Our Birmingham centre is powered by a passionate team of staff and volunteers who coordinate and deliver our service across the West Midlands. We are also incredibly grateful to our Board of Trustees, chaired by Philippa Pickavance, who are responsible for the oversight of our day to day operations and fundraising.
Meet some of the Birmingham staff and volunteer team
“I have met so many inspiring women who have made such a positive impact on my life. The time styling the clients is very special. The sessions are a bonding of womanhood.”
“Its such a great feeling seeing a client stand a little taller, smile on face and saying I’ve got this!”
“To say I just love to help others doesn’t seem enough but it is that simple and to be able to use my skills to give other women the tools to succeed in their own lives is a privilege.”
“I love the fact that the support we offer to the client has an impact not just on her but quite often, her family.”
“I love it when you see the confidence our clients gain when they realise how great they look and how better prepared they are for their interviews.”
Meet the trustee team behind Smart Works Birmingham
Philippa Pickavance became Chairwoman and a Trustee of Smart Works Birmingham in July 2018. She has run her own Commercial property agency firm, Philippa Pickavance Real Estate as a sole trader for the last 5 years and specialises in acquiring, letting and selling office buildings. Her aim is to use her business contacts to secure funds for Smart Works Birmingham so that the employees and volunteers can concentrate on providing a first class service for our clients.
Caroline has run her own IT Consultancy business for over 25 years, managing projects and helping blue-chip and public sector clients with IT strategy, business change and transformation. She has always been passionate about increasing the numbers of women working in IT and is part of BCS Women, which provides mentoring and coaching for women in the Computer Industry. She is active in her local community leading fundraising to create a new Community Orchard and is a Parish Councillor.
Jilly founded Barques, a design, marketing and PR agency, back in 1989. With 30 years experience in the industry she is well known in the city. She is Chairman of the charity Property for Kids, and organises a number of fundraising events throughout the year for other charities. She is an Ambassador for the RBSA, a Director of the Jewellery Quarter Association, sits on the board of Openland and has now become a Trustee for Smart Works Birmingham.
Julia is an award-winning West Midlands businesswoman, who has a long and successful track record in empowering women to help them reach their potential. She has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering training for both individuals and companies and is invited to speak regularly at international events. She will work with the volunteer trainers and staff to ensure they maintain their skill levels in advising the women who use the service as they prepare for job interviews.
Ruth is the Smart Works Birmingham Treasurer and oversees all our income generation and spend.
Ruth has had a 35 year career as a senior manager in healthcare. She has supported and developed many individuals to fulfil their potential during this time through mentoring and coaching. Ruth brings her operational and people skills and experience to Smart Works Birmingham as our Treasurer and Trustee.
Victoria is a partner at global law firm Squire Patton Boggs where she specialises in commercial property work, advising landlords, tenants, investors and developers; her first job as a new Trustee was to help Philippa on the legal aspects of the relocation of Smart Works. As an active member of the Birmingham business community where she has worked for over 20 years, Victoria will be bringing her legal skills to the role of Company Secretary.