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Meet the team

Say hello to the people behind Leeds Mencap! From our trustees to our CEO, we’re all passionate about giving children and young people with learning disabilities the best possible support. Find out more about who’s working behind the scenes to keep Leeds Mencap offering our fantastic services.

Our Team

  • Cath Lee


    Cath joined Leeds Mencap in 2013, relocating to Leeds from London with her family, having been a student in Leeds studying Russian and French in her far too distant youth!  Cath has always worked in the voluntary, starting in 1990 with the RNIB, then spent a long time working in the homelessness field with Crisis and Shelter. Kath is passionate about the difference small and medium sized charities can make in their communities and is really proud to be part of such a creative and vibrant voluntary sector in Leeds. Outside of work, Kath is Mum to two teenage children who light up my life and love walking, watching films and going to the odd gig.

  • Sarah Hooker

    Head of Fundraising

    Sarah has been at Leeds Mencap since November 2014. Sarah has overall responsibility for implementing and delivering the fundraising strategy and manages the fundraising team, who raise funds from a range of organisations and individuals and are always keen to talk to more people about how we can raise more together for children with learning disabilities across Leeds. In her spare time, Sarah likes reading, cooking and watching football.

  • Abigail Cunningham

    Childcare Manager

    Abigail manages Jimbo’s Community Nursery, which includes Hawthorn specialist playroom. She has worked in the childcare sector for over 30 years. Abigail is keen to ensure that children from all backgrounds have the skills that they need to be ready to transition smoothly to other settings or start school with confidence. Abigail enjoys reading, walking, swimming and spending time with her family.

  • Steven Williams

    Family Services Manager

    Steve has been working for Leeds Mencap since September 2019 as the Family Services Manager; his role is to oversee all the youth clubs, play schemes and the family support services that we offer. Steve has over twenty years experience working with children/ young people and families.  He believes in empowering people in order for each individual to work to their full capacity and capability. Steve enjoys walking, going to the gym, swimming and socialising with his friends and family.

  • Bernie Gahan

    Centre Manager

    Bernie began working for Leeds Mencap in July 2013 as the Project Manager leading on the development of a new building; this lead to the opening of the Vinery Centre in April 2016 and since then Bernie has been the Centre Manager. To relax Bernie loves playing scrabble on her IPad.

  • David Jorysz

    Finance Manager

    David has been the Finance Manager for Leeds Mencap since July 2018, but he has worked as a finance professional in charities for over thirty years.  David’s role is to enable the organisation to deliver its services and support: he manages the finance systems and plan and monitor the resources needed.  When not crunching numbers, David enjoy mountains and hill walking in all seasons.

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