Linda Glew

Programme Manager, Leeds Older People's Forum (LOPF)

Linda joined LOPF in January 2019 as a programme manager for legacy with the Time to Shine Programme. She has managed several contracts with our funded delivery partners, led on the development of the Friendly Communities project, Shine magazine and the Age Proud festival. In July 2021 Linda took on the lead role within the Senior Management team at LOPF.

Linda is passionate about the value of the Third Sector in Leeds, its relationship with the community and its power to drive change.

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    Pip Goff

    Director of Volition

    Director, Volition

    Pip leads on Communities of Interest, Mental Health, Disabilities, Local Care Partnerships and the Third Sector Covid-19 Outbreak Plan with Public Health. She is the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Third Sector place lead for Leeds, and also represents the third on the Primary and Community Services Programme and the Improving Population Health Boards.

    Pip is committed to addressing health inequalities; building and developing relationships and asset-based approaches. She has extensive experience of partnership working, system change and third sector innovation and a strong understanding of funding, health outcomes and social value.

    Karen Fenton

    Operations Manager, Volition

    Karen oversees the delivery of the Forum Central contract and workstreams. Karen provides support and management within the Volition team, with a focus on strengthening high level involvement of members, seeking ways to further develop the sector's role locally and build on our growth and impact in recent years.

    Karen has over 15 years experience working in NHS and third sector health organisations focussing on involvement, social marketing, organisational learning and community development. Karen is passionate about Leeds, the people who live here, and Forum Central's role in addressing health inequalities and increasing wellbeing for all.

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      Kelly Bishop

      Volition Administration Officer

      Kelly joined the team in January 2021 having previously worked for a third sector mental health service in Leeds.

      Kelly is developing vital office systems and processes and provides admin support across the Forum Central Team, Board and projects. Kelly enjoys using her eye for detail to help support her colleagues in the important work that they do.

        Jenny Bull

        LOOP Community Builder

        LOOP Community Builder

        Jenny is coordinating the development of LOOP, the Leeds Open Online Platform. Jenny aims to widen it's use across the city so that more people can access reliable information about third sector services and organisations.

        Jenny is passionate about contributing to the fantastic work already happening in Leeds to promote diversity, inclusion and address inequalities.

          Maeve Carroll

          Community Champions Coordinator

          Maeve had a long career in the travel industry before the Covid-19 pandemic stopped it in its tracks. She started to volunteer on community projects, including on the Covid-19 vaccine programme, eventually training as a lay vaccinator, as well as delivering Covid testing kits for Royal Mail.

          Maeve’s voluntary work with Community Champions led to her taking on the role of Community Champions Coordinator, recruiting and deploying volunteers to spread positive health messages within the diverse communities of Leeds.

            Jez Coram

            Senior Development Worker - Learning Disabilities

            Jez has worked with people with learning disabilities for 10 years in Leeds' third sector and works hard to ensure that the voices, views and experiences of people with learning disabilities are heard.

            Jez connects members of the learning disability network, shares information, encourages partnership working, and provides opportunities for members to influence strategy and commissioning in Leeds.

              Damian Dawtry

              Damian Dawtry

              Men’s Health Unlocked Coordinator

              Damian coordinates Men's Health Unlocked, a city-wide network that aims to connect, support, develop and celebrate the exciting work happening in Leeds to improve men’s health and wellbeing.

              Damian has a wide range of experience in men's health and community development, having worked for over 20 years for statutory and third sector organisations.

                Kim Goulden

                Communications Manager

                Kim has worked in the third sector in Leeds throughout her career and is passionate about sharing the contributions and value of our diverse sector.

                Kim aims to create an understanding of the role of Forum Central within the health and care system in Leeds and help members stay up to date with and get involved in key developments impacting the sector.

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                  Zaira Khanum

                  Physical and Sensory Impairment Development Worker

                  Zaira's role is to strengthen the strategic influence of the Physical and Sensory Impairment network and lead on the Leeds for All planning group.

