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 the board meetings. She also supervises the paid director. Vicky works full time for Interserve at Trinity
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Daniel Froment

Treasurer

I used to have a paid job at Connect in the North. I have been on the Board since 2012. I am the treasurer of Connect in the North
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Gavin Murphy

Director

I have been on the Board since 2015. I am also on the Board of HAWSAT (Health and Wellbeing Sport and Training
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Laura Rawson

Director

I have been on the Connect in the North Board since 2016
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Mark Clayforth

Director

I have been on the Board since 2016. I volunteer at St Peter’s Church in Morley. I am a member of the Being Social Task Group
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Leanne Johns

Director

I joined the Connect in the North Board in 2016
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Maisie Hirschhorn

Director

I joined Connect in the North Board in May 2018. I am also on the Board of People Matters. I have done mental health awareness training with Leeds Mind
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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
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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
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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
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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 that he volunteers for and posts events on social media
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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
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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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