Witton Lodge Community Association

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.

Joann Reynolds

Independent Living Co-ordinator (Sycamore Court)




Debbie Bates

Health & Wellbeing Development Manager


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.

Fauzia Begum

Wellbeing Officer


Fauzia brings many years of expertise and experience to Witton Lodge, supporting the local community in matters of health and wellbeing. Her particular strengths include one-to-one counselling and mentoring.


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

Project Monitoring & Quality Officer


Chantelle works across the Flourishing Communities team to monitor all projects and contract performances; supporting colleagues to ensure all requirements are adhered to and service quality is maintained. On a daily basis this involves creating, maintaining and updating systems and processes, working with colleagues to collate and analyse information and submitting reports to funding bodies, internal colleagues and external stakeholders.


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.


Francesca Strothers

Project Assistant


Francesca has just graduated from Loughborough University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Politics.  During her time there she completed an internship as a Commercial Finance Intern at The Walt Disney Company.  In her spare time Frankie enjoys cooking, training her dog and playing the piano.


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

Finance Officer


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.


Daniel Crumpton

Projects Assistant


Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Crumpton previously worked as a Personal Trainer. With a clear passion for health, fitness, and overall wellbeing, his appointment at Witton Lodge will further his experience and development by enhancing his communication and IT skills as well as utilising his is existing skillset and passions for health.

Kirstie Maxfield

Benefits & Wellbeing Adviser


Benefits & Wellbeing Adviser 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.


Rashminder Plaha

Employment Coach


Rashminder works alongside people to help them achieve their training and employment goals by facilitating and delivering a range of  careers information, advice and guidance sessions.


Daljinder Lall

Monitoring & Compliance Officer


Daljinder is our Monitoring and Compliance Officer for the Ignite Aspirations Team. Her role ensures that Witton Lodge Community Association remains compliant with ESF guidance so staff can continue to deliver an effective service to all clients.


Melissa Gayle

Employment Coach


Melissa provides one-to-one employment support, helping clients access training and opportunities to achieve their career goals. This support involves CV writing, job searching, application support, preparing for interviews and activities which build confidence.


Scott Baldwin

Volunteering Development Worker


Scott’s role at Witton Lodge is to support the development of both our current and potential new volunteers as well as those volunteering with other community and volunteer organisations within the area. This includes finding the right volunteering opportunities for people and ensuring they have access to high level training.


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.


Karen Partridge


Karen is a member of our Flourishing Communities Team, supporting people to reach their potential. Her main duties include office administration, taking case notes, managing data and answering telephone and customer queries.





Employment & 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 an 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 Employment & Skills team. His role is to help people with their employment needs, supporting them to access services, giving advice and support to find work and further training.


Paul Tse

Flourishing Community Development Co-ordinator


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 works to co-ordinate a wide range of community projects across Witton Lodge.


Michael Lamb

Homes & Assets Administrator


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.


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