Our Patrons

  • Ruth Lea CBE

  • Economic adviser of Arbuthnot Banking Group and Co-Founder of Global Vision

    “I am delighted to be a patron of the BCA and totally support its aim of promoting Commonwealth-related opportunities and trade throughout the West Midlands region. For too long we have neglected the Commonwealth, a vibrant organisation of friendly nations, with great futures.”

  • Tessa Sanderson CBE

  • During her 26 years competing for Great Britain Tessa was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year (3 times) by the Athletics Writers Association, she also presented the Sports News for 2/3 years for Sky Television. Her media career involved television presenting for BBC, ITV, Bloomberg, GMTV, Talk Sport Radio.


    Tessa has taken part in various BBC Show’s and is a natural in front of the camera both as a guest and a host. One particular show recorded the highest viewing of the whole series on one evening with over 2.9 million viewers – it was repeated 9 nine times during the year.


    Tessa was a Board member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company and continues to be very involved with that area today. Her charity support is extensive, her latest work includes
    being Patron of Adoption UK having just adopted two young twins herself.


    Tessa continues to be a regular within media, whether it be ‘A Question of Sport’ (2016), BBC Radio news review (2017) or entertainment ‘Celebrity 5 go Barging’ Channel 5 (2018). She is often featured in magazines, broadsheets and the popular press (Hello Magazine 2016 covered her 60th birthday , Daily Telegraph featured ‘mother at 57, model at 60’). Very much a TV/Radio personality outside of her sporting achievements she regularly gives keynote speeches as well as hosting award functions. More recently she was signed by Greys Model Agency and is developing work in fashion and beauty balancing this with her young family and sporting interests.


    Tessa continues to be a corporate business ambassador helping to build brand awareness.

  • The Phoenix Newspaper

  • “A positive, informative and objective publicaiton dedicated to tackling the real issues that affect the multi-cultural communities in the midlands area”
A BCA Strategic Partner
BCA Ambassador
Councillor Diane Donaldson – B’ham City Council
A BCA Strategic Partner
BCA Ambassador
Councillor Mohammed Aikhlaq MBE – B’ham City Council