is currently the Head of Coventry and Solihull Cluster, having come to the Midlands to train as a probation officer at Birmingham University where he achieved a post graduate DipSW and an MSocSc. Kobina joined West Midlands Probation Service as a probation officer in 1996 and worked in a Birmingham field team for four years before moving to a programmes unit where he stayed for three years. During this period he became an accredited programmes tutor and trainer.

He recently graduated from the Common Purpose Meridian Leadership Development Programme and was appointed to our board October 2014. Previously, Kobina headed up Walsall and Coventry Local Delivery Units before the creation of the Community Rehabilitation Company.  He was also the District Manager for Community Payback for five years and this followed a short period as a Senior Probation Officer in a high risk of harm team based in Handsworth, Birmingham.  His career in management has given him experience of building staff capacity, governance, partnership and relationship management, in addition to leading performance improvement.
 

Alan Harrison

Alan is a highly experienced non-executive director with an excellent knowledge of governance processes and business transformation. He joined the West Midlands Probation Board in 2004 and was appointed as its Chairman in 2008. Alan led the merger with Staffordshire Probation Board to form the Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust in 2010 and has overseen a transformation in performance. He has worked professionally in sport as a Director and Chief Executive of England Athletics Ltd, setting up the National Governing Body, and in disability with Remploy. He joined Courtaulds plc in 1981 and in a career spanning 20 years, managed a succession of business turnarounds and a worldwide business transformation programme in Courtaulds Fibres Ltd. He is Senior Independent Director and Vice-Chairman for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and is a former Director of the Probation Association. Alan is a Director of Fry Housing Trust, a part of the Accord Group (supporting ex-offenders with rehabilitation) and recently has been appointed as its Chairman.