• James Hartley James HartleyCEO

    James originally trained as a bricklayer and is experienced in all areas of construction. He joined Latch in 1998 and has worked in a number of roles, undertaking a wide range and duties during this time: support work, volunteer management, repairs and maintenance, fundraising, financial management etc. His current role is Chief Executive Officer which he became in 2011. This involves the development and implementation of Latch’s strategic objectives and overseeing the operational delivery of Latch’s services. The principal service areas are, the provision of a housing and support to homeless people, the refurbishment of long term empty properties and the delivery of training and volunteering programs for young people. The current strategic focus is on the development of new properties to create additional homes for Latch tenants. This involves the obtaining of finance from a range of sources and property refurbishment project planning. James is a trustee for Newground Together and Leeds Community Homes.


Property Services Team

  • David Pitts David PittsProperty Services Manager

    David is a qualified Joiner/Carpenter and is also experienced in all aspects of property maintenance. He joined Latch in September 2010 as a Property Services Worker, being part of a small team, undertaking day to day repairs, void and refurbishment works.

    His role changed in January 2020 to Property Services Manager. His role now involves managing the property services team, overseeing the responsive repairs, voids and compliance and the moving in of new tenants into Latch properties.

    David also gets involved in purchasing of new properties for Latch and Connect Housing to develop the properties into family homes.

  • Roy ReedProperty Services Worker
  • Mason GibbProperty Services Worker
  • Ansis KrievsProperty Services Worker
  • Ben DarterProperty Services Worker
  • Mark Goulden Mark GouldenProperty Services Worker
  • Dan Onyett Dan OnyettRefurbishment & Training Worker
  • Andrea Munoz – Small Andrea Munoz – SmallProperty Services Worker
  • Randolph Morton Randolph MortonRefurbishment & Training Worker
  • Ken Jones Ken JonesProperty Services Worker

Supported Housing Team

  • Simone StapletonHousing Support Manager

    Hi, I’m Simone.

    I have worked in Supported Housing for over 20 years previously working at Ladybeck Hostel and Bracken Court.

    I have worked for Latch in various roles including Housing Support Worker, Rents and Tenancies Worker and my current role as Supported Housing Manager. I have seen Latch grow into the successful organisation it is today including its growth in both staff and properties. I feel proud to work for such a great organisation and to work with an amazing group of people.

  • Satta KoromaHousing Support Worker
  • Nrgus RahmanHousing Support Worker
  • Natasha Ahmed Natasha AhmedHousing Support Worker
  • Mark StaintonPersonal Coach
  • Jon Taylor Jon TaylorHousing Support Worker
  • Michelle Walker Michelle WalkerHousing Support Worker
  • Angela Roberts Angela RobertsRents and Tenancies Worker
  • Emma GillAssessments & Allocations Co-Ordinator

Administration Team

  • Adrian SteeleFinance Manager

    Adrian joined Latch in January 2022 as Finance Manager and brought with him over 35 years of experience from a variety of backgrounds. As Finance Manager Adrian oversees all aspect of finances from managing rental and  grant income, processing of invoices, the producing management  accounts, budgets and report and he also oversees the preparations for the  annual audit.

    He spent the majority of his early career in manufacturing, before moving into construction and has then been in the charity sector, mainly working for Christian charities, for most of the last 15 years, working in Kent & London before relocating to Bradford in 2020.

  • Ashe RussellAdministrator
  • Sue Burgess Sue BurgessBusiness Support Manager

    “ I’m the Business Support Manager for Latch, which means I make sure everything that goes on in the background runs smoothly. I’ve worked all over the world, doing things as varied as banking, running a travel agency in Germany, running a restaurant and bar in the Canaries, and most importantly, many years supporting and helping small businesses to grow and thrive, whether as part of a Local Authority team, or as a business consultant. I have two grown up children, six grandchildren and my dog Tillie, who between them keep me very busy in my spare time!”

  • Ruth Frost Ruth FrostFundraising Manager

    Ruth is the Fundraising Manager for LATCH, she came from over 5 years as Partnerships Manager at national not for profit campaign to encourage and support women into Science, Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing jobs, where she worked with multinational companies on their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies.

    Ruth has had a varied career before that working in digital marketing, importing and hospitality. She is interested in social mobility and the built environment and outside of work is a Trustee of Bradford Civic Society.

