The People Matters team below know that the work they do would be impossible without the wider team of staff and volunteers. There are over 40 people involved in the organisation who put their commitment into making us what we are. Our name says everything about who we strive to be.
This diagram shows the People Matters Organisational structure.
We thought you might like to know about some of our members of staff too. Here is some key information about them.
I started in 2007 as a part time administrator for Just Coffee People, a previous arm of people matters. This was my first ever job. Later on I became a full time employee working for both people matters head office and just coffee people and then a full time employee solely for the head office. I have completed a level 2 in Health and social care and currently furthering my education by completing an AAT Accounting course. With this knowledge I am now confident enough to expand my responsibly inside the office.
I’m also one of the Thursday Adult group support workers which I’ve been doing for several years. It’s really nice seeing the group extend their independence and their circle of friends. We do various activates that the group choose every month e.g Cinema, Bowling, Meal, Laser quest, Karaoke and even attend a Jewellery class!
In my role as volunteer coordinator, I recruit and supervise volunteers within our organisation. I also organise small volunteering projects and skills sessions for young people, aged 11-25, to get a taster of volunteering.
I have been working with People Matters since November 2016. I began as a support worker within our outreach service, providing people with one to one support to do sport and leisure activities, cook meals at home, attend employment courses and benefits meetings, and socialise with friends, among other things. I then became a group leader for two of our teens and twenties social groups for people aged 14-25. We do lots of fun activities, such as going to club nights, trampolining , dance workshops, pamper evenings, and picnics, just to name a few! All the activities are chosen by our group members.
While studying at the university of Liverpool, 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 long walks in the countryside.
Company Finance Officer
Engagement Lead, Teens and Twenties (Currently on Leave)
I have been working with People Matters since February 2016. I was a lawyer for 10 years but decided I wanted to work in the third sector. I began working for a children’s charity trying to influence and change law and policy, before being an advocate for children and adults with learning disabilities.
As Engagement Lead, I am responsible for running the Teens and Twenties project. This includes recruiting new members to the Teens and Twenties groups, making sure the groups go smoothly and speaking with members and their families/carers if they have any questions or worries or want help getting advice or support. I also produce the Teens and Twenties magazine.
I have a Black Labrador puppy that loves to go for walks. A very good thing as I like to make and eat cakes!
Learning and Community Manager
It’s my job to ensure our adult learning provides a safe, comfortable and learner led environment with a timetable of classes offering a choice of courses (some also taught by me). As well as heading up the successful community groups.
I have worked in business as an administrator, office manager/ bookkeeper and development officer for 22 years as well as being involved in training volunteers with the Scout Association, just one position I’ve had in 20 years of volunteering. For the past 3 years I have been working as a teacher in community learning, designing curricula and delivering courses including cupcake making, creative crafts and nutrition. As an adult I have completed lots of adult learning the most recent being getting my Certificate in Education Lifelong Learning and Skills, though my British Sign Language is rather rusty.
I have a young family who keep me busy but I still manage to find time to indulge in my passions of cooking/baking, reading and watching Strictly Come Dancing.
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 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 Matter’s I have completed a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and 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 graduated in. I now permanently live in Leeds with my partner and two kitties.
I have worked as a support worker, a Team Coordinator and managed an Outreach Service for over 7 years in all of that time I have learned that there’s no such thing as an average day in the third sector!
I joined People Matters in November 2017 as office coordinator and am thoroughly enjoying the job, my job as extremely varied and there’s always something to do.
When not at work I love being around my Children and Grandchildren, and during the summer can often be found in the photo pit at a motorcycle rally.
has been with People Matters since sept 2014 and is responsible for running the Outreach service
I have managed a large and complex Outreach service over the last 10 years for another organization – delivering over 1000 support hours per week, alongside managing a number of supported living services.
I have lots of experience working with people who have learning disabilities, autism and people who present challenges to others, my special interest is setting up services for those who have been refused in the past.
About me: I have 2 young children so they keep me busy when I’m not at work and I am working towards my black belt in kickboxing
Engagement Lead, Teens and Twenties (Cover)
Consultant and Management Accountant
Shabir is employed as Finance manager for a local charity. He also manages the finances of a family business specialising in Scientific Instruments.
He has previously worked as a Finance Director for a very long established company with branches throughout Yorkshire and Humberside. He has also worked as financial consultant on behalf of a major Accountancy Firm.
I started working for People Matters in September 2016 initially through a placement with PLUSS as an Administrator for 6 months, after the placement I became a volunteer then in, but in September 2017 I started a permanent job as an Administrator.
My work involves managing and updating HR Online and 3 Rings, booking training, working with the Office Coordinator and other managers.
I was a member of People Matters when the charity started, and was a member of the first adult group, I was also given an award for being a volunteer with People Matters, and I do voluntary work when I am not in the office.
Tina’s background spans across further education, higher education and the third sector. Having worked at a number of universities and colleges in the North of England she then transferred to the third sector becoming involved in the development of teacher education, professional development and programme management, Qualified at masters level in leadership and management and as a teacher in lifelong learning Tina was previously a member of the executive team of a large charity based in London and started her working life in manufacturing industry.
As well as having 2 children Tina also holds voluntary roles in Leeds as chair of Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau and vice chair of governors at Leeds City College.
Education and Employment Service Manager
Diane has 25 years experience of working within special education needs and disability, 15 of those as a manager and senior leader. She has worked in schools, local authorities, further education colleges and government agencies. She is a qualified English teacher, holds specialist qualifications and a post graduate qualification in leadership and management.
Diane joined People Matters in June 2017 as the Education and Employment Service Manager and has responsibility for Education and Employment courses and the Teens and Twenties programme