The Team

The Team

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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

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

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.

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.

Carl Aylward

Volunteer
Our IT Expert
Carl is our IT Support,
Rosy Williams

Rosy Williams

Volunteer
Worked with learning disabilities

Rosy joined us in 2007. She worked within a learning disabilities environment and has two daughters with learning disabilities.

Karen White

Karen White

Volunteer
Helps with Admin

Karen joined us in 2016 and helped set up the Ebay/Paypal accounts. She helps with admin when she has time.

Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Organiser Staff
Organiser

Claire joined us in 2006 and works part-time. She is responsible for planning, organising and running most of our activities. The rest of her time she works as a fitness instructor.

Monica Sage

Monica Sage

Volunteer
Ex-teacher

Monica joined us in 2014 and is an ex-teacher and a member of the Stevenage Lions

Allen Plunkett

Volunteer
Joined in 2006

Allen joined us in 2006, he loves being able to contribute to helping the members enjoy themselves.

Mary Pearce

Volunteer
Arts & Crafts

Mary joined us in 2013. Mary is very creative and helps with organising art and craft sessions, she also runs flower arranging activities.

Jackie Nealon

Jackie Nealon

Volunteer
Carer for adults

Jackie joined us in 2006. She is a carer for adults with a learning disability and also runs Jackie’s Drop-In, a day service for adults with disabilities.

Sarah Martin

Volunteer
Helping with Admin

Sarah joined us in 2015 as our Accounts lady, she comes in once a month to do the Accounts, payroll and pension and is great fun to work with.

Sandra Major

Volunteer
Experience of learning disabilities

Sandra joined us at the very beginning, served on the Executive Committee from 2000-2017, has family experience of learning disabilities and loves the feeling of making a difference. Sandra is a Lead volunteer for our knitting group and organises our Sale Tables.

Dave Major

Volunteer
Experience with learning disabilities

Dave joined us in 2006, he has family experience of learning disabilities, attends activities that fit around his other commitments and loves to help our members.

Will Luis

Will Luis

Volunteer
Enjoys sport, music and travel

Will joined us in 2017 he has worked in the design industry predominantly in stage design. His interests include sports, music and travel. He has enjoyed helping out as a volunteer with the wide range of activities run by Supported Activities.

Janet Little

Volunteer
Providing Admin support

Janet joined us in 2001. She served as an Executive Committee member from 2004 -2016 and provides admin support for us.

Elaine Hobson

Elaine Hobson

Volunteer
Has lots of creative ideas

Elaine joined us in 2016. She is creative offering lots of ideas for activities. Elaine has fostered children with learning disabilities in the past

Lesley Hewitt

Volunteer
Retired PE Teacher

Lesley joined us in 2006. A retired PE teacher Lesley is a keen advocate for sport and fitness and also runs our Art Club and offers advice for our small garden. A keen lover of the outdoors, Lesley enjoys challenging walks in the Lake District.

Tiffany Hemmings

Tiffany Hemmings

Volunteer
Working with young adults

Tiffany joined us in 2013 and has worked with young adults with learning disabilities. She loves being able to support our members to develop new skills and abilities

Trudie Harrington

Trudie Harrington

Volunteer
Works for Age UK

Trudie joined us in 2008, she works full-time for Age UK Hertfordshire and likes, the cinema, cooking, reading and travelling.

Julia Genders

Julia Genders

Volunteer
Talented Musician

Julia joined us in 2013. A talented musician, Julia runs music and singing sessions for us.

Sandie Fish

Sandie Fish

Volunteer
Works with learning disabilities

Sandie joined us in 2015. She works with adults with learning disabilities and fits her activities around her other commitments

Martin Davies

Martin Davies

Volunteer
Musician & Singer

Martin joined us in 2010, he helps on activities and provides discos or a band for evening entertainment. He is a talented musician and singer.

Frances Chamberlain

Frances Chamberlain

Volunteer
Experienced in Education and Leisure

Frances joined us in 2017 and has many years of experience working with people with disabilities in both education and leisure environments.

Andrew Bett

Volunteer
Joined in 2005

Andrew joined us in 2005 and helps with activities and odd jobs in the office

Helen Bean

Helen Bean

Volunteer
Joined in 2013

Helen joined us in 2013. She works full time so the varied programme of activities allow her to attend events that fit around her busy schedule 

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.