Forum Central is all about the health and social 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.

As Forum Central, we have built on well-established working relationships with our key partners. We continue to develop new links and relationships with health and care statutory partners across the city.

A big focus of our strategic health and care work is to showcase the activities of our 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

  • 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 every 6 – 8 weeks in an accessible venue

Network aims

  • 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.

Work so far

The leaders have been heavily involved in the development of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan. They are now engaging with the Digital Practitioners Programme and Asset Based Community Development.

Joining the network

To find out more about membership of the network, contact us on

Click here for the latest membership list


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: Kerry Jackson, Chief Executive, St Gemma’s Hospice.

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:
Heather O’Donnell, Chief Executive, Age UK Leeds
Carol Burns, Moor Allerton Elderly Care

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
Ann Pemberton, CEO, Home-Start Leeds
Jane Li, Coordinator Manager, 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.

Latest Strategic Information

Sustainability and Transformation Plan/Leeds Plan

In January 2016, NHS England announced that each local area or “footprint” needed to put together a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Over 2016, a significant amount of work went on in the city around this.

Supporting our members to engage and input into this was a priority for Forum Central.

Below are listed some of the highlights of this:

  • Very positive input from third sector in all health and wellbeing board activities, throughout 2016 via the Health and Wellbeing Board third sector representative
  • Presented to the STP development group in Summer 2016 to profile what the sector does and could potentially do in a new health and care landscape
  • Inputted where possible into the developing “matrix” document for the Leeds STP over the summer
  • Engaged specifically in two of the enablers – workforce and digital. Third sector members are now on the main workforce groups
  • Agreement with CCG to fund a 1 day a week, 6 month post, for someone to work with the sector around data. This role starts at the beginning of Match 2017
  • Meeting with Tom Riordan and other members of the Partnership Executive Group (PEG) to profile the role of the sector and ask to be seen as system leaders, especially in a developing health and care landscape
  • Invitation for the third sector to join the Board of Boards, attended the meeting in December, where Tom welcomed the sector as “an integral part of the health and care system”
  • On a West Yorkshire level, involved in initial discussions with Rob Webster, the lead for the West Yorkshire STP, to profile the third sector and request involvement at a West Yorkshire level and subsequent agreement for third sector involvement. Forum Central to support as one of the two third sector reps

Contact Us

Hannah Howe

Hannah Howe

Volition Director

Hannah brings a wealth of experience having worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including 4 years travelling the world talking about wallpaper, working with FTSE100 companies in London on their CSR programmes and 8 years at a regional government level. Prior to working at Volition, Hannah worked at Touchstone in Leeds managing a wellbeing programme for people with long term conditions and a one-to-one service working with people with enduring mental health needs.

Hannah is passionate about all things mental health and in Leeds being a city that creates good mental health and good lives for all.

Hannah is an enthusiastic karaoke singer which is somewhat helping with her Forum Central public speaking engagements.

Kath Lindley

Kath Lindley

Tenfold Manager

Kath’s varied career with local authorities and the civil service means she has worked in strategic roles at local, regional, national levels. She came to the third sector after a brief spell with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, going on to raise the profile of Tenfold through a major rebranding exercise, and drastically increasing the membership so it currently stands at around 100 member organisations.

“Working with people with learning disabilities is a real privilege. Even in challenging times, there is always something to smile about and I learn something new every day.”