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Forum Trustees



Bill-WebBill Rollinson M.B.E. Bill is the current chair of the Leeds Older People’s Forum Management Committee. He has worked and lived in Leeds for 35 years, spending 20 years working for Leeds Social Services and 15 years for Care & Repair Leeds. His work with Social Services included developing and supporting voluntary organisations and he was instrumental in setting up the 34 Neighbourhood Network schemes throughout Leeds and he set up and ran Belle Isle Neighbourhood Centre.

As Chief Executive of Care & Repair Leeds he expanded the organisation into one of the major Home Improvement Agencies in England. Bill retired in May 2013 and now spends a considerable amount of time on Forum business and acting as vice-chair of Governors at Lawnswood High School. He is married and has 2 daughters.  Bill was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his work on housing and services to the voluntary sector, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at an event in the House of Lords in 2013.

Vice Chairs 

Cherril_WebCherril Cliff: Cherril has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. Over that time, she has worked for Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid and Leeds Black Elders Association.

In 1995, she applied and got the first job, at the newly founded Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London. Nearly 19 years on and Cherril still works for this inner-city Neighbourhood Scheme and is Manager and Fundraiser. Over the years, the scheme has supported thousands of older people and continues to develop innovative solutions, to support local older people, to live a good life, in their own homes.

Between 1988 and 1998, Cherril was a Labour Councillor, for Bramley Ward in Leeds and took a special interest in Adult Social Care. She also worked with ward colleagues to run twice weekly surgeries and offered help and advice to thousands of constituents over the years.

Cherril has been a member of Leeds Older People’s Forum Management Committee since September 2007 and has a special interest in finding funding to support the organisation and it’s membership and also to give a voice to older people as they age and need extra support.

Cherril has lived in Leeds all her life and has two grown up daughters and 4 grandchildren.

John_WebJohn Welham: Until October 2011 John worked in the Government Office for Yorkshire & the Humber (GOYH) working as a Locality Manager for South Yorkshire developing partnership working to deliver better outcomes for local people. In the past he led for DWP on the later life agenda across the region.

Since retirement he was co-opted on to Leeds Older People’s Forum  and also to Future Years .  He was elected a one of the two Vice-Chairs of Future Years at its 2012 AGM. He sits on the national UK Advisory Forum on Ageing and is a Trustee of a Leeds based Charity: Care & Repair Leeds, which promotes independent living  for older and disabled people through the provision of aids and adaptations.


Gerry Deacon

Older Persons

Carole Gosden: Carole was born in Lancashire and has lived, at various times, in Bristol, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Scotland and the United States.  She taught in both secondary and primary schools before devoting herself for a number of years to the roles of housewife and mother.  During this period she took distance learning courses in community work and engaged in several types of voluntary work, including serving as Honorary Researcher for the Church of Scotland’s Independent Housing Inquiry and setting up a volunteer car scheme in the town where she lived.  For several years she worked part-time as a Care and Repair Officer with Shelter (Scotland) and East Lothian Housing Association before moving to Leeds in 1994.

Working as Co-ordinator for Moor Allerton Elderly Care, one of the Neighbourhood Network projects, since its inception in 1995, Carole became Project Manager in 2002, leading a team of 6 staff and 80 volunteers and delivering a variety of services to over 1000 older people.  During that time she gained a Professional Diploma in Management in the Community from Leeds Metropolitan University and, in her own time, completed an MBA with the Open University.  Since retiring from MAECare in 2010 she has done some short-term work with the Woodhouse and Crossgates Neighbourhood projects and was a Co-ordinator for the 2011 Census.

She joined the Management Committee of Leeds Older People’s Forum in 2010 and took on the role of Honorary Treasurer 2012.  She enjoys singing, walking and reading.

Bronwen Holden: Bronwen joined LOPF in 2010, following her retirement in 2008. She has a particular interest in championing intergenerational activities in Leeds and is also an active campaigner for the NHS.

