David Brown, Director
Following David’s retirement from the Probation Service in 1998, he joined the Inside Out Trust as a regional coordinator. He established and managed 30 projects in prisons for IOT, and when the company ceased trading in 2007 he was determined not to let all its good work disappear. In 2008 David began to lay the groundwork to establish the Margaret Carey Foundation, establishing partnerships and securing funding to enable four projects to get up and running and the company to be established with two staff. His ambition for the organisation is to develop its funding base and increase the number and types of projects that are undertaken in prisons and in the community.
David’s interests include football (playing and watching), running, singing in two local choral groups and acting as road manager for the Irish band, the Wildgeese. He is married to Susan and they have three sons and five grandchildren.
Helen Rowlands, Business Development Manager
Helen began her career in the charity sector on returning to the UK after spending two years in Zambia as a Maths teacher for VSO. Helen has been working as a fundraiser since 2003 for local, regional and national charities, most recently in events and community fundraising.
Outside of work Helen loves spending time with her family, exploring the great outdoors, going to the gym, reading and supporting Liverpool football club.
John Hyde, Senior Mechanic, MCF Bikery in Shipley
John joined MCF in 2015 as a volunteer bike mechanic and began working for us in 2016 as a part-time sessional bike trainer, paid for by our Santander SEDA Award. He now works full time in our Shipley Bikery, repairing and selling bikes and helps drop-in customers learn how to do basic bike maintenance (like change a tyre).
Lisa Ross, Finance and Administration Officer
Lisa joined MCF at the beginning of October 2017 as a part time Finance and Administration Officer. In a previous life (before children) Lisa worked as a Management Accountant at a Technology company and following at a home shopping catalogue company.
In her spare time Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and their adopted retired greyhound, Bocko.
Anthony Thomson, Community Development Manager
Anthony has been a manager for various community and voluntary sector organisations with over 15 years experience of community led development ranging from award winning voluntary projects to city centre social enterprises.
He is a founder of the training and bike recycling co-operative Leeds Bike Mill where he previously worked with at-risk young people and adults, developing projects in partnership with Leeds Youth Offending Team and organisations supporting people in recovery from substance use.