Meet our trustees and view our constitution.
I joined the Board of Trustees for Burton Street Foundation in January 2013. I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS for 35 years, before retiring in 2014. The majority of my clinical work was with adults with learning disabilities, but I also worked with pupils with severe learning disabilities in schools in Sheffield.
Since leaving the NHS, I have been employed by the police and CPS as a Registered Witness Intermediary, facilitating communication between vulnerable adult witnesses and those in the police and court system, enabling them to access and be heard as part of the legal processes in court.
I am committed to doing my best to ensure that people with disabilities are enabled to be full members of society. By being a member of the Burton Street Foundation Board of Trustees, I hope I can offer advice and support from my experience in this field over many years, and in so doing promote and enhance the excellent work by all the staff in this service.
John is Development Manager at Locality, working with Locality members (such as Burton Street) across the north of England to help them network, plan business activities and acquire investment. Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, with over 100 members in Yorkshire and a long history of working with Burton Street Foundation.
John has been at Locality for 4.5 years. Prior to this, he worked with NAVCA, the national body of voluntary sector infrastructure organisations. Prior to that at SCEDU (formally the City’s community enterprise support body).
He is a committee member, and treasurer of the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network, and lives in Sheffield.
Andy Evans is co-founder of Pure PR Ltd. He began his career working for rock band Queen and went on to manage marketing in the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia for New York-based publishing giant McGraw-Hill, before returning to Yorkshire to establish his own company.
His agency’s clients over the past 20 years have included Government departments and major national law firms.
Andy was invited onto the Burton Street Foundation board in late 2014.
I was born and bred in Walkley on 5th June 1937. I am married to Bill and have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. I retired from the Post Office as a counter clerk after 27 years’ service. I have always had a lot of interest in people. I was on the Governors at both Walkley and Myers Grove Schools and can honestly say I enjoyed every minute.
I attend Hampden View Chapel and after 6 years, I think I have some knowledge of what people in this community have an interest in. Being a trustee of the Burton Street Foundation has been a great joy to me, it’s always been there and is a life line to many people of different walks of life.
I started a tea dance for over-50’s many years ago and the group is still going strong. I also started a forum for vulnerable adults at Burton Street, to give them the opportunity to have a say and get feedback from me on meetings I attend.
I feel strongly that Burton Street is an asset for the surrounding area. I have been on the Board for around 13 years and long may it continue.
Diane Leek (Chair)
Diane Leek (Chair)
I have lived in Walkley for over 30 years with my husband Bob and 2 children Louise and Christopher. I now have 4 lovely grandchildren. I became a local City Councillor for Walkley in 1992 until 2012.
In 2003, I had the honour of serving as Lord Mayor of Sheffield and was privileged to host the Queen within the first 24 hours of my Inauguration.
I continue to serve as a Trustee on several local community boards. Burton Street is one of the boards I Chair and truly enjoy.
Glyn retired from the role of Learning Disabilities Service Director at Burton Street in May 2016 and was invited to join the board as a trustee a few months later.
In his previous role Glyn was responsible for ensuring that the learning disability services provided were consistent and to a high quality standard. He provided leadership and support to managers and staff to ensure a consistent and quality service.
Glyn’s previous experience was in various manufacturing industries, then he changed direction and in 1993 and helped to set up social activities for people with L.D. and working to provide services for clients with very challenging needs, these later became the main project at Burton Street.
Martin is a partner in the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Group of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. He is based in the firm's Sheffield office.
He has over 25 years' experience of specialising in all facets of dispute resolution in the construction, engineering, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, both nationally and internationally.Martin has a strong track record of providing strategic advice, delivering solutions and commercial outcomes for clients in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Society of Construction Law. He is an accredited and practising mediator with the ADR Group, and a is a Private Sector Board Member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
Martin joined the Burton Street Foundation Board of Trustees on 17 June 2008.
With ASET, the Work-based and Placement Learning Association for the last five years, I am now Development Manager, responsible for building HE, Student and Employer links, events, and the day-to-day management of the business. ASET promotes the value of undertaking a work placement whilst studying for a degree, thereby improving employment prospects on graduation.
Since moving the ASET office base to the Burton Street Foundation in 2011, I have made full use of the conferencing and catering facilities bringing delegates from our 100+ HE institutions to workshops and meetings and encouraging the ongoing links between the centre and the HE institutions I support. ASET are now proud sponsors of Burton Street Foundation events including the Music Festival and Craft Fairs.
Prior to joining ASET I spent 9 years as a recruitment consultant and before that, 15 years in the Retail Sector, latterly as Merchandise Director of Minit UK. I have also spent 3 years living in Japan primarily teaching English. I joined the Board of Trustees at Burton Street in 2012, initially as tenant’s representative, have since acted as Secretary and, from 2014, as Treasurer.
Through working at Burton Street on a daily basis I have become increasingly aware of the need for such a unique resource in Sheffield and how important it is to lend support to ensure the continued growth and development of the centre. I hope to continue to use my varied business background to assist the management team to achieve their goals, in particular new projects and ventures.
Jane has been a volunteer at Burton Street and a member of FOBS (Friends of Burton Street) volunteering and fundraising group for around 6 years since her retirement from being a teacher in secondary education. She has had a very active role at Burton Street and became a trustee in November 2015.
Jane attends Burton Street almost every week in some capacity, and is a well-known trustee to the staff and clients.
Become a trustee
We are always happy to hear from people interested in joining our volunteer board of trustees. If you would like to know more about becoming a trustee, please see the documents below.
Our constitution is a document that legally defines The Burton Street Foundation.
It lays out what it is here to achieve, and how to achieve it. It is our governing document. You can download it below.
Burton Street Foundation Constitution (181 kb PDF)