Les joined the Board of Trustees in 2016, bringing skills and experience as a Chartered Accountant, including 20 years working in the charity sector. This was primarily with Leonard Cheshire Disability as Head of Internal Audit, and then for three years with Age UK Sunderland, as Finance Manager, prior to retirement. Les lives locally and discovered the delights of the Ouseburn Valley through joining the Ouseburn Trust's Summer Walks Programme.