Leeds Older People's Forum, Chief Executive
Rachel joined LOPF in 2009, becoming Chief Executive in 2015. She has been involved in the Forum’s key achievements, which include; advocating important member issues such as hospital discharge and housing; establishing a 130+ member strong alliance of Dementia Friendly organisations, and attracting 6m in funding to the city to tackle social isolation and loneliness but is most proud of LOPF being an organization that truly puts older people at the heart of all of its work.
Rachel’s scariest moment was leading a 60 strong flash (dance) mob of older people doing a hand jive to ‘We Love to Boogie’ by T-Rex in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter to raise awareness of Age Friendly issues.
Angela’s great communication and technology skills and her amazing attention to details is a major asset to Tenfold, and has helped to create a strong brand and identity.
When she is not at work, Angela’s other passions include gardening, especially on her allotment where she grows her own produce, and she volunteers for group that delivers Saltaire Arts Trail.
Volition and PSI Network, Development Worker
Lucy brings a variety of experience to the role of Development Worker, having worked and volunteered in numerous third sector organisations big and small, both locally and in her native Northern Ireland. Most recently, she lead a team in a start-up social enterprise, focusing on providing sustainable employment for people with mental health difficulties.
With a degree in Law and MSc in Psychology, Lucy feels strongly about human rights, equality and inclusion, and is passionate about better mental health for all.
Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring Leeds’ diverse culinary offerings – as with many adopted Yorkshire folk, she has a particular soft spot for a good pie!
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’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.”
Gillian joined Volition first as a volunteer in 2014, and then became the organisation’s administrator the following year.
Gillian has worked for the NHS and civil service previously, most recently as an information analyst with health data. She has a wealth of voluntary experience, especially in the health and care sector in Leeds. She currently volunteers with the Arts and Minds Network and Leeds Children’s Hospital Scout and Guide Group.
Gillian enjoys all things creative, from painting to jewellery making, and writing to singing with a choir. If she wasn’t working for Forum Central, she’d like to be writing and illustrating children’s books.
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management.
He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk.
He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.