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.

Glyn retired from the role of Learning Disabilities Service Director at Burton Street in May 2016 and was invited to join the board as a trustee a few months later.

In his previous role Glyn was responsible for ensuring that the learning disability services provided were consistent and to a high quality standard. He provided leadership and support to managers and staff to ensure a consistent and quality service.

Glyn’s previous experience was in various manufacturing industries, then he changed direction and in 1993 and helped to set up social activities for people with L.D. and working to provide services for clients with very challenging needs, these later became the main project at Burton Street

Glyn is a regular volunteer with Friend of Porter Valley & at Shephard Wheel and has a passion for real ale. Glyn enjoys cycling, walking and time with his grandchildren.

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 retired at the end of 2017 following a brief illness from which I have made a good recovery. 

I am married, live locally and have two daughters and two grandchildren with a third due early next year. My mother is 93 years of age and also lives locally. I am a regular attendee at a local gym and a season ticket holder at Sheffield Wednesday. I am an avid reader, mainly biography and a fan of the Arts viz concerts, theatre, film, exhibitions etc.

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.