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.
Sajida Carr – CBC Programme Director
Sajida has a long history of working in the Cultural sector. She is passionate about engaging audiences, the arts and the outdoors. Her ability to engage and inspire audiences including those who are categorised as hard to reach led her led her to develop creative initiatives and new ways of working. She holds a MA in Arts Policy and Management – Birkbeck College and is a Common Purpose graduate. Outside of work she is kept with busy with her family and has a keen interest in textile design and surface pattern.
Parminder Dosanjh – CBC Artistic 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.
Liam Smyth – CBC Creative Producer
As a practicing artist, Liam has cultivated an impressive visual arts portfolio working on public art commissions that animate and provoke change in community spaces. The last few years have seen Liam redirect his focus to enabling the creativity of others; in particular, facilitating the involvement of marginalised groups in the arts. After completing an Arts Council accredited ‘Curatorial Traineeship’ Liam has gone on to gain a deeper understanding of the international art world. He has worked at several major arts venues across Europe including ‘Perve Galeria’, Lisbon and ‘The Barber Institute of Fine Arts’, Birmingham; all the while developing his talents in managing and delivering high quality public programming.
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
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.
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 Gatt, Family Matters Compliance and Monitoring Officer
Hannah has spent the past ten years working within the Community Payback teams throughout the West Midlands – most recently as a Deputy Unit Manager but including many years as a Senior Administrator and also including a secondment as an IT Trainer covering the Probation Service throughout Staffordshire and the West Midlands. Specialising in developing systems and databases she also enjoys volunteering for various charities in her spare time.
Tracey Quirk, Family Matters Partnership Manager
I have 15 years' senior management experience in the voluntary sector and 16 years experience in enterprise, employment and training. My last role was as Head of Neighbourhood Services at a Midlands housing association where I was responsible for a wide range of social investment projects as well as overseeing the housing management teams. My experience includes leading on a Neighbourhood Management pilot for Birmingham City Council, developing a Sure Start Children's Centre, leading on an award winning childcare project and developing services delivering money advice and financial inclusion, employment support, resident involvement and community capacity building.
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.
Carly Houghton, Family Matters Project Assistant
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.
Rosalind Highet, CBC Project Administrator
Rosalind has been working in the creative industry for over 5 years, starting as an Arts Administrator at Diss Corn Hall, to working at Creative Arts East as Project Administrator for the somewhereto_ project and then as Community Touring Assistant for LIVE! the East of England’s rural touring scheme, which helps local people to bring arts events and experiences to their communities in rural areas. She then moved to Birmingham and worked with Live & Local, the rural touring scheme for the West and East Midlands. Rosalind has many interests outside of work including going to the cinema, the theatre and visiting exhibitions, particularly textile and costume exhibitions (she studied textiles at Norwich School of Art and Design). She’s a keen runner, having completed several half marathons and she has also been keeping bees for the last two years.