Meet the team

Cross Gates & District GNO > About > Meet the team

Please find below details of our hardworking staff and trustee team.

  • Our Staff
  • Joanna Horsfall
    Jo Horsfall | CEO

    Jo has overall responsibility for the development and day to day running of the Scheme. She reports to the Trustees, our funders and local partners. She manages the staff team and works closely with our Trustees. Jo works to secure funding for the Scheme, writing bids and negotiating with funders. She recruits new staff members and oversees the recruitment of volunteers.

  • Charley Connor
    Charley Connor | Office Manager

    Charley manages the office team and ensures staff receive appropriate guidance and support. He manages the Scheme’s database and is responsible for applying for funding grants and monitoring our current funding streams. He co-ordinates our Health & Safety requirements and is the Data Protection Officer monitoring compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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    Nadine (Dee) Oliver | Senior Project Worker

    Dee runs T-Days at Cross Gates Working Men’s Club and our Halton Activity Group at Christchurch. She organises our monthly sessions at The Newman Centre: Sandwich & a Song, Birds of a Feather and Food and a Film. She oversees our Wednesday morning Mixed Activity Group and supports our Lunch Club. In addition, Dee carries out home visits and assessments and signposts or refers members to other agencies.

  • Sandra Davis
    Sandra Davis | Project Worker

    Sandra leads on the SWIFt Project. She carries out home visits and assessments and signposts or refers members to other agencies. She advises and supports our members with various problems including applying for the Blue Badge Scheme and help with utilities. Sandra is available at St Mary’s Drop-In every Friday, to offer support and make sure everyone is enjoying themselves.

  • Marion Darlow
    Marion Darlow | Outreach Manager

    Marion manages and develops the befriending service so members can access the support they need. She also recruits, inducts and supervises befriender volunteers as well as some group support volunteers. Marion coordinates referrals, carries out home visits and assessments and signposts or refers members to other agencies.

  • Ilona Janosz-Floyd
    Ilona Janosz-Floyd | Group Support Worker

    Ilona helps with groups, welcomes new members and helps with shopping. She makes sure everyone is happy, well looked after and safe. She listens and helps with any enquires, about anything she can or she passes on any questions or comments to the office. Ilona supports our members in the way she would like to be helped and looked after.

  • Stephen Bostridge
    Stephen Bostridge | Transport & Training Co-ordinator

    Stephen joined the Scheme at the start of 2019. His job is to look after the minibus, making sure it is serviced and maintained. He arranges and drives the Tuesday Minibus Trips and the Short Walks and ensures the minibus has a driver for the other days it is used. Stephen also ensures that new volunteers are DBS checked, he then carries out their induction and provides ongoing support.

  • Sam Haggart
    Sam Haggart | Digital Co-ordinator

    Sam joined the Scheme in 2019. Her role is to support our members with any IT queries and to encourage everyone to find out more about technology to help them in their everyday lives.

  • Claire Wall
    Claire Wall | Community Support Worker

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  • Ellie Dawson
    Ellie Dawson | Time to Shine Leader

    Ellie joined the team in January 2021 leading on a Rank Foundation Time to Shine Leader funded project on the theme of ‘Sixty Plus’. Ellie will lead on this multimedia project to celebrate, connect and bring enjoyment to older people in the Cross Gates area by sharing their wealth of stories, history and experiences through interviews and videos to be featured in publications and uploaded onto social media.

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    Jane Robinson | Communications Worker

    Jane started working at Cross Gates in 2008 managing a Lottery Funded Living History Project. She returned in 2012 to manage our communications, including our newsletter and website. She is also the Manager at Leeds Bereavement Forum. 

  • Our Trustees
  • Bill Hyde
    Bill Hyde | Chair

    Our Chair of Trustees is Honorary Alderman William S Hyde. A former Lord Mayor of Leeds (2005-6) and local businessman he served as a Councillor for our area for more than 30 years. Known to all as Bill, he has chaired our Trustee board for the past 15 years. His other interests include the Royal British Legion as President of its Leeds Group and the Chairmanship of the Leeds Convalescent Society.

  • Jackie Lawrence
    Jacki Lawrence | Vice Chair

    With a background in volunteering since her early teens Jackie has been a trustee since 2005. She has seen the Scheme grow from offering coffee mornings twice a week  to what is is now, supporting over 1,000 people and offering 28 different activities. She is proud to be a member of a board which has people with such a diverse range of skills and experience all of whom are determined to make this Scheme one of the best Neighbourhood Networks in the city.

  • Irene Midgley
    Irene Midgley | Treasurer

    Irene started volunteering at the Scheme in 2003 when she retired from NatWest Bank, after 33 years as a cashier. She has been Treasurer/Trustee for 16 years.

    She enjoys every minute working with and for everyone at the Scheme, “It has been a lifesaver for me over the years and I hope I can continue for many more years to come.”

  • Pauleen Grahame
    Councillor Pauleen Grahame

    Pauleen is Chair of Outer East Community Committee for Cross Gates and Whinmoor Ward. She is also Chair of Crossgates Forum and Governor at John Smeaton Community College, Swarcliffe Primary School, White Laith Primary School and Manston Primary School.

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    Anita Naylor

    Over 18 years ago, Anita suffered a slight stroke and had to stop working. She loved to read so called into Crossgates Library to become a member. She heard music coming from one of the side rooms and discovered a chap called Doug playing the keyboard. She was offered a coffee and got talking to him. Doug told her that he and a few other were trying to start a local coffee morning and she was asked if she would join them. Eighteen years later, she is still making coffee and us now on the Board of Trustees.

    Anita has met some wonderful people over the years, and has lost some wonderful people too. She continues to volunteer at our Tuesday and Friday coffee mornings.

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    Lynda Pitts

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  • David Smith
    David Smith

    A retired scientist, David became a member of the Scheme in 2017, quickly joining the ukulele group and then becoming a volunteer befriender. He was appointed as a Trustee in 2018. Through his wider interests in the charity sector in Leeds, he is also a Trustee of Leeds Older People’s Forum.

  • Hazel
    Hazel Watson

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  • Brian Sugden
    Brian Sugden

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