Her background is in social work, with particular interest in working with older people. She spent nearly 30 years working for Leeds City Council in many different jobs and locations, including Meanwood Health Centre and Belle Isle Neighbourhood Centre. Her work has involved extensive partnership working, including with GP Practices, Adult Social Care Teams, the NHS, Leeds Neighbourhood Networks for Older People and City Council Departments. This included a major piece of work developing the Leeds ‘Older, Better’ Strategy to promote healthy and active life for Leeds older people.

Through her involvement in LOPF she is pleased to be able to continue her work to support and amplify the voice of older people in Leeds, and to help improve intergenerational understanding and solidarity.

Anne Forbes:

Margaret Bell: Margaret has lived and worked in Leeds for 40 years. Her working background is in education. Now retired, Margaret is busily involved with voluntary work for LOPF, NHS Leeds Community Care and as a Dignity volunteer for Leeds Adult Social Care Services.

Jean Townsend:

Paid workers from member organisations

Ruth Cornelisson (Care & Repair Leeds): Ruth has over 25 years experience of working in the housing field providing services for vulnerable older people and disabled people, working for North British Housing Association (now Places for People) in Sheffield in the late 80’s, before moving to Chesterfield Borough Council in Derbyshire, taking on responsibility for managing their disabled adaptations service for Council tenants. She was then appointed to set up and develop a Home Improvement Agency for Chesterfield BC and went on to secure further funding to expand the service across two more local authority areas and develop the North Derbyshire HIA, delivering services for older people to help maintain independent living.

In 2006 she moved to West Yorkshire for love! She spent 6 years working for West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, initially on a 2-year project funded by Bradford Council’s Older People’s Partnership to improve partnership and collaborative working to reduce the fire risk for older people, setting up referral partnerships to identify and improve access to those older people at more risk of fire, particularly due to health issues such as mobility, physical, sensory and mental health issues. She moved on to be High Risk Manager, with lead responsibility for safeguarding adults and young people, and latterly was responsible for the overall fire prevention strategy for Leeds.

She was appointed as Chief Executive of Care & Repair Leeds in April 2013, welcoming the opportunity to again work in the home improvement agency sector, as her commitment to providing services to assist older people and disabled people to maintain independent living in warm, safe and secure homes is a passion of mine. She has many years experience of working in partnership with statutory and third sector organisations, but this is her first taste of working directly in the third sector. She feels that she has a great deal of knowledge and experience to contribute to the current agendas affecting older people in Leeds and nationally, and has welcomed the opportunity to join the Leeds Older People’s Forum Management Committee to assist in influencing the future direction of services for older people in Leeds.

Her interests outside of work, when time allows, include horse riding – she believes there is nothing better to unwind and clear your head than an early morning canter across the beautiful Yorkshire countryside!

Tricia Gradys (Richmond Hill Elderly Action)

Heather O’Donnell (Age UK Leeds)

John O’Dwyer (Caring Together in Woodhouse & Little London)

Rachel Walker (Growing Old Grace-fully)

Gabrielle Hamilton (Leeds Museums and Galleries)

Ripaljeet Kaur (Touchstone)


Rachel Cooper
Chief Executive

Sean Tunnicliffe
Forum Communications Officer

Sarah Goodyear
Dementia Friendly Leeds Campaign Manager

Maria Florez
Dementia Friendly Leeds communities officer

Anne Marie Stewart
LGBT+ Community Development Worker

Penny Carter
Management Accountant

Rachel Koivunen
Time to Shine Programme Manager (job share)

Hillary Wadsworth
Time to Shine Programme Manager (job share)

Julia Edmunds (covering for maternity leave)
Time to Shine Learning Facilitator

Emily Axel
Time to Shine Age Friendly Campaign Officer

Lisa Fearn
Time to Shine Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Hanna Wilcock (on maternity leave until July)
Time to Shine Learning Facilitator

Jim Garside
Time to Shine Administration Officer

Jessica Duffy
Time to Shine Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant