Parent organisation of Community Links, Foundation, Bridging the Gap and Foundation Living


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.

Our Trustees

Claire has more than 20 years’ experience working in criminal justice, first as a forensic psychologist then later as a prison governor. She now teaches on the Psychology programmes at Leeds Trinity University and is currently undertaking a PhD examining the needs of young women identified as being at increased likelihood of contact with the criminal justice system.

Cornelle graduated in Medicine from the University of Liverpool and has been practising as a doctor for nearly 30 years. She is a consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology and Deputy Medical Director at an acute hospital trust. She is also a senior examiner for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Her professional focus is increasingly on clinical leadership development.

Richard is a former local government officer, starting in sport and leisure and finishing in regeneration and policy. During the latter part of his career Richard completed an MSc in Urban Policy and Regeneration. He currently works as a consultant, specialising in health and wellbeing, learning and training, and project and funding development.

After nearly 20 years working for a variety of specialist providers across the social care field, from the front line through to senior management, Damian now runs his own business providing business development and supported housing development consultancy services to charities and care & support providers. He has been a trustee for various specialist mental health charities since 2003.

David has been based in Leeds throughout his career as a corporate lawyer. He is currently a partner in Schofield Sweeney, a Yorkshire-based law firm, where he advises organisations and companies on a wide range of business matters. He was previously Chairman of the charity Leeds Cares.

Philip spent the vast majority of his career in HR and was the Director of HR at Moores Furniture Group. In addition to his involvement with Inspire North he is a Trustee of two other charities and Chair of Governors at Tadcaster Grammar School.

Jacqueline worked for 36 years in a variety of HR generalist and specialist roles for Marks & Spencer in the UK, Dublin and Warsaw. She is currently a HR Business Partner for the Co-operative Group. She is a Chartered Member of CIPD.

After many years of operational and strategic experience in the NHS at local, regional and national level, Anne has recently extended her career to encompass Non-Executive Director roles. She works part-time as Clinical Advisor to the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Improvement Team of the Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Network, supporting providers and commissioners to deliver on the Government’s Five Year Forward mental health targets. She is also a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission, joining their inspections of young people’s mental health services.

Lisa is a finance professional with over 30 years’ experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, more recently in supported housing and education. She has led many successful teams across a variety of functions including finance, governance and compliance, HR, IT and property services. In addition to her role as an independent trustee of Foundation, she currently holds the post of Chief Financial Officer at Pennine Academies Yorkshire in Bradford, and has recently joined the Board of Arches Housing in Sheffield.

David is a retired chartered accountant who qualified in London and subsequently worked in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and on secondment in Algeria before returning to the UK. He has worked for an international firm of accountants, a US multinational and several private companies in a variety of senior financial roles. He is the chair of a local film society and a trustee and treasurer of the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums. He is also an active supporter of Friends of Bradford’s Becks, an environmental initiative.

Chris Welch is an independent Foundation Trustee.