We have three highly skilled board members who collectively have over 60 years’ experience working with national and local voluntary organisations and networks; they support service delivery and create policies to govern organisational activity.
Dr Bob Ramdhanie
Dr Bob Ramdhanie, our Chair is a Community Development Practitioner with years of experience managing capacity building programmes nationally and internationally.
He was the first Director of the Urban Trust, a national charity established to support minority ethnic VCOs where he oversaw the design and delivery of a highly successful national capacity building programme. As Director of Capacity Building at Fullemploy , Dr Ramdhanie designed a similar programme with emphasis on network and partnership development among London’s VCOs.
Cynthia Kusi, our Treasurer is a Certified Accountant with a breadth of experience in leading finance and accounting functions in the voluntary and further education sectors. Cynthia is also an experienced counsellor and trainer who supports young people with personal development and employability skills training.
Sam Obeng-Dokyi, our Operational Director and Company Secretary, has been a Management Consultant and Trainer for over 20 years. In these roles, he has supported VCOs to help them achieve sustained improvement in their organisational performance, and assisted a significant number of community residents to participate effectively in decisions which affect their lives.
Sam coordinates CLEN’s capacity building activities involving bespoke consultancy support to VCOs, and training and mentoring for individuals interested in taking a more active role in their local community.
Prior to joining CLEN, Sam fulfilled a number of senior management roles in the voluntary sector, including the role of Director of Capacity Building at Fullemploy, a national charity. He also worked with Voluntary Action Islington, delivering a programme of community capacity building, and more recently with ADP Consultancy providing capacity building support to a significant number of voluntary and community organisations.
Sam has a wealth of experience in social enterprise development, and supported a significant number of VCOs and individuals to generate earned income through social enterprise. He has also undertaken a number of research and capacity building assignments for Local Authorities and government agencies including: the development of a Social Enterprise Strategy for Lewisham Council; Mapping Minority Social Enterprise Activity in London, and delivering one-to-one practical advice and support for start-up Social Enterprises on behalf of Islington Council.
Sam’s training and mentoring programmes for community residents over the years have yielded a number of positive outcomes including: confidence to attend and participate in local forums, and minority ethnic representation on school governance and charitable boards to ensure their views and interests are represented.