Wolves Foundation are delighted to announce that lifelong fan and chief executive of Paycare Kevin Rogers has been appointed as the charity’s chair of trustees.
Kevin, who became a trustee in July, 2019, was born and brought up in Wolverhampton and has over 30 years’ experience in senior management across the manufacturing, automotive and not-for-profit sectors.
The 61-year-old is also a strong advocate of community initiatives and the Foundation’s work across Wolverhampton, and part of the ethos of Paycare - a long-established provider of health and wellbeing services - revolves around supporting staff with charity endeavours.
“I was extremely proud when I was first asked to become a trustee of Wolves Foundation, and even more honoured to now be appointed as chairman,” says Kevin.
“For so many years now I have seen the incredible work carried out by the staff and volunteers connected with the Foundation and it is such a privilege to be involved.
“It is a very exciting time for the charity which is growing and influencing more and more people across the city in the key areas of health and wellbeing, education and skills and inclusion and cohesion.
“Being able to use the power of the Wolves badge allows the Foundation to have such a positive impact on the lives of people of all ages and abilities, and that has become even more important during the pandemic and will be over the coming years.
“We are also fortunate to have such a skilled and dedicated group of trustees and I am really looking forward to working together with Foundation staff to help take the charity forward.”
Paycare’s association with Wolves Foundation started during the days of Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint’s involvement when the charity was known as Wolves Community Trust.
The Paycare lounge, later renamed in tribute to Baroness Heyhoe-Flint, opened in the Stan Cullis Stand for disabled supporters on a matchday, and the company were founder patrons when the Community Trust was rebranded to Wolves Foundation.
Kevin, who started as operations director at Paycare in 2009 before becoming CEO in 2013, is a long-time Wolves season ticket holder in the Sir Jack Hayward Stand with wife Lindsey, and received the Rachael Heyhoe Flint award for outstanding contribution to the local community in 2019.
“For many years now Kevin has been a really positive force for good in his support of Wolves Foundation, both with the backing provided by Paycare and also as a trustee,” says head of Wolves Foundation Will Clowes.
“He is a well-known figure who is highly thought-of across the business community of Wolverhampton and the West Midlands and shares our values and the importance of the Foundation’s impact throughout the city.
“We are really pleased to have such a strong and diverse board made up of trustees with so much expertise across many different sectors, all of whom have such a passion and enthusiasm about the work of the Foundation.
“The Foundation has never been as busy and active as we are now, with a particular focus on working with partners within the city to help people affected by the pandemic, and we are delighted that Kevin has agreed to become chair of trustees at such a pivotal time.”
There has also been another change to the board with Neeraj Malhotra, a former public health consultant with the City of Wolverhampton Council, stepping down as a trustee after moving on to a new role outside the area.
Ainee Khan, also a public health consultant with the local authority, has now joined the board.
“Neeraj is another who has played such an integral part in the growth of the Foundation in recent years, particularly with the expansion of our health projects,” adds Will.
“We thank her for our substantial contribution and send a warm welcome to Ainee who we are really looking forward to working with moving forward.”
- The Wolves Foundation board now comprises Kevin Rogers (chair), Wolves’ general manager of football operations Matt Wild, former Wolves club secretary Richard Skirrow, Wolves' head of legal Alastair Purssell, senior head of communications with the BBC Caren Davies and public health consultant Ainee Khan.
There is also a vacancy for a new trustee on the Foundation board. The voluntary position will help promote the charity's activities and impact within the local community. Click here for details.