We are a registered charity and company and are proud to be governed by an elected board of trustees who share our passion and enthusiasm for making a difference to the City that they care about. They bring a wide range of skills and specialist knowledge to the Foundation and help to secure, invest and manage the funds as well as having responsibility for our overall grant-making.
Rachel Hannan (Chair) is an Entrepreneur and Angel Investor who has founded and successfully grown her own businesses, as well as supporting the growth of many more as a Non-Executive Director, Board Advisor and Investor. She has a passion for supporting people and organisations to reach their full potential. As well as co-founding GatenbySanderson, a market leading Executive Search firm specialising in senior public-sector appointments, she has also invested in well over 10 other businesses across a range of sectors. Rachel is on the Board of the University of Bolton, chairing their Resources Committee, an Entrepreneur in Residence for Connect Yorkshire and dedicates time and funding to a number of charities and social enterprises.
Mike Jackson (Treasurer) is Managing Partner of the Leeds office of BHP Chartered Accountants, and is responsible for most of the firm’s charity and education clients in West and North Yorkshire. He was one of the first in the UK to be awarded ICAEW’s Diploma for Charity Accounting and has extensive knowledge and practical experience in providing audit and business advisory services to a wide variety of charities, educational establishments and owner managed businesses. He was a Governor of Leeds College of Music from 2008 to 2011 and is an enthusiastic musician, a keen tennis and racquetball player, enjoys travelling and visiting art galleries and museums and spending time with his family, especially in his new role as a grandpa.
Helen Thomson is a freelance consultant who has a wealth of experience in problem solving, facilitating and cross-sector networking. Before this she worked as the assistant director of Employment & Skills at Yorkshire Forward. This role involved her working with the public, private and third sector on a variety of projects. Prior to that she was Director for the Yorkshire & Humber Forum. Helen joined the board in 2009 and sits on the Grants Committee.
Jonathan Morgan is the Managing Director of Morgans City Living, a business he founded in 1997 to specialise in city centre and North Leeds property sales and rentals. He is a passionate advocate of “everything Leeds”, and fully committed to playing his part in the City’s continuing development, supporting various initiatives and joining a number of public/private sector boards. He is a member of the Development Committee and was instrumental in setting up the 100 Club for the Foundation which aims to generate at least £100,000 a year. In his spare time, Jonathan likes running, travelling, going out for dinner, listening to music and doting on his grown-up daughters.
Nathan Lane has 18 years experience with some of the UK’s leading agencies. He has run offices for Bell Pottinger and Golley Slater and is a former regional chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Public Relations Consultants Association. He also led the communications strategy for Business in the Community, which earned him the title of Pro-Bono Hero. In 2012, he established his own agency, Campfire PR, to offer strategic consultancy to clients that value experienced counsel. He is also a director of Media Yorkshire, a membership organisation that supports the digital and creative industries.
Roohi Collins has been a member of the 100 Club for several years. She recently retired as a partner at DAC Beachcroft, where she worked for 30 years, specialising in professional indemnity, education related matters and the recruitment, training and mentoring of new solicitors. She remains available to offer consultancy services to DAC Beachcroft. Roohi sat on the Civil Justice Committee of the Law Society for nine years and has climbed both Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro!
Nick Lane Fox was a soldier in the Blues & Royals for ten years after university and then an investment manager for the next ten. He owns and runs an agricultural estate just outside Leeds, which plays host to the Leeds Festival and the Bramham International Horse Trials, among other events. He is also the managing director of an anaerobic digestion green electricity generating company, based on the estate. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire since 2010 and is a trustee of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Pat McGeever is founder and Chief Executive of local charity Health for All Leeds, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. The charity runs five community and family centres in South Leeds, from which it delivers services that improve people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing and family life. Health for All establishes, supports and builds the capacity of local self help groups that take people out of their isolation and offer life enhancing experiences. Pat’s interest lies in initiatives that support the city’s poorest and most vulnerable people to overcome the immense challenges they face… And that’s where Leeds Community Foundation comes in!
Mark Emerton is an orthopaedic surgeon in Leeds, working at Chapel Allerton hospital. He arrived in Leeds in 1999 from Oxford (his wife is from Yorkshire) and was appointed clinical director of orthopaedics in 2001. He was instrumental in the development and opening of the elective orthopaedic centre at Chapel Allerton in 2005, following which he worked at the NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation as lead for Delivering Quality and Value in Orthopaedics. He has a specific interest in measuring the impact of change and improving the safety of healthcare and was a senior member of the faculty for Leading Improvement in Patient Safety, a national programme of training in designing and delivering safer care. He led the campaign for Safer Surgery in hospitals around the country as part of the Patient Safety First campaign and was a senior clinical advisor at the National Patient Safety Agency. Having run the London marathon and cycled over the Pyrenees he prefers to be on his bike and enjoys walking the dog, great food and finding pubs in the dales.
John McGhee is a non-executive director of Leeds based property developers, Gregory Property Group, having retired in 2014 after a 41 year career with Yorkshire Bank, largely based in the Leeds area. He is a Trustee of York City Football Club Foundation and a member of the Research Advisory Panel of Yorkshire Cancer Research. This gives him extensive knowledge and experience of effective fundraising and grant making. A keen sportsman, both participating and watching, with golf, rugby union and football playing important parts in his life. He has a daughter who is a senior lawyer in a Leeds based firm and a 5 year old granddaughter.
Craig Burton is the Managing Director of The Works, a recruitment business and agency based in Leeds that he founded in 1991. Craig has extensive experience of both Leeds and Bradford, having worked with many businesses in the region, from manufacturers to engineering, financial and professional services. Craig is an active Rotarian Past President of over twenty years, and a national and regional graduate of the Common Purpose programme. Passionate about equality, fairness in the workplace, social inclusion, young people, entrepreneurship, LGBT matters and all things people and happiness, Craig supports many initiatives, and is a mentor and trainer around recruitment and employability. Craig is a proud Yorkshireman.
Lorraine Hallam is Chief Officer – HR at Leeds City Council. As a strategic business leader, Lorraine has an established reputation for delivering improvement across a range of organisations, built on an exemplary professional HR career. Lorraine has lived and worked in Leeds since 2004 and is inspired by the work and positive change that Leeds Community Foundation makes to the city. A fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, Lorraine promotes and supports innovation and creativity within her profession and beyond, creating high performing cultures that benefit the organisation and the city. Lorraine enjoys singing and performing as part of Leeds City Council workplace choir.