Management Committee

  • Nic Crocker Nic Crocker (Chair)
    • Nic Crocker is a qualified solicitor, now retired, and was a partner in large national and international firms of solicitors. Having been a founding partner of the commercial services division of DWF in Leeds, he was National Head of Real Estate at DWF for 6 years, during which time the real estate business quintupled in size, and subsequently Head of its Leeds office. Prior to that he was a partner at Eversheds for 10 years and Hammonds [now called Squire Patton Boggs] for 8 years. Nic lives in Leeds and plays Masters hockey having represented Yorkshire and North of England, and England in the 2023 European Championships.
  • Maggie Gjessing
    • Maggie Gjessing is Director of Regeneration for Home Group with responsibility for regeneration, specialist and supported housing delivery and asset planning, she was formerly Head of Housing Growth at Leeds City Council having worked for the authority since 2000. She has approx. 30 years’ experience in housing and regeneration gained in the local authority and housing association sectors with a track record of delivering large capital programmes of new build, major repair and refurbishment programmes in addition to housing management experience. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
  • No Picture Available David Campbell
    • David Campbell is a Chartered Surveyor and has worked in the property and construction industry for over 40 years. He has wide ranging experience in property development, project management and maintenance, with major clients in the UK and across the world ranging from universities and colleges, HM Prison service, military establishments and local government in the UK to British Embassies and large corporate clients in many other countries, having also been called upon as expert witness on occasion.
  • No Picture Available Kat DoneganVice Chair
    • Kat Donegan is Vice Chair. She joined us in 2006 and is Associate Director of Business Development & Growth at One Medical Group. Previously she was Business Development Lead at HCRG Care Group, Relate and Shelter, the homelessness and housing advice charity, with a remit to design, implement and source funding for innovative, quality services for those who are (or at risk of) homelessness.  She has 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit housing sector, including operational management roles with housing associations, local authority and supported housing.
  • David Clarke David ClarkeTreasurer

    David Clarke

    LATCH Treasurer

    David was previously employed as Relationship Director in Commercial and Private

    Banking for NatWest Bank. Over 35 years’ experience of supporting and helping a

    range of customers including, not for profit, social enterprises, PLCs and private family

    companies and operating in various sectors of the economy. Track record of delivering

    successful funding for major capital investment, mergers and acquisitions, expansion

    plans and refinancing existing arrangements. Previously with NAB & their UK subsidiary

    Yorkshire Bank for 12 years where roles included 2 years as senior credit controller and

    15 years with Standard Chartered Bank.

  • Mags Shevlin

    Mags has over 20 years of experience as a manager in the third sector. She was a manager at Latch from 2008-2021, managing the award winning Hands On project; the successful and transformative Empty Homes Programme; and most recently the Supported Housing Service.


    Mags is a psychotherapist, working in private practice and also works as a Service Manager at Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, a Leeds charity providing free counselling to disadvantaged and marginalised women. She has full professional registration with UK Council of Psychotherapists.

  • Dennis Bernard Dennis Bernard

    Dennis Bernard

    LATCH Committee member

    Dennis has been on the management committee for over 20 years. He is a local

    businessman and currently manages an early year’s scheme providing pre and

    after school care and support to young people. He also manages a steel fabrication

    business and is involved in running activities for young people within the local


  • Keith Gibson Keith Gibson
    • Keith Gibson is a former member of the Charted Institution of Environmental Health, he retired in 2011 from the position of Environmental Health Manager at Leeds City Council. He has 40 years of experience working in local government, in the main involved in area regeneration and private sector housing renewal, but also latterly managing teams dealing with food safety, health and safety, environmental sustainability and pollution control. In retirement he has served as a trustee on three local third sector organisations and is still active in promoting environment health and housing issues.
  • Samia Hussain Samia Hussain

    Samia Hussain

    LATCH Committee member.

    Samia Hussain is Associate Director of HR for Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, with strategic responsibility for the delivery of a quality, comprehensive and customer focussed professional HR service. Having previously worked for Leeds City Council, Craven District Council, Penny Appeal and as a Non-Executive Director within the Education Sector, Samia has extensive HR, operational management and board level experience. Samia is a Chartered Member of the Corporate Institute of Personnel and Development.

  • Manjeet Gahir Manjeet Gahir

    Manjeet Gahir

    LATCH Committee member

    Manjeet works as a maintenance Surveyor currently working for a national housing

    provider covering the Central North Yorkshire region overseeing the associations

    reactive repairs and voids service for around 1100 properties. Manjeet has over 18

    years of front line and management experience within the housing and construction

    industry and has worked for a number of local registered landlords. Manjeet achieved

    a BSc (Hons) degree in Project Management from the University of Leeds, graduating

    in 2002 and is also a qualified Domestic Energy and Legionella Risk Assessor.

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