New board members and relocation for Smart Works

Victoria Camfield, Squire Patton Boggs, Philippa Pickavance, Philippa Pickavance Real Estate, and Jilly Cosgrove, Barques Design.

A charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need has welcomed new trustees to its board while announcing a relocation to Birmingham city centre.

The organisation, which is UK wide, initially set up its Birmingham centre in Northfield in 2016. However, with a group of new trustees headed by Philippa Pickavance of Philippa Pickavance Real Estate as chair, joining the board in June, it was decided that a city centre location was a priority for the charity’s future success and expansion.

The new centre is within the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council building, which is home to a number of other charities on Digbeth high street.

Pickavance said: “I am very excited about joining Smart Works and working with the existing and new trustees and huge team of volunteers whose support makes the work of our staff possible and our aims achievable.  Our main priority is to help more women back into work year on year and to guide Smart Works Birmingham through our next growth phase.

“I am delighted that two of my good business friends have also joined as new trustees: Jilly Cosgrove of Barques Design and Victoria Camfield a partner at solicitors Squire Patton Boggs, who is also company secretary. Their skills will add to the existing talented board members and together we are now well placed to achieve the fundraising we need so that the staff and volunteers can provide our services.”

Smart Works Birmingham was given help from partners including Harrow Green, Overbury, RPS and Ted Baker who all came together to help with furniture, decorating and transporting over a hundred boxes of clothing and rails across town.