Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees lead the organisation and provide good governance in accordance with the requirements for charities.  The skills and expertise within the board help us deliver the best service for carers in Leeds.

Charlie Foote

Charlie is Chair of Carers Leeds and has been a trustee since 2014. He has had many roles in his working life – programmer, systems analyst, market researcher, practice manager and so on, and has also founded and led a number of businesses including a patent agency, a textile firm and a software house.

Charlie has been involved with servant leadership for many years. He hope to bring this experience, and his extensive experience of the commercial world, into his role as a trustee.

Paul Ball

Paul is a partner in the Leeds office of national law firm Gateley Plc.  Specialising in employment law, he has over 20 years experience of advising employers on all areas of Human Resources issues, including staff transfer issues. He brings this wealth of experience to our board and regularly advises on employment law matters.

Paul is also an accomplished trainer. He has delivered training around the world, and is able to design and deliver training on a wide range of matters for both HR specialists and line managers.

Andrew Bottomley

Andy is a carer for his partner and has been connected within the care sector on a strategic level for a number of years. Both within his role at Carers Leeds and also as a governor of Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation
Trust, he utilises his management and organisation skills gained from his previous employment.

He also volunteers for Leeds MIND, sits on the NHS Mental Health Vocational Strategy Group and is a member of Yorkshire and Humberside Learning Partnership Focus Group.

Rebecca Cooke

Rebecca is a solicitor with a practice in Leeds which provides trusts, charity and third sector advice. Rebecca’s particular specialism is pensions law although she originally trained as a private client lawyer assisting with wills, trusts and probate work.

Rebecca joined the board of Carers Leeds in 2010 and was Chair from 2013 – 2016. She is married with 2 children and has experience of caring for elderly relatives.

Samantha Campbell

Sam is a qualified Management Accountant and has extensive strategic management experience. Operating in an international company she has valuable experience in influencing, communication and personal leadership. Sam regularly advises Carers Leeds on financial management and works closely with our Finance Manager to ensure we have robust and clear financial reporting.

Sam also works closely with Leeds University, providing advice and mentoring to Management Division students.

Daxa Patel

Daxa was her father’s primary carer for 3 years until 2014. She is a solicitor with specialist interest in health care. Prior to that, she was a partner in a national law firm before she took a career break to care for her father. Daxa hopes to bring her hands on experience to Carers Leeds as a former Carer, along with her business development and management knowledge, to assist Carers Leeds to raise its profile so that it can reach out to more carers.

In her spare time Daxa is a volunteer with OPAL, a neighbourhood network in Leeds and volunteers for Silverline, a charity which supports older people.

Andrew Rawnsley

Andy has worked with and alongside people with learning disabilities and their families for over 30 years. He is the Chief Executive of Aspire Community Benefit Society which is a staff led public service mutual which provides vital services to adults with learning disabilities.

Tanzeela Samad

Tanzeela has been a long term carer for her disabled sibling, and as such, has first hand experience of the caring role and the impact it can have on the carer.

She qualified as a chartered accountant in 2008 and has worked in practice for several years.