Dame Suzi Leather

Chair of Trustee Board

What attracted you to being a trustee at Lankelly Chase?

I believe that we should judge a society by how it treats its least advantaged citizens. By that yardstick the UK has some way to go. I wanted to be part of Lankelly Chase because it is focuses solely on people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. Lankelly Chase has always been active where it matters – and it funds imaginative work at the frontline supporting people who have vision and tenacity. Lankelly Chase’s work resonates with concerns that have been hardwired in me since the days when I was a volunteer and then trained in the probation service. It tackles issues I care about like sexual violence against women and girls (my postgraduate thesis was on the contribution of the women’s movement to the discovery of child sexual abuse).

I have chaired a number of public bodies including, for six years, the charity sector’s regulator the Charity Commission. It is a big responsibility – and an amazing privilege – to chair Lankelly Chase with its independent resources and I am committed to making sure we live our values: being determined, open and reflective.

I also chair the Plymouth Fairness Commission and am a trustee of StepChange, the national debt advice charity.