Brother UK Managing Director, Phil Jones takes on a newly-created role as Forever Manchester mark our 25th anniversary.

One of the North West’s leading business figures, Phil Jones of Brother UK, has been appointed president of Forever Manchester, the community foundation that last year gave £4.2m to communities across Greater Manchester.

It’s the first time that Forever Manchester has appointed a president from the business community and Phil Jones will serve a three-year term in the role.

Phil Jones said: “Forever Manchester makes an extraordinary difference to ordinary people living in communities across Greater Manchester. Unlike the big national and regional single-issue charities, Forever Manchester backs good ideas and projects that are hyper-local and provides funds to people that would otherwise have no access to money to improve the wellbeing and happiness of local people in their area.

“As president I’m going to help Forever Manchester realise its ambition to help more people across our region, by raising awareness of how it gives people and companies a different way to channel charitable giving directly into communities. Put simply, the foundation acts like a secret millionaire, giving money directly to people and organisations that often fly under the radar but which make a massive difference to people in local communities.”

Phil Jones’ appointment follows the success of Brother UK in being named one of the UK’s Best Companies to Work For by the Sunday Times and recognition for its environmental, employee engagement and social inclusion initiatives.

Phil Jones said: “At Brother, we’ve developed a blueprint for how companies can achieve success by embracing a new approach to what’s traditionally been described as CSR. Part of my role as president of Forever Manchester will involve speaking to the business community, sharing my experience and showing how Nick and his team make a big difference through their work with employers and communities across the region.”

Nick Massey, Chief Executive of Forever Manchester, said: “This is a great birthday present for Forever Manchester. We’re delighted that Phil has agreed to take on this important role. It further strengthens our commitment to work with the business community to develop thriving local communities.’

The Duke of Westminster has been president of Forever Manchester for more than twenty years and has supported FM through advocacy of its work and a significant and generous donation made by the Westminster Foundation in 2000. He has agreed to become Honorary Life President of Forever Manchester as part of the organisations move towards fixed-term presidencies.