Management Board

We have a brand new Management Board in place to support us in taking forward our Mission Statement to the best of our ability. We are absolutely delighted with the breadth of experience & expertise represented, from across the Education, Arts, Health, Social & Criminal Justice sectors. 

Meet the team!

Helen Leake


Helen is a data analyst with a varied background including studying Physics, Criminology and Epidemiology; and working in health and local government.  She is looking forward to contributing her statistical and research skills as a Member of the Board.  She has a particular interest in social and gender based norms and the effect these have on shaping the development and opportunities of children and young people.


Kate Jeffels



Kate is a Self-employed Consultant of KVJ Associates and has 30 years management experience, gained across the private, public and voluntary sectors, in Criminal Justice, Substance Use and Health & Social Care. With senior level strategic knowledge and both personal, and professional, experience of domestic abuse, she is committed to raising awareness and tackling the associated harms.

Cheryle Walker



Cheryl graduated from Northumbria University in 2005 with a BA Hons in Drama after an exciting career as an actress. She has worked for Threepenny Bit Theatre Company successfully securing regular funding for community based projects in and around the Newcastle area. In 2008 gained her qualified teacher status and is currently a lecturer at Gateshead College in the performing arts department, working with level 3 and degree learners.  Part of her role also involves working with the foundation team to deliver arts based projects with adults with learning difficulties.  She is a lead internal verifier, examiner and works with NCFE – an awarding body to develop qualifications for schools and colleges.

 Vicki Kennedy


Vicki is director of her own creative-based business. She specialises in Creative Project Management, delivering bespoke creative services and workshops to businesses and community projects.  An independent film maker, photographer, storyteller and performer, she loves any kind of creative challenge!  Through her career in performance/installation art, she has addressed many issues which are at the forefront of Changing Relations’ core aims.  She has bags of enthusiasm and a passion for using the arts to bring about positive change. She’s very much looking forward to assisting the development of such a forward-thinking company.

Helen Tranter

helen-tranterHelen is a Supported Housing Manager from Sunderland. She received her BSc from Sunderland University, then started her career within Sunderland City Council’s Residential Care Service before moving to Gentoo. Helen’s 18 year career has been spent developing & delivering support solutions for vulnerable people so that they can remain as independent as possible within their own home. Part of this work also involves being a champion on Gentoo’s Disability Equality Group and creating safe spaces for the LGBT community in supported housing schemes. Helen is an active Mentor with the Housing Diversity Network and is also a Trustee for the newly formed Age Concern Tyneside South. International volunteering opportunities have seen Helen working with Women’s Empowerment Projects in India & Thailand with the aim to provide education & support to vulnerable women in local communities.

We will periodically review the Membership of our Board to see if there are any opportunities to create a more diverse membership. This would be a voluntary role and you would not be expected to take on any day-to-day responsibilities of running the company. We would, however, expect you to commit to attending Management Board meetings at least 4 times a year (including our AGM).

If you are interested in playing a part in Changing Relations in this way, we would love to hear from you. Drop our Managing Director an email detailing your relevant experience, why you would be interested in supporting our work and what you think you could contribute.