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Trustees

Say hello to the people behind Leeds Mencap! These are our Trustees, 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 Trustees

  • Dr Lesley Hewson OBE

    Chair of Trustees

    Lesley retired after 21 years as an NHS Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She worked in Bradford where she was also the Director of the Young People’s Mental Health Services. Lesley became nationally renown for pioneering new ways of working including home treatment for teenagers. She was a long -standing member of Bradford’s Safeguarding Children’s Board. After retiring she worked in an advisory capacity to the Government and has experience of being a trustee to a counselling charity for many years.

  • Danni Clayton

    Vice Chair

    Danni is a communications and marketing business partner at Leeds City Council. Danni brings a range of skills, which include marketing, communications, strategy and planning. Danni has been a leader of her local Brownie pack since 1994.

  • Sam Lenehan

    Sam is Associate Director of the award winning housing developer Urban Splash House Holdings. His background is in leading significant organisation change programmes, project and operational management and the implementation of corporate governance frameworks and operating systems. He also has experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Sam also has close family members with learning disabilities.

  • Tim Burt

    Tim is a family solicitor at Ison Harrison Solicitors so he brings relevant experience to the board in terms of his knowledge of law, including family law and issues such as child protection. Tim has also volunteered at our Tuesday club for the last 2.5 years and enjoys helping the club members with a range of messy and creative activities.

  • Sharon Clarke

    Sharon is a retired Head of Service and registered nurse for people with learning disabilities within Public Sector service provision (Health and Social Care) with a track record of driving organisational change & service transformation. Areas of expertise include: leading inter-agency projects, providing professional clinical advice and placing users & carers at the heart of service provision, with a track record of achieving a Good rating as judged by the Care Quality Commission.

  • Chris Murray

    Christopher Murray is a Programme Coordinator for Royal Mencap delivering employment services across the East Midlands and the North. Chris is a qualified Careers Adviser and Project Manager and has worked with various organisations across the public and private sectors. He has experience in service delivery design and implementation, learning and development, and quality assurance.

  • Howard Cohen

    Howard is a solicitor at Winston Solicitors and has been practising law for over 35 years. His fields of expertise include wills, probate and trusts (for disabled dependants).He has however gained a vast knowledge in other areas of the law. He brings relevant experience in terms of his legal knowledge. In addition he has a daughter with a learning disability, who is now an adult but who has over the years accessed Leeds Mencap services. Howard is able to offer the perspective from a parent’s point of view as well as that of a legal professional.

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