5-9-2013 027Steve Armatage – Chair

Steve has been involved in voluntary work with adults with disabilities for over 30 years and along with his wife, has provided respite care to children with learning disabilities. His parents have fostered children with learning and physical disabilities, for over 25 years and caring has always been part of his life. He is a former Police Officer and for over 9 years ran his own business before selling it to work full time as a Community Support Worker with adults with learning & physical disabilities.

Harrie Lerman – Secretary5-9-2013 021

Harrie started her working life as a teacher in South America, which she continued after moving to Britain with her husband. They raised their two sons and became guardians to a schoolboy from Hong Kong who remained with them for 17 years. As well as caring for the family, she cared for her in-laws who were in ill health. On retirement, Harrie became a volunteer with Hft, ArtLink (Leeds), and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She loves working with people and gains so much inspiration from participants and facilitators alike. Harrie brings warmth and laughter to the groups with whom she works.

BM & AW Money 3 012-2Kathy Watts – Treasurer

Kathy had a varied and interesting career, starting out as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. After a career break following the birth of her daughter, she retrained in Computer Science and worked in adult education and local government in information and IT. She gained qualifications in project and programme management and has worked on major IT projects in the NHS and local government, managing large budgets as part of those roles. She was the principal carer for her late husband who had MS, which gave her an insight into the challenges facing people with long-term health issues. Now retired and grandmother to two delightful girls, she was chair of trustees for a busy community centre for 3 years, joining the board of Why Don’t We on her retirement from that post. She has all the skills and experience to be eminently capable of keeping our spending and accounts in order.

DSC_6108-02-01 SquareTony O’Connell – Co-ordiantor

Tony has worked for many years as a facilitator for organisations including Outward Bound, YMCA and development training centres in the UK and abroad. Ten years ago he took up a camera and regularly undertakes commissions for Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties and Northern Ballet, amongst others. He now combines his considerable experience of ‘people work’ with his artistic passion when working with groups to develop skills and tackle issues