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Our trustees

Our trustees are all volunteers and they are responsible for making sure that everything we do helps take us one step closer towards achieving our vision. 

The Board of trustees is made up of the chair of Leeds Mencap and up to 12 trustees.

Trustees have a range of skills and experience in areas including wills, probate and family law, mental health, learning disability, health and social care, charity law, governance, strategic planning, risk management, communications, fundraising and marketing and lived experience of learning disability.

Meet 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 renowned 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.

Bill McCarthy

Bill retired at the end of 2023 following a career of nearly 40 years in public service, including Chair and Chief Executive roles in the NHS, and a spell as Director General of Policy and Strategy in the Department of Health nationally.

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 Society 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.

Louise Greenwood

Louise joined Leeds Mencap as a trustee in November 2023.

As a parent of a child with SEND she had an affinity for supporting similar families in the local community.

Louise is an experienced accountant who has worked in a number of industries for large corporates through to owner managed businesses.

Kate Goldring

Kate Goldring has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years, her very first role at Leeds Mencap! She is Leeds born and bred and currently heads up the fundraising team at St Gemma’s Hospice.

Join our board of trustees

We’re looking for people who are passionate about improving the lives of children and young people with learning disabilities to join our board of trustees. 

If you’d like to join our wonderful board and help us to shape our services, we’d love to hear from you!

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