Who We Are

Our charity helps people from the most deprived areas in Leeds where poverty is entrenched. Many have barriers that prevent them from participating equally in society.

We help adults, young people, families, single parents, children and members of the BAME community.  From our latest client assessments; 70% of those we help are long-term unemployed, 32% have mental health problems, 82% have low skills and 60% speak little or no English when they come to us for support.

We also support local children and young people through our Let’s Read Programme helping increase their literacy and language skills and through our Roots & Shoots programme, involving them in making East Leeds a cleaner, greener space to live.

We are a Leeds based charity supporting children, young people and adults.

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Our Dedicated Team

Our team are non-judgmental, great listeners and fantastic motivators. They also have a genuine desire to change people’s lives for the better. Their hard work and dedication is Learning Partnerships’ strength.

Rudolphe Solentini

Debbie Banks

Debbie Banks
Management Team Contracts Manager & Adult Learning Lead

Jenny Harris
Management Team Project Manager

Esther Scamp

Debbie Hardy
Corporate Engagement Officer

Jamilla Bibi
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Admin and Tutor Support Worker

Joanne Wright
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Sessional Tutor

Gail Clark
Let’s Read Programme Manager

Emily Howard
Single Parent Power Lead Keyworker

Julia Eastwood
Future Opportunities Key Worker

Susan Docherty
Project Co-ordinator (2 Way Street Project)

Joseph Fewster
IT Support Assistant

Heather Nisbett
Adult Learning Tutor

Farah Deeba

Louise Fineberg
Sessional Tutor

Dawn Smallwood
ESOL Tutor

Sharon Knott
Finance Manager

Mirjeta Hysenaj

Theresa Humphries
ESOL Tutor

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Our Trustees

Our fantastic Trustees, many longstanding, provide invaluable support, expertise and dedication to the cause.

Tom Murray


Tom was a councillor for Garforth and Swillington Ward between 1992 – 2013.  He has held various positions on the Council Executive. He has played a part in numerous community groups over the years as a local Governor and Trustee.

He was the Chair of Education and the first Executive Member for Lifelong Learning under a Cabinet administration. He has been President of the European Second Chance movement and the Chair of Thomas Danby College and was involved in the setting up of Leeds City College.

In 2004, Tom joined Learning Partnerships as Chief Executive Officer, he wanted to support the charity in helping the local communities of Leeds by giving them opportunities they may not otherwise have. In May 2013, Tom was appointed as Lord Mayor of Leeds and took a one-year sabbatical from the organisation. After an extremely enjoyable but hectic and busy year, Tom agreed to return in the voluntary capacity as Chairman and he was welcomed back officially in October 2014. Tom is also an associate Trustee at The Leeds United Foundation and a Trustee of the Igen Trust.

Jeremy Burton

Business | Charity Representative

Jeremy joined his family tailoring business in 1976, the largest multiple tailor in the world.  The business supported local charities and Jeremy was involved in the setting up of Education 2000, which later became Learning Partnerships and has been a Trustee since 1996.  The Burton’s site offered office space to the charity and continued to do so until Arcadia took over the group in 1998.

Jeremy was the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire in 2009/10 and is a current Member of High Sheriffs Association Council and the French Honorary Consul in Leeds.  In addition to being a trustee of Learning Partnerships, he is also on the board of the Harewood House Trust and Leeds Civic Trust.

Anthony Warren

Global Safety & Risk Manager – Arcadia Group Ltd

Business Representative

Tony joined the Arcadia Group in 2003 and has held a number of roles within the Group. His current role being to manage the Groups Health, Safety and Risk Engineering Programmes. Tony joined the board of Learning Partnerships in November 2013 and as well as being a keen advocate of continuous learning and development, his team support the charity by ensuring the office and training facilities meet the needs of the employees and learners.

Jon Hosegood

Education Representative

Jon’s involvement with Learning Partnerships and membership of the Board started when was Headteacher of a local secondary school.  At the time he worked with neighbouring primary schools on a range of school programmes which were delivered by Learning Partnerships.  Subsequently, he was employed by the Local Education Authority and resigned his position as a Trustee but on his retirement, he was invited to re-join the Board.

His interests remain in education and he is also the Chair of Governors of a local Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre.  In addition to this, he enjoys gardening and his allotment, walking and spending time with his grandchildren as well as his wider family.

John Clare

Community Representative

An ex-employee of Learning Partnerships, John joined the charity as a member of the Learning Support Team in 2000, with his latest role, prior to taking redundancy, being a member of the Senior Management Team as Funding Manager.  John left the organisation in June 2012 and returned in a voluntary capacity as a Trustee in October 2013.

John has been a local Councillor and has been involved with local community groups over the years.  In addition to his involvement with Learning Partnerships, he is also a committee member of GIPSIL, a local housing charity based in Gipton.

Martin Tudge

Trustee – Treasurer

Martin has over 30 years of experience in various Financial Accounting roles working for the Government and Private sector and is currently employed as a Financial Business Partner for NHS Digital. He is an ACCA affiliate and is currently involved as an SME in the GP IT Futures Programme.

In 2007 Martin co-founded a Yorkshire based EdTech business, which developed over 270 digital learning products and now exports its mobile study software to over 26,000 students in over 133 countries.

Martin is also a business mentor for Virgin StartUp and a Positive Impact Partner, working with many local start-up businesses and community groups in the Leeds region.

Martin served 13 years with the reserve forces (now retired) and was a keen winter sports enthusiast competing at amateur level in downhill racing and skeleton bobsleigh.

Denise Chong

Trustee – HR Consultant

Denise has had over 25 years’ experience in human resources (HR) working in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, and the public sector.  Denise has been in North Yorkshire for over 15 years although has had work experience in Canada, the Netherlands, the US and Switzerland.  She most recently held chief people officer roles which entailed leading all aspects of HR, and is particularly passionate about talent development, organisational effectiveness and diversity and inclusion.  Denise has previously been a trustee in a learning academy and is keen to help organisations build their capability and making them great places to work.  Denise will be supporting the board and organisation on HR related issues.


Denise is currently doing interim work in employee engagement, coaching and mentoring.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as travelling and reading.

Charlie Beech


Charlie joined the charity in December 2022.  He has spent nearly twenty years in the professional sporting arena, representing his country as a schoolboy and spending nearly a decade playing at the highest levels of rugby union. He brings the same drive and determination that got him there to everything he now does in the business and charity worlds – his company, Front Row Support, has run multiple events to raise funds and awareness for good causes alongside Community Learning Partnerships.

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