About Us

Senior Management Team

After beginning her working life with the Ambulance Service, Julia joined West Yorkshire Housing Association in 1994 and went on to manage services for vulnerable people there and with English Churches Housing Group (now Riverside). In 2005, Julia switched roles to become Supporting People Commissioning Manager with Leeds City Council, but returned to lead GIPSIL in 2007.


Julia Preston - Chief Executive,
2007 - Present

Paul‘s first role in supported housing was in 1988, at a project for ex-offenders in Blackburn. Since then, he has worked in senior operational management roles for national and regional housing associations. He has been based in Leeds for over 20 years, representing the Third Sector on several strategic groups and forums.


Paul Belbin - Development and Enterprise Manager,
2011 - Present

As well as having over 15 years’ experience with GIPSIL, John has held Finance and Account Manager roles with a number of private companies, and was a Founding Member and Director of Crigglestone Day Care Limited, Wakefield.


John Riley - Finance and Resources Manager,
2000 – 2011, 2013 – Present

Board Members

Our Board comprises people with strong personal and professional commitments to the communities we work in.
Reverend Canon Kathryn Fitzsimons Chair Priest-In-Charge, Church of the Epiphany, Gipton
Neil Diamond Vice Chair Planned Works Manager with Leeds City Council
Margaret MIddlemass Treasurer Chartered Accountant
Jan Betts University Lecturer Management Coach
John Clare Retired Fundraiser Retired Fundraiser with Learning Partnerships and a Gipton resident
Gillian Mayfield Area Head of Targeted Services Area Head of Targeted Services (East North East), Leeds City Council
Roger Godden Director Life Directions and App Salute Ltd
Jeremy Rhodes Investor and Board Member Investor and Board Member at Innovation. Former Client Director at BT Global Services.
Ken Morton Consultant at West Park Associates Former Head of Service, Young People and Skills with Leeds City Council.
Councillor Salma Arif Leeds City Councillor Leeds City Councillor for Gipton & Harehills