03 Jul 2018

Ex-Heathrow man lands Chief Exec charity role in Birmingham

By Ashleigh Mills
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The man behind the operational delivery of a successful Heathrow London 2012 Olympic Games programme has landed the top job at one of the city’s leading charities. Paul Mitchell, whose experience includes management positions at the world’s second busiest airport as well as, more recently, an Operations Director role at a national charity has now been named as LoveBrum’s Executive Director.

Having secured £250,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund earlier this year, LoveBrum has now appointed its first Executive Director to work alongside its Board of Trustees to drive the charity forward. Paul Mitchell, who has lived in Birmingham for the past four years, joins the charity from Midlands based Royal Life Saving Society UK, where he spent four years as Operations Director and Deputy CEO for the UK and Commonwealth.

In his role at RLSS UK, a charity that works to reduce the 400 accidental deaths by drowning that happen each year, Paul designed and implemented strategic organisational transformation focusing on the charity’s people. This included the implementation of RLSS UK’s Head Office move, as well as helping the charity secure an ‘Investor in People’ accreditation. Responsible for both Corporate services and Operational directorate at the drowning prevention charity, Paul now heads to Birmingham to lead LoveBrum, which unearths and funds hidden gem projects that help make the city a better place to live. Since its inception in 2015, LoveBrum has showcased over 150 causes, funded 50 projects, and donated a total of £80,000 to local projects.

“It is great to be working with such an impactful charity, helping a range of small causes across Birmingham. As soon as I saw the work of LoveBrum, I wanted to get involved. The charity is so unique – it’s all about the people and bringing the people together to truly take care of the community. I’m excited to get started and help drive LoveBrum forward, even more so with the Big Lottery Fund partnership that will help us grow our reach and impact even more,” Paul comments.

Earlier this year, LoveBrum was given £250,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. This new partnership helps fund new roles within the charity, including Paul, as well as even more money to go towards the local projects. Alongside the Board of Trustees, Paul will focus on driving the charity forwards with the help of the new National Lottery partnership and Funding Manager from the Big Lottery Fund who will sit on the charity’s causes committee to identify new projects to support.

LoveBrum’s Co-Founder and Trustee PJ Ellis, adds:

“We truly believe that Paul will be a great asset to the team, with his experience and expertise working with other charities and businesses. This is a really exciting time for LoveBrum and this Executive Director role helps us re-focus our strategy to make the most of the momentum that we’ve created, but really drive all of our efforts forward.”

This appointment comes just weeks after LoveBrum celebrated its success to date with ‘Impact Week’. During this campaign, the charity announced that thanks to its National Lottery funding, all 40 causes profiled in a year would now receive funding. Members will continue to vote for the three causes each month, with one winning £2,000, one winning £1,000 and one winning £500.

 

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