                  Zaira is passionate about promoting the social model of disability, in reducing inequalities and promoting inclusion to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Leeds.

                    Marvina Newton

                    Mental Health Ethnic Inequalities Lead (Children and Young People)

                    Marvina's role is to engage, support and energise system leaders and advocate for a different culture sensitive approach to addressing the risk of poor mental health outcomes in minority ethnic populations.

                    With a focus on access to services, experiences and prevention, Marvina works in collaboration with communities, the third sector and public sector to tackle stigma, ensure equitable access to services and understand the specific needs of children and young people from a range of ethnic groups.

                      Gabriella Obeng Nyarko

                      Mental Health Development Worker

                      Gabriella's role is to strengthen the partnerships between members organisations and statutory services across the city. She collects intelligence on the strengths, assets and challenges faced by the third sector to ensure they are represented in strategic mental health development plans.

                      Gabriella has lived in Leeds for three years and brings experience from Public Health where she focused on prevention, data and commissioning. Gabriella is passionate about addressing health inequalities, she has interests in politics, health and the environment.

                        Robert Stephens

                        Assistant Coordinator for the Learning Disability Employment Task Group, Volition

                        Robert assists the other Employment Coordinator with the work plan and other tasks like setting up meetings, writing emails and contacting people from other third sector organisations.

                        Robert has vast links to third sector organisations as a member and a service user. He receives support from People Matters by going to a weekly social group.
                        Robert likes cooking meals and trying out new recipes.


                          Learning Disability Employment Task Group Coordinator

                          Amy coordinates the Leeds Learning Disability Employment Task Group. She facilitates partnership between third sector bodies to amplify the voices of people with learning disabilities when it comes to barriers to meaningful employment.

                          Amy is also a support worker for adults with learning disabilities and a GCSE Maths and English teacher. She recently graduated in Sociology and is interested in decolonial thought and how structures of power operate across various identity groups.

                            Megan Swan

                            Membership and Admin Support Team Lead

                            Megan joined the team in January 2022 as the Member Support Worker, assisting new members that join Forum Central and ensuring existing members have access to all that Forum Central offers, as well as providing administration support to the team across a number of meetings and projects.

                            With a background in Administration and Recruitment, Megan brings her organisational and communication skills to ensure third sector organisations are connected across Leeds to continue the fantastic work that is happening.

                              Aishwarya Vijayakumar

                              Admin, Content and Finance Assistant

                              Aishwarya joined the team in October 2021. She has a postgraduate degree in Economics and worked in a large accountancy firm before she developed an interest in all things health related.

                              Aishwarya has lived in Leeds for the 2 years and loves its vibrant culture and is passionate about contributing to the fantastic work already happening in Leeds to address inequalities.

                                Gabby Voinea

                                Gabby Voinea

                                Third Sector Representatives Officer

                                Gabby supports the reps who advocate for the third sector within strategic decision-making meetings. Gabby is a qualified Mental Health Advocate, Mental Capacity Advocate, has delivered Advocacy training and worked as an interpreter within various health care settings.

                                Gabby has lived in Leeds for 9 years and loves its vibrant and multicultural communities and is passionate about addressing health inequalities in our city.

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                                  Sarah Wilson

                                  Mental Health Development Worker

                                  Sarah aims to ensure the health and care third sector is involved in strategic planning and development of mental health services.

                                  Sarah brings extensive experience of early intervention work to this role and a passion for the transformative power of the arts on wellbeing, the importance of co-production and the power of community action.

                                    Karl Witty

                                    Karl Witty

                                    Local Care Partnerships Development Worker

                                    Karl supports the ongoing development of the Local Care Partnerships (LCPs), promoting a strong and effective presence from the third sector in each area.

                                    Karl brings a broad range of skills and experience to the role, gained through 12 years working in Higher Education, and the past two years working in the third sector.