Meet the Board

Barry Wheeler

Barry Wheeler - Halesowen BID Manager

Position: BID Manager

About: Barry has lived in Halesowen for most of his working life, having been employed in a variety of roles ranging from local government to local property management. Barry has a passionate interest in Halesowen and the surrounding area, occupying other roles such as Secretary of the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Rotary Club. The Rotary Club works closely with Halesowen and is responsible for three major events in the town; The Black Country Road Races and Fun Run, The Black Country Food and Flower Festival (Formerly the Street Fayre) and, of course, the Santa Sleigh in the town centre and on the streets of Halesowen and Rowley Regis at Christmas. The club also contributes towards the very successful ‘Halesowen in Bloom’.

More recently, Barry has taken on the role of BID Manager on behalf of the Chamber of Trade. In this role he has had the pleasure of meeting the vast majority of business men and women in the area, and has a sound understanding of the very wide variety of vibrant trades and businesses conducted here, as well as the potential that Halesowen has for moving into an even brighter future if we all work together.



Wayne Edwards

Wayne Edwards - Chairman of Halesowen's Chamber of Trade

Position: Chairman of the Chamber of Trade & Managing Director of Less4OfficeSupplies

About:  Wayne set up Less4Ink in 2004, a hugely successful office supply business, selling printer consumables to businesses, schools and the consumer, evolving into Less4OfficeSupplies.

Wayne is very passionate about supporting local businesses, and takes immense pride in his roles as the Chairman of the Halesowen Chamber of Trade and Rotarian, enabling him to give something back to the local community.

Wayne is keen to develop a strategy to ensure that consumers are buying locally, and consistently from traders in Halesowen. By voting YES for Halesowen BID, you will enable us to invest in a comprehensive marketing strategy to encourage consumers to “Buy Local, Keep It Local” and promote the benefits of buying from local independent businesses within Halesowen.

Wayne’s favourite quote was from Henry Ford; “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”.



Eve O’Connor
Eve O'Connor - Halesowen Chamber of Trade SecretaryPosition: Halesowen Chamber of Trade Secretary & Manager, Cornbow Centre & Member of the BID Board

About: Eve has been Centre Manager of the Cornbow Shopping Centre for 20 years, having overseen the redevelopment of the centre in 2008. Over this time Eve has also seen exciting additions to the area, including the construction of the Asda supermarket, multi story car park and bus station.

Eve is also Chair of Halesowen in Bloom and the driving force of the campaign since 2014, seeing a silver gilt followed by Gold in 2015 and 2016 awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society.

“A successful YES campaign for the BID would make Halesowen Blooming marvellous!”



Stephen Jones
Steve Jones | Halesowen BIDPosition: Chartered Accountant & Treasurer of The Halesowen Chamber of Trade.

About: Stephen is a Chartered Accountant, practicing in Halesowen for over 22 years. He specialises in small businesses, self employed, taxpayers generally and charities. Stephen’s ideals are to ensure that everyone obtains local professional advice at a ‘fair’ fee from a practice that cares about personal service and the local community.

Aside from this, Stephen is also a member of The Halesowen & Rowley Regis Rotary Club, a Charity Trustee, and Treasurer of The Halesowen Chamber of Trade.

Tony Billingham
Tony Billingham - Member of the BID BoardPosition: Local businessman and Member of the BID Board

About: Tony, who is Director for the Carlton Care Group, holds a true passion for the area. He has dedicated his time to roles such as; Board Member of The Black Country Chamber of Trade, Committee Member of Halesowen, Member of Halesowen and Rowley Regis Rotary Club and Member of Halesowen Trades Council (a position Tony has held for the past 12 years!). Tony was also a Halesowen and Stourbridge Magistrate for 21 years until his retirement.

In his spare time, Tony is a keen Jazz musician, playing both Saxophone and Clarinet, and also has an interest in collection classic cars.