Wow, what a team!
An update on the quality and diversity of The #bekind Collective regeneration team.
Well today is the day that we agreed to purchase our global HQ! The Queens Head public house in Burslem. All we need now is to raise the money and fund the purchase.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy or anything like that, but if anyone can pull this off, then we can. Most property purchases involve a funder of some sort who attaches all sorts of conditions and strings to the fact that they fund. We’ve made it our job to avoid strings-attached funding but this is by far our most ambitious project so far.
But it’s time we tested ourselves.
But who is ‘ourselves’? This is where I begin to get excited. In no particular order, here’s who’s involved, and what they do.
Annette Francis — local lass and founder of the Potteries Lunar Society.
Alex Phillips — Social Enterprise boss for the whole of North Staffs
Mark Johnson — solicitor on the purchase of the pub
Dave Skidmore — architect and masterplanner
Pete Armstrong — advertising and brand strategist
Jamie Leese — vegan cook
Dave Boyle — governance expert of the Co-operative kind
Brian Leyland — governance and tax expert
Adam Bates — all things crypto, expert
Jenn Spice — poet
Andy Thomas — systems architect
John Eccles — mechanical and electrical engineer
Dave Proudlove — urban regeneration expert
Kez Stott — sustainability expert
Darky — acclaimed tattoo and crypto artist
Tony Meehan — payment systems specialist
Monica Cru Hal l—art therapist
Dan Waterman — 3D specialist
Sam Cooling — crypto journalist
Francis McEntegart — IPR and trademark lawyer
Raymond Lynch — food market hall operator and fresh food specialist
James Vandeventer — academic researcher
Mark Walton — land asset specialist, and
Fee Woods — photographer
Chris Jones — sustainable urbanism consultant
Margaret Michell — Chair of the local Chamber’s Social Value Forum
Gary Caldwell — secretary for the Collective
Ian Mood — local artist and co-founder of Potteries Lunar Society
So — what do you think about that for a quality line-up. With this sort of talent, and enough willpower and determination, there’s every chance that we’ll reinvent the way our beloved town centres are regenerated and financed. By putting the community at the heart of everything we do, we really will show the world what good really looks like.
A big thanks to everyone who gives their time up to support our work. We salute you!