A MALVERN specialist that helps to create sustainable communities across Herefordshire and Worcestershire has secured one of the major titles at the Social Enterprise West Midlands Awards.

Nick Comley, Organisation Development Coach at Community First, beat off the challenge of tens of candidates from across the region to secure the SE Professional accolade at the event at the University of Birmingham.

He impressed judges with his dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to regenerating, sustaining and supporting rural and urban communities and also his ability to provide strategic advice and guidance to organisations planning for the future. Among Mr Comley's achievements have been helping social enterprises access funding opportunities, lobbying for better rural broadband provision, community bulk buying and helping to ensure village halls play an even greater role in local life.

Sallie Ryan, partnerships manager at Social Enterprise West Midlands, said: "This is one of the biggest award ceremonies in our sector and it is only right that we recognise organisations, enterprises and individuals that are creating businesses that have a sustainable impact on the communities in which they operate. We had a record number of entries this year, showcasing tales of expansion, innovation, passion, community spirit and employee development. These are serious businesses, with clear strategies that are being delivered and helping to add wealth and jobs to the West Midlands.

“Nick is a highly respected figure in social enterprise and often goes beyond the call of duty to help communities in Herefordshire and Worcestershire."

Mr Comley said: "It was fantastic to be surrounded by some of the finest social enterprises in the West Midlands and even better that on behalf of Community First, I was able to come away with one of the main awards. It is recognition for the amazing work our staff do in preparing and helping communities become more sustainable and prosperous in what is an ever changing world we live in.”