Touchstone’s trustees are volunteers who have overall responsibility for Touchstone’s work and strategic direction. They come from a variety of backgrounds and generously donate their time to the organisation.
Board of Trustees Contacts
I consider the principal skill I bring to Touchstone is my knowledge and experience around the subject area of health and social care. Following long experience working in healthcare as a clinician and a manager.
I am an experienced leader and have good people skills. I listen to differing opinions enabling sound judgements to be made in sometimes challenging circumstances. I am, therefore, not afraid to make difficult decisions, whilst enabling everyone to “have their say”. I am able to recognise greater skills and knowledge in others, not professing to be expert in everything.
I am delighted to be Chair of Touchstone, as it is an organisation who keeps the service user at the centre of all it does, whilst supporting and developing the staff.
B.A.(York) Linguistics, M.Sc. (University of Surrey) Social Research, M.A.(Bradford) Community Care, CQSW & Diploma in Social Work (University College Cardiff)
I qualified as a social worker over 30 years ago and have worked in London, Bradford and Leeds, in hospitals and in the community. i have worked with people with mental health difficulties and have had a particular interest in working with older people and people with dementia.
I currently work with student social workers, as a Practice Learning Tutor at the University of Bradford, and with the Open University, on their social work degree programmes. I also work in a voluntary capacity with older people’s voluntary groups in Leeds.
I have recently been a member of the NICE/SCIE Guidance Development Group developing national guidelines for Social Care Services for Older People with Multiple Long-term Health Conditions.
I joined Touchstone some years ago as a friend and colleague of Sylvia Landells, the Leeds social worker who was one of the original founders of Touchstone over 30 years ago. I am proud to be a Trustee of a genuinely inclusive organisation like Touchstone where everyone is valued and welcomed, and where service users have a real part to play in the management and delivery of services. I have introduced student social workers to Touchstone and very much value the contribution voluntary organisations can make to social work education.
I have two adults daughters and a two year old grandson and live in East Leeds.
Chair of Finance and Development
Andrew is an Economics graduate from the University of Leeds and is an Investment Director and Head of the Leeds branch of private bank Brown Shipley. He became a trustee of Touchstone over five years ago and sits on the Finance and Business Development committee. He is also Treasurer of the local charity Yorkshire MESMAC and sits on the committees of a number of other local charities including Leeds Art Fund.
Having seen that Touchstone was looking for new Trustees, including someone with HR skills, I decided that this would be a way to put both my HR skills and my psychology studies to good use. After observing a meeting of the Board of Trustees as a guest, I was delighted to be invited to join.
MA (Cantab) Economics; MBA (Bradford); and MSc (Bradford) Environmental Management
I’m passionate about mental health issues, recognising from my own personal experience the effect of addiction on mental health and personal relationships…and I love my home town of Leeds and Touchstone’s pioneering work within our communities.
Commercial background with particular interest in marketing and business strategy; much frontline experience within the field of addiction and recovery.
I’m a strategic thinker with a background in change management. I’ve worked in financial services for 15 years undertaking a number of roles including project manager and business analyst. I’m currently part of the senior leadership team looking after the branches and head offices for a large building society. I’m a real people person so it’s not just about the what we do, it’s the how we do it that’s important to me. I’m a good communicator as well as being comfortable thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. I was keen to work with a mental health charity and the first time I visited Touchstone I was in awe of their passion, commitment and drive to continue to improve – qualities aligned to my own values. I’m delighted to have been invited to join the Board as a Trustee including a place on the Finance and Business Development Committee.
I’m married with three young step children. I’m a big music fan regularly attending gigs and festivals and I’m a season ticket holder at Huddersfield Town.
Natasha is a final year medical student at the University of Leeds and has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health (Medical Education). Previously, she has enjoyed volunteering for Leeds University Union and one of their charities Teddy Bear Hospital, including organising fundraising events and leading society members. She is especially interested in mental health and her degree has given her the opportunity to experience psychiatric medicine and work with service users within a hospital and community setting.
Charlotte Armitage BSc (Hons), MBPsS, PGCert, MABP
Charlotte is an experienced businesswoman having built and directed a number of successful businesses in various sectors. Currently, Charlotte is the Managing Director of the Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting (YAFTA) and YAFTA Talent Agency, both award winning businesses. She is instrumental in diversifying on-screen talent by actively promoting actors with disabilities and helping them to secure lead roles in Film & TV. YAFTA has successfully placed Coronation Street’s first actor with down syndrome and Emmerdale’s first actor with Cerebral Palsy.
In addition to the above, Charlotte is a Trainee Counselling Psychologist, currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University. She is also on the Board of Trustees for Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service (LSLCS).
As an engineer then running a logistics company I feel I can problem solve. After becoming ill in the 90s and enforced retirement i decided to give back to those who have helped me. This has given me over the years a wealth of knowledge within health and social care and NHS. Also my real passion is to ensure research involves the patient and therefore becoming grounded and true. I’m a member of Yorkshire and Humber National institute for health research to help in this. In essence my lived experience means i can ensure PPI is true and coproduction is co not faux. I am a Touchstones service user and coproduction champion. I also believe strongly that we must live and let live, i am and always have championed LGBT.
Sue works in the finance sector and has also brings experience in business, law, quality assurance and strategic planning to the Touchstone board.