The Gr@nd


Community Interest Company

The Gr@nd Healthy Living Centre is a department of the Gravesham Development Network Community Interest Company (CIC).

The CIC Board Members are accomplished members of the society who have turned their skills and experience towards aiding the multitude of services and activities offered by the Gr@nd.

This in turn provides the area with award-winning opportunities for residents that make Gravesend a forward-thinking and truly community-driven home.

If you would like to contact the Gravesend Network Development, you can reach them by email at


  • John Britt

    John Britt

    For the last 25 years I have been working in different aspects of the health arena from the early beginnings at the sharp end of health promotion delivering people-focussed programmes then, from 2001, at a strategic level liaising with commissioners and other programme providers to create, develop and deliver the health improvement programmes of the GR@ND.

    In 2010 I was the force majeure behind the creation of the Community Interest Company, Gravesham Network Development CIC, which shifted the GR@ND into a commissionable state to fit with the new and emerging “landscape” of outcome-based commissioning.

    With a Master’s in Public Health I have been ideally placed to steer the GR@ND into its prime position as the go-to organisation in Gravesham for people-focussed health and social care solutions.

    When I left Gravesham in 2014 I was asked to join the Board of the CIC.

    Skills: public health policy and delivery; commissioning; community engagement; network development; programme management and evaluation and general management skills.

  • Cllr John Burden

    Cllr John Burden
  • Steve Edwards

    Steve Edwards

    It was London in the 1970’s as a teenager, when I was first introduced to ‘Youth Work’.  These two guys approached us and started chatting about all these activities and trips away they put on at a local club just up the road from where we met.  Before long I was in there taking part in everything they offered and during those early years took part in Senior Member Training, taking an active part in running the younger aged clubs. Alongside my proper job in the West End, I volunteered as a youth worker for ten years when out of the blue an opportunity came up for me to take on a full-time youth work position.

    Going to College and gaining my Youth and Community Qualification was a major achievement for a young lad from the streets of South London.  I continued working in London both voluntary and paid for a total of 20 years before venturing to the boarders of the M25 to join Kent Youth Service with the task to develop Detached Youth Work locally and eventually across the County, setting up projects and managing teams in town centres and rural villages.  This work lead me into more face-to-face delivery of training, creating policies, manuals of good practice alongside the personal development of all staff within both the voluntary and statutory Youth Service of Kent.

    This chapter drew to a close In February 2010 after 40 years of working alongside young people.  However, it wasn’t long before a new opportunity rose with me setting up my own business as the director of ‘Refocus Training & Management Consultancy’ where I’m able to offer my management support, training alongside many years’ experience.  It still brings me into contact with young people but mostly its main focus is now on quality assurance and the management/personal development of people working alongside young people.

    When I was asked to join the Board I felt it would be an exciting new role for me where my knowledge and experience would link in to the work done by the Grand.

    Skills:    Management, youth work, training delivery

  • David Mead

    David Mead

    Prior to my retirement in January 2004, I was a career Civil Servant in the Department of the Environment. I joined the Environment Agency on its formation in 1996 where my responsibilities included development of the new organisation and its corporate governance, and external relations and influencing activities.

    Since retirement, I have enjoyed working in a variety of roles in the Voluntary Sector and the world of education. This gave me an insight into the changing expectations of voluntary organisations in the way in which they provide vital community services. The opportunity to join the Board of our CIC in November 2011 enabled me to build on this experience of the governance and organisational challenges facing the sector. I am keen to support the CIC’s role in meeting community needs in a creative, responsive and effective way that makes a real difference to the quality of life of individuals.

    Skills: management and strategic leadership in the public and voluntary sectors, networking and communications.

  • John Miller

    John Miller

    I am a recently retired chartered surveyor (general practice) having worked for Kent County Council and then Gravesham Borough Council as Property Services Manager. I retired from my post, full time, in 2011.

    I am a founding member of the Gravesham Network CIC and am particularly keen to see the company thrive through dedicated building improvement and expansion projects. I am equally hopefully to see hiring opportunities provided to complementary and like minded organisations.

    I joined the CIC board in August 2011.

    Skills: Estates and property management/development.

  • Paresh Patel

    Paresh Patel

    I qualified as a Pharmacist in 1980 and moved to Kent from London in 1984 when I purchased my Pharmacy in Gravesend. It has been a pleasure providing healthcare to the local community for the past 32 years and developing services to fulfil the changing needs of today’s population. Pharmacy and the role of Pharmacist has changed considerably since I qualified and I have enjoyed adapting and undertaking further courses in order to deliver an up to date service to our patients and also provide training to students from the Medway School of Pharmacy. Education has always been my passion and in 2012 I was asked to join the Governing body of Mayfield Grammar School to serve on their finance committee. I am also a founding member of the Gravesend and Meopham Rotary club which has allowed me to take part in a number of charity events for our local community.

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