Chief executives might normally be expected to be office-bound but Geraldine Howley left her desk behind yesterday to help revamp a community centre.

Mrs Howley is group chief executive with Incommunities and she joined other staff from the organisation to brighten up the Gateway Centre in Ravenscliffe, Bradford, as part of the Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day. Their challenge was to decorate the main hall, weed and clean paths outside, create a seating area and repair a large wooden planter.

Toby Heslop, from Incommunities’ HR team said: “We have been set a big challenge but everyone was eager to get stuck in.”

Mrs Howley added: “I was really looking forward to joining other community volunteers and helping to brighten up the centre.

“At Incommunities we have a proud track record of supporting community-based projects.”