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Who We Are

Landau is a supported employment and training charity that transform over 800 lives a year across the West Midlands by providing routes to employment, access to learning, social enterprise help and support for personal growth.

Every day, people face difficult circumstances, they battle with bereavement, breakdowns, poverty, mental health, childcare responsibilities, illness, lack of confidence and learning barriers that prevent them from engaging in employment or education. We bring hope to these individuals and local communities through intensive support plans, accredited and non-accredited learning, voluntary/employment placements and Individual Placement Support IPS (1-2-1).

Landau has worked in partnership with statutory organizations to deliver European programmes. The majority of our funding is through the successful delivery of supported employment and training contracts

Our Vision

Our vision is to help people understand their full potential, meeting the evolving and complex needs of those in the community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to transform lives of those furthest away from the labour market. To achieve this, we:

 

  • Put our people at the heart of what we do, celebrating diversity, and focusing on accessibility, inclusion and equality.
  • Empower people to realise their true value.
  • Provide opportunities and support for formal and informal learning and continuing professional development.
  • Impact on the economic prosperity of people, communities and the counties we serve.
  • Drive awareness and support of Landau’s life changing work.

We are Led by

Sonia Roberts

CEO

Sonia spent 20 years in the fashion industry in high profile roles, both UK and globally. She left the industry to become involved in the voluntary sector initially with Young Enterprise, mentoring and supporting young people to develop entrepreneurial and business skills. Sonia became Charity Manager in 2003 and has chaired the VCSA, Shropshire Disability Network and Shropshire Providers Consortium.

Sonia sits on a number of boards across the West Midlands. She was appointed the Paul Harris Fellowship by her peers in 2013.

Sonia has an MSc in Business Management and a Diploma in Public Service Leadership. She is actively involved in fundraising for a range of other charities and organisations both locally and internationally.

Our Board of Trustees

Phil Hall
Chair of Trustees Since 2002

Phil’s daughter Sarah was amongst the first to be found sheltered employment through Landau which lasted for 15 years until her death in 2012. Following a grammar school education in 1957 Phil gained a 5-year Apprenticeship with A.E.I Birlec, an international furnace company heavily involved in the UK Steel industry. While at Birlec he completed a 4-year sandwich course and gained an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Eventually became Market Research Manager. He left in 1970 to start up a timber and joinery business but sold this in 1997 to assist with his daughter’s well-being. Phil is also a volunteer gardener for the Severn Hospice.

Mike Sheilds
Trustee Since 2005

Left School in 1970 and joined Nat West Bank. Moved to TSB Bank in 1980 and stayed with them for 8 years to Branch Manager level. From there Mike moved into local government economic development with Shropshire Council in 1988 staying until 2006 following a 4-year secondment to Business Link.

Between 2006 and 2012 was a self-employed Business Advisor for 6 years working for Business Link, Herefordshire Council and a range of private sector clients and then joined Wolverhampton City Council Economic Development team in 2012. in 2017 moved to the University of Wolverhampton to project manage a European funded programme supporting innovation in business. Ex-member of MENSA.

Voluntary interests 1990 to 2008 Chair of Young Enterprise Shropshire Board, Chair of Young Enterprise West Midlands Regional Board and member of Young Enterprise National Board

Hilary Oliver
Trustee Since 2013

Hilary has been with the charity since it’s inception. She started as Finance Officer, a post she held for over 14 years, thanks to her personable nature she later became HR Officer. Prior to Landau Hilary worked in Accounts for 10 years, was a playgroup leader for 5 years and spent 8 years with British Gas in a number of different roles including Accounts and Customer Service.

Derek Langford
Trustee Since 2002

Derek became involved with Landau as we supported his son who has a learning disability. An engineer who worked in blue-chip companies at a senior management role who then moved into management consultancy prior to operating his own company this was developed it into a going concern until selling after which he returned to management consultancy working in a wide range of business sectors but mainly in the food industry. Derek is Secretary of Llanymynech Golf Club and is actively involved in the running of the organisation.

Andrea Slater
Trustee Since 2015, Business Mentor Since 2014

Andrea’s worked for Lloyds Bank for 31 years. She held an array of branch-based roles undertaken in this time: Bank clerk to Bank Manager in the West Midlands area. In last 5 years, Andrea has taken on Regional management roles, covering South & South East England. In January 2016, she was appointed to the role of Local Director for Oxfordshire Group.

Andrea is also a mentor for undergraduates through the Lloyds Bank Scholar programme – supporting students from low-income families.

Marcelle Kite
Trustee Since 1996

Marcelle is a former further education lecturer and early years’ professional who established and ran a children’s nursery for over 25 years. Voluntary interests include running a Bread Church, distance walking for charity, qualified sailing instructor and volunteer Debt Coach for Christians Against Poverty.