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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

Born in London, 1961, Educated at Oxford University (Theology) and the Pontifical Gregorian University (License in Dogmatic Theology), Rome. Ordained Deacon by Cardinal George Basil Hume and Ordained a Priest by Archbishop Couve de Murville in 1988 for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Exercised parochial ministry from 1988 to 2009 in several parishes including, as Parish Priest, Dorchester-on-Thames, Bloxwich and Coleshill. Extra parochial duties have included: Theology Tutor, Permanent Diaconate Formation (1989-1994); RE Teacher, European School, Culham (1991-1994); Assistant Director of Schools (1995-1999) and Director of Schools, Archdiocese of Birmingham (1999-2009). General Secretary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (November 2009 to 2014) and Acting Director of the Catholic Education Service (November 2011 to April 2013). He was consecrated on 13th of November 2014 and installed as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese on 13th November 2014.

Timothy Parr, Vice Chair of Trustees & Chair of Finance & Property Sub-Committee

Appointed in 2006, Timothy is a chartered accountant
Tim grew up in Leeds and attended St Thomas Aquinas Grammar School in the city prior to reading law at Bristol University and going on to become a chartered accountant and a chartered tax adviser. He now works as a senior tax partner at RSM Chartered Accountants in Leeds.
Tim joined the Catholic Care board in 2006 and is now vice chair of the trustees and chairman of the finance and property sub-committee.
Tim lives in Idle in Bradford with his wife Claire and has 5 grown up children.
Tim was appointed a knight of the pontifical order of St Sylvester by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.

Mgr Peter Rosser, Trustee

Appointed in 2006, Mgr. Rosser is Chair of our Health & Safety Sub-Committee. He also serves as Chaplain to the Carmelite Sisters and as a Prison Chaplain.

Mgr Donal Lucey, Trustee

Mgr Lucey was appointed in 2007 and is also the Charity’s Spiritual Adviser. He is also a trustee of the House of Light Leeds and Faith and Light Chaplain. Mgr Lucey is also a Trustee of Faith and Light UK and is the National Chaplain for Faith and Light.

Mr Stuart Hanlon, Trustee

Stuart qualified as a teacher and as a social worker. Coming from Liverpool Social Services where he held the post of Training Officer, Stuart joined Catholic Care in 1973 as a Senior Social Worker. In 1990, he became the first lay Director of our charity. He retired in 2002 and was appointed to the role of trustee in 2003. Stuart presided over the change of our name to Catholic Care, reflecting the broader range of services available today. In particular Stuart initiated the School Social Work Service, which has since developed and expanded considerably.

Susan Rix, Trustee

Sue was appointed in 2014. She retired as Deputy Headteacher of a Catholic Secondary School where she was also responsible for pastoral care of the school community. She was honoured with an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education’ from Leeds Trinity on her retirement. Since retiring she volunteers with the Cross and Passion Sisters, is active in her parish and is a Governor at Leeds Trinity University.

Deacon Joseph Cortis, Trustee

Rev. Dr. Joseph Cortis has a background in adult and mental health nursing which includes a long period as an educational manager, academic and senior lecturer at the University of Leeds. His last position was that of Associate Director of Education for post graduate courses for the School of Healthcare. He was also the Chair of Dewsbury and District Community Health Council for a period of six years.
Deacon Joe is the Chair of St John Fisher Catholic Academy Council -Dewsbury and Chair of the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust. Currently he is the Co-ordinator of Caritas Leeds. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Bridget Smith, Trustee

Bridget was appointed in 2015. She qualified as a SRN, SCM, ADM and holds a diploma in therapeutic counselling. Following her retirement she became a prison visitor and a volunteer at St. George’s Crypt.

Maureen Fletcher, Trustee

Maureen was appointed in 2015. She qualified as a teacher in 1977 and taught in a variety of schools in the Leeds Diocese before retiring as Headteacher of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Batley Carr. She is an experienced Catechist and Minister in her parish.

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 Costello

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 Schools, Children and Family Wellbeing 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

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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. Without our dedicated volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such a wide range of services to so many disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised people in the community.