Parent organisation of Community Links, Foundation and Bridging the Gap


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

Smiling blonde woman wearing scarfClaire 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.

Older gentleman in suit wearing glasses and smilingPhilip 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.

Professional headshot of smiling lady with blonde bobLisa 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 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 is an experienced Project Manager with hands-on experience of managing construction and facilities management projects.  He has worked with a range of organisations to define business priorities, deliver projects and introduce governance aligned to culture.

Recently married, Duane enjoys spending time with his family.  He is also in the process of developing an e-learning platform to help empower and upskill people from a variety of backgrounds.


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 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 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 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 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.


Sharon has over 25 years’ experience in the social housing sector, having worked for several non-profit housing providers. She has worked in housing management, support, social research and policy and is currently a senior manager with a voluntary sector supported housing provider.

She has a Housing qualification, a Masters in Social Policy and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She would like to use her skills and experience to support Inspire North’s goals.

In her spare time Sharon likes to keep fit and is a qualified fitness instructor, teaching pilates and spin. She also enjoys cycling.