The Board of Trustees have overall strategic control of the organisation. In order to ensure effective control the Trustees have overall control of policy implementation and performance monitoring. The Board operates in an open and accountable way. We embrace the fundamental need to set high standards of conduct.
Ben Purkiss – Chair
Ben Purkiss is currently playing professional football for Swindon FC and as well as being the chair of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, is also the Chair of the Professional Footballers Association. Ben joined the board at the end of 2014 and has a degree in French and Law from the University of Sheffield. He has previously played for Port Vale FC, Walsall FC, Hereford United, York City and Oxford United.
Mark Wood – Vice Chair
Mark joined the Board of Trustees in 2012. Mark has been a user of the Kaleidoscope Plus Group’s community wellbeing service since 2005. He played a key role in (PIM) people in Mind, which included the role of Editor for the service-user led magazine BeeMuzed. Before illness prevented Mark working full-time, he worked in children’s social work as a senior manager specialising in Residential Care. Mark holds a B.A (Hons) in Sociology and the Diploma in Social Work. Mark is also a Trustee of NSUN (National Survivor User Network) a national Mental Health charity and from 2015 is its treasurer.
Chris Mills – Treasurer
Chris has worked in the Financial Services industry with the West Bromwich Building Society since 1998 and is a qualified mortgage adviser. He is currently the Retail Manager responsible for a number of branches within the local area. Outside of his main employment Chris gives his time voluntarily as a Trustee with another local charity, Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children, holding the position of Vice-Chair. He has previously also held the position of Vice-Chair of the Staff Union West Bromwich Building Society.
Monica has been involved with the charity sector for a number of years and has been the Chief Executive of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group since 2009. It is under her leadership that the charity rebranded from Sandwell Mind into The Kaleidoscope Plus Group. Monica holds a MSc in Housing and previous to her employment with the Charity spent several years working in the social housing sector.
Committed to promoting the role of women and Black and Minority Ethnic individuals in leadership roles, she has chaired the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisation’s national Black and Asian Leadership Special Interest Group and has also been involved in a national group addressing Governance in the Third Sector.
Throughout her career, Monica has held a number of non-executive roles and currently sits on the boards of Health For Living, Regional Action West Midlands and the Sports and Recreation Alliance for whom she is the Board Lead on equality. She is also a member of the Premier League’s Equality and Diversity Panel and consultant to the Kings Fund’s Cascading Leadership Programme.
Darren Moore is a former professional footballer who played more than 500 games in the Football League most notably for West Bromwich Albion and Derby County. During his playing career, he earned three international caps for Jamaica. Following his retirement from football, Moore stayed within the game and is a fully qualified coach and up until July 2014 was a member of the management committee of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA). He left this role to take up the position of Development Phase Coach at West Bromwich Albion. Darren joins our Boards of Trustees after graduating from a PFA and FA backed Governance On Board Scheme aimed at getting more footballers and ex-footballers from a minority background on to the Board of Directors. Darren is a devout Christian and he is active in the Christian charity Faith and Football.
Faye is a Trainee Educational and Child Psychologist, currently completing her Doctorate in this field. Faye has a Masters in Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions, and a BSc(Hons) in Psychology and Genetics. Faye was previously employed by the Kaleidoscope Plus Group for four years as part of our Talking Therapies service, working as a Trainee, Qualified and finally Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. Faye has particular interest in therapeutic interventions and supporting individuals with learning difficulties. In her spare time, Faye enjoys adrenaline sports, travelling and renovating her first home.
David is an FCCA qualified accountant working in social housing and is currently Resources Director of Watmos Community Homes, a tenant led housing association with homes in London and the Midlands.
David has held executive director roles with a number of housing associations and not-for-profit organisations in the West Midlands. David specialises in finance, treasury, governance and resources.
David is also a non-executive director of Spring Housing Association which provides housing to homeless people and refugees.
Angela has a wide range of experience working within the private, public and voluntary sector.
Angela has successfully implemented several change management programmes across public and third sector organisations. She has successfully implementing several key projects including new IT systems (Microsoft; CRM; CFS), Quality Assurance Frameworks (ISO; PQASSO; IiP; IiV) and developing internal Management Information systems. Some of Angela’s “good practices” have been shared through the Adult Learning Inspectors Excalibur website and as part of a pilot OfSted inspection for DWP contracted programmes.
Angela gives back to her community by offering governance advice and support to local charities for example offering advice and guidance on the setting up of The Jodie Lou Foundation. She proactively links community groups together through her day to day role and acts as a volunteer / ambassador for several local charities. She is also actively involved with a Military Support and Welfare group sending regular supplies to our armed forces abroad.
David has lived and worked all his life in the West Midlands. From leaving school until retirement in 2007 David worked in the N.H.S. in a range of administrative and managerial positions in general acute hospitals and then specialising in the management and development of mental health services.
After retirement David worked as an independent advisor for six years and it was during this time that he first had contact with The Kaleidoscope Plus Group and the introduction of the IAPT service.
David is currently chairman of one of the Patient Participation Groups (PPG) within the Dudley C.C.G.
He is chairman of two (separate) registered charities; one is concerned with the relief of poverty and hardship in South India; and the other strives to improve life chances and educational opportunities for children in various overseas countries.
In his spare time David assists at a volunteer-led community support centre, particularly running a furniture scheme; and he also spends time trying to race historic motorcycles.
Surrinder Bains is the Strategic Manager at the Handsworth Association of Schools and provides strategic, operational and project support to over 20 schools. Before this, he worked for John Taylor Hospice, Sandwell MBC and also Birmingham City Council. He has worked in Housing, Regeneration, Strategic Partnerships, as a business consultant, and with charities and social enterprises. His passion is to make every moment matter and to deliver the vision and mission of organisations and ensure that staff, supporters and partners receive an excellent experience.