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 2010. It is under her leadership that the charity rebranded from Sandwell Mind into The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.
She is responsible for the overall strategic, operational and financial management of the organisation and has an in-depth knowledge of mental health provision for adults, children and young people as well as a strong understanding of charity management and development. Having a keen interest in employee wellbeing and organisational development, she led the charity to gaining 7th place on the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for in 2017 and was positioned at number 6 for the most inspiring leadership. In 2018 the organisation also won the Sunday Times ‘Special Wellbeing Award’ recognising the emphasis that Monica places on her team’s wellbeing. Monica holds a MSc in Housing and has also 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.
Holding a formal qualification in Corporate Governance, Monica has held a number of non-executive roles throughout her career and is currently a Director at the Sports and Recreation Alliance for whom she is the Board Lead for both Equality and Mental Health. She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director at Birmingham County Football Association. She is also a member of the Premier League’s Equality and Diversity Panel.
Monica also supports The Kings Fund Cascading Leadership programme and has been selected as one of the funds leadership consultants to the third sector.
Monica is one of the founder members of a charity which works to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people through the medium of sports, in particular football, in the UK and Brazil.