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.

Andrew Bottomley
Andrew BottomleyTrustee
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.

Daxa Patel
Daxa PatelTrustee
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
Andrew RawnsleyTrustee
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 RidoutTrustee
Alicia is a registered Independent Occupational Therapist, digital innovator and founder of LeedsACTS! a partnership programme between Leeds 3rd sector and the University of Leeds. She has over 30 years of experience across industry, NHS (mental health and commissioning), private healthcare, Higher Education and the 3rd sector, with significant experience delivering transformation programmes.

She is Director and founder of Involve Me Digital Health Ltd and is Director of Partnerships and Clinical Innovation at ETHOS Ltd. Prior to this she was the Deputy Director of mHabitat a digital team with social impact hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy Programme Lead at S Yorkshire & Bassetlaw ICS Cancer Alliance. She is also a Board member of Connect Social Housing Association.

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