Our Leadership Team

Jacqui Thompson
Chief Executive

Jacqui joined LD:NorthEast in 2012 as Project Manager then Head of Operations/Deputy Chief Executive and now leads our charity. Jacqui has over 30 years experience in Health and Social Care having managed Short Break/Respite and ISL services for North Tyneside Adult Social Care for many years. Jacqui has also worked across the NHS ,Private and Voluntary sector and is incredibly passionate about achieving inclusion for people who have a learning disability. Jacqui is responsible for leading the strategic development of the organisation and for ensuring all of our services and projects are meeting the needs of the people we support.

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Lisa Donnalley
Finance & Resources Manager

Lisa is responsible for leading on all aspects of our financial management and ensuring that our finance and admin team operates efficiently. She also manages facilities, assets and other resources to keep the organisation running smoothly. Lisa deputises for the Chief Executive in her absence.

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Lisa Wild
Development Manager

Lisa is responsible for generating the income to sustain our projects and services through fundraising, partnerships with local businesses and grant funding. She is also responsible for developing new business to meet the needs of the people we support and in line with our strategic objectives. 

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Julie Redpath
Projects Manager

Julie is responsible for delivering our North Tyneside CCG funded Health & Wellbeing project and for managing our other projects, including our National Lottery funded Tomorrows project.

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Sharon May
Community Outreach Team Lead

Sharon leads on our Community Outreach service contracts for young people and adults who have been assigned a personal budget, working closely with families and social workers.

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Holly Grieves
Community Outreach Team Lead

Holly is responsible for leading our team of Community Outreach staff, ensuring continuity and a personalised approach to meeting the needs of everyone we support. 

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Amanda Nelson
Community Outreach Team Lead

Amanda is responsible for developing and leading our Short Break Service. She helps people to arrange bespoke holidays with 1:1 support or in a small group with friends. 

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Lindsey Harle
Community Outreach Team Lead

Lindsey leads our Community Outreach group service, which offers small group based support out in the community during the day, in the evening and on weekends.

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Gillian Richardson
Early Years Play Lead

Gillian leads our Children in Need Early Years project. She runs our groups and activities, as well as providing support to families and working alongside health professionals. 

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