Our Staff

Steve Leighton, Finance Manager

Steve joined a firm of chartered accountants in 1982 and spent the next 29 years building up experience producing accounts and other reports for a large variety of organisations. Since 2011 he has worked in the charitable sector providing finance and accountancy services to a number of local organisations.

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Sajida Carr, Director of Operations and Development

Sajida has overall responsibility for operations and development for CBC, including financial management, evaluation and governance. Her roles also involve developing authentic strategic relationships and identifying creative opportunities. She is also passionate about the unique collaborations built on what already exists in the Black Country… its stories, people, place, heritage, businesses, talent. Previous to this role, she spent several years focussing on developing non-traditional audiences within the Museums and Heritage sector.

Parminder Dosanjh, Creative Director

Since graduating in Fine Arts and Arts Management, Parminder has been actively involved in the creative industries working with wonderful pioneers in the arts, heritage and media world. Her first real job was as trainee producer with Leicester Haymarket Theatre (Now the CURVE) and helping to set up an outreach programme for what was then the first Asian Theatre Initiative in a producing theatre and she has since been promoting diverse communities on BBC Radio 4, BBC Leicester and BBC 6 Music.


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 personally committed and motivated to values of social justice, equality and diversity and raising the aspirations of local individuals, communities and community organisations, however they are constituted. 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.



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.

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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.

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.

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Mark Davis

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.

Hannah Clarke, Family Matters Partnership Manager

Hannah has been involved in the Family Matters Project since its start in 2016. Previously she worked within the Probation Service for over 10 years in a variety of different roles. She specialises in developing systems and databases.

Carly Houghton, Monitoring & Compliance Officer

Previously working within Further Education for ten years which included posts as an Employer Responsive Auditor, Exams Officer and Management Information Systems Officer. These roles have given Carly knowledge in funding and compliance to support the Family Matters Project and Partners.

Dan Yale, Family Matters Finance Officer

Dan joined the team in March 2018 after working for an investment bank for the previous five years. As the finance officer for the Family Matters project he focuses on ensuring partners claims are paid on time and are compliant with funding guidelines.

Ayaan Said, Monitoring & Compliance Officer

Ayaan joined Family Matters October 2018 with previous experience in the Building Better Opportunities Project. Ayaan supports financial claims alongside partner compliance.


Donna Hickman, Project Administrator

Covering all administration aspects Donna added to our team November 2018.  Supporting the Family Matters team in the day to day running of the project while liaising with 16 partners.


Rosalind Argo, Programme Coordinator at Creative Black Country

Rosalind has been working in the creative and cultural sector for over 10 years. She has always worked with creative organisations whose main objectives are to engage and work with local communities to develop creative and cultural activities for their local area.

Rosalind's role involves coordinating and supporting on activities, events, general operations, evaluation reporting, arts and cultural sector development opportunities with and for communities across the Black Country as part of the delivery of the Creative Black Country programme