We are a Community Interest Company. This means we are registered at Companies House as a not-for-profit organisation and we have committed ourselves to working "in the best interests of the community".
The company currently has 3 directors; Melanie Rees, a former Special Needs Headteacher, local businessman Tony Nisbett and local resident Lisa Banks.
I am the Creative Director and will lead the day-to-day operation of The Green Centre. I have 25 years experience in education and have set up and developed several projects. In 1989, while working as a teacher, I set up National Non-Uniform Day now called Day for Change. This was supported by UNICEF and became its most successful school fund-raising event, raising millions of pounds for overseas aid. 2011 is the 22nd anniversary of this scheme. In 1995, I founded Cornerstones Independent School now called The Lioncare School. The school provides education for children with emotional and behavioural problems. Supported by a fantastic team we took the school through registration from the Department for Education and Skills, and passed two OFSTED inspections.
I support the Green Centre by looking after the back-office functions including maintaining our Community Interest Company status, all Companies House business, all Inland Revenue business, budgeting, accounts, helping with marketing by designing flyers, posters and brochures. I also help with the design and maintenance of the web site. I have spent many years helping to develop the paperless society and much of my time is spent on consulting in e-business technology and sustainability related matters.