Profile of Iftikar Karim

Social accounting and auditing experience

My interest in the social accounting process began in 1998-99 whilst working for Black Country Housing Association – one of the first organisations to implement social accounting in the West Midlands . From 2001 onwards I played a more substantial role in the social accounting process within All Saints Action Network (ASAN) a Wolverhampton based Development Trust. I was part of the group, led by ASAN, which undertook developmental work in the West Midlands in 2004/5, including a Seminar: "So you're a social enterprise? Prove It!"' in April 2005, followed by the first West Midlands Social Accounting Cluster (WMSAC) which ran in 2005/6. I remain active in promoting social accounting, focusing on the West Midlands and have arranged awareness raising events as well as working directly with organisations either involved in or interested in social accounting.

I attended SAN's first 3-day social accounting and auditing Masterclass in the West Midlands, spring 2006. I participated in a number of social audit panels which resulted from the West Midlands cluster: Moseley Community Development Trust and North Smethwick Housing Development Trust. I chaired the social audit panel for Cefn Mawr Rhos-y-medre Newbridge Community Association in 2006 mentored by John Pearce.

Background

The bulk of my work experience has been within the West Midlands voluntary and community sector. Since 2000 I have worked as a Research & Community Development Consultant and have delivered numerous local, regional and national social research, project development and service evaluation commissions. Much of this work has been carried out through Tara Consultancy a Wolverhampton based Community Enterprise. My interests remain around developing and testing strategies to support resident involvement in research and consultancy activity as well as supporting the development of community enterprises – particularly within urban and diverse community settings.