Staff

People Matters has over 60 members of staff and volunteers who all work together to make our organisation the best that it can be. To see how we work together, see this diagram of our organisational structure.

Below you can learn about the staff in our office team. From them you can learn more about other staff members that you may be in contact with through the different services that we offer.

Lucy Bishop

Lucy Bishop

Service Coordinator

I am the service coordinator for the Outreach team. It’s my job to help people to reach their full potential whilst also making sure that they are in a safe environment to do so. I listen carefully to what people tell me about how they like to be supported and support people to increase their confidence and develop new skills.

I started working at People Matters in September 2007 as a part-time administrator for Just Coffee People, a previous arm of People Matters. This was my first ever job. Since then, I have grown alongside the organisation and have become a full-time employee working in the office team. In my time here I have been involved in administration, payroll & accounts and been a group leader for several groups, but the one role I have enjoyed the most is being a support worker. I love helping members to reach their goals in life. I hold a level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care.

Leah Cork

Leah Cork

Support Service Manager

I have been working with People Matters since November 2016 and now manage one of our two Outreach support services. Since joining People Matters, I have also had roles as a support worker, a group leader for Teens and Twenties, a tutor, and the volunteer co-ordinator.

Before I started working for People Matters, I studied my degree at the University of Liverpool. During that time, I volunteered with charities in Leeds and Liverpool that support people with learning disabilities, autism, and other additional needs. I loved it so much that I decided to do it as a job! In my spare time, I love to bake, read, travel, and go on walks.

Michael Eastwood

Michael Eastwood

Charity Administrator

I am the charity administrator dealing with all our funding and expenditure, making sure that we have enough money to pay wages, rent, and so on. I also do the salaries so I am the most popular member of staff! As a break from numbers, I do some 1 to 1 support for some of our members.

I am an accountant and worked for over 20 years in practise before I joined People Matters in 2018, so this is my first role in the 3rd sector. I enjoy the variety that the job brings and especially being part of a wonderful team helping to make a difference in Leeds.

I was born and bred in Leeds – apart from a 3-year hiatus doing my degree in Wales – and in my free time I love reading. My background is very musical and I have a grade 8 in piano, violin, double bass and music theory.

Amy Elliott

Amy Elliott

Youth and Volunteer Coordinator

I recruit and supervise volunteers within our organisation who help us to run our social groups & adult education classes, as well as offering admin assistance. I also recruit new members and supervise the staff who run our teens and twenties social groups. As a break from coordinating work, I also do some support work and teach our relationships course.

I have over 5 years of experience in the 3rd sector, working with and for people with learning difficulties, autism and complex needs. I have done 7 different roles since I joined People Matters as a support worker; I like to keep busy and challenge myself! I have level 3 qualifications in adult education and training and personal training as well as certificates in mental health, epilepsy, child and adult safeguarding and medication administration.

I am a passionate advocate for LGBTQI+, mental health and woman’s rights. In my spare time, I am also an event promoter and performance artist!

Sally Jude

Sally Jude

Development Manager

I work on making sure that we can keep the organisation going and develop new ways to meet our members’ needs. This means that I help us to secure funding to run our services and make connections with other organisations and businesses to get our name out there and help us to expand the services that we offer. I also help to organise work placements, giving young people an idea of what it’s like working in a charity, as well as the opportunity to progress into paid work.

On the operational side of things, I ensure that co-ordinators and service delivery staff are well prepared and have the resources and help that they need to deliver the high standard of support that we provide.

When not working I love to cook, from event catering for hundreds of people to a family dinner for my husband and two boys. I also like to read a good book and to get out and about walking my dog Casper.

 

Laura Joyce

Laura Joyce

Adult Learning and IAG Coordinator

My work involves helping members find opportunities in work and education and to provide support with other helpful information through offering advice and guidance. I also teach art and craft based courses in our adult learning programme.

I have been with People Matters since 2016, initially starting out as a volunteer. I then became a tutor in Adult Learning as well as doing 1:1 support work. Since starting at People Matters, I have completed a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and a Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance. This led me on to becoming People Matters’ Advice and Guidance Coordinator.

Originally from Liverpool, I moved to Leeds to do my BA Degree in Fine Art, which I have since graduated in. I now live in Leeds with my partner and two kitties.

