Forum Central is a collective voice for the health and care third sector. We work to make sure our sector is involved and has influence in the overall strategic planning for health and care in Leeds.

The Forum Central service is delivered by the partnership of:

  • Leeds Older People’s Forum and
  • Volition (the Mental Health, Physical and Sensory Impairment and Learning Disabilities Forum)

Together we have built on well-established working relationships with our key partners and we continue to develop new links and relationships with health and care partners across Leeds.

A focus of our health and care work is to showcase the activities of the third sector by:

  • Helping others understand the impact and breadth of the sector
  • Highlighting what the sector could contribute to new health and care landscapes

To spearhead this work we have developed a Health and Care Leaders Network. This is an ever growing network of passionate and influential third sector leaders in Leeds working around health and care.

Health and Care Leaders Network

Network Meetings

Meetings are held quarterly – for planned dates please check the events page or search the website for ‘Leaders Network’


  • Launched Summer 2016
  • Comprised of leaders (Chief Executives and senior managers), who represent Forum Central member organisations, delivering Health and Social Care Services Leeds
  • Meets approx every 8 weeks in an accessible venue


  • Identifying, sharing and promoting good practice across the third sector
  • Making strong and positive connections across all sectors to encourage sharing of ideas, views and understanding
  • Providing a safe space where leaders can meet to challenge the way in which services are delivered and explore new and collaborative delivery options
  • Providing the latest information on emerging local and national health and social care agendas and issues, including policy briefings and guest speakers
  • Being responsive to leaders’ needs
  • Developing an atmosphere of trust, respect and mutuality

The network has grown to nearly 90 members since its inception.

Recent Meetings

The most recent meeting was on 3 September 2020 where there was a number of updates on key areas of work that Forum Central is currently involved with. These include the joint LCH Third Sector Strategy, the city prevention and outbreak plan, the CCG’s Shaping our Future programme and Winter Planning.

The notes and presentations from recent meetings can be downloaded below:

2020 Meeting Dates

Wed 18 November 2020 9:30am – 1:30pm at St George’s Conference Centre, 60 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3DL, UK

Useful Documents:

H&C Leaders Briefing LCPs – Sept 2019

PCN and LCP footprints

Third Sector Health and Care Leaders presentation sept 19

Q&A’s Third Sector Health and Care Leaders Network 05.09.19

Table Discussion Notes – Health and Care Leaders Network 05.09.19

Forum Central Update for Health and Care Leaders Network June 2020

Joining the network

To find out more about membership of the network, contact us on [email protected]


A key role for Forum Central is to recruit and support its members to be representatives on various health and care strategic groups in the city.

Health and Wellbeing Board

This is the partnership board in the city that oversees the strategic vision and delivery of health and care in Leeds.
The third sector representative is: Alison Lowe, Chief Executive, Touchstone.

Community Providers Network

This Network is chaired by Thea Stein, the Chief Executive of Leeds Community Healthcare. The group brings together all the main community-based providers. They work together and develop new and potential ways of working, especially in light of the Five Year Forward View.

There are two third sector representatives

Workforce development

There are a number of groups in the city looking at what an effective health and care workforce of the future needs to look like. Part of their work is to look at:

  • How we support people to “work with” people in a different way
  • How we address shortfalls in being able to recruit to roles

We have recruited these third sector representatives to the groups:

Tina Turnbull, CEO, People Matters
Andy Rawnsley, CEO, Aspire
Jane Li, CEO, Home-Start Leeds
Andrew McDermott, Service Development Manager, Leeds CIL

Data & Digital

Data and Digital are described as two of the big ways that health and care systems can work more effectively together, as well as work in a different way with people. Forum Central is influencing this area from a health and care third sector perspective.

Third Sector Reps

Download the current list of third sector reps here

  • NHS Long-Term Plan

    The NHS Long Term Plan was developed in partnership with those who know the NHS best – frontline health and care staff, patients and their families and other experts

  • Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy (pdf)
    A vision for how Leeds wants people to experience good and fulfilling lives in Leeds, from birth to end of life.



  • Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

    Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) provides specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds and across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

  • Advonet

    Advonet provides and supports advocacy in Leeds. Their ambition is to ensure everyone gets their needs heard and rights respected.

  • Leeds Autism AIM

    Leeds Autism AIM is a free service for autistic adults in Leeds.

  • Doing Good Leeds

    Doing Good Leeds is the website for the third sector in Leeds managed by Voluntary Action Leeds.

  • Healthwatch Leeds

    Healthwatch Leeds helps people get the best out of their local health and care services by bringing their voice to those who plan and deliver services in Leeds.

  • Leeds City Council | Adult Social Care

    Information about the local authority provision for Adults and Health.

Contact Us

Lucy Graham

Lucy is the Volition Operations Manager

Lucy brings a variety of experience to the role of Operations Manager, having worked and volunteered in a range of health and care third sector organisations, both locally and in Northern Ireland where she was born and raised.

Her role involves supporting the operational delivery of Forum Central, including managing the PSI-Volition/Tenfold staff team, and working with member organisations and partners to build and maintain relationships, ensuring we continue our focus as a member-led service.

With a degree in Law and MSc in Psychology, Lucy feels strongly about human rights, equity and inclusion, and is passionate about using her role to influence for better mental health and wellbeing for everyone in Leeds, especially people facing inequality and disadvantage.

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring Yorkshire's parks and countryside with her dog Bilbo

Daisy Morgan

Daisy is the Volition Admin and Communications Worker

Daisy joined the Forum Central team in March 2020 having just returned from a year and a half of travel and living in Sydney. She misses the beaches but is happy to be back in her hometown of Leeds and to have taken up her first role working as part of the Third Sector.

She is supporting the team with admin duties and communications including maintaining the Forum Central website and developing the weekly newsletter.

Daisy has a degree in Psychology and spent four years working in pharmaceutical communications in London where she developed an interest in all things health related. When she's not at work, Daisy enjoys running, cooking and is happiest when she's in the sun!