Meet our Executive Board
Jas Bains MBE, Chief Executive, Ashrammoseley
Jas Bains is Chief Executive of Ashrammoseley and in 2011 was awarded an MBE for his outstanding services to housing and community cohesion. Under Jas’s stewardship, Ashrammoseley has successfully configured from a specialist BME housing provider, to a mainstream community cohesion catalyst within housing and neighbourhood development, which has won three national awards. Jas is the Accord Group lead for socio-economic regeneration overseeing work to create jobs, skills and enterprise for local communities. He was previously a Board Member of Advantage West Midlands and is currently a committee member of two nationally influential social research organisations - Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Centre for Social Justice.
Francis Healy, Head of Locality (Housing)
Francis is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has over 30 years of experience working for both Housing Associations and Local Authorities, joining Moseley & District in 2012. Francis is responsible for the day to day management of the housing arm of the business, ensuring the best possible service for Ashrammoseley’s customers delivered in the most cost effective manner. Francis is passionate about working with and for the local communities we serve and in developing through partnership opportunities for customers to influence their locality and the wider civic community and economy.
Muna Choudhury, Head of Locality (Communities)
Muna has 19 years of working within both the voluntary and public sector and this experience covers extensive collaborative working between local authorities, health trusts, housing association’s and community agencies, particularly around health and housing related issues. She has worked with Ashram for eight years and in this time has influenced and developed work around women and families, promoting gender equality and cohesive communities. Muna is a Law and Economics graduate and holds a Public Service Management MBA and more recently has achieved a management diploma in coaching.
Natalie Jones, Business Support Manager
Natalie has 17 years of experience working in the housing and neighbourhood renewal sector and has extensive research and project management experience including; the development and delivery of a regional award-winning retrofit and carbon management pilot project and securing funding for Birmingham’s BIG Lottery funded multi partnership project ‘Pay Ahead, Stay Ahead’ (PASA). During 2004-2011, Natalie was responsible for both the strategic and operational management of the central Government-funded Midlands Centre of Excellence for Neighbourhoods. This role encompassed the thinking and testing of new approaches around micro neighbourhood development and community engagement models. Natalie is also an SROI Practitioner, accredited NLP Practitioner and has achieved a management diploma in coaching. Natalie's educational attainments include a BA (Hons) in Housing and Applied Community Services.
Caroline Wolhuter, Head of Social Inclusion
Caroline works closely with community partners, third sector organisations, universities, businesses and statutory agencies to co-develop proactive neighbourhood programmes, community investments and policy platforms. This builds upon a decade of business development, research and policy experience linked to domestic violence, intercultural housing, health inequalities, active citizenship, integration and poverty for the Accord Group. Caroline has led on strengthening the Accord Group’s child poverty commitments and the establishment of Holiday Kitchen - a nationally recognised programme that offers learning, food and play support to families when schools and the related support is unavailable. Prior to joining the Accord Group, she worked on socio-economic policy implementation and evaluation in England and South Africa. Caroline has a PhD in Policy Studies (University of Bristol); MSc & BA (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa).