Meet the Board

Eve O’Connor

About: I am the centre manager of the Cornbow Shopping Centre, I have been in post for over 20 years serving the community of Halesowen.

I am currently the Chair of Halesowen BID and I have worked extremely hard since the BIDs inception to give Halesowen an advantage in challenging times. I am also the Chair of Halesowen in Bloom where Halesowen has just represented Britain in the International Challenge, Halesowen has a fantastic cohesive community which I am proud to work with. I am married with 2 girls and a crazy cockapoo! I enjoy long walks, books, films and cooking great food for family and friends.

Neil Fox
About: I am General Store Manager of Asda Halesowen and I have worked in the store since September 2018. I have been with Asda since 2003 working in numerous different roles and stores across the West Midlands.

Originally from Newport in Shropshire, I have lived in Willenhall, Wolverhampton for the last 10 years with my wife Debbie and 11 year old son Max. Previous to working in Halesowen I wasn’t too familiar with the area but I have to say it is a very friendly neighbourhood and I have met a number of people who really want to make a difference in the community. I am very keen to have as much involvement in this as possible with a particular passion around Inclusion which we are working on in store at the moment.

Outside of work I am football through and through although my support of Wolverhampton Wanderers has caused me to have a few rivalries with colleagues in my shop! I also like to keep fit and swing the odd golf club when I get the time.

I am really excited to have joined the Board of the Halesowen BID and together, working with the new team make a real difference to Halesowen Town Centre, the surrounding areas and most of all to our community.

Christian Richards

About: I’ve worked my whole career in design and print and, happily, I now find myself working at full service agency, Colour Cubed Creative Communications on Earls Way with my old colleague from our record industry days, Simon Greenfield.

Outside the world of media, I’m married to the lovely Jayne, a Halesowen lass and have two grown up children. I enjoy languages, a bit of theatre, cricket, football, good food and The Velvet Underground.

When I was asked to join the board of Halesowen BID, I didn’t hesitate to jump at the opportunity to improve business within this great town.

Vicky Rogers

About: I am Vicky Rogers, I joined Halesowen BID in Feb 2019 and have enjoyed every minute since the day I landed. My previous role as many will know was spent serving with West Midland Police as a Police Community Support Officer, the last 5 year I spent in Dudley Town Centre. In 2018 I was awarded the force Diamond award and gained the title ‘PCSO of the Year’  This then had me questioning myself, “Well, What now?”, well here I am!!

I am married with two children, Max and Katie, who are my world! They are both football mad, I therefore spend most of my time, being that embarrassing mom shouting on the side of the pitch! I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my extended family and friends. I am partial to experimenting with different gin cocktails too.

I love my holidays, both sun and snow. I take great pleasure from popping on a pair of skis, ride the chairlift and try to make it down a mountain in one piece.

I enjoy cooking, not that I’m by any means ‘Masterchef’ but it’s usually edible. My signature dishes would be my homemade lasagne and lemon drizzle cake.

My favourite film would have to be Dirty Dancing, however when it comes to theatre, it would have to be Les Miserables.

I can’t start the day without a cup of tea and my favourite meal would be ham hock, mashed potato, peas and parsley sauce.

Ellie Hunt

About: Hello, I am the new Ambassador for Halesowen Business Improvement District. Born and raised in Halesowen, I am very much looking forward to working within the Town, local businesses, and the community to make it a better place to work, live and raise a family. In addition to working for the BID, I run a weekly Slimming World group. I love helping people improve their health and wellbeing. I live locally with my husband Jim and 3-year-old son Bobby. During my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit, visiting family and friends, trips to the cinema and theatre, and eating out.