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The following women currently make up our board:


Monica Shafaq

  I am delighted and honoured to have been elected   as the new Chair of WOW at the Annual Meeting on 15th November 2012. I am looking forward to meeting more members and to helping to shape WOW to meet the challenges ahead.

My professional qualifications are in housing, care and social support professional with 15 years experience at senior management level. I am a proven and enthusiastic leader motivated by both creative thinking and empowering people. As Chair of WOW I will use my skills and experience to lead the organisation, develop the new Board and to champion women’s opportunities and participation in city life.

 An effective networker, communicator and strategic thinker with the ability to develop visions that others wish to follow, I will continue to build on the partnership WOW has and to forge links with new organisations to support women’s groups and services.  My experience as a successful researcher, policy and strategy writer possessing the skills to effectively review operational structures and processes will help to ensure that WOW increases efficiency, productivity and value for money.



   Ray Virdee (Treasurer)

 My career is in the Civil Service and my professional skills are in accounts and audit, which enables me to support WOW as Treasurer. I am active as a campaigner for my local community and volunteer at my local housing office, and am keen to support other women to be involved in all levels of community decision-making  and service delivery. As an independent woman I am keen to support and empower other women and WOW is an excellent way to do this in Wolverhampton. Through my trade union I am active in ensuring women are represented at work and receive equal treatment and feel this is an important issue for all women today. Ensuring that the diversity of our city population is reflected in the membership, Board and service delivery of WOW is one of my top priorities. I have experience of developing & monitoring policies & strategies to ensure equality and diversity through involvement in Race Equality Council and AWAAZ.


  Clare Roberts 

I was born and raised in Wolverhampton and feel passionately about promoting the rights of women in this city.  I am a mum of three (two boys and a girl) and a magistrate, sitting both in the adult criminal and family courts. I am also a volunteer at the Wolverhampton Children’s Contact Centre, providing secure and safe setting for children to spend time with their non-resident parent. I have spent eight years working in public sector and market research, primarily in business development roles and believe that these skills would be very beneficial to the Management Committee of WOW.



  Popinder Kaur


My professional qualifications are in business and research and teaching.  I have 10 years experience of working in the charitable and voluntary sector. I have been a WOW board member during its inception and supported the development of WOW work for 8 years.

My experience in strategy and successful fundraising will hopefully continue to help WOW develop new programmes of work, and sustain activity.  Having lived and worked in Wolverhampton all of my life, I am committed to the aims of WOW and aim to support women in the city fulfil and reach their ambitions.


Charlotte Clode


I am a solicitor working for a large practice in the city. My field is litigation and dispute resolution, particularly commercial & contractual disputes, media and defamation. The particular skills I bring to the Board of WOW are networking and organising events. I have experience of chairing Wolverhampton & Black Country Junior Lawyers Division and managing Wolverhampton Business Breakfast Club. As a young professional woman in the city I have an understanding of the concerns and priorities of my peers and can help WOW to contact and engage more women within this group. I am looking forward to being part of the Board of WOW and helping the organisation to be an effective voice for all women in the city.



  Amita Sudra

  responsibilities – to develop / pioneer  a programme of study for Pastor’s wives, leader’s wives & women taking  a leading role in churches, making it culturally relevant to the context  but also sensitive to the needs of African women in church & society. Participate in all aspects of the life of the college.

Responsible for the whole programme, students & part-time teaching staff.  Taught most courses in curriculum. Co- taught some courses at degree level.

responsibilities : supervise one staff, co-ordinate & run theological training events specifically designed for Asian Christian Women.

Achievements:   Raised funding for this group

Responsibilities: Provide culturally relevant & sensitive self- help groups for Asian women with Diabetes, helping them to realise that they can live a full life despite having a life-threatening disease.

Achievements:   2003 – Queen’s Jubillee Award for Voluntary Service to the community

Courses taught : Women Leadership & Participation, Training the Trainers -Black Women Health & Community work skills, Decision making, participation & power, Influencing Women

Achievements: Freelance trainer in Women’s development


Join our board!

We are currently looking for new directors with experience in social networking and marketing, fund-raising and income generation. If you have experience and skills, some time to spare and are keen to support WOW please email Amanda Bevan on [email protected]