As founding Chief Executive of Trust Leeds, Liza has led the organisation’s development through the feasibility stage, establishment, and now the development era. She has brought the Self-Reliant Group model successfully to Leeds and is leading the creation of its unique micro-finance operation.
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.