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.
Clarke Carlisle – Chair
Clarke Carlisle is a former professional footballer who played for clubs including Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley during a career spanning more than 15 years. During his playing career, Clarke also spent time studying and gained a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting from Staffordshire University. Clarke was also part of the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) Management Committee, where he was chairman for over two years before stepping down after announcing his retirement from the game in May 2013. Clarke remains heavily involved in football through his work in the media as a commentator for both ITV and Absolute Radio. He also presented a BBC documentary titled ‘Footballs Suicide Secret’ in which he investigated the issue of mental ill health in football.
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. He is currently the Branch Manager of their Blackheath branch.Outside of his main employment Chris gives his time voluntarily as a Trustee with another local charity, Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children. He is also 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. One of the founder members of ‘Inspire You’ which works to help empower disadvantaged children and young people in Brazil, Monica also sits on a number of Boards including Health for Living, South Staffordshire Housing Association and Regional Action West Midlands.
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.
Ben Purkiss is currently playing professional football for Port Vale FC in League One, having previously played for Walsall FC, Hereford United, York City and Oxford United. Ben has a degree in French and Law from the University of Sheffield and sits on the board of the PFA (Professional Footballers Association)
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.