Leadership Forums

The Forums are located around the United Kingdom providing leaders and individuals with support and input that enables them to achieve what matters to them. If you would like to engage in a conversation that creates more powerful results in your organisation, please contact us by emailing Phil Thompson: phil@ella-forums.org.

London Forum
Andrew Jacobs

Andrew Jacobs

Chair - London Forum 2

Andrew built his family Food Import business to revenues of $100 mln p.a. and is one of the global industry leaders on a United Nations project for more nutritious and sustainable foods. Andrew now spends most of his time as a Social Action activist with Citizens UK and coach/mentor to charities and social enterprises through his extended network & ella forums.
London Forum

Les Broude

Chair - London Forum 1

A Chartered Accountant by background with an extensive knowledge of finance and general management through international roles in the Mars Group and senior executive roles with Barclays Bank. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair for the Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust and a Trustee and Audit Committee Chair at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

He coaches in Career Transition at Penna Plc bringing his broad finance and management experience as well as knowledge of Interim Management.

He joined ella in 2014 and runs Group 1.

East Midlands Forum

Lindsey Williams

Chair - East-Midlands Forum

Lindsey is an experienced chief executive and non - executive director with a passion for social impact and diversity. She has worked in housing, development, education and training for more than 30 years.
Lindsey is a direct and dynamic leader who likes to get things done. She thrives on tough challenges, fresh ideas and breaking down barriers - and having fun whilst doing it!

``Leading an organisation that is continually learning and developing both myself and others is vital to success``

Lindsey believes in the power of professionals to change lives and build, safe communities where people want to live, learn, work and stay.

Wales Forum

Andrea Cleaver

Chair - Wales Forum

A passionate supporter of the Third Sector, Andrea has 20 years’ experience supporting charities across Wales. Led by her values, of understanding, accessibility and excellence Andrea has volunteered alongside employment for most of her career. A route into Welsh Government in the early 2000s saw Andrea work on programmes such as the Homelessness Grant programme, before joining the National Lottery Community Fund to support projects across health, environment, education, and poverty. During this time, Andrea supported hundreds of charities with business planning, led on stakeholder engagement, and facilitated working groups to gather insights to develop future programmes. It was during these years that her leadership approach began to be established- creating a listening environment, and curiosity to create a more inclusive approach. Andrea has held several strategic roles at complex organisations including Head of Development for the Wales Millennium Centre, Trustee and Vice-Chair for The Wallich and Development Specialist for Safe Passage.
West Midlands Forum

Abbi Buszard

Chair - West Midlands Forum

Coach, Founder and MD of Grow Your Own Organic Learning, a coaching and experiential learning business with a social enterprise heart, Abbi is passionate about making an impact. An experienced commercial leader with 14 years’ experience in FTSE 100 consumer products businesses, she has held Director-level roles in GB and Europe and offers a wide breadth of expertise across Business Transformation and Change, Customer Management, Customer Marketing, Organisational Design and Learning & Development.
Southern Forum

Julie Pelych

Chair - Southern Forum

Julie is passionate about developing individuals, teams and organisations to reach their full potential and to achieve great outcomes. She has extensive experience of Leadership Development and Executive Coaching and uses a strengths-based approach in her work, underpinned with the latest research in neuroscience.
She has worked with a diverse range of private and public sector organisations including retail, engineering and construction businesses as well as the NHS, housing associations and large charities. Julie has coached senior leaders, managing directors and CEOs as well as a broad range of individuals at all levels in organisations. Julie is a British Psychological Society qualified user of an extensive range of psychometric tools and an ILM qualified Coach. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, holds post-graduate diplomas in HR and in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring, and is a Master Practitioner in NLP as well as a qualified user of a wide range of counselling techniques.
Prior to setting up her own business in 1995 Julie was an HR Director in a blue chip global business and spent 11 years working as an HR professional in the public transport, engineering and FMCG sectors.
North East Forum

David Robinson

Chair - North East Forum

David started as Chief Executive at Tees Valley YMCA in May of this year and is based at their offices in Darlington. His background cuts across the charity, public and private sectors and he brings with him senior management experience in the fields of youth, learning disability, mental health, employment support, corporate social responsibility and local regeneration. He has also held posts in private sector recruitment and sports retail buying. David takes a real interest in the community and voluntary sector, especially in the North East and is currently a trustee with Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE). He is a Clore Social Leadership fellow, completed the Common Purpose North East Meridian leadership programme, is in the process of completing his Churchill Fellowship Report on Entrepreneurial Charity Leadership and has been involved with Pilotlight, both as a leader of a charity benefitting from the programme and as part of a team supporting a charity. He has a degree in Management and Masters in Psychology.
North West Forum

Danny Kalman

Interim Chair - NW Forum

Danny has been CEO of Ella Forums since 2019 and prior to taking on the role he was on Ella’s leadership team and co-chair of one of ella’s forums. Danny will be chairing the ella North West Forum on an interim basis.
Central Forum

Danny Kalman

Interim Chair - Central Forum

Danny has been CEO of ella Forums since 2019 and prior to taking on the role he was on ella’s leadership team and co-chair of one of ella’s forums. Danny will be chairing the Central Forum on an interim basis.
Eastern Forum

Julie Pelych

Interim Chair - Eastern Forum

Julie is passionate about developing individuals, teams and organisations to reach their full potential and to achieve great outcomes. She has extensive experience of Leadership Development and Executive Coaching and uses a strengths-based approach in her work, underpinned with the latest research in neuroscience.
She has worked with a diverse range of private and public sector organisations including retail, engineering and construction businesses as well as the NHS, housing associations and large charities. Julie has coached senior leaders, managing directors and CEOs as well as a broad range of individuals at all levels in organisations. Julie is a British Psychological Society qualified user of an extensive range of psychometric tools and an ILM qualified Coach. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, holds post-graduate diplomas in HR and in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring, and is a Master Practitioner in NLP as well as a qualified user of a wide range of counselling techniques.
Prior to setting up her own business in 1995 Julie was an HR Director in a blue chip global business and spent 11 years working as an HR professional in the public transport, engineering and FMCG sectors.