The Directors

Mark Davies

Chair of the Trust

Director of MCD Project Management, advising the commercial, public and third sector, focusing on business development, change management, funding and continuity planning.  Chair, Wild Goose Rural Training, a Worcestershire based charity providing learning support to people with learning disabilities, autism, and mental health issues. Governor, Newman University and Chair of the University’s Finance Committee.


Henry Chance


Henry is the grandson of the last family chairman of Chance Brothers, and descended from both of the founders, Lucas and William Chance. He lives in Shropshire where he is a past Deanery Lay Chairman and parish council chairman, longstanding branch officer of the Royal British Legion and an active member of a number of trusts and other voluntary organisations. He brings experience in heritage regeneration projects and is especially keen on community engagement and education. 

He is proud to be Patron of the Smethwick Heritage Centre and museum and the 125 Committee of West Smethwick Park.

Henry is a director of financial services company Arkney Ltd and founded a charity promoting the teaching of Essential Life Skills in schools.

Madelene Schofield-Whittingham


A Commercial Property Lawyer with Excello Law. Madelene is experienced in acting for large and small commercial firms as well as residential developers and investors. Prior to working with Excello Law, Madelene worked with Martin Kaye LLP as Head of Commercial Property, at Silks Solicitors as Head of Commercial Property, and at Harrison Clark as a Commercial Property Lawyer.


Marianne Monro


Has over 20 years of experience of working in Sandwell developing communities and resident groups to improve their quality of life in areas of housing and community regeneration. Previously Chair of a local Smethwick secondary school and on the board of a Womens Refuge and Citizens Advice Bureau. Working for a community-led Community organisation supporting residents and communities to harness their skills to share with communities they live within.


Tonia Flanagan


Tonia has lived in Smethwick for most of her life. She has worked in her local community for 15 years and is CEO of a very busy medium-sized charity.  Previous to that she worked at Big Lottery Funds Awards for All programme.  She is well connected in the local area and is passionate about local people and places.

Dr Ellen McAdam


Ellen McAdam has degrees in archaeology from Edinburgh and Oxford. After completing her doctorate on ancient Mesopotamia in 1981 she spent nearly 10 years digging in Jordan, Syria and Iraq and carrying out post-doctoral research in museums in Iraq, the UK, Europe and the USA. She then returned to British archaeology before joining the Museum of London in 1998. In 2001 she moved to Glasgow Museums, working on several major capital projects and becoming Head of Museums. From 2013 she was Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, where she initiated award-winning projects including community engagement and international touring. She has published on British and Near Eastern archaeology and held honorary research positions at Glasgow, Birmingham and UCL. In her retirement, she is actively involved in several charities including CHT and is researching a book on prehistoric figurines. She also walks the dog and weeds the garden.

Her professional interests include prehistoric Near Eastern figurines, the use of collections for teaching and research and the role of museums in social inclusion and community engagement. 

Kieran Dyde


Kieran has just graduated after spending the last four years studying a BSc in Politics with International Relations at Aston University.  As a local resident and after spending one year on a voluntary placement with CHT Kieran has become very passionate about being part of what could be the most significant regeneration project in Sandwell. As a member of the Board, he believes he will be a voice in representing the young people who eventually take up the mantle of protecting heritage such as Chance Glassworks.

Tom Haydon


Tom has been an Investment Manager at Quilter Cheviot for 14-years and is a charity specialist within the Birmingham office, managing funds on behalf of charities and not-for-profit organisations. Having studied Money, Banking and Finance at The University of Birmingham and now as a local resident, Tom is keen to help redevelop the Chance site for the benefit of both the local and wider communities.


Olivia Hewkin


Olivia is a museums and heritage specialist from the West Midlands, with an MA in Cultural Heritage Management and experience working in cultural organisations across the region. As an Investment Manager for The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and with previous experience working for Arts Council England, she brings a depth of experience in working with and supporting organisations to access funding to the Board


John Pye


Having recently disposed of his accountancy practice John is delighted to be involved with the Trust. He spent the first part of his working life as a Chartered Certified Accountant in industry and commerce focusing later on the professional services environment. He has wide experience advising small to medium-sized enterprises in accountancy, taxation and general business matters, and continues to advise charitable enterprises. Born in West Bromwich, he is especially pleased to be able to contribute to the aims and objectives of Chances.


Joshua Lowe


John Montague, B.Eng(hons) FRSA


John is the Managing Director of Social Business Development.
Social Business Development works across the public/private and social economy sectors to establish value-led partnerships that can deliver scale, sustainability and improved social impact in the UK.
John has worked in the Social Business sector for over twenty years creating and growing social businesses and was for seven years a director at The Big Issue Group.
John is a non-executive director of a number of social businesses and charities across the UK. John is passionate about providing opportunities and support to areas of society that are being under-served by current public services.