The Burton Street Foundation embraces diversity and equal opportunities. We are committed to building a staff team that represents our community; that will bring a wide range of experience, perspectives and skills to the workplace. We feel that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Meet out trustees and view our constitution below

I joined the Board of Trustees for Burton Street Foundation in January 2013. I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS for 35 years, before retiring in 2014. The majority of my clinical work was with adults with learning disabilities, but I also worked with pupils with severe learning disabilities in schools in Sheffield.

Since leaving the NHS, I have been employed by the police and CPS as a Registered Witness Intermediary, facilitating communication between vulnerable adult witnesses and those in the police and court system, enabling them to access and be heard as part of the legal processes in court.

I am committed to doing my best to ensure that people with disabilities are enabled to be full members of society. By being a member of the Burton Street Foundation Board of Trustees, I hope I can offer advice and support from my experience in this field over many years, and in so doing promote and enhance the excellent work by all the staff in this service.

John is Development Manager at Locality, working with Locality members (such as Burton Street) across the north of England to help them network, plan business activities and acquire investment. Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, with over 100 members in Yorkshire and a long history of working with Burton Street Foundation.

In 2015 John worked with Burton Street Foundation to help access investment from Power to Change for the Bamforth Building redevelopment.

John has been at Locality for 4.5 years. Prior to this, he worked with NAVCA, the national body of voluntary sector infrastructure organisations. Prior to that at SCEDU (formally the City’s community enterprise support body).

He is a committee member, and treasurer of the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network, and lives in Sheffield.

I was born and bred in Walkley on 5th June 1937. I am married to Bill and have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. I retired from the Post Office as a counter clerk after 27 years’ service. I have always had a lot of interest in people. I was on the Governors at both Walkley and Myers Grove Schools and can honestly say I enjoyed every minute.

I attend Hampden View Chapel and after 6 years, I think I have some knowledge of what people in this community have an interest in. Being a trustee of the Burton Street Foundation has been a great joy to me, it’s always been there and is a life line to many people of different walks of life.

I started a tea dance for over-50’s many years ago and the group is still going strong. I also started a forum for vulnerable adults at Burton Street, to give them the opportunity to have a say and get feedback from me on meetings I attend.

I feel strongly that Burton Street is an asset for the surrounding area. I have been on the Board for around 13 years and long may it continue.

Diane has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.  She has lived in Walkley for over 40 years.   Diane worked locally before becoming a City Councillor for the Walkley Ward from Jan 1993 till May 2012. This gave her the opportunity to help, understand and work alongside many local groups individuals, businesses along with City wide issues. In 2003/4 Diane became Lord Mayor of Sheffield.  Within the first 24 hrs Diane had the honour of being host to their Royal Highnesses Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip which was indeed a very special day for the City. A most enjoyable year.

Burton St Foundation is a wonderful organisation that provides excellent services for a variety of users, but specialising in services for adults and children with learning disabilities and it is integral to their well being. As a trustee, we can contribute to the vision to support and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities every day.

Martin had a career in the legal profession spanning over 30 years, including being a partner in the Sheffield office of international law firms Nabarro LLP and CMS before retiring from practice in 2018. He is a Director of AESSEAL plc, a global manufacturing company headquartered in Rotherham. Martin holds a number of board positions across the business, charity, education and voluntary sectors including, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, The Herbert Hughes Memorial Trust, The Burton Street Foundation and St Luke’s Hospice. He is Chair of the Sheffield Property Association, Vice Chair of the Sheffield Culture Collective and a Non Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. Martin is the current High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.

Jane has been a volunteer at Burton Street and a member of FOBS(Friends of Burton Street) volunteering and fundraising group for around 10 years since her retirement from teaching.

Jane taught for 38 years in 3 Secondary schools in Sheffield, teaching P.E., Health and Social Care, being Head of Year and Key Stage Manager.

Jane has been a weekly volunteer in the café and catering departments at Burton Street for around 10 years and became a trustee in 2015.

