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.

Vacancy: We are recruiting a new Trustee. We are looking for someone with an understanding of charities and experience and knowledge of unpaid carers. We would particularly welcome applications from those with experience in finance, or law.

For full details please download the following application pack.

Carers Leeds Trustees

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.

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.

Andy Rawnsley

Andy is the Chair of the Carers Leeds Board. He 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.

Alicia Ridout

Alicia is an Occupational Therapist with more than 30 years’ experience in clinical practice, service improvement, leadership, and management across the health sector. She has worked in commissioning locally and nationally. Alicia has a regional Cancer Alliance role and is also Principal Clinical Innovation and Safety Officer for ETHOS Ltd, working to improve safety and effectiveness of digital technologies in health and care nationally. She also represents her profession nationally and is a NED of Connect Housing Association.

Alicia has personal experience of caring for family members and friends and has carried out a range of research projects with Carers Leeds over the past 10 years.