Meet the team

Meet Birmingham Community Matters’ trustees, supporters and colleagues.

We are growing the BCM team, so do tell us if you have skills, time or relevant knowledge you would be happy to share. We are currently seeking trustees, as well as recruiting for a paid Development Assistant role (do visit our opportunities page to find out more).

October 2019: this page is being updated. Please come back soon to meet our team. 


Emma Woolf MBE

“Currently I’m a volunteer and trustee for Cotteridge Park and Birmingham Open Spaces Forum. With 35 years of campaigning experience I’m a ‘give it a go’ kind of woman.”

Chris Bonnard

“I live in South Birmingham and have been Chairperson of Shenley Youth & Community Trust since September 2010. Previously I was Chief Executive of two infra-structure voluntary organisations in the West Midlands and Deputy Director of an organisation resettling refugees from Vietnam. I am able to offer management, business planning and governance skills and experience to the work of Birmingham Community Matters.”

Dipali Chandra

“Having worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 20 years, I am currently a freelance consultant who runs West Midlands Funders Network, and undertakes funding assessments, monitoring, organisational reviews, research, strategy and business development for the third sector.”

Karen Cheney

“I have been involved in local government and communities for over 30 years, with a specific experience in community asset transfer, community development, community planning and engagement.”

John Fletcher

“I am a chemical engineer involved in multiple community activities such as Bournville Model Railway Club, Friends of Northfield Library and Weoley Hill Church.”

Nick Booth

“I’m a former BBC political reporter and television and radio documentary maker who now owns and runs Podnosh. In 2012 I was pleased to accept a Prime Minister’s Big Society award on behalf of the Social Media Surgery movement I helped to establish. This is the model upon which Birmingham Community Matters is based.”

John Ellery

“I am the founder and director of Get Grants. After a decade working in the voluntary sector, I formed Get Grants to meet the unmet need around fundraising knowledge and skills. Get Grants provides practical support, advice and information through a range training courses, as well as resources and content on our website and regular newsletter.”

Marie Kreft

“I support Birmingham Community Matters with blogging, newsletters and social media, through my copywriting business Good As Gold. I’m continually inspired by my BCM colleagues’ ability to make things happen, and enjoy helping them convey their ideas and achievements in writing.”