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.
Sharon Nanan-Sen, Director
Sharon is the Chief Executive Officer of Wolverhampton Voluntary & Community Action (WVCA), which plays a leading role in bringing resources to the city that are then shared with the VCSE. Sharon has worked at WVCA for 8 years supporting local organisations and groups to access millions of pounds worth of funding to develop and grow their charities and social enterprises. Before joining WVCA, Sharon worked in Local Government for over 25 years, her roles included Strategic Lead for Services for Young People in Children's Services and General Manager, Adult Services.
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.
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.
Vicky Hines, Director
Vicky started as Chief Executive Officer at One Walsall in November 2022. She has worked across the West Midlands region, starting her career at Wolverhampton City Council in the mid-1990s. She has also worked for a national homelessness charity in the West Midlands coordinating a wide range of advice and support services for people from underserved communities. Over her career, Vicky has championed a strengths-based approach to her work, facilitating co-production, fostering collaboration, and progressing strong partnerships.