High Fives

Meet the Team.



Alderman Dave Tyler


Dave has a wealth of practical experience as a former Police Officer (30 years) and a local Councillor (21 years) to bring to Black Country Mental Health.

As Mayor of Dudley in 2017/18 Dave and his Mayoral team raised a total of £60k for 3 charities one of which was Black Country Mental Health.

Elected as Chair in 2018 Dave is confident that our recent change of name will bring new opportunities for support, finance and volunteering from all 4 corners of the Black Country. He is looking forward to exciting times ahead.

Kirpal Mandair

Vice Chair

Kirpal is married with two adult children and has worked as a Finance Manager with a large local parcel company for over 23 years.

Kirpal co-facilitates our walking group and meets up for chats/coffee with some of our service users.

He has been involved with us for over five years and in his spare time enjoys walking, reading and music.


Fiona Lucas

Is a former Needlework and English teacher and has run her own weekly classes in dressmaking and craft business for over 35years around the United Kingdom and on cruise ships.

She is passionate about young people and has been involved in Girl Guiding from a young age, a leader for over 40 years, currently an International & National Trainer, Girlguiding Dudley Division Commissioner and County International Adviser.

Fiona is also an avid fundraiser locally, for Guiding and their International trips and for charities in our area. She was an ambassador to former Mayor Alderman Dave Tyler fundraising and organising events.

Fiona has been a trustee for four years; she delivers Mental Health awareness sessions and is chair of our fundraising sub-committee.  She is looking forward to getting some big events off the ground soon. 


Lauren Perry

Lauren works at a local university. In her role, she organises events and visits local schools to help young people develop their skills and apply for university.

In her spare time, she volunteers with the local Girl Guides. She is currently an Assistant Leader at the Ranger Unit locally. 


Mohammed Bashir Kahn

Mo is a married man with two grown up children. By trade he is a self-employed Motor Mechanic.

He has served 25 years as a Magistrate on the Dudey, Halesowen and Black Country Benches.

He has also served several  years on the Management Committee of the Dudley Centre Mosque.

Mo has been a trustee since 2019.


Ken Parsons

First became involved with Black Country Mental Health as a service user in 2013 when he started to experience mental ill health after leaving work. He is now a service user representative on the board and has attended many mental health forums to ensure he keeps up to date with services in the area.

Ken has good admin skills and with his own experience of mental health issues looks forward to being an asset to the charity in the years to come.


Andy Walsh

Andy has been in the care of the local Mental Health system for over ten years. He feels that Black Country Mental Health has opened a door for him. This has both improved his mental health and lessened the impact of his condition.

Andy has been a trustee for over four years and very much looks to the future of the charity.