Our team

Rob Cook
Communications Officer
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I joined the Time to Shine programme in November 2018. My role in the team is to make sure we communicate effectively about Time to Shine, especially about the learning from the programme and how to leave the best possible legacy for the future.

I’ve worked in the voluntary sector in Leeds since the 1980s, particularly in mental health, work with older people and with volunteers, most recently doing communications at Bramley Elderly Action. I’m driven by a sense of social justice in whatever I'm involved with.

In my spare time I do plenty of cooking, play badminton and play the ukulele (badly!) in Music From the Attic.


Rachel Cooper
Leeds Older People’s Forum Chief Executive Officer
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I joined LOPF in 2009 as a Development Officer and have been involved in many exciting projects working with and for older people in Leeds. I am privileged to have worked with the LOPF Board, members and (then a much smaller) staff team on the bid and project development. All that planning is now coming to life in the form of a variety of different projects across the city. I am responsible for the governance of Time to Shine and ensuring it has a broader, long term impact.


Jessica Duffy
Learning Facilitator
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I joined the organisation from the environment sector where I worked training staff and volunteers in all sorts of things, from tree planting to time management. The thing I have always enjoyed about my work is spotting patterns and making sure people get together to share information, and that is what this job is all about.

I help Time to Shine delivery partners share information locally, and with the other National Ageing Better programmes, and then trying to ensure we share that information with other older people’s groups in Leeds to help them do a better job.

In my spare time I am growing my children, and apples, and trying to live a sustainable life in the city.


Lisa Fearn
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
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I joined the Time to Shine team in 2015 and since then I've really enjoyed working across the city, meeting amazing people and monitoring and evaluating a diverse range of creative and innovative older people's projects. Research is a big part of the Time to Shine programme so part of my role involves linking the work of delivery partners and the ideas, feelings and experiences of older beneficiaries into the local and national evaluations of the programme. Our intention is to learn about what works, and what doesn't work, to improve social connections and reduce feelings of loneliness in older people in Leeds.


Linda Glew
Programme Manager (Legacy)
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I joined Time to Shine in January 2019 and am very excited to work with older people in Leeds and want to work hard to ensure that the legacy of the work is positive and long lasting.

I have a background of working with the Third Sector for over 20 years though largely with children and families. However, my main passion is people and that everyone has the best possible life that they can have.

I live in Halifax though I was born and bred in Bradford and am very proud to be a Yorkshire lass!

In my spare time I love to get out hiking in the great Yorkshire outdoors and to travel further afield when I can.


Sarah Prescott
Communities Officer, Time to Shine
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I Joined LOPF in December 2018 as one of two Communities Officers who coordinate the Age Friendly Leeds and Dementia Friendly Leeds programmes.

I have worked with older people throughout my career in a range of roles largely related to improving health and wellbeing, reducing loneliness and increasing digital inclusion.

In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors either trying to grow fruit and vegetables in my garden, or getting out into the countryside with my family walking, cycling and picnicking.


Hillary Wadsworth
Programme Manager (Learning)
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I am privileged to have worked on the Time to Shine programme as Programme Manager since 2015. I have thoroughly enjoyed developing strong partnerships with our Delivery Partners, staff team and older people to ensure we achieve the ambitious outcomes of the programme. I have always enjoyed working with older people and over the last 15 years have been fortunate to work in a range of roles from developing befriending services to managing city-wide projects.

I am a proud northerner, originally from Durham but Leeds definitely feels like home. When I’m not running around after two energetic children I like to catch up with my sleep and a bit of knitting.


Harriet Walsh
Administration Officer
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My job is to support my colleagues with their work and I aim to develop and keep admin systems working effectively. The Time to Shine programme involves amazing delivery partners, staff and volunteers and is always interesting and inspiring.

I've worked as a self-builder, in import and export, in the arts and in the charitable sector so bring a varied perspective to my work. I'm a member of Leeds Hackspace, a workshop space for people who like making things, are curious about how stuff works, or would like to learn new skills. I'm also part of a group called Lifehacks for Limited Futures, looking at how we can self-organise for happiness and wellbeing in later life.


Jude Woods
Communities Officer, Time to Shine
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I joined the team in 2019 as one of the Communities Officers coordinating the Age Friendly Leeds and Dementia Friendly Leeds programmes.

I have been involved in community work since the 1980s, particularly working with marginalised communities, on disability equality activism and in the arts.

I enjoy making art, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.


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