About us Meet the staff Staff Profile - Shane Ward Born in England Shane sees himself as African in origin. His parents came to England from the Caribbean island of Nevis in the 1950’s. Shane is a father of two and grandfather of one and lives in Birmingham. His early working life saw him work in youth and community work in Birmingham, Newtown, Erdington, Aston and Handsworth, before leaving Birmingham in 1996 to complete a BA (Hons) degree in Social Science and Administration from the University of London Goldsmith’s College in 1989. Shane has worked in Sandwell since 1990 initially as a health promotion officer with Sandwell Health Authority during which time he completed a Msc in Health Promotion before joining WBACRC in February 1995. His role centres around day to day management of the organisation’s staff and resources, fund raising, contract negotiation, supporting the board in decision making and championing the needs of the community and representing the organisation and the voluntary sector. In 2001 Shane completed a post graduate diploma in management studies(DMS) and was invited to be a visiting lecturer at University Of Central Birmingham which he did for two years. He was the treasurer and chief fundraiser for Sandwell Young African Caribbean Achievement Event which recognised over 5,000 young people for their achievements. He is the chair and founder member of Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation AKA (Kuumba). He was a junior county cricketer and played semi professional football. He is also an FA level 2 Football Coach and in his spare time he coaches junior football. Shane has been actively involved in promoting prostate cancer awareness in the community and he is committed to ensuring that older people get services that you would be happy to recommend to your family. Shane actively promotes education as key to individual and community development and spent many years supporting the Saturday School which is now boasting a number of graduates under its Alumni. Shanes claim to fame is that he has seen Pele play live and met both Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. Shane loves cooking and likes to keep fit and active. In recent years he rekindled his love of football by playing in walking football tournaments. He loves dancing and can often be seen performing salsa routines with his group of friends. In 2016 Shane received a Life Time Achievement Award from Bex Live celebrating people of colour, for services to the community.