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 and Community Sector in the West Midlands for ten years. Holding various posts at Big Lottery Fund, Alex developed insight and experience in all aspects of VCS funding, infrastructure support and measuring impact working across programmes including Transforming Local Infrastructure, Big Local Trust and Talent Match. Recently, Alex has supported Walsall’s VCS through roles at Walsall Council and currently holds the post of Business Development Manager at Age UK Walsall and a seconded post at Walsall Voluntary Action
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.
Geoff Henderson, Director
Geoff is Director of Digital Native Academy, a digital innovation practice and Director of Urban Hax CIC, a community maker space set up to harness the creative potential of residents in the Black Country. He has worked for large corporate such as IBM and BP and, in a varied career, in academia, economic development and urban regeneration. He has worked with clients in the public, private, academic and third sectors and believes this diverse experience can benefit the Voluntary and Community Sector.
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.