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Our Leeds centre is powered by a passionate team of staff and volunteers who coordinate and deliver our service across West Yorkshire.  We are also incredibly grateful to our Board of Trustees, chaired by Helen Oldham, who are responsible for the oversight of our day to day operations and fundraising.

Meet some of the Leeds staff and volunteer team

Kelly Round

Kelly Round

Leeds

Dressing Volunteer

“I love volunteering- I meet a huge range of amazing women and love making a difference to their lives”

Sally Harrison

Sally Harrison

Leeds

Dressing Volunteer

“I love meeting fabulous people and helping women along on their career path” 

Amy Harrison

Amy Harrison

Leeds

“I love how quickly we are able to help our clients see how amazing they really are”

Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Leeds

Volunteer dresser

“I love being able to contribute to a woman’s success story!”

Glenys Hastings

Glenys Hastings

Leeds

Volunteer coach

“I love seeing our clients leave feeling happy and confident!”

Kathryn Matthews

Kathryn Matthews

Leeds

Partnerships and Fundraising Manager

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Meet the trustee team behind Smart Works Leeds

Helen Oldham

Helen Oldham is a Founding Board Director of NorthInvest, an early stage tech funding connector, and Founder of Fund Her North. She is an active advocate for female founders seeking funding and a signatory of the Women In Investing Code. Prior to this she was the Managing Director of The Yorkshire Post and The Scotman. Helen is also Chair of Smart Works Leeds.

‘When you walk into a Smart Works Centre the value of the service comes to life. Providing women with a community of people who believe in her, support her and help her to be at her best in an interview is a powerful experience.”

Beverley Brown

Beverley is a local businesswoman from Leeds, operating two successful businesses: fashion retail and business development consultancy.  She has a wide range of experience across the not for profit and private sector, from project and business development in charities, to grant making, social investment, equality and diversity.  Beverley is passionate about the arts sector, social investment and its role to empower local communities. 

Ruth Cherry

Ruth is a qualified accountant, and spent much of her career in banking, specialising in acquisition finance and growth funding.  More recently, she worked as an FD at an international garment manufacturing business, bringing her full circle back to her original degree in Textile Management.  She also has City and Guild qualifications in tailoring.  She now works for herself and has a number of outside interests.

Ruth is passionate about gender equality and has worked as a mentor with the Cherie Blair foundation for women.  She established a Lean In group in Leeds focussed on women in the corporate finance community, and has been an active campaigner on women’s issues in the community.

Tracy

Tracy is the Managing Director of a niche recruitment company, providing career management advice to senior professionals within Financial Services. Prior to this Tracy enjoyed a 20 year career at HSBC, working in senior leadership positions. A keen advocate of the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and an active signatory, she is committed to championing female talent in banking. She was appointed as an NED at Clear Factor in 2019, a digital invoice factoring company bringing fairness to SME funding, and has recently joined the Smart Works Leeds Board.

Kathryn

Kathryn is a Senior Employment Advisor for the Works Better scheme in Kirklees. As an employee of non profit charity, Fusion Housing she has experience of delivering front line support. As a qualified Post Graduate in IAG she works to support individuals from various backgrounds to transition into Employment, Education and Training.

“Supporting individuals to overcome barriers and identify and realise their ambitions is a great honour. I’ve seen first hand how Smart Works Leeds have helped so many women help to understand their choices and empower them to make decisions for themselves and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.”

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith is Fashion Editor at the Yorkshire Post, having joined the county morning newspaper in 1998. She trained as a journalist in London and has worked for publications across the UK. She has written extensively about the fashion industry, interviewing many key figures and icons along the way. She also works as a brand creative copywriter and consultant.

“The very concept of Smart Works – giving women confidence by providing them with the wardrobe and the interview skills they need ­– is dear to my heart, and I hope to play my part in spreading its message of hope and empowerment far and wide.”

Claire Tiffney

With the purpose of working with teams to facilitate the achievement of their goals, the focus of Claire’s work centres around people management and development.  Her approach is one that encourages reflection and self-awareness to help identify an agreed way forward. She is currently a Director of a HR consultancy.

With a passion for supporting people to achieve success throughout her work, Claire sees the Smart Works service as an access point for women to realise their own potential by supporting them in promoting the skills and abilities they hold.