Find out more about the people and staff that work for the Disability Resource Centre
Chief Executive and Company Secretary
Louise has a strong leadership and senior management background in the public and third sectors working at national, regional and local levels. She has been DRC’s Chief Executive since 2005 and has overseen the organisation’s continued growth and development.
‘DRC is a great organisation with strong social values which align with my own. The staff team are incredibly loyal and dedicated and I’m extremely proud of the great work they do to improve the lives of disabled people.’
Deputy Chief Executive
Ray works with Louise to develop DRC’s long term strategies and plans, and is responsible for the delivery of all operational programmes and services. Ray has worked in several senior management positions in the public and third sectors, most recently as the CEO of the Birmingham Employment Skills and Training (BEST) Network.
‘I am very pleased to be working with an organisation with a great mission and a great team of dedicated staff. Even with my varied knowledge and experience, the variety within my role means I’m learning all the time at DRC.’
Samina has been the Executive Assistant to the CEO at DRC for over 4 years. Her role involves supporting the work of DRC at the most senior level, supporting the Board of Directors’ meetings and other staff meetings, minute-taking, arranging appointments, preparing reports, and supporting the HR function.
‘I love working here. There’s never a dull day in the office here at DRC.’
Head of Finance and Resources
Louise has worked at DRC for the past 3 years and is responsible for all the finance functions including: payroll, pension accounts, and financial returns for funders.
‘I like working at DRC because we are making a difference to people’s lives’.
Head of Fundraising & Marketing
Jenna has 13 years’ fundraising and marketing experience in the charity sector in the Midlands. Jenna’s role is to oversee DRC’s Fundraising and Marketing and put together plans and proposals to ensure we raise enough money to continue to run all our life changing projects.
‘I love working at DRC as I’m constantly inspired by everyone around me. I am also humbled by the generosity and continued support of our wonderful donors and supporters.’
Head of Partnerships and Business Development
Steve has over 14 years’ experience working in the charity sector in fundraising for both national and local charities. Steve has worked at DRC since January 2017 and with Jenna, leads on the income generation and marketing priorities for the charity.
‘I love the people at DRC, both the disabled people we support and my colleagues, they are so inspirational and passionate about improving the lives of disabled people – it is a joy to work with them!’
Fundraising and Marketing Manager (currently on maternity leave)
Sarah has worked at DRC since March 2017, securing funding for DRC’s many services and helping to raise the profile of the charity and its marketing objectives. Sarah has worked for 8 years in the Fundraising and Marketing sectors, working for various charities across the Midlands.
‘I love working for DRC because my colleagues are all so passionate and inspired by our cause. It’s great to work with like-minded people who want to make a difference.’
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As part of her role, Kay undertakes multiple administrative duties to enable the smooth running of DRC’s office/services. Kay has over 25 years’ experience of working in customer facing and administrative roles.
‘DRC employs caring and efficient staff and I am proud to be part of a team that has such positive effects on clients’ lives.’
Head of Service, Risk, quality and Compliance
Nikki is Head of Risk, Quality & Compliance and is DRC’s nominated Data Protection Officer. As well as overseeing DRC’s quality assurance, contract compliance and continuous improvement strategies, she works closely with delivery teams to ensure projects run smoothly and ensures our services are delivered to a high standard.
“No two days are ever the same working for DRC. I am proud to work for a charity which makes such a difference to the lives of so many disabled people.”
Service Manager -Employment and Training
Ambreen is responsible for all of our employment and training programmes and services at DRC. Ambreen has 14 years experience in delivering and managing employment and training projects and public sector programmes to disabled people and those with mental ill health including 8 years senior management experience. Ambreen also has a degree in psychology and a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy and has a special interest in strategic planning, contract mobilisation and health and wellbeing.
I have a person centred approach to work, and I enjoy developing strategies to overcome project obstacles
Andrea is the Service Manager for Information, Advice and Advocacy and lead on our community development work in Yardley, Birmingham, including the Neighbourhood Network Scheme. Andrea has over 15 years’ operational management experience and 3 years’ commercial experience within the social care sector.
‘I like working for DRC as I genuinely care about our clients and really want to make a positive difference in their lives.’