Giles Bloomer OBE DL - Director

Rotherham runs through Giles Bloomer like letters through a stick of rock. Although born in Barnsley, it was Rotherham where he was raised. He went to Rotherham Grammar School before following his father’s footsteps to Birmingham University, where Giles studied Civil Engineering.

His father was Director of Education for Rotherham County Borough Council, his mother a teacher – and his parents instilled in him values that would influence his career.

Giles specialised as a Water Resources Engineer for several years before returning to South Yorkshire to pursue a career in the construction Industry running his own business, Aizlewoods Building Materials – a supplier of materials to the trade and general public.

In the mid-1980s, keen to meet like-minds and progress his own business reputation, he joined Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. Within five years he became President. At the time the government formed new Training and Enterprise councils to stimulate regeneration. Giles became Chairman of the Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, Training and Enterprise for the next six years. The Board consisted of members from the private and public sector. He found the work incredibly worthwhile. He used this learning to develop his own staff and proudly became the first builder’s merchant in the country to be awarded an Investors in People accreditation.

As someone fortunate in business, he was also acutely conscious of the hardships in his hometown following the closure of the coal and steel industries. After selling his business, he remained involved in the potential partnerships of the public and private sectors.

In 2006, he was invited to become a Trustee of the South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF). As one of Key Fund’s founding member organisations, Giles then became a director of the Key Fund.

He brings to the board invaluable experience at strategic level in the charity, education and public sectors. Amongst other roles, Giles was governor of Rotherham College and non-executive director of Rotherham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. As the ‘desirable face’ of capitalism, Giles understands the need to be financially robust whilst supporting social aims.

Giles was High Sheriff of South Yorkshire from 2008 to 2009 and is a retired Deputy Lieutenant, having been Vice Lord Lieutenant for five years. He was made an OBE for services to training in the town in 2008.

He is proud of Key Fund’s existence and its hard-earned reputation as a trusted organisation with its track-record of rejuvenating hard-hit communities in his hometown, and beyond.

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