Meet
the team

A core focus of support and building the local community. 

The Brasshouse Community Centre is run on behalf of NSDT by a team of dedicated staff, who ensure the smooth running of the centre with a core focus of support and building the local community. 

Jenn Harrison BEM

CEO & Company Secretary

Jenn’s role is to provide leadership and be overall responsible for the organisation’s operations, administration and financial management. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, she ensures that the charity listens and responds to the needs of the community and develop the organisation’s long-term plan, budget and ensure it complies with the law and regulations.

Acting as ambassador for NSDT, she is the public face for campaigns and building of relationships with customers, and partners and plays a key role in motivating and engaging volunteers, staff, beneficiaries and prospective donors.  She is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider. 

Jennifer was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2018 for voluntary service to Young People and to the community in Birmingham. She is also a charity Trustee of a number of local and regional charities in her spare time. 

Liane Smith

Community Food Hub Manager

Liane’s role is to provide leadership and be overall responsible for the organisation’s Community Food Hub Programme including “Your Local Pantry – Brasshouse” which is a membership-based food club that enables people to access food at a small fraction of its usual supermarket price, improving household food security and freeing up more money for other essential household costs such as rent and utilities.

The weekly fee at the Brasshouse Pantry is £4.00, for which members will be able to choose ten items, with a total value in excess of £20. 

Liane is a keen volunteer in her spare time, a team player who strives hard to get the right result. She is ambitious with a creative flair and believes that if something doesn’t work out first time, think of different ways to make it work. 

Pamela Sahonta

Finance & Administration Officer

Pamela works alongside the CEO to ensure the accurate preparation and maintenance of financial records for the organisation in accordance with policies and procedures and in accordance with legislative and statutory requirements.

She also supports the Trust, the Board  and the wider staff team and volunteers. She also manages hire and use of facilities on behalf of the Trust. 

Chris Edwards

Facilities Manager

Chris manages the caretaking and cleaning team ensuring the centre is opened and securely closed for out-of-hours bookings during evenings and weekends, providing assistance as required e.g. ensuring hire space including communal areas are clean and presentable for the next booking.

Chris also works with the CEO to ensure that all Health & Safety arrangements are in place at the Centre. 

Alym Uddin

Match Day Car Park Steward

Alym provides support the Car Park Manager in the safe operations of our match day car parking enterprise. 

Nicola Nolan

Car Park Manager

As the Car Park Manager for North Smethwick Development Trust for all home games of West Bromwich Albion FC.  Nicola ensures the smooth and efficient running of the car parking operations and of the staff under her supervision. 

Harsh Paul

Caretaker and Match Day Car Park Steward

As a caretaker, Harsh ensures that the Brasshouse Community Centre is operational, safe and secure, during out of office hour operations – and supports the activities that take place at the Centre. Harsh also provides support the Car Park Manager in the safe operations of our match day car parking enterprise. 

Our board of Trustees​

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and strategy of the NSDT. The Board is made up of 11 Trustees. The Trustees have full legal responsibility for the actions of the NSDT. Members are appointed for a renewable term of three years and are the directors of the company for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006.

The Board meets at least four times a year. They delegate the day-to-day responsibility for the running of the NSDT to the Chief Executive Officer. It has approved and adopted a Conflicts of Interest Policy and Code of Conduct.  

The Chairman of the Board directly line manages the Chief Executive. The Trust regularly seeks input and engagement from local residents in its work through organising meaningful consultations which also act as an accountability mechanism for feeding back on the achievements of the Trust and to check whether we are making an impact.  

Anthony McFarlane

Chairman

As Chairman, Anthony holds the Board and Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. As Chair, he also supports the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely to achieve agreed objectives.

He acts as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive. 

He is an established photographer – using photography as Artistic Documentary, specialising in evocative images of black and white simplicity in documenting the world we live in and creating bespoke photographic limited-edition books.  Born in Yorkshire he first used the camera in the 80’s to begin documenting black British performers in the Birmingham area, capturing some very iconic images over the last decade. 

During the last few years he’s developed his own photographic workshops, concentrating on using the camera as a tool for self-awareness and is currently also a Board Member of Friends of Creative Arts.  

Anthony was awarded the Charity Trustee of the Year 2018 in the Volunteer Centre Sandwell Awards. 

Irene Ellis MBE

Vice Chairman

Irene is the Chair of the Albion Tenants and Residents Association and the Albion Neighbourhood Watch, and as a local resident has  been a Board member since 1999. Irene works as a carer for the local authority and champions the promotion of the economic, social and environmental regeneration of the area. Irene was awarded the Member of the British Empire for services to the community of Smethwick in 2014. 

Matt Trump

Treasurer

Matt is the Director of National and International Finance of Hadley Industries Plc, a globally successful business with a long standing head office and manufacturing location in Smethwick and is a Chartered Accountant with experience in the Audit, Corporate Finance and Manufacturing sectors. His background in finance helps the charity to be successful and sustainable social enterprise it strives to be.

He is enthusiastic about supporting people and organisations in achieving their goals through insightful and pragmatic financial advice. 

Pam Kaur Randhawa

Board Member

Pam is a local resident and currently serves as the Greets Green & Lyng ward Councillor and has been a Board member since 1999 and is former Chair of the Trust and also she is the Chair of Governors at the local primary. She has a passion for local issues and the local environment and believes in moving the area forward through regeneration and consultation. 

Rakesh Aggarwal

Board Member

Rakesh has been a member of the Board since its inception in 1992. He is a local resident, local businessman and pharmacist and has local pharmacy and properties in the area.  He’s married with a family and very keen on environmental issues. Rakesh was recognised for 25 years service in the charity sector in the Volunteer Centre Sandwell Awards 2018. 

Steve Bloomer

Board Member

Steve is a finance and business professional with significant international experience leading large functional areas. An alumni of both the Windsor Leadership Trust Emerging Leaders Programme, and the Foundation for Social Improvement Non-Executive Director Programme which introduced him to the Trust, which have allowed him to offer strategic decisions which have been adopted for future direction and long-term success.

A husband, proud father of two, lifelong Baggies fan and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he strives to harness skills to drive and encourage positive outcomes.

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Phone: 0121 555 5672
Email: info@nsdt.org.uk
Address: Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA
Office hours:
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Brasshouse Community Centre hours:
Monday - Friday 08:00 - 21:00
Saturday - Sunday 09:00 - 14:00