Current Members

Richard Norton


Richard has lived in Headingley since 2001; he has been active locally most notably as a founding director of HDT (Chair 2006 – 2013) and rejoined the HDT Board in March 2014. Through his work Richard has extensive experience of community engagement, project management and organisational governance within the third sector. Currently working at Voluntary Action Leeds as Supporting Links to Commissioning Manager, he was previously the Director of Young People and Employment for re’new and developed a number of projects and services including Archway and The Beck. Richard has been a member of the HEART Board since it was set up and is Company Secretary.

Liz Westmorland

Atam Verdi

Atam is a Chartered Surveyor who has lived in the area for 12 years.  Professionally he is involved in regeneration and development projects and considered that these skills would be useful to Headingley Development Trust.  He has been a board member of the Trust and now is a Director of HEART.  With experience from the private sector and a wide network of contacts, Atam considers that these can be brought to benefit the centre.  Atam is also involved with the HDT Headingley Homes initiative too.

Janet Matthews


Alison Haskins

Alison has lived in Leeds for 22 years and in Burley/Headingley for the past 12 years. She is a HDT member and has been on the HEART Board for 2 years. Alison is CEO for a social enterprise in Halifax and has worked at senior level in the third sector for 20 years. Originally trained as a fashion and textile designer, she retains an interest in the creative arts and also enjoys live music.

Isobel Mills

After leaving London where she worked in the East End, Isobel spent over 22 years in regional government offices in Yorkshire in the Humber, including 15 in what was then the Government Office.  She has seen localism in community policy from all angles – European (she ran European Funds in Yorkshire and the Humber from 1996-2001), national, where she was involved in the full suite of regeneration programmes, and neighbourhood, where she worked from 2001-2011 on NDCs, community economic development (including setting up the Key Fund), community empowerment and community activism.  After the abolition of Government Offices, Isobel become the Director for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills covering Yorkshire and Humber and the North East.  From then until leaving the Civil Service she was intensively involved in Local Enterprise Partnerships and the development of City Deals.  Now an early (!) retiree, Isobel is on the Board of the Humber LEP, the Key Fund, Leeds CAB and CO2 Sense.  She chairs the European Funds Committee for the Humber and is the President of the Leeds City Credit Union, one of the largest community Credit Unions in the country.

Tim Goodall