Carole is a retired Social Housing Executive and has a track record in investing in people and communities and large capital building programmes. She is passionate about assisting people and communities to become empowered through education, training, work and active citizenship. She has been a Trustee of SIFA Fireside since July 2016 and became chair in 2018. She is also chair of the Pioneer Group; a community-led social housing provider in north Birmingham.
Annette is a qualified social worker with over 30 years work experience inclusive of 15 years as a senior manager. She has worked across a number of social care fields including child protection, fostering, adoption, residential and leaving care services. She also holds the role of a Designated Safeguarding Lead and shares responsibility for policy, practice and service development.
Holly has 20 years of experience working with vulnerable adults and young people with complex support needs. Holly provided both strategic and operational management support across a range of third sector and NHS services to develop services that reduce health and social inequalities. Holly has spent her career ensuring that the rights of vulnerable people are respected, their voices are heard and they are empowered to live independent, socially included lives.
Martin Chidgey: A former Head Teacher and voluntary sector Chief Executive, Martin has been closely involved with SIFA Fireside since 2015. Martin has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector working with organisations that support vulnerable people and their families. Before joining the Board of Trustees, Martin was Company Secretary at SIFA Fireside and prior to that had worked in partnership with SIFA Fireside in the delivery of Criminal Justice services.
Glen is a marketing and communications specialist with more than 15 years’ experience of working for the commercial sector in a range of management positions. Glen has been on the board at SIFA Fireside since 2016 and brings extensive knowledge around effective marketing and profiling of the charity including online and digital techniques.
Dave has a background in teaching and has been with SIFA Fireside since the two charities merged more than ten years ago. In addition to his extensive professional experience, Dave also runs SIFA Fireside’s AA group every Friday and is a strong advocate for ensuring that the voice of our clients is present around the board table.
Locally grown, Catherine is the General Manager at Fierce, an international performing arts festival in Birmingham where she does everything and anything that needs doing, from HR and policy development to finance and producing events. Alongside her work at Fierce and in the arts, she freelances as a consultant and trainer for small charities. Catherine joined the SIFA Fireside Board in October 2022.
Martin joined SIFA Fireside in a voluntary capacity as Company Secretary in 2019. A former Assistant Director in the Civil Service his main responsibilities included corporate governance and finance. Prior to that he worked in urban regeneration, both as West Midlands Policy Lead on a range of Government initiatives and as Head of Corporate Services and Communications at regeneration programmes in Castle Vale and Kings Norton. Martin was also a Trustee of the Birmingham Irish Association for several years.