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Training legend passes away

One of the West Midlands leading supporters of vocational learning has passed away. Geoff Jones (pictured), who ran

In-Comm Training since 1997 died unexpectedly and leaves his wife Annette, children Bekki and Gareth and grandchildren Darcy and Frederik. The larger-than-life character

had been involved in manufacturing for more than 50 years after starting his career with British Steel in Bilston in 1968, before completing a BA in Human Resources & Business Studies and moving to Swan Housewares in Lye. He stayed there until 1988 when

his love affair with In-Comm began, first heading up the recruitment agency side of the firm and then working his way up to training and business adviser, business services manager and then director just four years later.

WAA Group in acquisition

A major independent marketing services business has further strengthened its portfolio after adding events agency WRP Ltd to its group. Sutton Coldfield-based

WAA Group, which already operates strategic agency WAA Chosen, sector specialists Stir (food and drink), Open Road (automotive), Hi-Vis (building and construction) and direct marketing team Send, will now strengthen its offer further with heavyweight event management expertise. The move follows WAA

Group’s rapid expansion into international markets, and will capitalise on WRP’s wealth of experience in developing worldwide programmes for blue chip brands. WRP was founded in 1993

by David Westbrooke, and will now move to WAA Chosen’s newly-built Collaboration Centre in Sutton Coldfield.

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Charities crisis: James McLaughlin

Charity’s campaign to tackle £1.3m shortfall

National blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia has launched its fundraising and awareness campaign for Blood Cancer Awareness Month called ‘The Cure Leukaemia (CL) Lifesavers 100 Club’ to address the £1.3m shortfall it faces in light of Covid-19. With all of Cure Leukaemia’s major fundraising

events scheduled for 2020 cancelled due to the Covid- 19 crisis, the charity created a fun and engaging campaign to encourage everyone to help raise funds during Blood Cancer Awareness Month and beyond.

‘The Covid-19 crisis has decimated the ability of all charities to fundraise in 2020’

The campaign focuses on how £100 raised for Birmingham-based Cure Leukaemia can help save the lives of blood cancer patients across the UK.

The CL Lifesavers 100 Club is open to anyone of any

age. If they raise £100 they will automatically join the CL Lifesavers 100 Club and, in return, every fundraiser will receive a CL Lifesavers 100 Club medal and a personalised card. Cure Leukaemia chief executive James McLaughlin

said: “The Covid-19 crisis has decimated the ability of all charities to fundraise in 2020 and we have not been any different. However, it is imperative that we continue to do all we can to raise as much as physically possible to ensure blood cancer patients across the UK are not impacted further due to Covid-19. “With the launch of this campaign, we are keen to

recognise the value of the collective and potentially lifesaving impact that can be made by those who raise £100 for Cure Leukaemia.”

To join the Cure Leukaemia Lifesavers 100 Club email

New Vice Lord-Lieutenant appointed

Professor Helen Higson (pictured) has been appointed as the new Vice Lord-Lieutenant to the West Midlands’ Lord- Lieutenant, John Crabtree. Professor Higson, who is the

provost and deputy vice chancellor (academic) at Aston University, takes on the role from Dr Beverly Lindsay, who has completed her three-year term. Since 2017, Ms Higson has been a

Deputy Lieutenant and has led the education group that has been working with schools, colleges and universities to promote the importance of good citizenship. This activity has involved

working with a panel of education leaders, and going into schools to explain what the West Midlands Lieutenancy does, and how young people can make a

positive difference to the community around them. A new Lord-Lieutenant’s prize is being launched this year to recognise and promote the outstanding contribution young people make to their community in the region. Nominations will

come from schools, with ten exceptional young people going on to receive the prize.

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