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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 sector, starting in 1990 with the RNIB, then spent a long time working in the homelessness field with Crisis and Shelter. Cath 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, Cath is Mum to two teenage children,  enjoys walking, watching films and going to the odd gig.

  • 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 plans and monitors the resources needed.  When not crunching numbers, David enjoy mountains and hill walking in all seasons.

  • 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.

  • Esme Winston-Little

    Family Services Manager

    Esme joined Leeds Mencap as a volunteer in the youth clubs in 2011, going on to work in and then lead these. She became the Family Services Manager in 2016, having previously worked within SEN in the local council. Her role is to manage and oversee family support and activities for young people with a learning disability and their siblings, as well as developing the services offered by Leeds Mencap. She sits on a number of boards and steering groups across the city, including the SEND Partnership Board and SILC Cluster. In her spare time Esme enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and traveling.

  • 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.

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