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. 

Paul Marcus, CEO, Eagle Radio (Chair) 

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Paul Marcus is a highly-experienced business leader and digital media professional with a strong track-record of creating successful partnerships linking public and third-sector organisations with private enterprise. He is a member of the UKRD Management team that is three-times winner of the ‘Sunday Times Best Company to work for’ award.

During his tenure at Eagle Radio, Paul has created a number of initiatives that promote positive change in the local community including:

  • Developing ‘Local Heroes’, a Surrey and Hampshire initiative which celebrates the achievements of community champions
  • Establishing the Eagle Radio Trust Charity which has raised over £100,000 for smaller, local community groups and charities.
  • In his role as Trustee of Aldershot Town`s Football in the Community Foundation, created the concept for a Community stand which offers free access to first-team matches to local schools and sports clubs.
  • Brokering an innovative partnership with Surrey Police that has enabled over 10,000 students at Surrey secondary schools to receive training, support and advice around the hot topics of social media, law and ethics.

 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.

Steve Grimmett, Head of Programmes and Communications, Zurich Community Trust 

Steve is the Head of Programmes and Communications for Zurich Community Trust (UK) Ltd.  The Zurich Community Trust, a corporate foundation, is the community arm of Zurich in the UK and was founded in 1973.  Since its inception, the Trust has made grants of over £80 million to charities operating in the UK and overseas. Having worked for the Zurich Community Trust since 2000, Steve is passionate about engaging employees in community programmes. Each year, the Trust raises over £400,000 from Zurich's 5,000 UK employees and brokers over 5,000 days of volunteering. 

Steve's current responsibilities include all of the grant-making programmes that the Trust operates as well as oversight on the fundraising and volunteering from Zurich's 5,000 UK workforce.  In addition, Steve has responsibility for the internal and external communications of the Trust. Outside of work, Steve is a trustees of a local village hall close to where he lives.

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.

Pauline Christie, Director, BxBy


Pauline is founding Director of BxBy, a Business Management & Development consultancy focussed on helping businesses shape change and accelerate growth, getting them from position X to Y. Its highly-experienced team has an enterprising 'can-do' attitude and offers broad experience across a wide range of sectors and service lines, working with organisations of all sizes from dynamic start-ups to global brands. Pauline heads its Marketing and PR division.

Pauline is a successful entrepreneur and business leader.  She has a track record of business development and is a connected person in the corporate communications space, having held director level retail marketing and PR positions and founded and successfully developed award-winning businesses.  Key achievements include winning the accolades of London Dockland's Businesses of the Year, Chamber of Commerce eCommerce Award for an SME software application, and the City of London Business News Award of Excellence for Services to IT communications. 

Pauline is passionate about business and community engagement, was an active Parent Governor for many years and advocate of collaborative business projects in the City of London.

Paul Shackley, CEO, Rushmoor Borough Council


Paul is currently Chief Executive at Rushmoor Borough Council .   The Council has ambitious regeneration plans for the area including the regeneration of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres on which Paul is leading. Previously, Paul was Corporate Director for Growth and Regeneration at Wycombe District Council.   Paul is also a Board member of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).

Lieutenant Colonel CJ Baines MBE, Commander Aldershot Garrison


Lieutenant Colonel (Paddy) Baines joined the Army as a Junior Leader in 1982, before joining the Third Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Berlin.  As a soldier, he served as a Team Commander, Multiple Commander and Company Sergeant Major in Northern Ireland, an Armoured Infantry Platoon Sergeant during Op GRANBY, and as a Colour Sergeant Instructor at the NCO’s Tactics Wing Brecon.  He completed two tours as Regimental Sergeant Major, first as RSM Chilwell Station, after which he returned to assume the post of RSM First Fusiliers just in time to deploy on Operation TELIC.  Commissioned in 2004, he served as Unit Welfare Officer, RCMO, Motor Transport Officer and Quartermaster (Tech).  In 2011 he attended ICSC(L) before taking over a post as an SO2 with the Army Inspectorate.  He then deployed to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 18 with the 4 RIFLES Brigade Advisory Group.  On completion of Op HERRICK 18 he returned to the First Fusiliers as Officer Commanding Headquarters Company, and subsequently took over his last post at regimental duty as Quartermaster.  He was then selected to be the first Late Entry Officer to teach at the Defence Academy of the UK as a member of the Directing Staff on ICSC(L).  He was appointed Commander Aldershot Garrison in July 2018. 

Lieutenant Colonel Baines was awarded an MBE in 2006, for his contribution to the welfare of soldiers and their families. 

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