Last week we introduced Sally and Katie, our newly recruited trustees. This week it is the turn of the men! We are delighted to introduce Andy Moody, Kenneth Fisher and Shane Kelleher to the team. Here is a little bit about them…
1. What do you do when you are not being a Trustee for BCT? What is your line of work?
“I am a Chartered Accountant in Ernst & Young‘s Corporate Finance practice. Day to day this involves advising shareholders, management teams and banks on M&A transactions, including acquisitions, disposals and Management Buyouts and associated finance raising. I get involved in everything from shaping business strategy through to transaction implementation and day-to-day project management and delivery.
Outside of this, my interests include cycling, cooking, rugby and travel – when I am not away travelling I am planning my next trip!”
“Architect, water-colour artist, golfer, writer, gardener, bird-watcher and granddad”.
“I’m the Archaeology and Monuments Officer at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. One of my main roles is to provide advice on the management and conservation of the numerous historic buildings and monuments in the museum’s care. I also manage commercial archaeology projects, curate the museum’s archaeology collections, undertake research, lecture at the Ironbridge Institute and co-ordinate the museum’s archaeology outreach activities. In addition, I represent the museum on committees and councils of a number of relevant bodies such as the Institute for Archaeologists, the Association for Industrial Archaeology and the Historical Metallurgy Society”.
2. What main areas of BCT’s work are you looking forward to supporting the most and what skills are you bringing to support the Trust’s work?
“Like every city Birmingham is progressively changing and it is fantastic to have an opportunity to be part of preserving that story for future generations”.
“Business and conservation skills. These will be particularly useful with the building projects, both current and proposed”.
“I am very excited about becoming a Trustee for BCT. Working for a charitable trust I know how important trustees are in shaping the future direction and strategy of an organisation. I hope that my experience with regards to understanding, conserving and interpreting historic buildings will be useful to the Trust’s work, and I am keen to assist with engaging local communities and volunteers, and hopefully learn a lot along the way!”
3. What are your favourite bits of Birmingham’s heritage and why?
“Having spent much of my working life around Colmore Row and the Birmingham business district I am also particularly fond of many of the grand buildings on the street and I find it fascinating how this area has changed over the last 150 hundred years. I am especially interested to see how the restoration of the Victorian era Grand Hotel turns out as it has been under covers for so long!”
“I love the back-to-backs on Hurst Street. Some of my ancestors lived very close in the 19th century and I can experience their typical home life”.
“When I first moved to Birmingham from Ireland in 2006 to work at the University of Birmingham it was very much a journey into the unknown. Unfortunately, most of the things that I had previously heard about Birmingham had been negative; however, I soon discovered that Birmingham was a fantastic place to live with a really interesting history and a highly diverse built heritage which is sometimes brilliantly juxtaposed with modern innovative design. Birmingham always has the ability to surprise; I love to explore its historic industrial areas such as Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter and the diverse historic domestic architecture of Moseley, Edgbaston and Handsworth. Some of my favourite bits of Birmingham’s heritage include Key Hill Cemetery, Curzon Street Station and the University of Birmingham’s campus”.
Welcome, welcome, welcome! Click here for bios of all our wonderful Trustees!