Liza Kellett, Chief Executive & Company Secretary

Following a degree in languages at the University of Leeds and roles in the media and public relations, Liza spent six years as Head of Development at Leeds Playhouse.

Building on her external relations and fundraising skills, Liza was appointed as the founding Chief Executive of Emmaus Leeds. Working with her Trustees, allies and supporters across the city, she raised £3million to establish this community and social enterprise which walks alongside people who were homeless and provides a home and work in return for their skills and commitment.

Having fledged this start-up enterprise in 2006, and inspired by the work of the Leeds Community Foundation, Liza moved to Cardiff to run the Community Foundation in Wales.

Over ten years she led significant growth, setting up the world’s only national community endowment fund, achieving million pound philanthropic gifts, and pioneering innovations including Philanthropy Week Wales and the Micro Venture Philanthropy Fund. Awarded an honorary Doctorate from Cardiff Metropolitan University for her work in promoting philanthropy, Liza is an experienced Trustee and governor and her volunteering roles have included: Trustee of Wales Council for Voluntary Action; Governor of Park Lane College Leeds; Member of Glas Cymru (Welsh Water); Director of Social Enterprise Leeds; and a panel member for two micro-finance loan funds.

Nicola Sterling- SRG Facilitator

Nicola is an SRG Facilitator and Ambassador for Trust Leeds. Nicola has lived in Leeds all her life, and before she had a her family, worked in America and France within the travel industry as a holiday rep. She then trained in Beauty Therapy, and has had the opportunity to work within communities delivering beauty and pamper sessions. Nicola also works part-time for herself, running a make-up and beauty business and making handmade soya wax candles. 


Aulson Lawrence- SRG Facilitator

Amez Sulaiman- CLLD Administrator

Amez Sulaiman works alongside Liza on a range of projects at Trust Leeds. These include creating funder reports, project administration, research, and analysis. 

Kaitlin Johnson- SRG Administrator/Facilitator

Kaitlin is an SRG Facilitator and Communications Adminstrator at Trust Leeds. Her role involves nurturing SRGs and helping to support new groups, developing blog and newsletter content, creating social media posts and supporting Trust Leeds with general administrative tasks. Before starting her role, Kaitlin completed a degree in Social Policy and she has worked in a variety of roles, from waitressing to volunteering with a young person’s mental health charity.