Meet the Team
Please find our organisational chart Holbeck Elderly Aid – Org-Chart.
Elissa Newman – Chief Officer
I set up my own business in 1985 and I have extensive experience of customer service, business management and Strategic development. Since 2010 I have been working in the Health & Social Care sector and in 2014 was appointed as the Chief Officer at HEA. I feel honoured and proud to hold this position of Chief Officer and I am passionate that older people should be supported to live independently, with informed choices for as long as possible in their community, be able to participate in community activities and through this alleviate social isolation. When I am not working I devote my time to my family and 12 year old King Charles Cavalier Jack – who is spoiled rotten!
Sue Cawthray – Strategic Consultant
I have worked within the elderly sector for over 25 years including hands on support and care, business management and strategic planning, marketing and fund raising. I have a obtained a combination of practical skills, commitment with vision and enthusiasm and this has enabled me to work at Board level, management committees and with other health bodies, stakeholders as well as working within local Communities. I am passionate about support and care of the elderly and in particular Dementia, Nutrition and Hydration and it is paramount that that older people are provided with a service where they live well with dignity, respect and choice. For the last 10 years I have been the Chief Executive at Harrogate Neighbours and for the last 3 years I have allocated part of my week in a support role to HEA as it has grown and expanded its services.
Steve Hall – Transport & Facilities Manager
I joined HEA at the start of May 2011 to manage the community transport operation as part of the Big Lottery Big Project. I initially came on a part time basis but quickly became a full time manager. I find it extremely rewarding that the transport facility that we provide for the older people of the Holbeck community supports social inclusion and independent living. I hold NEBOSH Qualification and a member of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). I have enjoyed a varied career which has involved Engineering, Transport and IT.
Claire Holmes – Outreach Worker
I am the Neighbourhood Outreach Worker for HEA. I joined HEA in 2011 as the Business Administrator, I then briefly covered the post of Neighbourhood Outreach Worker whilst the outreach worker was on Maternity leave. I successfully applied for the permanent role in August 2014. My role is to offer help and support to older people of Holbeck, offering home visits and attending extra support visits where needed, to promote independent living and provide information about our services and other local services. I also carry out information workshops to our service users, ensuring their knowledge of services in their area is up to date.
Matthew Springthorpe – Activities & Volunteer Co-ordinator
I started working for Holbeck Elderly Aid in August 2015. Before this I studied Sport & Recreation Development at Leeds Beckett University, graduating in 2013. During my education and experience in my previous role as a Community Development Worker at another Leeds based charity I have gained experience of activity and volunteer co-ordination. My role at present is to look after and develop upon HEA’s currently busy schedule of activities and events whilst liaising with our team of volunteers. I ensure that the activity schedule for HEA is growing and becoming ever-popular with new interesting outings and activities by consulting service users on a regular basis to find out what we can do to help you.
Roy Minter – Driver/General Assistant
Minibus Driver and General Assistant. I have 5 years experience as a volunteer driver for HEA before becoming a member of staff. I am a good listener which is important in my role. In my spare time I enjoy Cooking and watching Rugby League.