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

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


Rob Netherway

Flourishing Community Services Manager 

Rob is passionate about community and has a wealth of experience working in a variety of roles supporting individuals and organisations to achieve meaningful change.


Carole Donnelly

Social Enterprise Development Manager

Carole is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a real passion for making a difference in local communities.

Joann Reynolds

Independent Living Co-ordinator (Sycamore Court)



Debbie Bates

Health & Wellbeing Lead

Debbie co-ordinates, manages and delivers activity around the Erdington Neighbourhood Network Scheme. She also supports the implementation and delivery of services which aid residents physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Kay Blundell

Office Manager / Senior Administrator

As Office Manager and Senior Administrator, Kay makes sure that our offices at Perry Common Community Hall and Sycamore Court are running smoothly and that administration is organised and up-to-date – ensuring that all the WLCA team stay organised.



Carol Grant

Homes & Property Officer

Carol has a wealth of experience working in the housing sector which is invaluable in her role with Witton Lodge, supporting our tenants in all aspects of their residency from collecting rent payments and organising repairs to advising on benefit claims and legal responsibilities.


Chantelle Holmes

Contracts & Compliance Officer

Chantelle is our Contracts & Compliance Officer for the Health & Wellbeing team. She supports the administrative functions of the Erdington Neighbourhood Network Scheme and the Department of Health & Social Care funded project; North Birmingham Social Prescribing Programme. Chantelle is also responsible for ensuring contract compliance for these projects and monitoring the compliance of the HWB Office and team.


Ruby Begum

Employment & Skills Tutor

As our Employment and Skills Tutor, Ruby provides one-to-one coaching and delivers training to help learners build their confidence and develop new skills.


Steven Breese

Finance Manager

Steve supports the strategic financial needs of the Association, especially in relation to achieving its business growth objectives and business plans. He also manages the operational aspects of the Association’s finance function.

As a fully qualified Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Steve has dedicated the last eight years of his career to supporting charities and community groups.


Monique James


Monique supports the Finance team with exceptional daily management of all financial functions in the organisation, ensuring all invoices are paid, revenues are collected and records are kept up to date.


Kirstie Maxfield

Benefits & Wellbeing Officer

Benefits & Wellbeing officer Kirstie provides assistance with predominantly, but not exclusively, any welfare benefit related enquires. This can range from assistance with form filling, general guidance and benefit calculations to initial appeals paperwork for tribunals. In addition, she is able to assist with general issues as they arise with the aim to improve the wellbeing of the client.


Dawn Franks

Wyrley Birch Sessional Worker

Dawn is a familiar face around the local area.  As part of our community work in Wyrley Birch (located about half a mile from Perry Common), Dawn has been arranging activities and speaking with local people.  She helps out on Friday mornings at the Orchard Tea Room in Witton Lakes and also works with a number of other local organisations doing excellent work.


Iram Fardus

Business Development & Performance Manager

As our Business Development & Performance Manager Iram develops new partnerships and enterprises with existing and potential stakeholders.


Gareth Hopkins

Homes And Assets Development Manager

Gareth manages all of Witton Lodge Community Association’s 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 letting process.


Cecil Leachman

Building Supervisor

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



Lead Employment and Skills Tutor

Nargas has several years of experience in planning, delivering and managing local, regional & national regeneration projects, with particular expertise in employment, volunteering, skills development and enterprise related programmes. She also has a strong background in Quality Assurance and Performance Management. Nargas has joined Witton Lodge as a Lead Employment and Skills Tutor; supporting and enabling residents to develop themselves and move into positive destinations.

Dellano Lewis

Engagement and Employment Support Worker 

Dellano works in our Jobs & Skills team.  His role is to help people with their employment needs, giving advice and support to find work and further training.  His role is focused on people who are 16-29 years old.


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 provides advice and support at our Job Club on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and works behind the scenes on a wide variety of projects.


Michael Lamb

Homes & Assets Administrator Apprentice 

Michael supports the housing team on anything from rent collection, to reporting repairs and maintaining our homes. If you contact us about a repair or housing issue, Michael will be happy to help.


Steve Sharma

Communications Officer

Former journalist and newspaper Editor Steve co-ordinates and manages all external and internal communications for Witton Lodge, ensuring that tenants, residents, the local community, partners, stakeholders and staff remain informed on all association activities, projects and events. He also manages our social media platforms and, working with the print and broadcast media, keeps the general public and wider community updated on the latest WLCA news and developments.

Hyacinth Smith

Welcome Officer/Administrator

Hyacinth provides efficient front-of-house services at Sycamore Court during office hours (9am to 5pm) Monday to Friday, responding to tenant and resident queries and providing advice and guidance for people to access support services. She also carries out daily wellbeing checks and assists with activities that enhance residents’ quality of life.

In her administration duties Hyacinth deals with contractors, suppliers and stakeholders who deliver services at Sycamore Court.