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Board of Trustees

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Sue Rix
Joe Hester
Mgr Donal Lucey
Stuart Hanlon
Timothy Parr
Bishop Marcus Stock
Mgr Peter Rosser
Bishop of Leeds, Chair of Trustees

Bishop Marcus Stock trained for the priesthood in Rome and has served in a range of parish, educational and leadership roles. He was previously General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales and was appointed a Prelate of Honour by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.

Mr Stuart Hanlon, Deputy Chair of Trustees

Stuart qualified as a teacher and as a social worker. In 1990, he became the first lay Director of our charity. After retiring in 2002, he retained the role of trustee. Stuart presided over the change of our name to Catholic Care, reflecting the broader range of services available today. He was appointed in 2003.

Rev Canon Peter Maguire, Trustee

Canon Maguire held the post of Administrator from 1982 to 1990 before returning to the role of parish priest. He guided our charity though a significant period of change, including changing its remit to include the care of adults. He was appointed in 1990.

Mgr Peter Rosser, Trustee

Appointed in 2006, Mgr Rosser is Chair of our Health & Safety Sub-Committee.

Mgr Donal Lucey, Trustee

Mgr Lucey was appointed in 2007.

Timothy Parr, Trustee

Appointed in 2006, Timothy is a chartered accountant and Chair of our Finance Sub-Committee.

Mrs S Rix, Trustee

Sue was appointed in 2014.

Mr J Hester

Joe was appointed in 2015.

Directors & Senior Management

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Carol Hill, Director

Carol is a chartered accountant. She previously worked in senior positions at Deloitte, Consort Homes and Westward Care. She took up her current role in 2012, where she continues to build on our strengths.

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Craig Beedle, Financial Accountant

Craig is a chartered accountant with nearly 20 years of industry experience in senior finance roles. He trained with Deloitte and went on to be the finance director of a £150m food wholesale business. He joined us in 2016 in order to live out his faith, by using his skills to contribute to helping the more vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.

Service Managers

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Sharon Forbes

Sharon joined us in 1996 as a registered manager of one of our residential homes for adults with a learning disability. She took up her current role in 2004, managing services for adults with a learning disability and older people. She previously completed her nurse training (registered nurse for the mentally handicapped, RNMH) and was a director of the House of Light Trust Leeds Ltd. Sharon is a member of the Leeds Diocesan Safeguarding Commission.

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Janet Kent

Janet successfully completed her degree studying in London before qualifying as a school social worker in 1993. From this time she has dedicated her professional life to supporting children and families both as a school social worker and as a family and parenting practitioner. Janet joined the School & Family Social Work service at Catholic Care in 2011. as a School Social Worker before progressing via a number of promotions to her current position as Service Manager. Janet is very popular with schools throughout the Diocese and with members of the team alike and is well known for her caring and supportive approach.

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Mary Simmons

Mary joined us in 1982. She manages our children’s & young people’s and our mental-health services. She previously managed 2 children’s homes, has made a significant contribution to children’s services across Leeds, and was at the forefront of the Children’s Rights campaign.

Staff & volunteers


Our team of staff and volunteers are all dedicated to meeting the needs of people who use our services and to supporting their families and friends. We deeply value our loyal and dedicated staff – something which shows up in our low turnover rate. And without our dedicated volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such a wide range of high-quality care and support to so many vulnerable and disadvantaged people.