About Us

Our Values

1. Restorative Practice

The people we support:

We work with the people we support to identify their needs and achieve their goals, recognising their strengths and potential.

Communities we work in:

We are based within and accountable to the communities we serve. We engage with our communities and consider the local impact of everything we do.

Partners we work with:

We participate in local and citywide forums, networks and partnerships to influence and co-produce policy and strategy.

Our colleagues:

We empower our colleagues to take responsibility through open dialogue and communication, offering both challenge and support.

2. Inclusion and Cohesion

The people we support:

We constantly review our practices to ensure that no one who is eligible for and needs our support is prevented from accessing our services, or is discriminated against.

Communities we work in:

We actively work to promote community cohesion: both by enabling people to integrate with their communities and by providing and supporting community events and activities.

Partners we work with:

We actively build partnerships with organisations who can help us to engage with and support minority and disenfranchised groups.

Our colleagues:

We recruit and retain colleagues who reflect the diverse communities we work in.

3. Excellence

The people we support:

We monitor performance and feedback to ensure continuous improvement in the services we provide, and the satisfaction of the people we work with.

Communities we work in:

We support local initiatives, businesses and agencies to achieve shared goals for the benefit of our communities.

Partners we work with:

We work in partnership with our commissioners and stakeholders to identify best practice, achieve shared aims and overcome barriers.

Our colleagues:

We create an open, rewarding working environment providing opportunities for development for all colleagues.

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 - Head of Development and Enterprise,
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 - Head Of Finance and Resources,
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.
Andrea Cowans Director of Student Life Leeds City College