 

Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

Office Coordinator

My job is anything but boring – each day I can be found doing anything from making sure that managers, coordinators and tutors have what they need in their roles to sorting out the plumbing. I am also responsible for a lot of the company’s IT; in 2019 we started issuing Outreach staff coordinators and group leaders with a smart phone each, and in 2020 one of my main projects has been the transfer of our HR system to a new platform.

I have had a long and varied career including ten years in the third sector, during which I have been a Support Worker, a Team Coordinator and an Outreach Manager. I joined People Matters in November 2017 as Office Coordinator and working for People Matters is where I have felt most at home.

When not at work, I love being around my children and grandchildren, and during the summer I can often be found in the photo pit at a motorcycle rally.

Elissa Matley

Elissa Matley

Deputy Director of Outreach Services

I have been with People Matters since September 2014 and I am responsible for running one of our two Outreach services, where we pride ourselves on delivering high quality, personalized support.

Before joining People Matters, I managed Outreach and supported living services with another large organisation for 10 years, delivering over 1000 support hours per week. I have lots of experience of working with people who have learning disabilities & autism and people who present challenges to others. I am especially interested in setting up services for those who have been refused in the past.

I have 2 children so they keep me busy when I’m not at work, and I also run a ladies’ football team for my local club.

Saul Reuben

Saul Reuben

Administrator

My work as an Administrator involves managing and updating our online HR services, booking training, and working with the Office Coordinator and other managers.

I started working for People Matters in September 2016 through a 6-month placement with PLUSS, after which I became a volunteer. In September 2017, I started a permanent job as an Administrator.

I was a member of People Matters when the charity first started and was a member of the first adult group. I was given an award for my volunteer work with People Matters, and I continue to do voluntary work when I am not in the office.


Wayne Stephenson

Wayne Stephenson

Job Coach Lead & Employer Liaison

I am a job coach, employer liaison and the job coach lead for People Matters. This means that I work with members to identify their needs and wants and support them to achieve these, helping work towards employment opportunities, develop confidence and identify next steps. I also work with employers to support our members to enter job roles through work trials, placements, volunteer roles, and reasonable adjustments. Additionally, I coordinate the Job Club and lead the job coach team. As well as my work in employment, I also do some work as a support worker, helping members to work towards independence.

Soon after joining People Matters in 2014, I took part in Supported Employment training and had a placement with PLUSS, achieving a level 3 qualification. We then started offering our employment services – Nourishing People, Exploring Your Work Options, and the Job Club. As these provisions grew, and new job coaches were being trained, I got the chance to lead on job coaching and manage the job coach team. In 2019 I also became the coordinator of the Job Club.

Tina Turnbull

Tina Turnbull

Chief Executive

As chief executive at People Matters, I am the link between the board of trustees and the staff. I support the trustees to set our organisation’s long-term goals and track how we are doing at achieving these goals. On the staff side, I work with managers to guide our staff on what to work on and how to do it so that members receive the services that they want and need.

After working at a number of universities and colleges in the north of England I then transferred into the third sector and became involved in the development of teacher education, professional development and programme management. I am qualified at Masters level in leadership and management, and in my role as a teacher in lifelong learning I was previously a member of the executive team of a large charity based in London.

As well as having 2 children, I have held voluntary roles in Leeds as chair of Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau and Leeds City College. Since completing my terms of office in these positions, I have been appointed as a Leeds City Council Inclusive Growth Ambassador for Employers, Education and Skills and became a Director of Leeds Credit Union.

AJ Wolff

AJ Wolff

IAG and Event Administrator

My job is to help People Matters get our name out there and make sure that people who might need our services know that we exist. If you found out about us at a stall at an event, I probably organised for us to be there!

I have been working at People Matters since October 2018 and this is my first paid job. I have a lot of health problems that have previously made it difficult for me to find and stay in work, so in 2018 I went along to a Job Club. They were really helpful, and I ended up getting a job here at People Matters.

In my spare time I help to facilitate a peer support group for young people, and enjoy ice skating, good food, and curling up under a blanket to watch TV.

People Matters (West Yorkshire) is a charitable incorporated organisation reg no: 1170724.

We are registered with CQC ID 1- 3997439113.

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