Steering Group

The Community Matters Partnership Project is steered by a group of senior business leaders from across the community.

The Steering Group meet regularly throughout the year (in a voluntary capacity) to support the direction of CMPP energy and resource. They consider the bigger picture alongside monitoring current activity against the business plan and are accountable for the sustainability and expenditure of CMPP and act as Ambassadors for the partnership. 

Lt. Col. Macgregor, Garrison Commander, Aldershot Garrison (Chair) 

Lieutenant Colonel (Mac) Macgregor joined the Army as a Junior Leader in 1979, before joining the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1981.  As a soldier, he served as a Platoon Sergeant on Op GRANBY, a Colour Sergeant and then a Company Sergeant Major at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was also 2IC of his Battalion’s Close Observation Platoon (COP), going on to instruct in close observation within the Northern Ireland COP Training Team. Commissioned in 2001, he served as his Unit’s Welfare Officer, subsequently moving into an SO3 position within HQ 39 Bde in Northern Ireland.  He deployed to TELIC as a Liaison Officer, supporting the US Marines of II Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, where he was also employed as their Assistant  Director of Assessments.  He also served as an SO2 within HQ ARRC, before joining 4 SCOTS (The Highlanders), where he deployed on HERRICK 14 as Quartermaster.  Commanding the Highlanders’ Rear Operations Group for HERRICK 19, he was subsequently posted to HQ British Forces Germany into an SO2 G3 post.  He was appointed Commander Aldershot Garrison in June 2015.  

 Simon Jarvis, Principal, The Sixth Form College Farnborough  

Simon Jarvis, an English Literature graduate of Southampton University who holds a Master’s of Science degree in Education from Surrey University, was first appointed to The Sixth Form College Farnborough in 1990, having taught previously in secondary schools.  He became Vice Principal in 1992 and has overseen many developments in the College curriculum over recent years, designing the quality assurance procedures which have enabled it to achieve Beacon College status and to be rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’.  He was appointed Principal in February 2010.

Simon has chaired the Maple Group of sixth form colleges since it was established in 2012.

Brandon O`Reilly, CEO, TAG Farnborough Airport

  Brandon O’Reilly has been TAG Farnborough Airport’s chief executive since November 2006. Mr. O’Reilly’s responsibility is to deliver a world-class, bespoke airport experience for business aviation customers. Brandon has over 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry and has held senior positions with British Airways, American Airlines and United Airlines; he is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. 

Mel McCrum, Managing Partner, Wheelers Solicitors


Mel qualified as a solicitor in 1992 at which point he joined Wheelers as a lawyer in their Dispute Resolution Team. He was promoted to Partner in 1996 and in 2008 became Managing Partner. Since then he has presided over the firm’s continued growth with the opening of additional offices in both Farnborough and Fleet as well as an increase in the number of staff at their original Ash Vale offices.

As a local business, employing local people, and serving local businesses and individuals Wheelers has an acute sense of being part of a community and have contributed significant sums and time over the years to supporting local charities. CMPP is an ideal forum through which Mel and his colleagues can continue that work.


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