Khatija Patel, Director
Khatija is the chief executive officer of Ideal for All – a user-led charity based in Sandwell managed by disabled people. The charity provides a range of independent living services, across the Black Country, supporting people to be economically active and live as independently as possible. Khatija is a qualified management accountant (CIMA) and has been working within the voluntary sector for over 15 years, previous to this she ran her own retail business.
Ian Darch, Director
A founder Director of BCT, Ian has been the CEO of WVSC for 11 years. WVSC support the VCS in Wolverhampton and lead a number of consortia including for the delivery of Talent Match, a £10.3M lottery funded project. Ian is a qualified social worker with an MA in applied Social Sciences. Prior to his current role Ian was the Head of Community Care with a Housing association and ran a national funding programme for the Department of Health.
Alex Boys, Director
Alex has worked with and for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector for over 13 years. Most recently Alex has provided senior leadership within VCS infrastructure bodies, currently as Head of Business Development for NAVCA, and previously as CEO of One Walsall. Alex has previously worked for national grant making bodies delivering project management for complex financial programmes, and within local authorities and VCSE organisations delivering business development, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement functions at a local and national level.
Mark Davis, Director and Company Secretary
Mark draws on over twenty years’ experience within charities and social enterprises in leading SCVO, the umbrella body for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector. He has worked at both local and national charity level, developing community initiatives and volunteering programmes, including an NGO stint in sub-Saharan Africa supporting resident-led health and education services. Mark joined SCVO in 2003, in a capacity-building support role, and has been Chief Executive since 2008.
Manjit Dehal, Director
Manjit has over 34 years’ experience of working with, developing and strategically overseeing services for children, young people, families and communities as well as leading and managing a diverse range of teams both in the public and third sector; she has vast experience of managing change, transition, developing effective partnerships, budget management, policy development and bid writing. She is keen to build on the invaluable work already undertaken in Walsall, connecting and empowering the sector so that we can work effectively with the statutory sector to help achieve positive outcomes for local people and communities.
Andy Gray, Director
Andy has been Chief Executive at Dudley Council For Voluntary Service (DCVS) since 2004. He has been part of the voluntary and community sector for the last 20+ years both as a volunteer and paid officer taking up roles as a Volunteer Centre Manager, Advice Worker, Community Care Officer and senior management roles. Andy has spent all of his working life championing the interests of the local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector. Andy has sat on many strategic partnerships, chairing boards such as the Local Strategic Partnership, Sports Networks, Social Enterprise development and Compact Development.
Jane Clarke, Director
Jane has worked within the social housing sector for more than 40 years and has recently retired from the post of Chief Executive of a specialist housing association based in the Black Country, a post which she held for 27 years. Jane is still active in the voluntary sector in Dudley and also runs a small charity in India with her husband. A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute Jane is keen to use her experience and skills to benefit the community.