At Inspire North we want our Board of Trustees to reflect the diverse communities we serve, and we particularly encourage and welcome Trustee applications from people from diverse backgrounds. For an informal discussion about what would be involved, please contact the CEO Ruth Kettle in the first instance, on 0113 273 9660.
Claire Vilarrubi - Chair - Inspire North
Claire is passionate about supporting those who are likely to fall into the criminal justice system and how to prevent this.
Claire has a wealth of experience working in criminal justice, she has been a forensic psychologist and then later became a prison governor. Claire now teaches on the Psychology programmes at Leeds Trinity University.
Karl Milner- Vice Chair- Inspire North
Karl is an experienced communication professional with a successful track record in both healthcare and environmental organisations. Karl is committed to the Inspire North Group because he believes that the more agency a person has over their own care the quicker they will achieve meaningful independent living.
In addition to his professional work, Karl is a dedicated local volunteer who works on civic improvement and re-wilding projects in his local community. He is committed to creating a more compassionate and sustainable world, and believe these values align with those of Inspire North.
Philip Turnpenny - Inspire North - Freedom to Speak Up Champion
Philip is passionate about supporting various third sector organisations and improving opportunities for young people. Philip has worked in HR and has developed various transferable skills throughout his experience.
Lisa Bradley - Inspire North - Treasurer
Lisa has a passion for finance, both commercially and in not-for-profit sectors. She has recently worked in supported housing and education.
Lisa has knowledge in various areas, such as, governance, IT and property services. Lisa is able to bring her experience and skills to the board of trustees and support us in our organisational goals.
Olivia Bradshaw- Independent Trustee of Inspire North
Olivia is a driven Solicitor Apprentice in the early stages of her career training in corporate practice. Passionate and ambitious she secured her role at a top city firm after previously studying medicine for two years. Olivia was recently invited to share her experiences as a means to inspire others in a podcast supported by her firm. She has shown commitment to charitable initiatives volunteering on her local PPG and as a tutor/mentor. Olivia is particularly passionate about social mobility and mental health, hoping to support the board by offering a younger perspective.
In her free time Olivia enjoys tennis and cooking.
Duane Samuels - Independent Trustee of Inspire North
Duane is an experienced Project Manager with training and accreditations to compliment the practice, hands on experience of managing multiple concurrent construction and facilities management projects increasing business’ ability to achieve its goals. Overall portfolio responsibility for client estates .Leading project teams of 30 cross functional staff, full budgetary responsibility ranging £250k to £15m, and good exposure to interfacing with all levels of management. Exceptional stakeholder engagement experience, building strong relationships, robust exposure to participating with a range of organisations, to define business priorities, deliver projects and introduce governance aligned to organisations culture and process maturity.
Recently married Duane enjoys spending time with his family , he has a young daughter who takes up most his time. Duane is also in the process of developing a e-learning platform to help empower the uninformed and upskill people from a Variety of backgrounds.
Dave Roche – Independent Trustee of Foundation – Housing Champion
Dave is a law graduate and provides mentoring work in the voluntary and further education sectors.
He has supported regional housing support teams in West Yorkshire and has offered key advice to providers of supported housing for vulnerable adults with learning disabilities.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys walking his dogs, visiting the film theatre, and attending the gym.
Vijay Assani - Independent Trustee of Foundation
Vijay is passionate in supporting young people with their mental health within education and the community.
Vijay has experience in Operations Management and Business Transformation programmes which he draws on to support various charities with volunteer recruitment and fundraising.
Vijay enjoys photography in his spare time.
Sade Ladejobi- Independent Trustee of Community Links
Sade is an accomplished Senior Human Resources Professional and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) with over 16 years of experience in various sectors and is currently a Board of Trustee with another Charity.
Sade is passionate about contributing to the community, especially to causes she cares about, i.e., providing HR expertise and support to organisations that provide health care services, mental health, health and wellbeing support, basic infrastructures & amenities, and better lives for all persons need.
Sade is also a certified Image Coach and consultant.
Brad Strutt- Independent Trustee for Community Links
Brad is a dedicated and passionate senior IT professional with a successful track record in leading and implementing IT Strategies. He has over 16 years of experience in education, not-for-profit and the private sector. He hopes to harness his skills and experience to support the Board of Trustee’s organisational goals.
In his spare time Brad enjoys keeping active. Last year he completed the Leeds Triathlon and this year the London Marathon, raising thousands of pounds for charities in the process.
Margaret Iyekowa- Independent Trustee for Community Links
Margaret is a dedicated and compassionate professional with a versatile background encompassing retail banking, mental health support, and community engagement.
Her commitment to fostering positive change is evident through active voluntary work, including skill development for children.
Dedicated to social progress and the realisation of a world where everyone matters, Margaret brings her diverse skills, experiences, and enthusiasm to the Board of Trustees.
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and long walks.