Meet The Team

Our Team

There are lots of opportunities to meet the WLCA team at events and activities in and around Perry Common.  The team are based at our offices at Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court.  You can call us on 0121 382 1930, email or come into our office at Perry Common Community Hall (between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday) to find out more.


Afzal Hussain

Chief Officer

As Chief Officer.  With his many years of experience in project management and leadership, Afzal has responsibility for managing WLCA and ensuring that our organisation grows and we are able to support even more people in our local community.


Sarah Blackstock

Health and Wellbeing Officer

Sarah takes an active lead in supporting the local community to be healthy, leading a wide variety of exciting initiatives and services to minimise the impact of health issues.  She is currently working with local groups to achieve this.


Kay Blundell

Office Manager

As Office Manager, Kay makes sure that our offices are running smoothly and that administration is organised and up-to-date; ensuring that all the WLCA team stay organised.


James Carless

Communications Officer

James has responsibility for managing communications for the organisation, including our website, social media and promoting the excellent work of the WLCA team, volunteers and local community.


Natalie Downey

Cleaning Operative

Everyone likes a clean place to live and work.  Thanks to Natalie, that’s what we have.  Both Natalie and Alison ensure that Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court are kept spotless – for everyone to enjoy.


Iram Fardus

Employment Inclusion Officer

As our Employment Inclusion Officer, Iram is Team Leader for the Jobs and Skills team.   Iram leads a wide range of projects to help local people, with everything from our Job Club, Erdington Works scheme and much more.


Alison Foxall

Cleaning Operative

Everyone likes a clean place to live and work.  Thanks to Alison, that’s what we have.  Both Alison and Natalie ensure that Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court are kept spotless – for everyone to enjoy.


Lauren Fridlington

Community Projects Development Officer

Lauren’s role within the organisation is to link-up all the events and work, we and partners are doing.  Her big job at the moment is helping to manage and co-ordinate our work within local libraries: at both Kingstanding and Perry Common Library.


Gareth Hopkins

Homes And Properties Manager

As leader of our Housing Team; Gareth manages all WLCAs 187 properties, including our 40 apartment extra-care scheme at Sycamore Court.  This includes everything from making sure our homes are well maintained to negotiating contracts and overseeing our lettings process.


Melissa Jackson

Employment Advisor

Mellisa works in our employment team.  Her role is to help people with their employment needs; giving advice and support to find work and further training.


Sabrina Jaques

Environmental Initiatives Officer

Sabrina co-ordinates all our exciting environmental work.  With our Orchard Tea Room, Velvet Community Orchard, Fifty Shades Of Green Gardening Groups and plans in development for our new Environmental Hub at Witton Lakes; there’s certainly plenty to keep Sabrina busy.

Please be aware that Sabrina is currently on maternity leave and her emails are being re-directed to colleagues.


Haleema Khathoon

Volunteer Coordinator

WLCA are lucky to have a team of very enthusiastic volunteers, with a large part of Haleema’s role being to make sure that our volunteers have a positive and enjoyable experience working with us in our office, at community events, on projects and much more.


Cecil Leachman

Building Supervisor

Cec keeps our buildings maintained so that everyone who comes into Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court, comes into a safe environment.  If you ask for tables to be set out for your event or equipment set up; it will be Cec who will do this for you.


John Smith

Finance Officer

With all these properties and activities taking place; John’s role as Finance Officer is essential to make sure that the organisation’s finances are well managed, that there is enough money to pay our suppliers and everything financial stays up-to-date and organised.


Paul Tse

Flourishing Community Development Officer

Paul is the team member responsible for organising many of the community events we hold every year, including our very popular Spring Into Spring festival and Christmas On The Ring.  He also helps out at our Job Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays and works behind the scenes on a wide variety of projects.


Alisha Vale

Homes and Property Officer

Alisha ensures that 187 homes are well managed, well maintained and that our tenants are happy.  She takes a lead in reporting any repairs to the contractors so that they can be fixed and helps to resolve any other issues that arise.  If you contact us about a repair or housing issue, Alisha will be happy to help.