Meet the team

Vicky Hiles

Director (Chair)

Vicky has been on the Connect in the North board of directors since 2010. She was elected chair in 2011. Vicky chairs and prepares the agenda for board meetings, represents Connect in the North, supervises the paid director and is involved in up dating policies and procedures and writing the newsletter
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Daniel Froment

Treasurer

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Gavin Murphy

Director

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Laura Rawson

Director

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Mark Clayforth

Director

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Leanne Johns

Director

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Cathy Wintersgill

Director (Paid)

BSc (Hons) Psychology, PGCE (FE), MA Learning Disabilities Cathy has been working with people with learning difficulties for over 20 years. This has been in education, social services and the voluntary sector. Cathy has been the Director of Connect in the North since 1995. She facilitates planning and delivers training to staff, people with learning difficulties and user led organisations
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Sarah Wheatley

Trainer Consultant

BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, PGCE (FE) Sarah has worked with people with learning difficulties for over 20 years. She has worked in a range of settings including a long stay hospital, a small group home and a community outreach service. Sarah joined Connect in the North in 2003 and delivers training to staff and people with learning difficulties. She facilitates person centred planning and support planning
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Madeleine Fahy

Coordinator for Through The Maze

City and Guilds Level 3 in Hospitality and Catering Management and City and Guilds Level 3 in Professional Catering.  Had a change of career in 2001 to work as an Office Manager for a National Charity working with people with learning difficulties and have been with Connect in the North since April 2015 as Coordinator for Through The Maze
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Tania Woodhouse

Supporter for Through the Maze

Tania has a qualification in PTTLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) She also has a QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work. Tania has worked as a Through the Maze Supporter since 2007 before continuing this role at Connect in the North in April 2015. Tania delivers training and provide office support. She also works with the Pass it on People and Rooots
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Luke Beaumont

Information Officer - Internet and Social Media

Luke makes sure that the Through The Maze website and social media is up to date with the latest news and information. Before working for Connect in the North Luke worked in digital communication for agencies and charities across the U.K. Luke likes to use his skills to make information easy for everyone to understand. He also enjoys helping people develop their own knowledge and skills
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Janet Allen

Pass it on People

Janet volunteered as a Pass it on Person before she came a paid member of the team in May 2016. Janet passes leaflets and newsletters about events to organisations friends and family. Janet enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog, Lucy. Janet likes to go out dancing and have fun
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Sapphire Malcolm

Pass it on People

Sapphire has worked as a Pass it on Person since May 2016. She passes on information across the city about things to do for people with learning difficulties. The group help each other and work as a team. Sapphire like to play football in her free time
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Courtney Williams

Pass it on People

Courtney has been employed as a Pass it on Person since May 2016. She shares information about what’s happening in Leeds with her friends and people she knows. Courtney loves to socialise by going to Leep the Bridge nights, eating out and going to gigs. She volunteers at café Leep
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George Stephenson

Pass it on People

George has been employed as a Pass it on Person since May 2016. He shares information with different organisations and posts events on social media. George works as a volunteer for People Matters and People in Action. He likes to go to gigs and listen to music
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Peter Lomas

Volunteer for Pass it on People

Peter Lomas has volunteered as a Pass it on Person since 2015. He was one of the original members and is great at passing on information across the city. Peter is involved with lots of different groups and is good at talking. Peter is currently researching his family tree. He is an Amateur HAM Radio enthusiast and enjoys doing drama, photography and learning about history
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Paul Zulu

Rooots

I was born in Zambia. I have lived in Leeds since 1984. I have been a member of Rooots since 2004. I have delivered training on Black culture and history, speaking up, hate crime, bullying, diversity, health, loss and bereavement, starting a business and partnership working
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Sumera Hussain

Rooots

My family came to the UK from Pakistan. I speak English and Urdu. I have been part of the Rooots team since 2015. I have a number of entry level qualifications including ICT skills for life, English and Health & Social Care I have delivered training on health, loss and bereavement, bullying and diversity
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Peter Pang

Rooots

I was born in Hong Kong.  I speak English and Cantonese. I have level 1CLAIT. I joined the Rooots team in 2009. I have delivered training on Black culture and history, speaking up, hate crime, bullying, diversity, health, starting a business and partnership working
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Bill Walton

Supporting Rooots

I have been supporting Rooots since it started in 2003. I am also a supporter of the Luv2meetU friendship and dating agency https://www.hft.org.uk/our-services/empowering-individuals/friendship-and-dating/luv2meetu  and Love Zimbabwe  http://lovezimbabwe.org/
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