Committees

Our Committees

Executive Committee

This committee is comprised of volunteers and members of the charity. Please click any of the pictures, below, for further information.

Gil Harding

Gil Harding

Chairman / Volunteer
Passionate advocate for learning disabilities
Gil joined us in 2002 when he retired from his job working with adults with learning disabilities. In 2003 he was elected as Chairman and is still serving. A passionate advocate for learning disabilities he has given talks to numerous groups
Julie Warner

Julie Warner

Treasurer
A welcome addition
Julie came on board in 2016 when we seeking a new Treasurer. She was elected to the committee in 2016 and is a welcome addition to the team.

Margaret Filby

Secretary / Volunteer
Been with us since 2001

Margaret joined us in 2001 and was elected to the committee in 2002. She lives with her husband Fred and son Jon. She enjoys reading, music, visiting places of interest, theatre, ballet and meeting up with friends and family.

Anne Chamberlain

Executive Member
Elected in 2017

Anne is one of our Member Representatives and was elected to the committee in 2017

Ian Cooper

Executive Member
Re-elected in 2017

Ian is one of our Member Representatives. He served on the committee from 2004 to 2016, took a gap year and was re-elected in 2017.

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher

Executive Member / Volunteer
Working with children

Frances joined us in 2009 as a volunteer and was elected to the committee in 2015. She worked with Special Educational Needs children for many years.

Roz Haigh

Roz Haigh

Executive Member / Volunteer
Re-elected in 2017

Roz joined us in 2016 and was elected to the committee for a 1 year term to cover an early retirement. She was re-elected in 2017.

Claire Johnson

Executive Member
Served since 2012

Claire is one of our Member Representatives and has served on the committee since 2012.

Chris Plunkett

Chris Plunkett

Executive Member / Volunteer
Experienced Carer

Chris joined us in 2000 and was elected to the committee in 2002. She has a son with learning disabilities and worked as a carer for many years until her retirement in 2016.

Pat Winsor

Pat Winsor

Executive Member / Volunteer
Experienced Charity worker

Pat joined us in 2009 and was elected to the committee in 2016.  Pat also works with The Chauncy Charity who provide funding for elderly groups or individuals in Stevenage & the surrounding villages.

Joshua Wood

Executive Member
Elected 2016

Joshua is one of our Member Representatives and was elected to the committee in 2016

Grant Application Team
Gil Harding

Gil Harding

Chairman / Volunteer
Passionate advocate for learning disabilities
Gil joined us in 2002 when he retired from his job working with adults with learning disabilities. In 2003 he was elected as Chairman and is still serving. A passionate advocate for learning disabilities he has given talks to numerous groups
Fundraising Team

Claire Johnson

Executive Member
Served since 2012

Claire is one of our Member Representatives and has served on the committee since 2012.

Chris Plunkett

Chris Plunkett

Executive Member / Volunteer
Experienced Carer

Chris joined us in 2000 and was elected to the committee in 2002. She has a son with learning disabilities and worked as a carer for many years until her retirement in 2016.

Sylvia Edwards

Sylvia Edwards

Volunteer
Joined in 2006

Sylvia joined us in 2006, she served on the Executive Committee from 2008 to 2016. She enjoys gardening, sports and cooking. Sylvia says “the variety of activities that we do with our members ensures that I can manage to fit the tasks around my existing family and leisure activities”.

Margaret Wall

Margaret Wall

Volunteer
Activities Volunteer

Margaret joined us in 2002, she served on the Executive Committee from 2002-2006. She became involved with Leisure Direct through her daughter, who has been a member for over twenty years. I now assist as an activities volunteer, including being the lead for its Kurling Club.

Kath Oliver

Volunteer
Enjoys the sports and social opportunities

Kath joined Leisure Direct as a volunteer in 2013.  She is a member of the Fundraising Team and the Hate Crime Team. Originally from the North West of England Kath moved to the South over 30 years ago. She is married with two grown-up children and works as a Receptionist at a GP Surgery. 

She particularly enjoys the sports and social opportunities which are offered to the members, which in turn gives her the chance to interact with them.

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Staffing Team
Gil Harding

Gil Harding

Chairman / Volunteer
Passionate advocate for learning disabilities
Gil joined us in 2002 when he retired from his job working with adults with learning disabilities. In 2003 he was elected as Chairman and is still serving. A passionate advocate for learning disabilities he has given talks to numerous groups
Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher

Executive Member / Volunteer
Working with children

Frances joined us in 2009 as a volunteer and was elected to the committee in 2015. She worked with Special Educational Needs children for many years.

Dave Wall

Dave Wall

Volunteer
Active Volunteer

Dave joined us in 2006 and served on the Executive Committee as our Treasurer from 2006 to 2016. A retired Bank Manager and Business Advisor, his daughter has been a member of Leisure Direct since its outset. Dave now assists with the Employment committee and as an activities volunteer.

Sharon Harding

Sharon Harding

Administrator / Staff
Managing the day-to-day

Sharon joined us in 2014, she works full-time in the office, managing the day to day paperwork and anything else that needs doing.

Why not contact us today?

For more information on the above and if you live in the Stevenage or North Hertfordshire area, please Contact Us or telephone using 01462 485534 and we will be glad to answer all of your questions. Alternatively, for more information on becoming a member of Supported Activities Programmme, please visit our Members section, or visit our Volunteers section if you would like to become a volunteer. We could not run without volunteers and there are various roles available.