Our Board of Directors
Don Leeson is Chair of ESC. He is currently the Director of Operations at the NI Consumer Council. Previous roles include Employment Relations Manager at the Labour Relations Agency, Head of Corporate Services for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Head of Disability Policy at the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Quality Manager for Investors in People UK, and a Management Consultant. Don is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MSc in Managing Change.
Ruth Gray is a dentist with HMP Hydebank Wood and is interested in developing further links between ESC and prisons while promoting social justice in her venture Protest Cafe and advocating for the rights of trafficked people.
Heather Moorhead is the Treasurer of ESC and the Director of The Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Services. She brings her experience of working at a high strategic level in Northern Ireland to ESC. She also has a great range of necklaces!
Jane Reynolds is an occupational therapist, now working as a Community Forensic Mental Health Practitioner. She has 16 years of experience in Mental Health and has a keen interest in the use of creative media as therapeutic intervention, particularly those activities which will attract and benefit this difficult to engage and excluded group of service users.
Michael Love has been working with offenders and those who are at risk of offending for many years. Recently retired from the catering industry and voluntary youth work, he serves as a school governor and on the committee of Thompson House Criminal Justice Hostel, and has taken up a post with the Northern Ireland Prison Service working with offenders between court and custody. He spent a voluntary year in a childrens home in South Africa, and more recently served a 3 year term on the Independent Monitoring Board of Hydebank YOC, where, with a colleague, he successfully set up the Fresh Start Initiative to pair inmates with external mentors prior to release.