I have been a Trustee at Burton Street since November 2019 having formerly been employed by the organisation as Minute Taker for the Board of Trustees monthly meeting. I am engaged as Secretary for BSF and am looking to expand that role for the benefit of both the Trustees and the organisation. I am not involved in a voluntary or other capacity with any other company or organisation.

My working life was spent in the law in the private and public sectors and in industry. My last employment was at PM Property Lawyers in Sheffield which was a supervisory role advising on risk and compliance in domestic conveyancing matters.

I am married, live locally and have two daughters and two grandchildren. I attend a local gym. I am a season ticket holder at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. I am a keen reader (mainly biography) and am a fan of the Arts, concerts, theatre, film, exhibitions etc.

Throughout my adult life I have been actively involved with community enterprises as a volunteer, as an officer and as a consultant.  I have worked with a number of organisations across the North and Midlands, many of which have been Locality members, as is Burton Street.

I am now retired, but maintain a commitment to the development of community and social enterprise, and I am really looking forward to serving as a trustee at Burton Street.

My other interests include walking in the Peak District, quilting, ballroom dancing and spending time with my grandchildren.

I’m a speech and language therapy student and applied to become a trustee to get more involved in city life when I first moved here.

Being a trustee of the Burton Street Foundation is privilege as I get to hear about the vital work the organisation does and positive impact it is having, especially on people with learning disabilities.

I feel I have a lot to learn from the organisation, which is doing important work in the face of the considerable challenges which beset the social care sector.

I also hope to contribute by drawing on my 15 years of PR and communications experience to help with further profile raising so that more people can discover this welcoming community within the Sheffield community.

Karen is a corporate and commercial lawyer with over 30 years experience in private practise and industry , mainly working in house for multi national corporates, where she has specialised in equipment leasing and asset finance. She grew up in Sheffield and subsequently worked in London, Paris and Manchester. She has lived in Sheffield for the last 22 years and welcomes the opportunity to be a trustee of the Burton Street Foundation to be able to get more involved in, and to contribute, to the Sheffield local community. She looks forward to playing a role in bringing attention to the great work being done by the Burton Street Foundation to a wider audience.

She has one daughter and her current hobbies are golf , dancing, and learning Spanish.

I fulfilled my childhood dream of becoming a doctor in 1980 with MBBS. Following this, I came to UK and qualified as member of RCOG, becoming a successful Specialist Consultant for the NHS where I worked for over 31 years. Medical law has been another passion of mine, and I am qualified as a Master of Laws. I have wide experience of leadership, training and teaching along with management as a Clinical Lead and Director for the NHS. I retired in 2018. My aim was to improve standards and provide competent care with compassion. To further, this I worked as CQC inspector to assist other hospitals in the NHS. I am eager to transfer those skills in my role as a Trustee for Burton Street Foundation.

Being multilingual, I have helped women from ethnic communities to learn English, and even presented for ethnic programmes on BBC Radio Sheffield. I am currently learning Spanish. I have always been sporty and active so after retiring I took golf and salsa, which I enjoy immensely. My other passions are oil painting, knitting, cooking and Pilates.  I have three Shih Tzu poodles who keep me busy with walks, playtime and grooming.

Adeel is a Community Services Manager for Sheffield City Council. He has worked for the local authority for over 14 years initially starting as an apprentice and moving up the ladder. He has vast experience of leadership, management, HR and community engagement.

He is very passionate with strong beliefs on how communities really matter and how the base family elements of communities promote a strong community that ensures the groups concerned are evenly represented at all levels across the city. Being multilingual, he is keen to promote the great work the foundation does to ethnic communities.

Adeel shared that he is humbled and privileged to be a trustee at The Burton Street Foundation having witnessed first-hand the unique passion and ethos shown by staff working with service users. He is committed to doing his utmost to ensure that people with disabilities are enabled to be full members of society.

He lives in Sheffield and is a big boxing fan and a football fanatic.

Become a trustee

We are always happy to hear from people interested in joining our volunteer board of trustees. If you would like to know more about becoming a trustee, please see the documents below.


Our constitution is a document that legally defines The Burton Street Foundation.

It lays out what it is here to achieve, and how to achieve it. It is our governing document. You can view it or download it below.