Meet our Trustees
David worked in the voluntary and community sector for many years, and was a trustee and chair of other local charities before joining the board of York CVS in 2019. He spent most of his working life in the field of vocational education and is now a part-time writer.
After working in banking and finance for 10 years and completing an MBA, in 2009 Luke set up Home Instead Senior Care York to provide care and support to older people in their own homes. He loves cooking, travel and spending time with his three children.
Lesley has worked in York for 28 years and recently retired from a local GP practice. Lesley believes passionately in Integration of Care across sectors and took the lead in setting up the York Integrated Care team and provided support for Ways to Wellbeing. Keen reader, cyclist, walker, traveller!
Kai Evangeline Tsao
Kai is a Gender Equality Research Fellow at University of York. Kai is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion; and has years of experience in developing research, teaching and engagement in this area. They are also the Equality Officer at the York branch of University and College Union.
Katie is the Emergency Planning Manager for Yorkshire Water. A keen volunteer, Katie is a deputy manager for the Major Incident Response team in York and North Yorkshire, supporting people who have suffered trauma. Outside of work Katie enjoys travel, walking and snooker.
Ben has over 10 years’ experience as a Charity Director and CEO. He previously worked on charity crisis support and strategic development across the UK and is currently CEO at The University of York Students’ Union, a charity specialising in young people, education and community development.
Rachel is a charity communications specialist and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked in education, publishing and IT and recently joined UK Community Foundations as Head of Marketing and Communications. She enjoys singing and teaching the piano.
Following his retirement as a Human Resources Director in Higher Education and the NHS, Matthew chaired a large charity serving York and North Yorkshire. He is now a Trustee of Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY). He also chairs a local choir, and volunteers with York Samaritans.
Jan is from York and is a Community Development Worker for Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) in Hartlepool. She graduated from a funder’s leadership programme called 2027, in collaboration with JRHT, Two Ridings Community Foundation and York Cultural Commission. 2027 enables the voice of lived experience into decision making systems. Previous to this, Jan worked for 34 years in primary education and has a heart for young people. Jan seeks ground-breaking initiatives that enable people to freely thrive