Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

0113 240 2444

Crown Point House,
167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

The Leeds GATE Team

Executive Board

The Leeds GATE team

  • Elizabeth Spaven Chair)
  • Laura North (Treasurer)
  • Teresa Birtle (Secretary)
  • Ellen Moloney
  • Rose Cawley
  • Helen McAuslane
  • Emma Clarkson

Helen Jones

Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Leeds GATE  leads the staff team to deliver the organisation aims and objectives on behalf of the Executive Board. Helen has worked for Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange since the beginning, as development worker; project manager, and lately as CEO.

Before Leeds GATE, Helen's employment was mostly spent in fields and factories, and she still regards herself as 'an apple picker'. In 2002, a happy series of events allowed Helen to bring her experiences of living and working alongside Gypsy people, and the opportunity to work at Leeds GATE, together. Helen has been lucky to bring her education, enthusiasm and passion for  justice, to enable and support the Gypsy and Traveller people, and their colleagues and partners, who have made Leeds GATE what it is today. If asked, Helen describes herself as a human rights worker.

Email: helen@leedsgate.co.uk
Mobile number: 07891 336 954

Ellie Rogers

Partnerships Manager

Ellie joined Leeds GATE in 2014 to manage our partnership relationships.

Email: ellie@leedsgate.co.uk
Mobile number: 07855 801 743

Sharon Hague

Sharon Hague

Operations Administration Manager

Sharon is responsible for all administrative aspects of Leeds GATE, leading on finance, building management, quality assurance and accountability.

Email: Sharon@leedsgate.co.uk
Telephone: 0113 240 2444

Teresa Birtle  

Administration and Project Support Assistant

Teresa provides administration and project support at Leeds GATE. Teresa is keen to deliver on the organisation value that Leeds GATE is welcoming.

Teresa is also a member of the Travelling Community and joined our team in 2013.​

Email: teresa@leedsgate.co.uk

Telephone:0113 240 2444

Claire Graham   

Communities Manager

Claire's role as Communities Manager at Leeds GATE represents development on a theme of advocacy and development since she started work with the organisation in 2005.

Claire supports and works with community members and staff to achieve our organisation goals.  The Communities team deliver frontline advocacy, youth inclusion and all sorts of training, one off events and community development projects.  The team deliver presentations and training packages to other professionals about working effectively with Gypsies and Travellers.

Email: Claire@leedsgate.co.uk
Mobile number: 07967 679 892

Ben Chastney

Advocacy Manager

Ben has been providing Leeds GATE’s advocacy service since 2012.  He supports community members in understanding and accessing services through various tasks, such as form filling, making phone calls, supporting members at meetings or carrying out research.  This work largely involves addressing issues relating to housing, employment, finances and welfare rights.  He delivers this work through a mix of office based appointments, phone support, site visits, house calls and meetings with professionals.

Ben also is involved in supporting the GATE team in researching and campaigning, often with other Gypsy and Traveller organisations, seeking to challenge, inform and improve laws, rules or practices.  In particular, Ben has an interest in accommodation and planning as well as proposed changes to the benefit system.  He works to include members in this campaigning work where possible and more broadly aims to build up members’ capacity to self-advocate

Email: ben@leedsgate.co.uk
Mobile number: 07980 748 968

Tove Vrbnkova

Advocate

Tove provides front line advocasy for Leeds GATE members. 

Email: tove@leedsgate.co.uk
Mobile number: 07958686245

Ella Montgomery-Smith

Youth Inclusion Worker  

Ella works on behalf of young Gypsy and Traveller people to provide individual education and employment support, signposting and working strategically to raise the profile of the needs of Gypsy and Traveller young people within mainstream services.

Email: Ella@leedsgate.co.uk
Mobile number: 07951 950 836

Vanessa Cardui                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Community Archivist 

Vanessa works with community members as part of a 2 year Heritage Lottery Funded project to catalogue, preserve and develop a Gypsy and Traveller heritage collection. 

Email: vanessa@leedsgate.co.uk
Mobile number: 07958686244

Kirsty Birtle

Community Organiser

​Kirsty works with Gypsy and Irish Traveller communities accross West Yorkshire to found out what communities want and support them take action and speak out about subject which matter to them.                         

Kirsty joined our team in July 2017 and is also a member of the Travelling Community 

kirstybirtle@leedsgate.co.uk

 

You can complete our online volunteering form if you want to offer your services.