Introduction to our Trustees
Love Leeds Parks is governed by a Board of Trustees who share an enthusiasm for the public parks and green spaces in Leeds.
Lynda grew up in Leeds although has had spells living elsewhere. She has over 20 years’ experience as a volunteer in Leeds’ greenspaces. She is Chair of Leeds Parks & Greenspaces Forum, Secretary of Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery, a member of Guiseley in Bloom, a committee member of Friends of Springfield Park & Guiseley Wells and a working party member of the Friends of Roundhay Park (formerly a Trustee and events organiser). Lynda sits on Leeds Civic Trust’s Grants & Awards panel, where grants are given to groups striving to improve their neighbourhoods.
Dr Anna Barker
Anna is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds. She is passionate about researching parks and working collaboratively to enhance our local green spaces. In recent years she has undertaken research into the use, experience, management, and regulation of parks, including the report Charitable Giving to Parks and Green Spaces, a project on The Future Prospects of Urban Parks and The Great Meeting Place: A Study of Bradford’s City Park.
Hannah first got involved in parks and green spaces whilst at University, joining Leeds University Union’s Conservation Volunteers and becoming the society’s President in the final year of her degree. Hannah joined Love Leeds Parks in July 2019 as a Fundraising Officer, and has stayed on to become a trustee. In her spare time she volunteers with the RSPB as a Ranger.
Lee Dawson, Treasurer
Lee is an accountancy senior at Brown Butler Chartered Accountants Limited with over 15 years’ experience in practice. He has a passion for cycling, rugby and hiking with his faithful pointer Frank. It is his love of outdoor pursuits that made him want to “give a little back” by volunteering with Love Leeds Parks to help promote and improve green spaces in Leeds.
Becky moved to Leeds in 1998, and is Head of Change Delivery at Leeds Beckett University. Becky joined Love Leeds Parks after seeking out opportunities to join a Charitable Board as a direct result of studying for an MBA in Senior Leadership. She is experienced in Governance, Planning, and Technology. With over 25 years of IT experience across public and private sectors, she prefers to spend her free time away from the desk, and is the Treasurer and chief-plant-planner for Kirkstall in Bloom. When not working with the local community she is a keen gardener and has her own ‘garlottie’ in Kirkstall.
Casey’s day job is for the Future Parks Accelerator, working with 27 local authorities across the UK helping them take a longer-term, strategic approach to funding and maintaining their public greenspaces. Born in Leeds, he’s worked for the National Trust across the north of England, the Big Lottery Fund Policy Unit on social programmes, and he set up an Action Research Social Enterprise. He has been a non-exec director of the Yorkshire Regional Voluntary Development Agency and has Post Graduate Qualifications in Conflict Resolution, leadership and Management. He’s interested in open data, self-organising groups and democratising public space for social outcomes. He’s @caseymorrison on Twitter.
Justin is General Manager of the Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site. Fountains is one of the busiest properties in the National Trust, attracting 600,000 visitors a year. Justin has worked for the National Trust for 11 years and in his 5 years at Fountains has overseen multi-million pound investment in visitor infrastructure as well as the Skell Valley project – a £2.5m Landscape scale conservation project. Prior to the Trust Justin worked in the charity sector in the UK & Africa, after a 10-year career in the private sector.
John has lived in Leeds for over thirty years and worked in practical conservation for four decades as a volunteer, then a project officer with The Conservation Volunteers, followed by two decades developing Hollybush as an inclusive environmental volunteering centre. His current role is Business Development Manager for TCV covering Northern England. He is looking forward to continuing his efforts to improve green spaces in Leeds, many of which he uses for recreation, bird and wildlife watching.